Top Louisiana Colleges

6 of the Top Colleges and Universities in Louisiana

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Louisiana's top schools range from a large public university to a small, private liberal arts college. My list includes a Catholic university, a historically black university, and one of the country's top private universities. I've listed the top Louisiana colleges alphabetically to avoid the arbitrary distinctions often used to distinguish #1 from #2, and because of the impossibility of comparing such widely different types of schools. The schools were chosen based on factors such as academic reputation, curricular innovation, first-year retention rate, six-year graduation rate, value, financial aid and student engagement.

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Magale Library at Centenary College of Louisiana
Magale Library at Centenary College of Louisiana. Billy Hathorn / Wikimedia Commons
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LSU Football Stadium
LSU Football Stadium. Shoshanah / Flickr
  • Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Enrollment: 31,524 (26,156 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: public university
  • Distinctions: flagship institution of Louisiana; attractive 2,000-acre campus; one of the country's most popular universities; 74 bachelor's degree programs; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences; well-regarded business school; good value; member of the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the LSU profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for LSU Admissions
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Louisiana Tech Football
Louisiana Tech Football. Monica's Dad / Flickr
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Loyola University New Orleans
Loyola University New Orleans. louisianatravel / Flickr
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Enrollment: 4,087 (2,691 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private Jesuit university
  • Distinctions: 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio; choice of 61 Bachelor's degree programs; highly ranked among colleges in the South; over 120 student clubs and organizations; good grant aid
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Loyola University New Orleans profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Loyola Admissions
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Tulane University
Tulane University. AuthenticEccentric / Flickr
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Xavier University of Louisiana
Xavier University of Louisiana. Editor B / Flickr
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Enrollment: 2,969 (2,366 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private, Catholic, historically black liberal arts university
  • Distinctions: the country's only Catholic historically black university; strong programs in the sciences balanced with a liberal arts core curriculum; strong record of placing students into medical school
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the XULA profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Xavier Admissions
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