The Ogden Honors Campus
The Ogden Honors College is one of the few honors institutions in the country that can boast a complete Honors Campus. Our 10-acre "campus within a campus" is a unique space located at the heart of LSU's main campus, just across Highland Road from the Student Union. Our residential college community thrives in an environment that combines historic architecture, cultural significance, and modern renovation.
The Ogden Honors academic building and de facto headquarters is the French House, an Louisiana landmark. Built in the style of a French chateau during the incumbency of Governor Huey P. Long (the building's cornerstone bears his name), its style is distinct among LSU's predominantly Italian Renaissance architecture. The French House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is currently undergoing a complete interior renovation that will modernize and expand its classroom, gathering, and study spaces.
Adjacent to the French House is Laville Honors House, the Honors College residence halls (also referred to as East and West Laville). The Laville Honors House is home to more than 600 students, more than 90% of whom are Honors students. Some Honors advising and classes take place in Laville Honors House, and programming is designed by faculty, staff, and student organizations to enrich and reflect Honors curriculum and themes. Honors House events include everything from research colloquiums, to informal faculty talks; from service projects, to theater nights. An extensive $50 million dollar renovation of Laville Honors House was completed in 2012.
Honors House residents have access to Laville Courtyard, a semi-private outdoor space at the rear of the building often used to host Ogden Honors events such as picnics and crawfish boils. Just across the courtyard is 459 Commons, one of only two dining halls on LSU's campus.
The Ogden Honors Campus is also within short walking distance to LSU classrooms, stadiums, and the University Recreation Center. Honors students live, study, and socialize within this vibrant residential college community-- all at the center of LSU.
Honors Campus Life
When a student enrolls in the Ogden Honors college, he or she becomes a member of a small, vibrant community at the center of LSU's larger campus. The concept for the Ogden Honors Campus is based on a model established by Oxford and Cambridge Universities more than 700 years ago-- one in which students live together and take part in educational and social programming within that living space. On the Honors Campus, we work hard to integrate what our students learn in the classroom, with a rich life of experiences outside it through Honors programs and activities.
At any given time, our students are gathering somewhere on the Honors Campus to listen to a guest speaker, participate in a service project, attend the theater, recite at a poetry slam, join a study group, dig into a crawfish boil, engage in classroom debates, conduct a mock interview, chat with their advisers-- and the list goes on. The programming and proximity of our academic and residential buildings acts as a catalyst for Ogden Honors students to develop their intellectual curiosity and leadership skills, and to forge social and intellectual connections with each other, with LSU faculty, and with Honors staff.
However, the life of the Ogden Honors student goes well beyond the walls of the French House or Laville Honors House. We like to say Honors students are "everywhere"-- involved across campus, from athletics to Greek life, from student government to campus ministries, from conducting STEM research to writing a collection of short stories. Just as the Ogden Honors Campus is knit into the center of LSU, so are Ogden Honors students knit into the center of LSU student life.