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Top Colleges in Louisiana

Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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Updated: May 7th, 2024

Whether you’re enticed by the vibrant culture of New Orleans or the scenic beauty of Baton Rouge, there’s a Louisiana college for you. With renowned institutions like LSU and Tulane and financial aid programs such as the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS), Louisiana offers an affordable, quality education to hundreds of thousands of students every year. Explore our list of Louisiana colleges below to discover your perfect fit.

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Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

Baton Rouge, LA • Public, City

Baton Rouge, LA

Public, City

71% acceptance rate
26,455 undergraduate students
69% graduation rate
$18,300 average per year after aid
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Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA • Private, Non-Profit, City

New Orleans, LA

Private, Non-Profit, City

10% acceptance rate
8,700 undergraduate students
86% graduation rate
$42,217 average per year after aid
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Louisiana Tech University

Ruston, LA • Public, Town

Ruston, LA

Public, Town

66% acceptance rate
7,785 undergraduate students
59% graduation rate
$12,065 average per year after aid
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University of Louisiana at Monroe

Monroe, LA • Public, City

Monroe, LA

Public, City

70% acceptance rate
5,376 undergraduate students
54% graduation rate
$10,950 average per year after aid
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Loyola University New Orleans

New Orleans, LA • Private, Non-Profit, City

New Orleans, LA

Private, Non-Profit, City

78% acceptance rate
3,230 undergraduate students
62% graduation rate
$22,123 average per year after aid
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University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Lafayette, LA • Public, City

Lafayette, LA

Public, City

78% acceptance rate
12,612 undergraduate students
50% graduation rate
$12,642 average per year after aid
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Nicholls State University

Thibodaux, LA • Public, City

Thibodaux, LA

Public, City

97% acceptance rate
5,181 undergraduate students
50% graduation rate
$13,466 average per year after aid
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Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA • Private, Non-Profit, City

New Orleans, LA

Private, Non-Profit, City

95% acceptance rate
2,727 undergraduate students
50% graduation rate
$18,445 average per year after aid
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McNeese State University

Lake Charles, LA • Public, City

Lake Charles, LA

Public, City

69% acceptance rate
5,202 undergraduate students
42% graduation rate
$10,161 average per year after aid
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Centenary College of Louisiana

Shreveport, LA • Private, Non-Profit, City

Shreveport, LA

Private, Non-Profit, City

63% acceptance rate
514 undergraduate students
57% graduation rate
$29,008 average per year after aid
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Dillard University

New Orleans, LA • Private, Non-Profit, City

New Orleans, LA

Private, Non-Profit, City

55% acceptance rate
1,200 undergraduate students
52% graduation rate
$18,901 average per year after aid
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Louisiana State University-Shreveport

Shreveport, LA • Public, City

Shreveport, LA

Public, City

91% acceptance rate
2,196 undergraduate students
38% graduation rate
$8,536 average per year after aid
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Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Natchitoches, LA • Public, Town

Natchitoches, LA

Public, Town

96% acceptance rate
7,513 undergraduate students
44% graduation rate
$14,657 average per year after aid
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University of New Orleans

New Orleans, LA • Public, City

New Orleans, LA

Public, City

81% acceptance rate
5,629 undergraduate students
39% graduation rate
$11,548 average per year after aid
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Southeastern Louisiana University

Hammond, LA • Public, City

Hammond, LA

Public, City

99% acceptance rate
10,106 undergraduate students
38% graduation rate
$13,269 average per year after aid
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Louisiana State University-Alexandria

Alexandria, LA • Public, Rural

Alexandria, LA

Public, Rural

58% acceptance rate
3,176 undergraduate students
27% graduation rate
$7,166 average per year after aid
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University of Holy Cross

New Orleans, LA • Private, Non-Profit, City

New Orleans, LA

Private, Non-Profit, City

75% acceptance rate
530 undergraduate students
30% graduation rate
$16,353 average per year after aid
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Southern University and A & M College

Baton Rouge, LA • Public, City

Baton Rouge, LA

Public, City

59% acceptance rate
5,178 undergraduate students
32% graduation rate
$16,991 average per year after aid
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Grambling State University

Grambling, LA • Public, Town

Grambling, LA

Public, Town

72% acceptance rate
4,405 undergraduate students
29% graduation rate
$17,157 average per year after aid
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Southern University at New Orleans

New Orleans, LA • Public, City

New Orleans, LA

Public, City

79% acceptance rate
1,293 undergraduate students
19% graduation rate
$14,301 average per year after aid
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About the Data

We sort colleges on our lists according to their Scholarships360 Top Colleges Index Score. This score is calculated using up-to-date information taken directly from the College Scorecard. Additional information is sourced from the colleges themselves, as well as other publicly available information. If you see an error, feel free to contact us.

State grants in Louisiana

Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS)

The Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) is a series of merit-based scholarships for Louisiana Students who attend Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) approved high schools. For each award there are specific requirements for things like minimum GPA and minimum ACT scores. There are four different scholarships included in this program:

GO Grant

The GO Grant is a need-based grant for Louisiana residents. Students will receive this grant as long as they are enrolled at least half-time and receive the Federal Pell Grant

Alabama tuition reciprocity agreements

Louisiana is a part of the Southern Regional Education Board Academic Common Market, which allows students going to public institutions to out-of-state schools and pay in-state tuition, if their degree is not offered in their home state. These tuition discounts allow students in Louisiana to attend institutions in the following states, and vice versa:

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Frequently asked questions about colleges in Louisiana

What is the hardest school in Louisiana to get into?

 The school with the lowest acceptance rate in Louisiana is Tulane University of Louisiana with an acceptance rate of only 10%. While this school would definitely be considered a little more difficult to get into, it is important to apply to more difficult schools, typically referred to as reach schools.

Does Louisiana have tuition reciprocity?

 Yes! Louisiana is one of the 15 states in the Southern Regional Education Board Academic Common Market. This means students have the opportunity to go to out of state schools, and still receive discounted in-state tuition.

Why should I study in Louisiana?

 Louisiana has an interesting mix of both southern American culture, as well as French culture, specifically Cajun French. When you think of Louisiana you might think of the city of New Orleans, which is known for its Mardi Gras celebrations. This state is a great place for lovers of jazz music comfort food like crawfish and beignets. The unique culture of Louisiana also makes for a great educational experience with a wide range of areas to study, like law, architecture, medicine, and especially arts and music.
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