Louisiana Schools, Colleges, and Universities Overview

Louisiana is home to 130 public and private colleges and unviersities. Explore several of the institutions in the state to help you decide where to attend that fits your needs.

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There are a multitude of schools to choose from in Louisiana, so it is important to consider a variety of institutions before enrolling. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provides data on graduation rates, net prices, student populations, and proximity to large cities to help your search.

Louisiana Schools Near Large Cities

For many students, living in or near a large city is the most appealing setting for their college education. While large cities do exist in Louisiana, the NCES claims that only New Orleans qualifies as such while also having a university within its bounds. With this in mind, a few examples are:

  • Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Southern University at New Orleans
  • Delgado Community College
  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • Cameron College

Largest Schools in Louisiana

According to the NCES, there are several schools in Louisiana with fairly large student population numbers (based on the 2015 data). For those who find larger class sizes, more diversity among their peers, and more options for activities on campus appealing, this could be good news. The five largest schools in the state are:

  • Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (31524 students)
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette (17,508 students)
  • Delgado Community College (16,131 students)
  • Southeastern Louisiana University (14,581 students)
  • Tulane University of Louisiana (12,485 students)

Lowest Net Price

Cost is always a major factor in where you will attend school, and one way to examine that figure is through the net price. The NCES calculates average net prices by subtracting average financial aid awards from the total cost of attendance for full-time beginning undergraduates. The schools with the lowest average net prices for full-time undergraduates in 2014-2015 were:

  • 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

As a possible indicator of student satisfaction in schools and programs, NCES calculated the graduation rate for undergraduate students who completed their programs within 150% of the normal time, such as three years for two-year programs and six years for bachelor's degrees. The schools with the highest graduation rates among were:

  • Tulane University of Louisiana (83% for those enrolled by 2009)
  • Central Louisiana Technical Community College (72% for those enrolled by 2012)
  • Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (67% for those enrolled by 2009)
  • Loyola University New Orleans (66% for those enrolled by 2009)
  • Remington College - Shreveport Campus (65% for those enrolled by 2009)

While previewing schools to try and decide which college is best for you in Louisiana, make sure to account for graduation rate, location, net price, and student population before making a decision.

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