Best Colleges in New Orleans

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The rebirth and unbeatable spirit of New Orleans

New Orleans has seen its share of troubles over the years since Mother Nature hasn't always gone easy on the coastal Southern town. But even today, "the Big Easy" boasts a strong collegiate culture, rich music scene and plenty of southern comfort. Access to the oldest school of public health in the country provides a wonderful opportunity for those hoping to break into the medical field. or find your place at one of New Orleans' 13 other universities and colleges.

When you're not stuck in class, take your camera to the historic French Quarter, the glamour of New Orleans usually found in movies. or spend your time touring the Aquarium of the Americas, one of the most impressive exhibits in the Southern region. Add in the thrills of Six Flags and Boomtown Casino, or the one-of-a-kind nature experience at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and you're guaranteed a good time. and last but not least, it goes without saying that students attending school in or around New Orleans truly feel alive when Mardi Gras comes to town. The entire city becomes an uproarious fun fest, with memories to keep (or forget) for a lifetime.

*Wikipedia, "Higher Education in New Orleans", "New Orleans" *www.neworleansonline.com

Best Four Year Universities in New Orleans

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 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
3 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
4 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.

5 Southern University at New Orleans New Orleans, LA

Southern University at New Orleans offers 21 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a large city. In 2015, 499 students graduated with students earning 306 Bachelor's degrees, 163 Master's degrees, and 30 Associate's degrees.

6 Dillard University New Orleans, LA

Dillard University offers 27 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 192 students graduated with students earning 192 Bachelor's degrees.

7 New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary New Orleans, LA

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary offers 51 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 729 students graduated with students earning 355 Certificates degrees, 236 Master's degrees, 90 Bachelor's degrees, 43 Doctoral degrees, and 5 Associate's degrees.

8 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans New Orleans, LA

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans offers 46 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a large city. In 2015, 1,046 students graduated with students earning 366 Doctoral degrees, 341 Master's degrees, 330 Bachelor's degrees, and 9 Associate's degrees.

9 Saint Joseph Seminary College St. Benedict, LA

Saint Joseph Seminary College offers 2 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a outlying rural. In 2015, 23 students graduated with students earning 23 Bachelor's degrees.

10 University of Holy Cross New Orleans, LA

University of Holy Cross offers 31 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 200 students graduated with students earning 150 Bachelor's degrees, 42 Master's degrees, 7 Associate's degrees, and 1 Doctoral degree.

Best Community Colleges in New Orleans

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 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.

2 Nunez Community College Chalmette, LA

Nunez Community College offers 36 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,011 students graduated with students earning 782 Certificates degrees, and 229 Associate's degrees.

3 Cameron College New Orleans, LA

Cameron College offers 11 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 87 students graduated with students earning 47 Certificates degrees, and 40 Associate's 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
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
Xavier University of Louisiana Xavier University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
4/5
13 : 1 2,969
Southern University at New Orleans Southern University at New Orleans New Orleans, LA
2/5
18 : 1 2,792
Dillard University Dillard University New Orleans, LA
4/5
13 : 1 1,185
Aveda Institute-Covington Aveda Institute-Covington Covington, LA 15 : 1 2,070
Delgado Community College Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA
2/5
30 : 1 16,131
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary New Orleans, LA
2/5
25 : 1 2,871
Blue Cliff College-Metairie Blue Cliff College-Metairie Metairie, LA 24 : 1 879
Nunez Community College Nunez Community College Chalmette, LA
2/5
45 : 1 2,629
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans New Orleans, LA 4 : 1 2,791
Saint Joseph Seminary College Saint Joseph Seminary College St. Benedict, LA
4/5
5 : 1 140
University of Holy Cross University of Holy Cross New Orleans, LA
3/5
17 : 1 1,135
University Logo Park Place Premier Barber School New Orleans, LA 27 : 1 53
University Logo John Jay Beauty College New Orleans, LA 5 : 1 9
University Logo Healthcare Training Institute Kenner, LA 31 : 1 62
Herzing University-Kenner Herzing University-Kenner Kenner, LA
3/5
13 : 1 495
University Logo Vanguard College of Cosmetology-Metairie Metairie, LA 26 : 1 129
Crescent City Bartending School Crescent City Bartending School New Orleans, LA 24 : 1 373
University Logo John Jay Beauty College Kenner, LA 10 : 1 47
University Logo Vanguard College of Cosmetology-Slidell Slidell, LA 18 : 1 121
ITT Technical Institute-Saint Rose ITT Technical Institute-Saint Rose Saint Rose, LA
4/5
24 : 1 398
Delta College Inc Delta College Inc Covington, LA 12 : 1 190
Eastern College of Health Vocations-New Orleans Eastern College of Health Vocations-New Orleans New Orleans, LA 19 : 1 92

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Questions About Going to College in New Orleans

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in New Orleans? Growing industries?

Job growth steadily rises with the sea level. With a low 4.7% unemployment rate,* plenty of state tax incentives for growing industries, and an affordable cost of living, college graduates have plenty of opportunities. And the breadth of opportunities continue to expand: Digital media is growing with companies like Bayou FX and iSeatz, new restaurants and culinary institutes mingle with the dining of the past, and sustainable industries are blossoming with The ReGen Group and New Orleans Zero Design Energy. But the competition is tight. You walk a few blocks in this city, and you’ll run into a school graduating smarties rearing to get to work just like you.

*bls.gov (http://www.bls.gov/regions/southwest/summary/blssummary_neworleans.pdf)

What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in New Orleans?

Straddling the Mississippi River, New Orleans boasts one of the largest ports in the USofA. If the maritime industry doesn’t float your boat, you can also find a career in oil and gas, aerospace manufacturing, universities, hospitals, and — a big one — tourism. Look up large companies like Entergy to break into oil and gas. For technical engineering, you may want to apply to Geocent and help develop software solutions such as turning numbers into information humans can actually use or create the next mobile app that will put a company right in its customers’ pockets. And for tourism, check out Hotel Monteleone.

Is New Orleans more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family? What communities are best?

New Orleans is a city catered to students and young professionals. Home to nine colleges, students may come to Tulane University or Xavier University of Louisiana for an education, but they stay for the legendary culinary culture. It’s hard to leave behind the incredible live music scene that offers a lot more than just jazz, museums like the New Orleans Museum of Art or National World War II Museum, and the never-ending nightlife. Every community offers something unique. Walk into the French Quarter and look centuries into the past with French-influenced buildings that were built with the city, wrought iron balconies, red-tiled roofs, and fountains running in courtyards. Head to the Garden District to check out mansions and celebrity homes (hello Sandra Bullock!), and visit Audubon Park to spend time with nature from the jogging trails to the picnic areas beneath grand oaks to the Audubon Zoo. Take up residence in the Bywater in one of the shabby, historic homes and gain biking access to Satsuma Café, BBQ and other eateries, funky boutiques, and a couple live music scenes. For families, Uptown, Marigny, and plenty of small towns only a short commute away are great places to consider settling down. Plus, parents have plenty of options to keep their families entertained within New Orleans, such as at the Children’s Museum or City Park, where there’s putt-putt, playgrounds and storybook sculptures including Captain Hook’s ship standing larger-than-life.

What do the locals in New Orleans like to do for fun?

YOLO in NOLA! This is the city that institutionalized the exchange of beads for a quick au revoir to that T-shirt. But the locals don’t only party Mardi Gras–style every day. They throw a festival about a month year-round. The Jazz and Heritage Fest celebrates music with legends like Willie Nelson and up-and-comers like Andrew Bird, and it’s not uncommon to see a troupe belting out a tune as they traipse down the narrow side streets. At Voodoo Fest, in late October, people hold homemade totems that represent their unique freak inside while banging their heads to high-octane music in their Halloween costumes (rock it, rabbit-man). The French Quarter Fest tips a multi-colored hat to the historic neighborhood, where you can nosh on fried okra, fish beignets, and turtle soup while taking a gander at the opening parade on Bourbon Street and where you can participate in special events from dancing lessons to watching jazz bands play their hearts out battle of the bands style. And when the festivities quiet down, the locals can still keep entertained with the colorful music scene, world-class cuisine, parks, museums, pro sports — all wrapped up in a sea of diversity and history, topped with mild weather.

What’s the dating scene like in New Orleans? Will I meet my perfect mate?

What’s a mate when you can always find yourself a date? This is easier to accomplish in the city that shines all night than locking down a guy or gal. The playing field is about even with a close male-to-female ratio (48.4% male, 51.6% female*). And there are all sorts of personalities to meet. The one whose family roots in the city are as deep as the oak trees in Audubon Park—and their connections for things to do and the money to do them with prove it. The one who carries their guitar over their shoulder, even if you had planned a biking date. The one adorned in vintage garb who calls you a “yuppie” for wasting time at your day-job but isn’t too cool to turn down a free meal on your dime. And many more unique people who could someday be “the one” — or at least make for an interesting night out.

In “Noo-aw-Lyenz” you’ll never run out of date ideas: You can meet someone at a dive bar or at a festival. For a quirky date, pay homage to departed New Orleans residents, like Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, on the Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 tour. Nothing says ’til death do us part like a graveyard. But if something sooner than death does you two part, no worries. In a city as diverse as the ingredients in that gumbo pot, the picky can be choosy.

*infoplease.com/ipa/A0108567.html
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