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Baton Rouge, Louisiana (LA) Colleges and Universities

There are almost 30 schools within the Baton Rouge area. Learn about what various schools have to offer students to help you choose the school that's right for you.

With so many options for where to enroll in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, it's important to take into account different factors like nearness to downtown, net price, school size, and graduation rate when choosing which school to apply for. All this information can be found on the National Center for Education Statistics' website.

Closest Schools to Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge has many schools within its borders, several of which are fairly close to the downtown area. Depending on where you attend, you might even be able to walk there from campus. All five of the closest schools are within 3 miles of downtown. The NCES rankings include:

  • Baton Rouge Community College (in downtown)
  • Southern University and A & M College (1.9 miles from downtown)
  • Our Lady of the Lake College (2.8 from downtown)
  • University of Phoenix-Louisiana (2.8 from downtown)
  • Capital Area Technical College (3.0 from downtown)

Largest Schools in Baton Rouge

Attending a large college means meeting many different types of people from all different backgrounds. While Baton Rouge's schools aren't as large as some other cities', there are still a fair amount of large public and private schools in the area. The NCES lists the top five largest schools based on their 2014 enrollment numbers as:

  • Baton Rouge Community College (7,7641)
  • Southern University and A & M College (6,401)
  • River Parishes Community College (1,956)
  • Our Lady of the Lake College (1,651)
  • Capital Area Technical College (785)

Lowest Net Price

The NCES finds the net price for schools by deducting the amount of financial aid in-state or in-district students receive from the total cost of attendance. The following schools have the lowest reported net prices for full-time students during 2014-2015 in the Baton Rouge area.

  • River Parishes Community College ($7,160)
  • Baton Rouge Community College ($8,280)
  • Southern University and A & M College ($11,922)
  • Capital Area Technical College ($12,483)
  • Our Lady of the Lake College ($14,644)

Highest Graduation Rate

Graduation rates are determined by calculating how many first-time undergraduate students completed their degree programs within 150% of 'normal time' required by their chosen degree program. For example, 150% of 'normal time' for a bachelor's degree program would be six years. The schools with the highest undergraduate graduation rates in Baton Rouge for those enrolled by 2015 were:

  • Virginia College-Baton Rouge (60%)
  • ITI Technical College (56%)
  • Fortis College - Baton Rouge (56%)
  • Remington College - Baton Rouge Campus (54%)
  • Capital Area Technical College (52%)

Remember to consider graduation rates, nearness to downtown, school sizes, and net prices when previewing the different colleges in Baton Rouge.

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