E. J. Ourso College of Business

E.J. Ourso College of Business
Parent institution
Louisiana State University
DeanJared Llorens[2]
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The E. J. Ourso College of Business is Louisiana State University's business school and was established originally in 1928 as the College of Commerce. It is located in the Louisiana State University Business Education Complex.


As early as 1899, LSU organized a four-year course in commerce, leading to a bachelor's degree. On June 11, 1928, the University Board of Supervisors established the College of Commerce at its annual meeting. The college would be housed in Himes Hall with J. B. Trant presiding as dean. In 1959, the college was reorganized and renamed the College of Business Administration. Almost 20 years, later, the college found a new home in the Center for Engineering and Business Administration (CEBA), which has since been renamed Patrick F. Taylor Hall. Another renaming of the college took place in 1996, when "E. J. Ourso" was added to honor the college's benefactor. In 2005, “Administration” was dropped from the college's name.[3]



Accred by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) continuously since 1931, the E. J. Ourso College offers undergraduate degrees in:


The E. J. Ourso College offers a master's in accountancy, analytics, economics, finance, and public administration and is recognized for its LSU Flores MBA Program. PhDs are offered in:

The E. J. Ourso College is home to several noteworthy centers and institutes and houses the LSU Center for Internal Auditing, recognized by the Institute of Internal Auditors.[4]

It is certified by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.[5]


The 156,000 square-foot facility serves as the college's home.


Sunrise at the Rookery

The Business Education Complex is decorated with multiple pieces of art, all commissioned by LSU E. J. Ourso College alumnus Roger Ogden.

The Business Education Complex is home to a massive piece of art created specifically for it by renowned New Orleans-based artist Simon Gunning. Measuring five feet tall by 20 feet wide, “Sunrise at the Rookery”, is divided into five separate panels that together form a traditional Louisiana swamp scene that features indigenous flora and fauna.

Francis Pavy's “Louisiana Wetlands”, located in the Bert S. Turner Family Lobby of The Auditorium, is a harmony of images symbolic of the state's bayous, marshes and swamps. Featuring a wide array of colors and stenciled on elements, the five-foot tall, 20-foot wide piece was completed to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Louisiana's statehood.

The latest artistic addition, CELEBRATE, was dedicated October 29, 2013. CELEBRATE is a 20-foot tall, Corten steel sculpture with mirror finished stainless steel ends on each of the six geometric forms that comprise the work. The sculpture was created by artist Gary Slater.

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  1. ^ "About page". lsu.edu/business. Retrieved 2008-06-05.
  2. ^ "Jared J. Llorens Dean of the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business". lsu.edu/business. Retrieved 2008-06-05.
  3. ^ "History of the College". Business.lsu.edu. Archived from the original on 2017-08-27. Retrieved 2017-08-27.
  4. ^ "IAEP Category - The Institute of Internal Auditors". Theiia.org. Archived from the original on 8 February 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  5. ^ "AACSB Annual Reports". lsu.edu/business. Retrieved 2008-06-05.

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