Why This Matters


    According to College Navigator, Louisiana has 16 public colleges, 12 private non-profit organizations, and one private for-profit institution.


    According to College Board, the average cost of in-state tuition at a public college in Louisiana during the 2020-21 school year is $9,920.


    For the 2019-20 school year, the average amount of student aid for a full-time undergraduate student in the U.S. was $14,940.

Our Research

We reviewed all kinds of colleges in Louisiana — from small, private institutions to large universities — and created a list of some of the best colleges in the state. The results are based on the cost of tuition, the number of credits to graduate, and whether or not courses are only offered in-person.

We only included accredited institutions that meet the highest standards for education in Louisiana. Accreditation committees hold colleges to standards in integrity, student learning, quality, and peer review. The majority of the colleges on our list are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

We evaluated each program on the basis of flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation. Then we calculated the Intelligent Score for each program on a scale from 0 to 100. For a more extensive explanation, check out Our Ranking Methodology.

  • 71 hours to write this article
  • 201 universities and colleges we assessed
  • 399 education programs we compared

The Top 50 Colleges in Louisiana

Best Colleges In Louisiana
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What You Should Know About Graduating From College in Louisiana

Before embarking on a college education, it’s smart to consider the industries that offer the most job opportunities. As of October 2020, the five fastest growing industries in Louisiana were leisure and hospitality; professional and business services; goods-producing services; retail trade; and transportation and warehousing.

In Louisiana, the top five fastest growing occupations for job seekers with a bachelor’s degree were software and application developers, information security analysts, operations research analysts, software and systems software developers, and network and computer systems administrators.

In addition to the fastest-growing industries and occupations, it’s smart to know about the largest employers in the state. The largest employer is the Louisiana Superdome with over 10,000 employees. Other employers who made the list include Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical, Hilton-New Orleans Riverside, LSU Inc., and the Jazz Casino Co. LLC.

What’s Next?

Financial aid makes it easier for students to pay for tuition, room and board, and other fees while in college. The following is a list of federal and state resources for undergraduate students in Louisiana.

  • Louisiana Board of Regents. The Louisiana Board of Regents provides information on the types of financial aid available to college students within the state. It also offers information on tuition and fees of all the colleges and universities.
  • Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The first place to look for financial aid when attending college is federal aid. Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid is available through work-study programs, scholarships, loans, and grants. To find out if you are eligible, visit the FAFSA4caster, or fill out a free application online at FAFSA.
  • CareerOneStop. CareerOneStop is a searchable list provided by the U.S. Department of Labor. You can search for loans, scholarships, and other types of financial aid by the award type, amount, location, field of study, and deadline.