LSU Lingo

LSU Lingo

LSU Orientation group

Don't be confused when your student starts using words you've never heard of. Brush up on your LSU lingo with this helpful guide.

  • BEC: newly built Business Education Complex, which houses the EJ Ourso School of Business
  • Blue Book: small blue notebook filled with lined paper used for essay exams in some courses.  
  • Campanile: area surrounding the Bell Tower and LSU War Memorial.
  • Campus Transit: free transit service that runs nightly from 5:30 pm to 3 am, which students may access by calling 225-578-5555.
  • CATS: Comprehensive Academic Tracking System (CATS), designed to help students stay on track and schedule the necessary courses for graduation.
  • CARE Team: The CARE team is a group of LSU staff members who meet weekly to address action plans for students of concern.
  • CAS: Center for Academic Success offers strategies, services and programs to help students succeed in the classroom, cas.lsu.edu.
  • Clicker: small device some teachers use to ensure class attendance and participation. 
  • Computer Based Testing: computer lab where students can schedule and take exams for various courses at their convenience.
  • Cox Auditorium: home to LSU's largest auditorium, which seats more than 800 students.
  • Dead Week: five-day study period before finals week when homework and exams are limited.
  • Easy Streets: street grid inside campus gates that ensures pedestrian safety during class hours. 
  • Fee Bill: statement of fees and charges for each semester. 
  • FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (also known as the Buckley Amendment) is a Federal law that helps protect the privacy of student education records. 
  • Free Speech Alley: area outside the Student Union where students, activists, organizations, etc. frequent to share ideas and information.
  • FYE: First Year Experience hosts programs and services for first year students, www.lsu.edu/fye.
  • Gumbo: LSU’s yearbook.
  • Horseshoe: group of residence halls located on the east side of campus that forms a "U" shape and houses Residential LIfe's main office.
  • Legacy: student magazine published monthly that hightlights events and trends in Baton Rouge.
  • Math Lab: located in Pleasant Hall, some courses require students to log weekly hours here.
  • Meal Transfer: dining meals may be swapped for a meal transfer combo at certain campus dining locations instead of using Paw Points.
  • Middleton: LSU's main library with four stories, two computer labs, group study spaces and CC's Coffee. 
  • Moodle: online course management system used to access syllabi, complete assignments, view grades, etc. 
  • myLSU: online dashboard where students, faculty and staff can access fee bills, schedule classes, view grades, etc.
  • MyProxy: IT program that enables authorized users access a student's myLSU account.
  • MyStudentBody: drug, alcohol and safety awareness education course that all freshmen are required complete. 
  • Outtakes: miniature grocery store with takeout options located in The 459.
  • Parade Ground: greenspace outside the Student Union where students can relax or take part in recreation.
  • Paw Points: money that comes with a student's meal plan and can only be used for food items on campus. Paw Points have a one-time rollover from Fall to Spring with a new meal plan purchase.
  • Pentagon: group of five residence halls on the west side of campus with a pentagon-shaped common space.
  • PFT: Patrick F. Taylor Hall houses the College of Engineering and computer labs for student use. Formerly known as CEBA.
  • PMAC: the Pete Maravich Assembly Center is home to most of LSU's indoor athletic teams.
  • Scantron: machine readable answer sheet used for certain exams.
  • SI: supplemental instruction is a free series of weekly study sessions offered for students enrolled in historically difficult courses.
  • Take 5: miniature grocery store with takeout dining options located adjacent to The 5.
  • The 459: dining hall located on the east side of campus. The 459 actually seats 459 people.
  • The 5: dining hall located on the west side of LSU’s campus.
  • The Daily Reveille: student newspaper, grab a copy on campus or visit www.lsureveille.com.
  • The Quad: main academic center of LSU, with buildings arranged in a quadrangular shape. 
  • Tiger Card: student ID card that students use for meals, residence hall access, exams, etc.
  • TigerCASH: money that can be loaded onto a student's Tiger Card and can be used both on and off campus at various locations.
  • Tiger Lair: variety of eateries and dining area located in the Student Union.
  • Tiger Trails: bus system that transports students to both on campus and select off campus locations, check out tigertrails.lsu.edu for more information.
  • Tiger TV: student-run television station with programs for on-campus residents.
  • UREC: University Recreation includes the student recreation complex where students can take group classes, workout or participate in intramural sports.
  • W Grade: stands for “withdraw” and is an actual grade a student can receive in a course if he or she resigns from a class after the initial drop period at the beginning of a semester.