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Louisiana (LA): University and College Educational System

Louisiana is home to a little more than 50 colleges and universities. The largest student enrollments and most affordable schools in Louisiana, among other listed categories, will help you to determine which schools might be right for you.

Colleges of all types - public, private, for-profit and not-for-profit - are available in the state of Louisiana. This article takes a detailed look at just the traditional public and not-for-profit private schools that offer a range of study options. The data presented in this article is based on the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

Louisiana Schools Near Large Cities

Schools in Louisiana located in or around large cities include the following list, where the city of New Orleans figures prominently. Among these schools is a 2-year public school, a 4-year private non-profit, and a 4-year public school. So, there are options in the city, depending on what type of school you'd like to attend.

  • Delgado Community College (New Orleans)
  • Dillard University (New Orleans)
  • Loyola University New Orleans (New Orleans)
  • Baton Rouge Community College (Baton Rouge)
  • Louisiana State University-Shreveport (Shreveport)

Largest Schools in Louisiana

The largest schools in Louisiana all had more than 10,000 full-time students, as of fall 2014. Except for one private school, the rest of the largest schools are 4-year public schools, in addition to one 2-year public school.

  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette (17,195 students)
  • Delgado Community College (17,152 students)
  • Southeastern Louisiana University (14,487 students)
  • Tulane University of Louisiana (12,603 students)
  • Louisiana Tech University (11,225 students)

Lowest Net Price

The average net price for a college or university is determined by subtracting the amount of government or institutional financial aid a student receives from the total cost of attendance. The figures for these Louisiana schools are based on data from the NCES for the 2014-2015 academic year, for full-time undergraduate students. A majority of the schools below are community colleges, which frequently give students the most affordable options for a postsecondary education.

  • Louisiana State University-Shreveport ($6,843)
  • River Parishes Community College ($7,160)
  • Louisiana State University-Alexandria ($7,218)
  • Northshore Technical Community College ($7,242)
  • South Louisiana Community College ($7,404)

Highest Graduation Rate

The overall graduation rate for a school includes the number of students who completed their studies in 150% of 'normal time' (for example, six years would be the 'normal time' for a bachelor's program). Based on NCES figures for full-time undergraduate students, the following traditional 4-year Louisiana schools had minimum graduation rates in 2009 and 2012.

  • Tulane University of Louisiana (83% graduation rate)
  • Central Louisiana Technical Community College (72% graduation rate)
  • Loyola University New Orleans (66% graduation rate)
  • Louisiana Tech University (52% graduation rate)
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette (45% graduation rate)

Comparing these institutions in four separate areas can help you decide on what may be the best Louisiana university or college for your needs.

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