Overview of Louisiana Colleges & Schools
The State of Louisiana is home to a large number of public institutions and a small selection of private institutions. The state is bordered by Mississippi to the east, Arkansas to the north and Texas to the west. Several urban centers are found throughout the state, including Baton Rouge, Shreveport, and New Orleans. The more populous areas of the state, in particular its major cities, tend to have a larger concentration of post secondary institutions.
The state of Louisiana funds several public university systems. These systems have campuses throughout the state, and offer four year educations to students. Of the three university systems, the Louisiana State University System is the largest in terms of budget, and is comprised of 7 institutions. The system also manages a public hospital system providing health care for the uninsured and training opportunities for future health care professionals.
Schools in the State University of Louisiana System include:
- Louisiana State University and A&M College, Baton Rouge
- Louisiana State University at Alexandria
- Louisiana State University in Shreveport
- Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans
- Paul M. Herbert Law Center (Baton Rouge)
The University of Louisiana System is one of the 290 largest public education systems in the United States. Combined the nine schools that comprise the system enroll over 83,000 students per year, and offer more than 600 programs. The system was founded in 1974 and has campuses located throughout the state.
Colleges in the University of Louisiana System include:
- Grambling State University (Grambling)
- University of New Orleans (New Orleans)
- University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Lafayette)
- Northwestern State University (Natchitoches)
- McNeese State University (Lake Charles)
The third state university system is known as the Southern University system, comprised of five universities. The schools in the Southern University system are historically black institutions. The Southern University System is the only black public university system in the United States.
The schools of the Southern University System are:
- Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge
- Southern University at New Orleans
- Southern University at Shreveport
- Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge
- Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Baton Rouge
Private institutions in Louisiana are small in number and are predominantly Christian institutions offering either liberal arts or faith based curricula. Private schools are typically more expensive than their public school counterparts, have an excellent student to teacher ratio, and often have more specialized programs.
Private Schools in Louisiana include:
- Tulane University (New Orleans)
- Loyola University (New Orleans)
- Xavier University of Louisiana (New Orleans)
- Dillard University (New Orleans)
- Notre Dame Seminary (New Orleans)
In addition to the above schools and systems, Louisiana has an extensive state wide community and technical college system providing 2 year educations for transfer or career and vocational training programs. The state is also host to a large number of private schools and career colleges dedicated to providing short programs for career training and job placement.
The most populous city in Louisiana is New Orleans, followed by Baton Rouge and Shreveport. While the most populous county in Louisiana is East Baton Rouge Parish, Jefferson and Orleans close behind. If you are interested in visiting the state of Louisiana, consider visiting their state page or the state chapter of the Chamber of Commerce.
College Degree Breakdown for the State of LouisianaSource: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online
|Doctoral or professional degree||34,700||1.8|
|Postsecondary nondegree award||135,650||7.1|
|Some college, no degree||42,340||2.2|
|High school diploma or equivalent||737,040||38.3|
|No formal educational credential||576,280||30.0|
Public Universities & Colleges
There are fourteen public 4-year state universities and colleges in Louisiana. These four-year institutions predominantly offer bachelor's or higher level programs and some may even include research facilities. See a state-wide list of the state universities and colleges in Louisiana.
Private Universities & Colleges
In Louisiana there are thirteen accredited private four-year colleges. Similar to public schools, private colleges and universities offer bachelor's or higher level programs and research opportunities, although they usually have smaller classes and higher tuition. Compare admission requirements and tuition details for private colleges in Louisiana.
Community colleges are public institutions that offer low cost, high quality education for residents throughout the state. These schools offer 2-year programs that grant associate degrees or offer training courses in specialized trades. Louisiana" Community colleges also are the number one transfer-out programs available for four-year colleges and universities. Learn more and compare community colleges in Louisiana.
Bible & Christian Colleges
Bible and Christian colleges generally provide specialized undergraduate education with a focus on religious or biblical study. There are approximately ten such colleges in Louisiana located throughout the state. See a full list of Christian colleges in Louisiana along with program and tuition information.
Browse Schools by Career in Louisiana
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Medicine & Healthcare
- Medical Schools in Louisiana (M.D.) (3 Schools)
- Pharmacy Schools in Louisiana (Pharm. D.) (2 Schools)
- Veterinary Schools in Louisiana (D.V.M.) (1 Schools)
- Nursing Schools in Louisiana (BSN, RN, LPN, ...) (51 Schools)
Law & Criminal Justice
- Law Schools in Louisiana (J.D.) (4 Schools)