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In 1928, LSU was a small-time country school that generated little interest or attention in the state.
Labeled a "third-rate" institution by the Association of State Universities, the school had only 1800 students, 168 faculty members, and an annual operating budget of 0,000.
It was founded as a military academy and is still today steeped in military tradition, giving rise to the school's nickname "The Ole War Skule." In 1853, the Louisiana General Assembly established the Seminary of Learning of the State of Louisiana near Pineville in Rapides Parish in Central Louisiana.
In 2017, the university enrolled over 25,000 undergraduate and over 5,000 graduate students in 14 schools and colleges. LSU's athletics department fields teams in 21 varsity sports (9 men's, 12 women's), and is a member of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and the SEC (Southeastern Conference).
The university is represented by its mascot, Mike the Tiger.
On November 1, 1869, the institution resumed its exercises in Baton Rouge, where it has since remained.
In 1870, the name of the institution was officially changed to Louisiana State University.