Black Enrollments Plummet at Louisiana State University

African Americans make up nearly one third of the college-age population in the state of Louisiana. Yet blacks make up only 8.8 percent of the student body at the flagship campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Furthermore, the number of black students at LSU has been decreasing in recent years.

In 2002 there were 3,035 black students on campus. But since 2002 there have been fewer black students at LSU each year. In 2009 the figure dropped to 2,454. This is a decline of 19 percent from the 2002 high.

This fall blacks make up 8.8 percent of the undergraduate student body. In 2002 African Americans were 9.8 percent of all undergraduate students.