Best Colleges in Louisiana

A Cajun College Experience

Jazz, crawdads, and plenty of soulful educational opportunities

Louisiana's population is as diverse as the spices they put in the gumbo. This likely explains why they have one of the most excitingly varied student populations in the nation. From the state college system to private universities, this southern state touts some impressive accolades when it comes to its 19 higher learning institutions. The U.S. News review also recently rated a few Louisiana schools as some of the best "up-and-coming" educational opportunities. College grads from Louisiana go on to work at big name corporations like the Pelican Publishing Co, White Knight Broadcasting, and Communications Corporation of America. and with the Creole State's 5.9% unemployment rate, your chances of starting your career are better here than most other states.

On the weekends, there are many ways to stay entertained, including camping, kayaking, hiking, biking and birding. How many times have you gone birding? That's what we figured. Louisiana is a great place for new experiences. Don the black and gold to cheer on the New Orleans Saints or visit New Orleans Arena for a Hornets game. When you're ready to just kick back and relax, check out one of the popular breweries throughout the state like Dixie Brewing Company in New Orleans or Great Raft Brewing in Shreveport. The Bayou Teche Brewery is another popular choice in the Bayou State. Louisiana is always ready to welcome anyone with an adventurous spirit and a lot of soul. If you desire a college destination with plenty of American spirit, lots of nicknames, and friendly neighbors, you will fare well in Louisiana.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics *Wikipedia, "Companies based in Louisiana", "Colleges and Universities based in Louisiana", "Louisiana Nicknames" *www.nola.com *www.louisianatravel.com/attractions/breweries

Best Four Year Universities in Louisiana

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA

Tulane University of Louisiana offers 323 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 4,632 students graduated with students earning 2,345 Bachelor's degrees, 1,615 Master's degrees, 543 Doctoral degrees, 82 Associate's degrees, and 47 Certificates degrees.

Based on 24 Reviews
2 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College offers 252 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 6,798 students graduated with students earning 4,986 Bachelor's degrees, 1,163 Master's degrees, 610 Doctoral degrees, and 39 Certificates degrees.

3 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA

Louisiana Tech University offers 138 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a far away town. In 2015, 1,901 students graduated with students earning 1,293 Bachelor's degrees, 439 Master's degrees, 68 Certificates degrees, 55 Associate's degrees, and 46 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
4 University of New Orleans New Orleans, LA

University of New Orleans offers 96 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a large city. In 2015, 1,967 students graduated with students earning 1,264 Bachelor's degrees, 659 Master's degrees, 44 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 20 Reviews
5 Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans, LA

Loyola University New Orleans offers 144 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 1,204 students graduated with students earning 678 Bachelor's degrees, 285 Master's degrees, 240 Doctoral degrees, and 1 Certificates degree.

Based on 4 Reviews
6 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA

University of Louisiana at Lafayette offers 138 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 3,209 students graduated with students earning 2,632 Bachelor's degrees, 486 Master's degrees, 48 Doctoral degrees, and 43 Certificates degrees.

Based on 24 Reviews
7 Xavier University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA

Xavier University of Louisiana offers 87 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 578 students graduated with students earning 367 Bachelor's degrees, 163 Doctoral degrees, and 48 Master's degrees.

8 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA

Northwestern State University of Louisiana offers 84 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a remote town. In 2015, 1,741 students graduated with students earning 1,147 Bachelor's degrees, 264 Associate's degrees, 261 Master's degrees, 69 Certificates degrees.

9 McNeese State University Lake Charles, LA

McNeese State University offers 90 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a small city. In 2015, 1,520 students graduated with students earning 1,118 Bachelor's degrees, 246 Master's degrees, 101 Associate's degrees, and 55 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
10 Southern University and A & M College Baton Rouge, LA

Southern University and A & M College offers 98 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,044 students graduated with students earning 684 Bachelor's degrees, 334 Master's degrees, 26 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews

Best Community Colleges in Louisiana

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Central Louisiana Technical Community College Alexandria, LA

Central Louisiana Technical Community College offers 70 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a small city. In 2015, 1,982 students graduated with students earning 1,960 Certificates degrees, and 22 Associate's degrees.

2 South Central Louisiana Technical College Morgan City, LA

South Central Louisiana Technical College offers 61 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a far away town. In 2015, 4,341 students graduated with students earning 4,170 Certificates degrees, and 171 Associate's degrees.

3 SOWELA Technical Community College Lake Charles, LA

SOWELA Technical Community College offers 53 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small city. In 2015, 2,363 students graduated with students earning 2,003 Certificates degrees, and 360 Associate's degrees.

4 Northshore Technical Community College Bogalusa, LA

Northshore Technical Community College offers 70 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 2,729 students graduated with students earning 2,627 Certificates degrees, and 102 Associate's degrees.

5 Northwest Louisiana Technical College Minden, LA

Northwest Louisiana Technical College offers 68 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 3,665 students graduated with students earning 3,643 Certificates degrees, and 22 Associate's degrees.

6 Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA

Delgado Community College offers 113 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large city. In 2015, 3,916 students graduated with students earning 2,513 Certificates degrees, and 1,403 Associate's degrees.

7 Bossier Parish Community College Bossier City, LA

Bossier Parish Community College offers 89 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a small city. In 2015, 1,573 students graduated with students earning 821 Certificates degrees, and 752 Associate's degrees.

8 South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA

South Louisiana Community College offers 96 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 3,167 students graduated with students earning 2,750 Certificates degrees, and 417 Associate's degrees.

9 Baton Rouge Community College Baton Rouge, LA

Baton Rouge Community College offers 34 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,312 students graduated with students earning 886 Certificates degrees, and 426 Associate's degrees.

10 Southern University at Shreveport Shreveport, LA

Southern University at Shreveport offers 46 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 496 students graduated with students earning 325 Associate's degrees, and 171 Certificates degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Tulane University of Louisiana Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
5/5
12 : 1 12,485
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
3/5
24 : 1 31,524
Louisiana Tech University Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA
3/5
31 : 1 12,371
University of New Orleans University of New Orleans New Orleans, LA
3/5
27 : 1 8,423
Loyola University New Orleans Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans, LA
5/5
13 : 1 4,087
University of Louisiana at Lafayette University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA
3/5
27 : 1 17,508
Xavier University of Louisiana Xavier University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
4/5
13 : 1 2,969
Northwestern State University of Louisiana Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA
2/5
28 : 1 9,179
McNeese State University McNeese State University Lake Charles, LA
2/5
27 : 1 8,153
Southern University and A & M College Southern University and A & M College Baton Rouge, LA
2/5
18 : 1 6,401
Grambling State University Grambling State University Grambling, LA
2/5
25 : 1 4,541
Nicholls State University Nicholls State University Thibodaux, LA
2/5
23 : 1 6,158
University of Louisiana at Monroe University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, LA
2/5
27 : 1 8,804
Southern University at New Orleans Southern University at New Orleans New Orleans, LA
2/5
18 : 1 2,792
Louisiana State University-Shreveport Louisiana State University-Shreveport Shreveport, LA
2/5
32 : 1 4,428
Southeastern Louisiana University Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, LA
2/5
29 : 1 14,581
Louisiana State University-Alexandria Louisiana State University-Alexandria Alexandria, LA
2/5
30 : 1 3,104
Dillard University Dillard University New Orleans, LA
4/5
13 : 1 1,185
Centenary College of Louisiana Centenary College of Louisiana Shreveport, LA
5/5
9 : 1 588
Aveda Institute-Covington Aveda Institute-Covington Covington, LA 15 : 1 2,070
Central Louisiana Technical Community College Central Louisiana Technical Community College Alexandria, LA
2/5
29 : 1 2,445
South Central Louisiana Technical College South Central Louisiana Technical College Morgan City, LA
2/5
38 : 1 2,669
Louisiana College Louisiana College Pineville, LA
4/5
14 : 1 1,092
Our Lady of the Lake College Our Lady of the Lake College Baton Rouge, LA
3/5
17 : 1 1,651
SOWELA Technical Community College SOWELA Technical Community College Lake Charles, LA
2/5
36 : 1 3,722

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