BATON ROUGE — LSU officials say the freshman class this fall has the highest average ACT score and highest average grade point average in the university’s history.

The student body, as a whole, is also LSU’s most diverse ever — with 5.3 percent of its more than 30,000 students identifying as Hispanic, 11.2 percent as African-American, 3.5 percent as Asian and 2.2 percent as two or more races.

“I think we’re appealing to more students with more diverse backgrounds,” President and Chancellor F. King Alexander said in an interview with The Advocate ( this week.

For Alexander, who came to LSU from


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