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Catholic Colleges in Louisiana

Louisiana is home to a handful of colleges that are affiliated with the Catholic faith. Explore these schools, their locations, tuition rates and other distinguishing characteristics.

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Students interested in attending a Catholic college in Louisiana have several institutions to choose from. These schools are all 4-year, private institutions, but vary in other aspects. Learn more about each school and what makes it unique.

School Comparison

Louisiana offers five Roman Catholic postsecondary institutions across three different cities in the state. Compare the schools' undergraduate, in-state tuition rates below.

School Name Institution Type Location In-state Tuition (2017-2018)*
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University 4-year, private not-for-profit Baton Rouge, LA $12,764
Loyola University New Orleans 4-year, private not-for-profit New Orleans, LA $39,492
Saint Joseph Seminary College 4-year, private not-for-profit St. Benedict, LA $17,868
University of Holy Cross 4-year, private not-for-profit New Orleans, LA $13,220
Xavier University of Louisiana 4-year, private not-for-profit New Orleans, LA $23,606

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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Description of Catholic Colleges in Louisiana

Students trying to decide between the different Catholic colleges in Louisiana may want to consider factors like student population, available degree programs or student-to-faculty ratio. Here we discuss some of the unique characteristics of each Catholic school in Louisiana.

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is a relatively small school with an undergraduate population of about 1,200 students, according to the NCES. The NCES also reports that the student-to-faculty ratio is 9 to 1. The school offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, although the doctoral degree programs are fairly new. Most of these degrees come from the field of healthcare, including programs in nursing, health services administration and physician assisting. The NCES recorded a 47% overall graduation rate for the school for students who began their studies in the fall of 2010.

Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola University New Orleans is a slightly larger school with almost 2,500 undergraduates and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1, according to the NCES. The school does not offer associate degree programs, but does have a variety of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificate programs. Bachelor's degree programs are available in a wide range of fields, including business, education, history, biology, psychology and the arts. Most master's degree programs are in business, nursing, counseling, theological and ministerial studies and legal studies and the most popular doctoral degree program is in law. For students that started their studies in the fall of 2010, 55% of them graduated, per the NCES. Loyola's school website also states that 90% of its students participate in at least one experiential learning opportunity during their studies.

Saint Joseph Seminary College

Saint Joseph Seminary College is a small, undergraduate school with only about 150 students, per the NCES. The school is part of Saint Joseph Abbey and is now the largest seminary college in the nation, according to the school's webpage. Its small student population allows for a small student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1, according to the NCES. Since it is a seminary college, the most common bachelor's degree programs are in Christian studies, philosophy and religious studies. The NCES reports the overall graduate rate for the school as 56% for students who began their studies in 2010.

University of Holy Cross

The NCES states that the University of Holy Cross has a little over 750 undergraduate students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1. Students at the school can pursue an associate, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree. Undergraduate degree programs are offered in areas like biology, business, healthcare, psychology, theology and the liberal arts. Graduate degree programs are primarily offered in the fields of education and counseling. The overall graduation rate for students who began their studies in 2010 was 28%, per the NCES.

Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana has about 2,250 undergraduate students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1, according to the NCES. The school offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in a variety of fields. Most graduate degree programs fall in the fields of education, health and theology, but undergraduate degree programs span across a range of fields, including the arts, social sciences, physical sciences, math, English, foreign language, communications, computer science and more. According to the school's website, in 2018 the school was noted as a military-friendly school and one of the best schools for academics and affordability. The NCES stated that the school had an overall graduate rate of 42% for students who began in the fall of 2010.

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