Louisiana Schools, Colleges, and Universities Overview

Oct 20, 2021

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 2018 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 (30,983 students)
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette (17,123 students)
  • Delgado Community College (14,258 students)
  • Southeastern Louisiana University (14,298 students)
  • Tulane University of Louisiana (12,646 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 2018-2019 were:

  • Northshore Technical Community College ($6,693)
  • Louisiana State University - Alexandria ($7,838)
  • Louisiana State University - Shreveport ($8,834)
  • River Parishes Community College ($9,323)
  • South Louisiana Community College ($9,584)

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 (86% for those enrolled by 2013)
  • Central Louisiana Technical Community College (67% for those enrolled by 2016)
  • Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (68% for those enrolled by 2013)
  • Loyola University New Orleans (62% for those enrolled by 2013)
  • Remington College - Shreveport Campus (51% for those enrolled by 2013-2014)

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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