Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
When you visit LSU, they will show you their tiger. A live one. Once you get past the trip to the zoo, there is a remarkable university to see. Founded in the 1850's with the help of William Tecumseh Sherman, before he left to fight for the Union and become the most hated man in the South for his March to the Sea, LSU later benefitted from the canny zeal of Governor Huey Long—the "Kingfish" and inspiration for All The King's Men—who developed a campus laid out by Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr., of the family that gave New Yorkers Central Park. If you want big and south, Baton Rouge is worth a look.