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LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College Welcomes Historic Incoming Class

Baton Rouge, La. – The Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College plans to welcome a historic incoming class in Fall 2018, in more ways than one.

At a projected 745 students, the Honors class of 2022 will be the largest ever admitted to the College, up 25.4% from last year’s incoming class. The Class of ’22 also boasts a 27.6% increase in the number of out-of-state students, as well as a more diverse overall makeup at a 67.6% increase. With high ACT and SAT scores and grade point averages, 99% of incoming Ogden Honors students receive merit-based scholarships, whether through TOPS or other sources.

“By all available metrics, the students coming in the fall are even more impressive than their predecessors,” Ogden Honors Dean Jonathan Earle said. “The fact is that more high-achieving high school students in the state are choosing LSU, and more out-of-state students are turning their attention to Louisiana and the Honors College for higher-education options.”

The 2016 renovation of the French House marked a turning point for Honors education at LSU, representing an investment in the state’s future through support of its high-achieving students. Featuring updated classrooms, a student support hall, a study lounge and the refurbished Hans and Donna Sternberg Salon, the French House serves as a space for Honors students to immerse themselves in the academic and cultural experience of an Ogden education.

In 2014 philanthropist Roger Houston Ogden bequeathed a $12 million gift to the College in honor of his late father, Roger Hadfield Ogden, and his son, Dr. Roger Hadfield “Field” Ogden II. The gift, which remains the largest unrestricted endowed gift in LSU’s history, has transformed the Honors College by providing it with the resources to expand its services.  

“In considering investing in the future of Louisiana, LSU comes front and center to mind,” Ogden said during the naming announcement. “Every state that has made great strides has done so by prioritizing and investing in a flagship university to drive the state forward. When considering the many worthwhile investments we could make in LSU, one that ranks high is the Honors College.”

Nearly four years removed from the endowment, the Honors College has flourished as a hub for in-state students searching for a community of scholars within LSU’s flagship campus and out-of-state students eager to experience the best Louisiana has to offer. With its thematic approach to each year of academic study, the Honors College equips students to become leaders.

The Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College is a vibrant, diverse and prestigious community located at the heart of LSU. The Ogden Honors College provides students with a curriculum of rigorous seminar classes, as well as opportunities for undergraduate research, culminating in the Honors Thesis. Its focus on community service, study abroad, internships and independent research helps today’s high-achieving students become tomorrow’s leaders.