Louisiana State University, 3 mi. s. at jct. Highland Rd. and Dalrymple Dr., is the flagship of the Louisiana State University System. Established near Pineville as the Seminary of Learning of the State of Louisiana in 1853, the institution transferred to Baton Rouge in 1869. On the grounds are Native American mounds believed to be more than 5,000 years old as well as elegant Italian Renaissance-style buildings. Shading the campus are about 1,300 to 1,400 southern live oaks.
LSU's mascot, a Bengal tiger named Mike VII, lives in a 15,000-square-foot sanctuary outside Tiger Stadium, which opened in 1924. Nicknamed “Death Valley,” the venerable outdoor stadium is said to be one of the most intimidating venues for opposing teams to play.