Best Universities & Colleges in Louisiana for 2021

These are the 18 top schools, both online and traditional, located in the state of Louisiana. Scroll through the list below and get all the information you need about each institution.

Online Colleges in Louisiana

Compare all of the best distance education colleges located in Louisiana to pursue an online bachelors degree, associates, or online masters program degree. Including cost of tuition, degrees they offer, enrollment rates, faculty, famous alumni, and more.

  • Centenary College of Louisiana Seal

    Centenary College of Louisiana

    Shreveport, Louisiana

    Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, Louisiana
    • 588 Total Students
    • 67% Acceptance Rate
    • 31% Enrollment Rate
    • 8 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 747 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Centenary is a Private national liberal arts college that was established in 1825 as College of Louisiana in Jackson when the state legislature approved its charter. Back then, the college offered curriculum which focused on Latin, Greek, philosophy, history and other such fields. The college progressed and adopted its present name in 1845 after its merger with Centenary College, a Methodist institution.

    The college is based in Shreveport, Louisiana and has the honor of being the oldest chartered liberal arts college in the west of the Mississippi River. Students and faculty enjoy an intellectually engaging experience through interactive learning and practical exposure to global issues and challenges.

    Centenary college presents a culturally diverse and socially engaging student life which is filled with student activities and opportunities. There are over 60 student led organizations and groups that contribute to students following their interests and developing skills. Greek Life is also present on campus. Besides this, the students are also provided with opportunities to be involved with the community through BIG Event where students go off campus to volunteer in community works or work with partner organizations such as American Rose Society and others. Students display and enjoy arts exhibits in the museum of art on campus. Students also get to reflect on their religion and spirituality through Chapel services, local congregational prayers or mission opportunities which allows global exposure. There are plenty of leadership opportunities as well where students are part of student government or organizations. Athletics also forms an important part of student life. The teams called ‘Gentlemen & Ladies’ take part in NCAA Division III. Official campus colors are Maroon and White.

    The academic offering consists of undergraduate programs which include 22 majors in both arts and sconces and seven minor choices. It also offers two Masters degree programs, five special programs, eight Allied Health Tracks. Its notable departments and buildings are Hurley School of Music, Frost School of Business, Hargrove Memorial Amphitheatre, Brown Memorial Chapel, Anderson Choral Building and a few more.

    Centenary School Facts

    • Years Estd.1825
    • NicknameGentlemen & Ladies
    • MottoLabor Omnia Vincit (Work Conquers All)
    • ColorsMaroon & White
    • LocationLouisiana
    • AthleticsNCAA Division III – SCAC
    • Religious AffiliationUnited Methodist

    Famous Centenary Alumni

    • James L. Cathey, Jr.

      Politics & Law

      Served as Mayor of Bossier City from 1973 to 1977

    • Winfred Bynum

      Science & Medicine

      Engineer, inventor and college football player; also inducted in hall of fame

    • Virginia Shehee

      Politics & Law

      First woman elected to the Louisiana State Senate; also a businesswoman and philanthropist

    • Mike Mann

      Science & Medicine

      Innovator in Lasik surgery

    • John William Corrington

      Entertainment & Arts

      Poet, author and early television writing pioneer

    • Brady Blade

      Entertainment & Arts

      American drummer, music producer; founded record label Brick Top Recordings LLC, and owner of Blade Studios

    • Fred Charles McClanahan, Jr.

      Politics & Law

      Businessman; also a celebrated World War II veteran, a U.S. Air Force officer, Republican congressional candidate in 1960

    • Jeffrey P. Victory

      Politics & Law

      Associate justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court


  • Grambling State University Seal

    Grambling State University

    Grambling, Louisiana

    Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana
    • 4,541 Total Students
    • 38% Acceptance Rate
    • 46% Enrollment Rate
    • 20 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,584 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Grambling State University (GSU) is public coeducational university, historically known for providing educational services for black people, that is located in Grambling, Louisiana in the United States. GSU was established by group of African-American farmers leading the North Louisiana Colored Agriculture Relief Association in 1901. They founded it as a Colored Industrial and Agricultural School to provide educational services for African Americans residing in their region of residence in Louisiana State. In 1905, GSU moved to its current location and changed its name to be the North Louisiana Agricultural and Industrial School. Afterwards, in 1928, its name was changed again to be the Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute after being accredited to award two-year professional certificates and diplomas. In 1936, a third year has been added to the teacher education program to be able to grant professional teaching certificate. The academic curricula continued growing till 1944 when the first bachelor degree in elementary education was awarded. The school’s name was changed into Grambling College honoring P.G. Grambling who is the donor of the college’s location site. Along the years, the university expanded its academic programs to include more liberal arts and sciences studies and in 1974, it opened its graduate programs. During the period from 1977 till 2000, Grambling witnessed a massive expansion on both the academic level to include more academic programs and the physical level to include more campus facilities including more academic buildings, stadium and sports center.

    The Gramblinite, the university’s weekly newspaper issued by the students, is regularly awarded for following the up to the standard journalism proficiency. The university has been ranked as one of the best regional state universities according to the U.S News and World Reports and Washington Monthly Report.

    Grambling consists of 4 colleges through which it offers its undergraduate, master and doctoral programs. It offers an Army ROTC program that prepares students who are interested to join military directed education. In addition, it offers a BS/MD joint program with Meharry Medical School where students could do their pre-med studies in Grambling before joining Meharry for their graduate studies.

    Grambling School Facts

    • Years Estd.1901
    • NicknameTigers
    • MottoWhere Everybody is Somebody
    • ColorsBlack & Gold
    • LocationLouisiana
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I FCS – SWAC
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Grambling Alumni

    • Ronnie Dean Coleman

      Professional Sports

      An American famous bodybuilder and the winner of Mr Olympia award for eight consecutive years.

    • Natalie Desselle-Reid

      Entertainment & Arts

      An American famous actress and known for her performance in many movies such as “Cinderella” and TV series such as “For Your Love”.

    • Pinkie Carolyn Wilkerson

      Politics & Law

      An African American representative member in the Louisiana House from 1992 till her death in a horrible traffic accident.

    • Ivory V. Nelson

      Education & Advocacy

      An African American Chemistry professor and educator. Former president of Central Washington University (1992-1999) and Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) (1999-2011).


  • Louisiana College Seal

    Louisiana College

    Pineville, Louisiana

    Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana
    • 1,092 Total Students
    • 69% Acceptance Rate
    • 40% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 756 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Louisiana College is a private higher education institute located in Pineville, Louisiana. The college is affiliated to the Louisiana Baptist Convention. It was founded in 1906 by Baptist clergyman and educator Edwin O. Ware. The college initially operated in tents with only 4 professors and 19 students. The college was established as a successor for two Baptist schools; Mount Lebanon College and Keatchie Female College which were both closed after inauguration of Louisiana College. It remained to be administered by the Education Commission for 15 years until a board of trustees was established by the new charter. In 1958, the Louisiana Historical Association was reorganized in a statewide gathering on the LC campus. Three years later, the college inaugurated the Weathersby Fine Arts Building which is named in honor of the Baptist Weathersby who served as the dean of the college for more than 50 years. In 2014, the college witnessed controversies related to its President Joe Aguillard. Students called for a strike against his administration under the name of “Prayers for Progress”. It ended by Aguillard stepping down as a president two months later.

    Louisiana Campus covers 81 acres with 25 academic and administrative buildings including Alexandria Hall which hosts the Ruth O’Quinn Center for Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Cavanaugh Hall of Science, Weathersby Fine Arts Building, Norton Library, Guinn Auditorium and Religious Education Center, Martin Performing Arts Center, English Village, H. O. West Physical Education Building, Tudor Hall, Church Hall, Cottingham Hall, College Drive Apartments, Hixson Student Center and Granberry Conference Center. The official colors of the college are Orange and Royal Blue. Its athletic teams, who are nicknamed the Wildcats, compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division III.

    Louisiana is divided into 10 divisions and 6 departments granting bachelor degrees through more than seventy majors, minors and pre-professional programs. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

    LC School Facts

    • Years Estd.October 3, 1906
    • NicknameWildcats / Lady Wildcats
    • MottoDeo, Veritati, Patriae
    • Motto Eng.God, Truth, Country
    • ColorsOrange and Royal Blue
    • LocationLouisiana
    • AthleticsNCAA Division III – ASC
    • Religious AffiliationSouthern Baptist

    Famous LC Alumni

    • Jake W. Cameron

      Politics & Law

      former mayor of Bossier City

    • Jackson B. Davis

      Politics & Law

      former state senator

    • Guy E. Humphries, Jr.

      Politics & Law

      co-founder of the Renaissance Home for Youth and state court judge

    • Ben McLaughlin

      Professional Sports

      former football player, Melberger Award winner and Gagliardi Trophy recipient

    • Simon W. Tudor

      Business & Industry

      owner of Pineville Construction Company


  • Louisiana State University Seal

    Louisiana State University

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • 31,524 Total Students
    • 77% Acceptance Rate
    • 42% Enrollment Rate
    • 23 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 17,429 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College is a public coeducational higher education institute. The university was established in 1853 in Pineville, Louisiana. Before its establishment, Louisiana State received several Land grants from the US government in 1806, 1811, and 1827. It operated initially under the name of Louisiana State Seminary of Learning & Military Academy with five professors and nineteen cadets. The academy was closed in 1861 due to the American Civil War and was reopened in 1863. It was however closed shortly after that due to the invasion of the Red River Valley by the Union Army. It was officially reopened in 1865. The institute was burned by a massive fire in 1869 and it then moved to operate in Baton Rouge. The institute was renamed in the following year to Louisiana State University. In 1874, Louisiana State University Agricultural & Mechanical College was established as a separate institute till it merged with Louisiana State University three years later. In 1925, the university witnessed a tragic incidence by the murder of its professor Oscar B. Turner on campus. It then moved to its current location in the following year. In 1939, the university president James Monroe Smith was charged with embezzling a half-million dollars. The university participated during the World War II in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which offered the students a path to a Navy commission. Louisiana did not enroll any African-American students till 1953 when A. P. Tureaud, Jr. was enrolled following a court order.

    The University campus currently covers 2000 acres in downtown Baton Rouge on the banks of the Mississippi River with 250 buildings. The first building constructed on campus is the Swine Palace which is currently the Reilly Theater. Other distinctive buildings include Annie Boyd Hall, Troy H. Middleton Library, Foster Hall, Evangeline Hall and the Engineering Residential College. It also operates several branch campuses and locations as the LSU Agricultural Center, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, LSU at Shreveport and LSU Eunice.

    The University is divided into 17 colleges and schools including E.J. Ourso College of Business and Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

    LSU School Facts

    • LocationLouisiana
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous LSU Alumni

    • William Abb Cannon

      Professional Sports

      former American football player and winner of the Heisman Trophy

    • Johnny Pott

      Professional Sports

      professional golf player and five times winner of the PGA Tour

    • James Carville

      Politics & Law

      senior political advisor for president Bill Clinton

    • Maxime Faget

      Science & Medicine

      Naval Reserve Officer and the NASA Engineer

    • Randy Moffett

      Education & Advocacy

      president of the University of Louisiana System


  • Louisiana State University-Alexandria Seal

    Louisiana State University-Alexandria

    Alexandria, Louisiana

    Louisiana State University-Alexandria in Alexandria, Louisiana
    • 3,104 Total Students
    • 68% Acceptance Rate
    • 33% Enrollment Rate
    • 20 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,279 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Louisiana State University of Alexandria is a state assisted university offering undergraduate programs. It is a member of the LSU System operating under the administration of the Louisiana Board of Regents. The university was established in 1959 by the Louisiana Legislature. It initially operated under the name of Louisiana State University at Alexandria as a two-year college controlled by the LSU Board of Supervisors. The first degree program at the school started in 1964. Three academic divisions were established three years later. The university received its accreditation in 1974 allowing it to grant associate degrees. During the period between 1976 and 2003, the university initiated LSU Senior College program offering bachelor degrees. Louisiana State University of Alexandria got approval to offer baccalaureate degrees by passing Senate Bill 853 following the approval of the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors and the Louisiana Board of Regents. In the following year, the university got accreditation from SACS to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. In 2013, the university announced a rebranding plan which included changing its colors, logo and its name to LSU of Alexandria.

    LSUA campus is located in Alexandria in the geographic center of the state on the grounds of the former Oakland Plantation. The campus contains several distinctive buildings and locations as Bayou Robert Room, Abrams Hall, Bolton Library, Acorn Lake, Epps House, Avoyelles Hall, Mulder Hall and Coughlin Hall. The official colors of the university are purple and gold. Its athletic teams, who are nicknamed Generals, compete in NAIA Division I – RRAC.

    LSUA is divided into 8 departments offering 13 bachelor degree programs, 5 associate degree programs and 8 certification programs. Additionally, there are three interdisciplinary programs. The university also operates a center for academic excellence. It offers grants, scholarships and loans that provide financial support to the students.

    LSUA School Facts

    • Years Estd.1961
    • NicknameGenerals
    • ColorsPurple Gold
    • LocationLouisiana
    • AthleticsNAIA Division I – RRAC
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Louisiana State University-Shreveport Seal

    Louisiana State University-Shreveport

    Shreveport, Louisiana

    Louisiana State University-Shreveport in Shreveport, Louisiana
    • 4,428 Total Students
    • 76% Acceptance Rate
    • 74% Enrollment Rate
    • 20 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 642 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Louisiana State University-Shreveport is a member of the Louisiana State University System located in Shreveport. The university was established as a two year community college in 1965 with Donald Eugene Shipp, Jr. serving as its first dean. The first class was admitted to the college 2 years later. The college operated as a branch to the main campus of LSU in Baton Rouge In 1972, LSUS was converted into a four year college and Shipp was then named as its chancellor. LSUS acts as a regional urban university in the Shreveport – Bossier City metropolitan area.

    The university campus offers several distinctive facilities including Bronson Hall which is the original building on campus, Noel Memorial Library, Circle of Excellence Plaza, Red River Radio and Pioneer Heritage Center. The official colors for the university are purple and gold. LSUS mascot was released in 2007 following a bill introduced by the Student Government Association (SGA) in 2005. The mascot was named Pete the Pilot based on the students’ votes. It was decided 8 years later to graduate Pete the Pilot leaving the university without a mascot since then. Its athletic teams compete as members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Red River Athletic Conference while they formerly competed in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.

    The university is divided into two colleges in addition to the continuing education department offering 21 undergraduate programs and 13 graduate programs. Some programs are also offered through online mode of study and night classes which are offered to irregular students. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Students enrolled at the university have the chance to get financial support through three scholarship programs; Louisiana Scholarship, Red River Scholarship and Shreveport Scholarship in addition to financial program.

    LSUS School Facts

    • Years Estd.1967
    • NicknamePilots
    • MascotPete the Pilot
    • ColorsPurple and Gold
    • LocationLouisiana
    • AthleticsNAIA Division I – RRAC
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous LSUS Alumni

    • Brandon Friedman

      Entertainment & Arts

      author of The War I Always Wanted

    • Hazel Beard

      Politics & Law

      former mayor of Shreveport

    • Tim Greening

      Entertainment & Arts

      former humor columnist and journalist at the Shreveport Times

    • Michael Craig

      Politics & Law

      Division A judge of the 26th Judicial District Court since 2009

    • Ollie Tyler

      Politics & Law

      mayor of Shreveport


  • Louisiana Tech University Seal

    Louisiana Tech University

    Ruston, Louisiana

    Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana
    • 12,371 Total Students
    • 64% Acceptance Rate
    • 48% Enrollment Rate
    • 23 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 6,378 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Louisiana Tech University is a  land-grant research  coeducational university that is member of the University of Louisiana System. It is also a member of the Southeastern Universities Research Association and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. Louisiana Tech is a comprehensive research institute performing research projects funded by several agencies as NASA, NIH, NSF, DoD and FAA. The university was founded in 1894 during the Second Industrial Revolution under the name of the Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana. It originally aimed at serving the purpose of developing an industrial economy in post-Reconstruction Louisiana. The land for the construction of the main building on campus was a donation from Francis P. Stubbs in granted 1895. Two years later, Harry Howard was the first student to graduate with a Bachelor of Industry degree with the first formal commencement was held in the Ruston Opera House one year later with ten graduating students. The college was renamed in 1898 and 1921 to Louisiana Industrial Institute and Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, respectively. It finally got its current name in 1970 indicating its evolution into a research university. In 1936, the old main was completely destroyed by fire. The building was reconstructed in the following year under the name of Leche Hall in honor of Governor Richard W. Leche of New Orleans. This building was renamed to Keeny Hall after the death of former university president, J.E. Keeny. The university granted masters degrees to the first group of four graduate students in 1959 and the first doctoral degree in 1971. Louisiana Tech became a “selective admissions” university in 1992.

    The university campus started on 20 acres and expanded till it reached currently 280 acres including 86 buildings as Howard Auditorium, Keeny Hall, Bogard Hall, Reese Hall, Robinson Hall, and Tolliver Hall which are all listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Other distinctive locations on campus include the Ropp Center which is the oldest existing building on campus, the Quadrangle which is the focal  point of the old part of the campus and Centennial Plaza.

    Louisiana Tech School Facts

    • Years Estd.1894 (1894)
    • NicknameBulldogs & Lady Techsters
    • MascotChamp & Tech
    • ColorsRed & Blue
    • LocationLouisiana
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Louisiana Tech Alumni

    • Glen Post

      Business & Industry

      CEO of Fortune 200 company, CenturyLink

    • Will Wright

      Entertainment & Arts

      developer of SimCity, The Sims, and Spore which are among the best-selling video games of all-time

    • Wayne Watson

      Entertainment & Arts

      two time Grammy Award nominee

    • James P. Pope

      Politics & Law

      former US senator

    • Terry Bradshaw

      Professional Sports

      Four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback and former Bulldog team player


  • Loyola University New Orleans Seal

    Loyola University New Orleans

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Loyola University New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana
    • 4,087 Total Students
    • 90% Acceptance Rate
    • 21% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,591 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Loyola University New Orleans is a private Jesuit coeducational higher educational institute. It initially operated under the name of Loyola College in honor of the Jesuit founder, Saint Ignatius of Loyola. It achieved the university status in 1912.  The University accepted the first African American student, Norman Francis in 1952 who joined the law school. In 1964, the university expanded by the construction of the Joseph A. Danna Student Center and Albert Biever Hall followed by the establishment of Henrietta Buddig Hall three years later. However, the university decided to shut down the college of Pharmacy in 1965 and the College of Dentistry in 1970. The university underwent changes in the 1970s, changing its administration from a Jesuit regulated Board of Regents to a combined lay and clerical Board of Trustees. The university purchased the nearby campus of the facilities of St. Mary’s Dominican Women College in addition to the facilities of a former girl’s preparatory academy, in 1984 and 1993. Loyola University New Orleans was adapted as official name in 1996 as the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities granted exclusive branding rights to Loyola University Chicago to call itself Loyola University. Loyola cancelled its classes in fall 2005 following Hurricane Katrina due to the severe damage that occurred to the city.

    Loyola main campus is located in the historic Audubon Park District covering 19 acres with several distinctive buildings as Marquette Hall which is the oldest building on campus, the Joseph Danna Student Center, J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library, Bobet Hall, J. Edgar Monroe Hall, the Music and Communications Building, and Branch Knox Miller Hall. The university official colors are maroon and gold. Its athletic teams, who are called the Wolfpack, compete in the Southern States Athletic Conference as members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

    The university is divided into 5 colleges including Joseph A. Butt, S.J., College of Business in addition to several centers and institutes as Twomey Center for Peace Through Justice, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, Gillis Long Poverty Law Center and Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy.

    Loyola School Facts

    • Years Estd.Founded 1904Chartered July 10, 1912
    • NicknameWolfpack
    • MottoDeo et Patriae (Latin) Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.For God and country For the Greater Glory of God
    • ColorsMaroon and gold
    • LocationLouisiana
    • AthleticsNAIA Division I – SSAC
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

    Famous Loyola Alumni

    • Harry Shearer

      Entertainment & Arts

      long time voice actor for the Simpsons

    • Donald Wetzel

      Science & Medicine

      inventor of the ATM

    • Manuel A. Esquivel

      Politics & Law

      former prime minister of Belize

    • Mitch Landrieu

      Politics & Law

      Mayor of New Orleans

    • Adrian G. Duplantier

      Politics & Law

      federal judge and former Louisiana state senator


  • McNeese State University Seal

    McNeese State University

    Lake Charles, Louisiana

    McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana
    • 8,153 Total Students
    • 82% Acceptance Rate
    • 57% Enrollment Rate
    • 20 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,002 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    McNeese State University is a public state supported university located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. It was established in 1939 as member of Louisiana State University under the name of Lake Charles Junior College. The 86-acre land for the establishment of the college was donated by the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury. The campus initially contained only two buildings; Kaufman Hall which was the administrative building and the McNeese Arena with the establishment of the Auditorium in the following year. The college was changed to John McNeese Junior College. Ten years later, the college became an independent four year college changing its name to McNeese State College supported by State Senator Gilbert Franklin Hennigan of DeRidder. The college became then administered by the Louisiana State Board of Education. In 1954, McNeese received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Six years later, the college got approval to offer its first master’s degree program. It achieved the university status in 1970.

    The university campus covers 121 acres with 68 buildings including Burton Business Center, F.G. Bulber Auditorium, Jack V. Doland Athletics Complex, Drew Hall, H.C. Drew Enrollment Information Center, Farrar Hall, Frasch Hall, Frazar Memorial Library, Gayle Hall, Holbrook Student Union/Student Union Complex, Hardtner Hall, Watkins Infirmary, Kaufman Hall, Shearman Fine Arts Center, Smith Hall and Frank E. Landry Jr. Baseball Complex. The official colors of the university are sunflower gold and royal blue while its mascot is called Rowdy. Its athletic teams, who are nicknamed Cowboys and Cowgirls, compete in NCAA Division I as members of the Southland Conference.

    The university is divided into 8 colleges and departments including Burton College of Education, William J. Dore, Sr, School of Graduate studies and Harold and Pearl Dripps School of Agricultural Sciences. It also offers 17 online degree programs granting bachelor, master’s and associate degrees.

    McNeese State School Facts

    • Years Estd.September 1939
    • NicknameCowboys & Cowgirls
    • MascotRowdy
    • MottoExcellence With A Personal Touch
    • ColorsRoyal blue, Sunflower gold
    • LocationLouisiana
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I FCS – Southland
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Seal

    New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana
    • 2,871 Total Students
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) is a non-profit private higher education institute operating in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was established in 1917 as the first institute to be established directly by the Southern Baptist Convention. The seminary still retains its affiliation to the convention till now. The seminary was initially named “the Baptist Bible Institute” and was located in the Garden District. In 1947, the college gained its current name following an amendment to its charter recognizing the institute as a seminary. Three years later, the college relocated to its current location in the Gentilly neighborhood after establishing its campus which was designed by the well-known Louisiana architect A. Hays Town. In 2005, the college temporarily relocated to Decatur, Georgia as its campus was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Renovation of the original campus was supported by a donation of $6.2 million from the Southern Baptist Executive Committee in addition to clean-up and construction teams from churches. 85% of the students resumed their classes in temporary classes and online before returning to the original campus in 2006.

    Currently, the seminary campus covers 75 acres and includes around 100 buildings. Distinctive buildings include Dement Street Apartments, Willingham Manor, Carey Hall, Hamilton Hall, Lipsey Hall, Dodd Hall, Leavell Chapel, John T. Christian Library, Sellers Music Building, Bunyan Building, Martin Chapel and Hardin Student Center. The official colors of the seminary are purple and gold. The seminary operates 13 research centers on campus including Caskey Center for Church Excellence, Cecil B. Day Center for Church Planting & the Nehemiah Project and H. Milton Haggard Center for New Testament Textual Studies. Moreover, the seminary has separate 13 graduate centers and 11 undergraduate centers located in 5 states.

    NOBTS offers 2 bachelor degree programs, 5 associate degree programs, 2 diploma degree programs in addition to 6 certificate programs. Some programs are also offered online. The seminary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

    NOBTS School Facts

    • Years Estd.1917
    • NicknameNOBTS, School of Providence and Prayer
    • Colorspurple and gold
    • LocationLouisiana
    • Religious AffiliationSouthern Baptist

    Famous NOBTS Alumni

    • G. Earl Guinn

      Education & Advocacy

      former president of Louisiana College

    • Jeremy Lee Yancey

      Politics & Law

      former Mississippi state senator

    • Benjamin Harlan

      Entertainment & Arts

      Internationally known arranger and composer of choral and keyboard works

    • Dan Warner

      Science & Medicine

      co-director of the Tel Gezer Water System excavation and preservation project

    • George L. Kelm

      Science & Medicine

      discoverer of ancient Timnah


  • Nicholls State University Seal

    Nicholls State University

    Thibodaux, Louisiana

    Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana
    • 6,158 Total Students
    • 90% Acceptance Rate
    • 56% Enrollment Rate
    • 19 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,399 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Nicholls State University is a public higher education institute located in the Acadiana region within the geographical bounds of the Mississippi River Delta. The university was established in 1948 and was initially named Francis T. Nicholls Junior College of Louisiana State University in honor of Francis Nicholls, a former governor of Louisiana and member of the Louisiana Supreme Court. In 1956, the college separated from the Louisiana State University and was recognized as a four-year degree college. Accordingly, the college changed its name to “Francis T. Nicholls State College”. The college awarded its first degree two years later. It finally got its current name in 1970. In 2005, the university was affected by Hurricane Katrina as it decided to suspend its admission selectivity to host students transferring from institutes damaged by the hurricane. Additionally, many of the university students left during the hurricane and did not continue their studies afterwards.

    The university campus is located in Thibodaux, Louisiana covering 287 acres. It offers several distinctive buildings and facilities including Ayo Hall, Babington Hall, Barker Hall, Beauregard Hall, Brady Residential Complex, Calecas Hall, Callais Recreation Center, Candies Hall, Chabert Hall, Cotillion Ballroom and Didier Field. The university library, which is known as Ellender Memorial Library, offers a collection of more than 245,000 books including 61,000 eBooks. The university athletic teams, who are nicknamed Colonels, compete in NCAA Division I as members of the Southland Conference. The official colors of the university are red and gray.

    The university offers 4 associate degree programs, 26 bachelor degree programs and 7 master’s degree programs. The university offers more than 100 courses through online classes since 2000. Prior to that date, the university used to offer distant learning through other methods including cassette, satellite courses, and video conferencing. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

    Nicholls School Facts

    • Years Estd.September 23, 1948 (1948-09-23)
    • NicknameColonels
    • MottoPeople Creating Possibilities
    • ColorsRed & Gray
    • LocationLouisiana
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I FCS – Southland
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Nicholls Alumni

    • Billy Tauzin

      Politics & Law

      former member of the United States House of Representatives

    • Bobby Felder

      Professional Sports

      NFL player

    • Andrew Simoncelli

      Entertainment & Arts

      WWL-TV producer

    • Hunt Downer

      Politics & Law

      former speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives

    • Anthony Guarisco, Jr.

      Politics & Law

      former state senator from Morgan City


  • Northwestern State University of Louisiana Seal

    Northwestern State University of Louisiana

    Natchitoches, Louisiana

    Northwestern State University of Louisiana in Natchitoches, Louisiana
    • 9,179 Total Students
    • 84% Acceptance Rate
    • 47% Enrollment Rate
    • 20 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,231 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSU) is a public 4-year higher education institute located in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The university was established in 1884 by the Louisiana State Legislature under the name of “Louisiana State Normal School”. In 1918, the school started offering Baccalaureate programs and accordingly, its name was changed in 1921 to “Louisiana State Normal College”. The name was changed in 1944 to “Northwestern State College of Louisiana”. In 1954, the Northwestern became the first college in Louisiana to offer master’s degree programs. It started offering doctoral degree programs in 1967 and achieved the university status three years later. In 1980, the old campus quadrangle was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    The university states that its mission is to provide a student oriented educational and research environment encouraging knowledge creation, dissemination, and acquisition. The university aims at preparing its students to become productive members of the society improving the economy and the quality of life for the local community. The university has a rural campus covering 916 acres on Chaplin’s Lake. It offers several distinctive buildings and facilities including Warren Easton Hall, Russell Hall, Varnado Hall, Fournet Hall, Bienvenu Hall, Turpin Stadium, Dodd Hall, Trisler Power Plant, Brown Stroud Field, Jack Fisher Tennis Complex, and Walter P. Ledet Track and Field Complex. The university also operates branch locations at Alexandria, Leesville and Shreveport. The university produces student-run magazine, newspaper and radio station which are called “the Argus”, “the Current Sauce” and “the Demon”. The university athletic teams compete in the Southland Conference as members of the NCAA Division I. The official colors of the university are purple and white while its mascot is called Vic the Demon.

    The university offers 20 academic programs granting bachelor and master’s degrees. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

    NSU School Facts

    • LocationLouisiana
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous NSU Alumni

    • Tommy G. Armstrong

      Business & Industry

      real estate developer and former politician in Shreveport

    • Jackson B. Davis

      Politics & Law

      former state senator from Shreveport

    • Joe Delaney

      Professional Sports

      NFL player for the Kansas City Chiefs

    • John B. Fournet

      Politics & Law

      Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court

    • P. Elmo Futrell

      Politics & Law

      former mayor of Pineville, Louisiana


  • Tulane University of Louisiana Seal

    Tulane University of Louisiana

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Tulane University of Louisiana in New Orleans, Louisiana
    • 12,485 Total Students
    • 30% Acceptance Rate
    • 21% Enrollment Rate
    • 9 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 26,257 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Tulane University is a private research based nonsectarian university. It was established in 1834 as a public medical college in Louisiana. Establishment was motivated by the fear of epidemic diseases as smallpox and cholera. In 1847, the name of the institute was changed from Medical College of Louisiana to University of Louisiana when the Law department was added. Tulane was then the 9th university established in US. The university was closed in 1861 to 1865 because of the American Civil War. The university then suffered financial difficulties till Paul Tulane founded Tulane Educational Fund by his endowment to support it. The university then became a private institute changing its name to Tulane University of Louisiana. In 1885, Josephine Louise Newcomb donated $3.6 million to establish H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College. In 1894, the university started the school of engineering. In the same year, the university relocated to its current site in St. Charles, downtown New Orleans. In 1907 Tulane School of Architecture was established. In 1925, Middle American Research Institute was established to make advanced research in history, botany and natural resources. The university established dentistry program, however it was terminated in 1928. The university had a lot of donations through its history. In 2004, James H. Clark and David Filo raised 30 million dollars to the university. The university was closed again in 2005 because of Hurricane Katrina affected most of the university. Three years later, $730 million was raised in a campaign called “Promise & Distinction”.

    Tulane campus covers 110 acres. The campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978. It is also famous for the large live oak trees. Prominent buildings on campus include Gibson Hall, Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, Devlin Fieldhouse, McAlister Auditorium and Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. The mascot of the university is called Riptide the Pelican while its official colors are Olive Green and Sky Blue.

    The university has 5 undergraduate schools and 9 graduate schools including A. B. Freeman School of Business.

    TU School Facts

    • LocationLouisiana
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous TU Alumni

    • David Filo

      Business & Industry

      co-founder of Yahoo

    • Michael E. DeBakey

      Science & Medicine

      cardiothoracic surgeon and prolific inventor

    • Andrew Breitbart

      Business & Industry

      media entrepreneur and founder of Breitbart.com

    • Luis Guillermo Solis

      Politics & Law

      President of Costa Rica

    • Randall Lee Gibson

      Politics & Law

      former U.S. representative and U.S. senator from Louisiana


  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette Seal

    University of Louisiana at Lafayette

    Lafayette, Louisiana

    University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Lafayette, Louisiana
    • 17,508 Total Students
    • 55% Acceptance Rate
    • 53% Enrollment Rate
    • 23 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 10,897 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    UL Lafayette is a public institute and a research institute that initially began as the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute created under a legislative act. It was established in 1898 and with the land being donated by the Girard family, construction at the chosen site began in the year 1900. It was in 1901 it held its first class.

    By 1921 the institute started adding academic disciplines to its curriculum and started awarding bachelor’s degree. It was renamed several times and by 1999 adopted its present name. It is based in Lafayette, Louisiana and its learning centric environment has attracted intellects and creative alike.

    Besides studies, the students find plenty more to do at the campus of University of Louisiana at Lafayette. There are more than 190 student run organisations that offer variety of interest and range of activities for each student to be involved actively. These not only promote healthy socialising but also provide a chance to be working as leaders by heading these clubs and organisations. For further skill development, there is also the Student Leadership Council which engages students in activities to help develop and improve skills. Community engagement is part of leadership development and hence holds Community Service Fair where students connect with local organisations and non-profits to be volunteering their time for the causes. There is also the Greek Life which encourages students for excellence. The campus also has its unique traditions as well as having annual traditional events; these are wearing Red every Friday, Block Party, Crawfish Boil, Krewe of Roux, Jump Week, the official university ring and many more. The students also enjoy the facility of a student union which is a central meeting place for students and faculty alike. Campus recreation is encouraged through sports as well as athletics where the campus teams ‘Ragin’ Cajuns’ compete at NCAA division I. The campus colors are Vermilion and Evangeline White.

    The academic programs consist of undergraduate programs with over 80 majors and more than 30 graduate programs. Its notable facilities are Burke-Hawthorne Building, Wharton Hall, Broussard Hall and the Edith Garland Dupré Library.

    UL Lafayette School Facts

    • Years Estd.July 14, 1898
    • NicknameRagin' Cajuns
    • MascotCayenne
    • MottoFortiter, Feliciter, Fideliter
    • Motto Eng.Boldly, Happily, Faithfully
    • ColorsVermilion and Evangeline White
    • LocationLouisiana
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I FBS – Sun Belt
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous UL Lafayette Alumni

    • Marc Breaux

      Entertainment & Arts

      Choreographer of movies such as Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    • Kody Chamberlain,

      Entertainment & Arts

      Comic book writer and artist

    • Ernie Alexander

      Politics & Law

      Louisiana state representative from 2000 to 2008

    • Kenny Bowen

      Politics & Law

      Mayor of Lafayette, from 1972 to 1980 and also from 1992 to 1996

    • Dudley J. LeBlanc

      Business & Industry

      Entrepreneur of Hadacol and also former Louisiana state senator (from 1940 to 1944; from 1948 to 1952; from 1964 to 1971

    • Sandra Peuler

      Politics & Law

      Judge of the Utah Third District Court in Salt Lake City

    • Albert H. Crews

      Science & Medicine

      Former U.S. astronaut from 1962 to 1988

    • Roy Bourgeois

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Priest and also the founder of the human rights group SOA Watch

    • Antwain Spann

      Professional Sports

      Cornerback for the New England Patriots from 2006 to 2008

    • Craig Perks

      Professional Sports

      Professional PGA golfer and also 2002 New Zealand Sportsman of the Year


  • University of Louisiana at Monroe Seal

    University of Louisiana at Monroe

    Monroe, Louisiana

    University of Louisiana at Monroe in Monroe, Louisiana
    • 8,804 Total Students
    • 88% Acceptance Rate
    • 43% Enrollment Rate
    • 21 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,417 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    ULM is a public higher education institute that finds its roots in the Ouachita Parish Junior College founded in 1931. The institute grew rapidly and within three years of founding had transformed into a center for the state university. Not only did it change its name over the years, its status also changed from becoming a junior college again, to a college and then eventually into a four year independent institute in 1969.

    It came to be renamed as University of Louisiana at Monroe in year 1999. It is based in Monroe, Louisiana and is part of the University of Louisiana System. It has grown into an institute which offers not just education but development of students into responsible citizens and qualified professionals.

    For the students their time at the university is filled with many other extracurricular activities besides studies. Involvement around the campus happens through participation in over 150 student clubs and organisations. There is also the Student Government Association and the Campus Activities Board which are the two main activity bodies on the campus. The former works for overall campus welfare while the latter arranges events and activities. These two also serve as platforms for leadership development while leadership is also encouraged and taught through workshop series. The campus also has its Fraternity and Sorority Life. Campus traditions consist of the spirit groups which include celebrating Spirit Days, the Hawkline, the Alma Mater, fight song and others. Additional student service consists of academic advising, tutoring for academic help and also the Peer Leader program in which students serve as mentors for other students. Students also find career services which work for getting the students prepared well enough for potential employment. The university also has its athletic teams called ‘Warhawks’ and which compete at Division I at NCAA. The official campus mascot is ‘Ace the Warhawk’ and the colors are Maroon and Gold.

    As for the academic programs, those are undergraduate programs with more than 40 majors and 25 minors, 19 Masters programs and three Doctoral programs. Its notable facilities are Helen Spyker Theatre and Caldwell Hall.

    ULM School Facts

    • Years Estd.1931
    • NicknameWarhawks
    • MascotAce the Warhawk
    • ColorsMaroon and Gold
    • LocationLouisiana
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous ULM Alumni

    • Milburn E. Calhoun

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Physician, philanthropist, and a book publisher

    • Devon O'Day

      Entertainment & Arts

      Radio personality, songwriter, and former model

    • Laura Ashley Hester

      Business & Industry

      Louisiana businesswoman; also Director of Underwriting and Product Development at Americas Insurance Compan

    • Lloyd E. Lenard

      Business & Industry

      Businessman, author and Caddo Parish Commissioner

    • Jamie Mayo

      Politics & Law

      Mayor of Monroe since 2001

    • J. Kelly Nix

      Education & Advocacy

      Louisiana education superintendent from 1976 to 1984

    • Wayne Waddell

      Politics & Law

      Former member of the Louisiana House from Shreveport

    • Ben Sheets

      Professional Sports

      Olympics gold medalist, 2000; winning pitcher versus Cuba for gold, MLB pitcher, Atlanta Braves



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  • Dillard University Seal

    Dillard University

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana
    • 1,185 Total Students
    • 48% Acceptance Rate
    • 14% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,615 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Dillard is a private higher education institute that traces its origins to two institutes, the New Orleans University and Straight College, both of which were founded in 1869 as Straight University and the Union Normal School. As these gradually expanded, adding academic fields, these eventually faced a merger in the year 1935 which gave rise to the present day institute.

    Dillard University is a historically black institute and is named after James Hardy Dillard, who dedicated his life to providing educational opportunities for the African Americans. To this day, the institute remains engaged in not just excelling its students at academic, but also enriching them with Christian values and training them to be leaders among their people.

    As students enter Dillard, they find a small community of students and teachers. This, the university believes is its greatest strength as students get to learn in close interaction with the teachers, contributing to their intellect and curiosity to explore. The primary unit working for student interests at the institute is the Students Government Association. It presents the chance to practice leadership and work towards improving the campus life. Furthermore, it not only organises and plans student events and activities but also supports student held groups and organisations. With a variety of students clubs present on campus, students get to build personal relationships with their fellow students. Further student support is offered through career and professional development. The office works to explore career directions with the students, helping develop career strategies, and connect students to potential employers and internships. For community service, the students are required to put in hours to serving and giving back to the community. The students also find entertainment through athletic participation at NAIA. Its teams are called Bleu Devils / Lady Bleu Devils and the colors are Royal Blue and White.

    The academic programs at Dillard are undergraduate programs with 21 majors in the fields of arts, sciences, business and nursing. The notable facilities at the institute are Will W. Alexander Library, Lawless Memorial Chapel, Camphor Hall, Hartzell Hall, Williams Hall, Kearny Hall, Henson Hall and more.

    Dillard School Facts

    • Years Estd.1869[citation needed]
    • NicknameBleu Devils / Lady Bleu Devils
    • MottoEx Fide, Fortis
    • Motto Eng."Strong Through Faith" (lit. "Out of faith, strong")
    • ColorsRoyal Blue and White
    • LocationLouisiana
    • AthleticsNAIA Division I – GCAC
    • Religious AffiliationUnited Methodist

    Famous Dillard Alumni

    • James W. Ames

      Science & Medicine

      Founder of Dunbar Hospital - the first black hospital in Detroit, Michigan

    • Napoleon Bracy Jr.

      Politics & Law

      Member of the Alabama House of Representatives

    • Sandra A. Harris-Hooker

      Science & Medicine

      Associate Dean of Research at Morehouse School of Medicine

    • Glenda Goodly McNeal

      Business & Industry

      Senior Vice President at American Express Company and member of the Dillard University Board of Trustees

    • Alfred Lloyd Norris

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Bishop at United Methodist Church

    • P.B.S. Pinchback

      Politics & Law

      24th Governor of Louisiana and first African-American Governor in the United States

    • Dwayne Thomas

      Science & Medicine

      CEO of Medical Center of Louisiana, New Orleans

    • Jericho Brown

      Entertainment & Arts

      Award winning Poet; works have been published in The Iowa Review, jubilat, New England Review, Oxford American

    • Rodrick A. Stevenson

      Science & Medicine

      Director of the Organ Transplant Department at Meharry Medical College


  • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans Seal

    Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    • 2,791 Total Students
    • 5 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • No Online Programs

    LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans is a public state higher education institute located in Louisiana. It was established by Governor Huey Pierce Long, Jr. in 1931 adjacent to the Charity Hospital that was rebuilt eight years later. The institute received A rating from the the American Medical Association 18 months before it initially operated as it contained all medical equipment and devices recommended by the medical organizations in the United States. The center started its graduate school in 1965 followed by the establishment of four other schools during the period between 1966 and 2003. The dentistry school was relocated in 2005 to Baton Rouge due to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina till it returned back to its campus in New Orleans two years later. The hurricane also significantly reduced the capacity of its educational hospitals; the Charity Hospital and the University Hospital. The University Hospital was reopened in 2006 following extensive renovations, however, the Charity Hospital was demolished after a decision by the arbitration panel that the building was more than 50% damaged. In 2011, LSU and New Orleans State announced the establishment of a teaching hospital at the value of $1.1 billion which was inaugurated in 2015.

    LSU Health main campus includes 28 buildings with several prominent facilities as Lions Eye Center, Mervin L. Trail Clinical Sciences Research Building, Stanislaus Hall, Louisiana Cancer Research Center, Delgado Building, Butterworth Building, L & M building, Dibert building and Seton building. The university has two libraries including John P. Isché Library which is the main library. The dental school has an independent campus located at Florida Avenue with four buildings including the second university library. LSU Health Foundation aims at raising of funds for operating the university, its hospitals in addition to the medical research projects.

    LSU Health includes six schools, 12 Centers of Excellence including Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, and two patient care clinics. The institute, as a state school, accepts only students from New Orleans State with the exceptions of MD/PhD students and children of the school alumni.

    LSU Health School Facts

    • LocationLouisiana
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport Seal

    Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport

    Shreveport, Louisiana

    Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport in Shreveport, Louisiana
    • 891 Total Students
    • 5 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • No Online Programs

    Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport is an educational and research medical center. It is a member of the Louisiana State University System. It was established in 1966 by Edgar Hull who also served as its first dean till he retired in 1973. It was initially named the Louisiana State University School of Medicine at Shreveport. The University is facing financial difficulties starting 2016 which was actually dates back to 2013 when the teaching hospital was transferred to the control of  the private Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana following the Governor’s plan to privatize the charity hospital system of the state. The hospital president says that this private foundation has not paid the value of the agreement which caused the deficiency of funds for operating the university.

    The center states its mission is to teach, discover and practice in the medical field. LSU Health Shreveport campus currently contains 13 buildings including Mollie Webb Medical Speech & Hearing building in addition to another building under construction for Allied Health. Education and patient care related to the center are carried out at four partner hospitals: University Health, Willis-Knighton, Shriners Children’s Hospital, and the Overton Brooks Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

    Academically, the center is divided into 5 basic science departments, 30 clinical departments and divisions in addition to 3 clinical designated center including Feist-Weiller Cancer Center. Students at the University get practical training at one of four hospitals including Willis-Knighton, Shriners Children’s Hospital, and the Overton Brooks Veterans Affairs Medical Center. LSU Health Shreveport is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs in addition to specialized accreditation of the graduate program.

    LSU Health Shreveport School Facts

    • LocationLouisiana
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

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