2023 Best Colleges and Universities in Louisiana

Louisiana boasts 36 four-year colleges and universities, and several of them rank among the best institutes of higher education in not only the South but also in the nation. Several of the 2022 best colleges and universities in Louisiana are considered best-value schools as well.

These three schools rank among the top 100 universities in the southern region of the US.

McNeese State University – This public school has developed a strong reputation for being a University of Innovation, and its programs meet a variety of student needs. This campus is home to the Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development Center that also serves as a business incubator. Annual tuition is approximately $7,920.

Nicholls State University – A public institution of higher education, Nicholls is known for outstanding teaching and service, and it ranks high as a top public school and among regional universities in the South. Annual tuition here is also approximately $7,346.

Louisiana College – One of the private schools on this list, Louisiana College is a liberal arts school that offers selected professional programs. The student population here is 54% male, and annual tuition and fees cost $16,000.

Four of the top universities are located in Louisiana’s Crescent City: New Orleans.

University of Holy Cross –  This institute of higher education ranks #35 among other national liberal arts colleges, and it accepts 40% of its applicants. Tuition and fees here average $14,720 annually.

Loyola University New Orleans – In the top ten schools in the southern region of the United States, Loyola focuses on academic rigor and personal service. This Jesuit school offer 60 programs, plenty of extracurricular activities, and a range of athletics. The annual tuition is approximately $39,692.

Xavier University of Louisiana –  Ranked in the top 25 among regional schools in the South, Xavier is affiliated with the Roman Catholic church, and the school teaches service and leadership in addition to academics. The focus here is on providing minority students an education that surpasses programs at other schools. Tuition and fees at this private school are $24,348 annually.

Tulane University – Tulane is tied for 44th place among universities across the nation. Located in downtown NOLA, this college is at the hub of culture and cuisine. There is also an uptown campus. This university is known for its law school as well as the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. The school is highly selective, and those student accepted into the university can expect to pay approximately $54,820 annually in tuition and fees.

Louisiana offers plenty of opportunities to study at institutes of higher education, and students can make their college experience a memorable one here.

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