Ourso Bottom Line


      About the College

Since its establishment in 1928, the E. J. Ourso College of Business has served as the flagship business college of Louisiana, playing an essential role in uplifting the state’s economy and its citizens’ well-being. Each year, the college graduates more than 1,000 exceptional students who are the business leaders and entrepreneurs of the future.

We are committed to delivering a superior academic and professional learning experience that prepares future business leaders for lifetime success. In support of the university and college’s mission, our dedicated faculty engage in cutting-edge, innovative research that directly and positively impacts the business community locally and abroad. The value of a business education from the E. J. Ourso College is readily seen in the success of our alumni and their continued support of the college throughout their professional careers.


      A Message from the Dean

Dean Llorens

Reflecting on the previous year, I am encouraged by how our programs and students have roared back from a historic upheaval in our history—where our classrooms sat empty, and our mission had to be reimagined in real-time. 

We emerged from this chapter stronger and poised to better prepare our students for a world where uncertainty is the norm and change is the only constant.

So, our goal, guided by our recently launched five-year strategic plan, is to foster resilient students whose academic experience serves as the foundation for a career that can adapt and evolve with our ever-changing world.  

The real bottom line is our people. I am honored to be at the helm of this great college—supporting a formidable group of faculty who guide the next generation of business leaders.

I hope this report reminds you of what we've accomplished together and fuels our drive for the work ahead as we make a difference for our university, state, and region.

Jared J. Llorens
Dean, LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business


      2021-2022 By the Numbers

Student Population


Declared Undergraduate Business Students (Campus and Online)


Admitted Undergraduate Business Students (Campus and Online)


Master’s students (Campus and Online)


PhD students

Degrees Conferred


Bachelor’s Degrees


Master’s Degrees


Doctoral Degrees


Graduate Certificates

The college’s first online undergraduate degree was awarded in summer 2022. 



42.6% female
57.4% male

Gender Representation 


Historically Underrepresented Students




College Stats

  • 138 Faculty/58 Staff
  • 6 Knowledge Centers & Institutes
  • 10 Undergraduate Majors
  • 5 Minors
  • 6 Master’s Programs
  • 6 PhD Programs
  • 7 Online Degree Programs


Five-Year Strategic Plan

Innovation. Opportunity. Impact.

In April, the college officially unveiled its five-year strategic plan. This plan, developed by Dean Llorens and the college leadership team with input from our constituents, will serve as a living guide for our programs and initiatives through 2026. It represents a renewed focus on our mission-critical activities in teaching, research, and service.

Our framework for the future includes a focus on four strategic priorities: student impact, research impact, economic impact, and global & societal impact. This plan will position the college to significantly improve the future of our students’ careers, the business enterprises they will lead, and the ability of our faculty to continue advancing scholarship in their respective fields.

Explore our strategic plan.



       Student Success & Academic Advancement 

From the moment they arrive on campus, students can rely on the Office of Business Student Success (OBSS). This team of professional, skilled advisors prepares E. J. Ourso College students to succeed academically and, ultimately, launch rewarding careers. They offer academic advising and counseling, career and professional development coaching, study abroad opportunities, and Business Residential College programming. As a result, our students are business-minded, professional, globally aware, innovative, and proactive about their future.

Scholarships Awarded 


total disbursement


scholarship recipients

All data reported is for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Post-graduate Outcomes


of 2020-2021 graduates report a positive post-graduate outcome*


average starting salary

*Positive post-graduate outcomes include working, continuing education, military service, and not seeking employment.

Meeting a Need with New BS Business Analytics 

Organizations have come to view data as a core asset, which can be critical to growth and profitability. 

This shift has led to an increased need for analysts who can help turn raw data into actionable insights. To meet this need, the Ourso College introduced its BS Business Analytics in fall 2021. While graduates of this program will thrive in any work environment, the interdisciplinary nature of the degree makes them well suited to have a significant impact on small business success. Areas of study include preparative analytics, predictive modeling, visual analytics, accounting, finance, management, and marketing.

Explore the degree.

Business Tiger Excellence in 2021-2022

Samual Camacho on staircase

LSU Economics Major Receives $20,000 PIMCO Scholarship

Samuel Camacho, a senior from Maracaibo, Venezuela, was one of 50 students nationwide to receive the PIMCO Future Leaders Scholarship. In addition to the $20,000 scholarship, Camacho recently joined other recipients at PIMCO’s headquarters in Newport Beach, California.

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Mallard Bay team with big checks

LSU Entrepreneurs Win Funding at World’s Largest Student Startup Competition 

Students and alumni, who launched the tech startup company called Mallard Bay, were the first entrepreneurs from LSU to compete in the world’s largest student startup competition, the Rice Business Plan Competition, and took home more than $200,000 in prizes. 

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Chris Nicolay

Marketing Student Wins First Place at National Sales Pitch Competition

Christopher Nicolay, a senior marketing major, recently won first place in a sales competition as part of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Leadership Foundation’s Media Sales Academy. The NAB Leadership Foundation’s Media Sales Academy is an eight-month program for college students who wish to pursue careers in media sales. 

Team of four students in front of financial screen

LSU Finance Students Finish Tenth in Global Competition

A group of LSU finance students finished in the top 2 percent of worldwide competitors in the Bloomberg Global Trading Challenge. With nearly 500 teams in the eight-week competition, Tiger Fund managers Maxime Besse, London Spivey, Matthew St Martin, and Ryne Weiss finished in tenth place worldwide and fifth place among teams from North America. Instructor Tish O’Connor, CFA served as the group’s advisor.

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Sales Competition team at NCSC

Top 10 Finish for LSU Sales Team

The LSU Professional Sales Team finished eighth in the National Collegiate Sales Competition. Marketing seniors Julia Bogart and Maggie Lambert went head-to-head against the country’s best collegiate role-play competitors. NCSC hosted 140 competitors representing 70 schools.



      Faculty & Research Success

Dean Appointed by President to Federal Salary Council

Jared Llorens

President Joe Biden appointed Dean Jared Llorens to a member role within the Federal Salary Council. The Federal Salary Council is an advisory body of the executive branch that provides recommendations on pay differentials for federal employees.
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Professor Honored by Association for Information Systems

Andrew Schwartz

The Association for Information Systems (AIS) selected Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems Professor Andrew Schwarz as an AIS Distinguished Member-Cum Laude. Schwarz is one of only 194 individuals nationwide with this designation and one of two professors at LSU who have achieved this honor.
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Assistant Professor wins 2021 Best in Track Paper Award

Kris Lindsey Hall

Department of Marketing Assistant Professor Kris Lindsey Hall and her co-authors recently received the 2021 Best in Track Paper Award for Services, Retailing, and Customer Experience at the American Marketing Association’s Summer Academic Conference. Only eight “best in track” papers were awarded of the 150+ papers published.
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Professor Named Runner-Up for Goodeve Medal

Young Chun

Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems Professor Young Chun's single-authored paper "Information Economics Approach to the Performance Evaluation of Error-Prone Internal Auditors" was named one of three runners-up for the Journal of the Operational Research Society's Goodeve Medal.
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      Investing in our Future


Total raised to support the E. J. Ourso College of Business in FY22


raised to support scholarships (included in FY22 total)


raised for the Dean’s Excellence Fund (included in FY22 total)



      Noteworthy Stories 

Craig Conover on stage at event

Bravo TV’s Craig Conover Kicks Off Book Tour at BEC

Sewing Down South’s Craig Conover successfully leveraged his role on Bravo’s “Southern Charm” to turn his passion for sewing and home décor into a thriving business. For the first stop on Conover’s tour in support of his book, Pillow Talk: What’s Wrong with my Sewing, he and his executive team visited the Business Education Complex to share lessons on entrepreneurship with graduate students from LSU’s Flores MBA Program.

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LSBDC logo

E. J. Ourso College of Business to Support Entrepreneurs within the Louisiana Small Business Development Center

LSU is the new host organization for the statewide network that provides training and technical support to small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Louisiana. The new state office will be established at LSU Innovation Park. As the host organization, LSU will help manage the 10 regional offices and the approximately $4.4 million annual program budget funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Economic Development, and the participating universities that house the regional SBDC offices.

Award-winning faculty from the E. J. Ourso College of Business and MBA students from the highly ranked Flores MBA Program offer specialized support and training at the regional SBDC located at LSU Innovation Park.

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USCA logo

Professional Sales Institute Named Full Member of the University Sales Center Alliance

LSU’s Professional Sales Institute (PSI) was elevated to full membership status in the University Sales Center Alliance. PSI has officially met the rigorous requirements of full membership in the community of sales educators who are dedicated to advancing the sales profession through teaching, research, and outreach.

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      Noteworthy Rankings


Best Master’s of Business Analytics Program
TFE Times (2022)

Top 50

MBA Programs (Public)
U.S. News & World Report


Best Undergraduate Programs (Public)
U.S. News & World Report (2022)


Online Undergraduate Business Programs
College Consensus (2022)

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