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New Orleans, Louisiana (LA) Colleges and Universities

There are 30 postsecondary schools within a 25-mile radius of New Orleans. Read about the schools with the closest campuses, lowest costs, highest graduation rates and largest student bodies to find the school for you.

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College students who set their sights on New Orleans will have their choice of 2-year public colleges, as well as public and private non-profit and for-profit 4-year schools. This article looks at several facets of the colleges to list them according to their location, size, net price and graduation rate.

Closest Schools to New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is home to many postsecondary institutions, including larger universities, smaller community colleges, religious schools and specialty programs. The following schools offering traditional programs are the closest to downtown New Orleans:

  • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (0 miles)
  • Delgado Community College (1.3 miles)
  • Xavier University of Louisiana (1.6 miles)
  • Loyola University New Orleans (2.7 miles)
  • Tulane University of Louisiana (2.7 miles)

Largest Schools Near New Orleans, Louisiana

If you are a prospective student who wishes to study in a large student environment, the New Orleans area has several options varying from a few thousand students to over 15,000. Look into these schools for different-sized programs:

  • Delgado Community College (17,152 students)
  • Tulane University of Louisiana (12,603 students)
  • University of New Orleans (9,234 students)
  • Loyola University New Orleans (4,330 students)
  • Xavier University of Louisiana (2,976 students)

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Lowest Net Price

You can understand a school's NCES net price as the average amount of student financial aid subtracted from the average cost of attendance. Net prices for New Orleans' traditional colleges and universities ranged between $7,000 and $32,000. The following five schools were calculated by the NCES to have the lowest net prices during the 2014-2015 academic year:

  • Southern University at New Orleans ($7,685)
  • Delgado Community College ($7,870)
  • Nunez Community College ($8,661)
  • University of New Orleans ($8,867)
  • University of Holy Cross ($11,060)

Highest Graduation Rate

A school's graduation rate is the percentage of full-time undergraduates who complete a specific degree program within '150% of normal time.' Since bachelor's degree programs typically last 4 years, 6 years would be 150% of normal time. New Orleans schools with the highest graduation rates are almost all 4-year private institutions, and students from these schools completed their studies in 2015.

  • Tulane University of Louisiana (83% graduation rate)
  • Loyola University New Orleans (66% graduation rate)
  • Xavier University of Louisiana (39% graduation rate)
  • Dillard University (38% graduation rate)
  • University of Holy Cross (36% graduation rate)

Anyone who wishes to study near New Orleans will find a diverse array of postsecondary options and many within walking distance to downtown, but aside from two schools, the graduation rates are not extremely high.

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