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Making the decision to attend college paves the way for your future choices and decisions, and choosing the right school is just as important. There are over 120 public and private colleges and universities, as well as trade and technical schools in Louisiana, 38 of which are accredited by the state’s Board of Regents. Making the best choice requires considering many elements, from whether to attend a four-year or a two-year program, to degree options, to financing your education.

Fortunately, we have applied our rigorous methodology to the latest education data to rank the best colleges in Louisiana, including the top four-year and two-year schools.

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Louisiana offers 23 accredited 4-year public colleges and universities, as well as 12 reputable private institutions throughout the state. The Louisiana Board of Regents operates four separate systems, three of which include public 4-year programs, and each with several universities under its jurisdiction. The three 4-year systems are: The University of Louisiana System, the Louisiana State University System and the Southern University System. Most of these universities can be found in the southern and northern portions of the state, in both urban and rural areas. With schools that reflect cultures and populations as diverse as its cities and town, students have many educational options to choose from in Louisiana.

Since implementing its strategic master plan for higher education in 2011, the state’s Board of Regents (BOR) has seen a rise in graduation rates at Louisiana’s public 4-year postsecondary institutions from 42.2% to 47.7%. The state continues to invest in strategic initiatives to increase graduation rates to meet its goal of 50,000 graduates per year by 2025. In addition to its in-state schools, Louisiana is committed to the success of its students, and participates as a member of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) in programs that offer students options for pursuing degrees which may not be offered at a Louisiana college, but can be accessed through a participating out-of-state school.

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Tulane University of Louisiana

 5/582.93%New Orleans, LA

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Tulane has been a higher education leader since its founding in 1834. With schools of architecture, business, law, liberal arts, medicine, public health and tropical medicine, science and engineering, and social work, the school’s 8,300 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate/professional students enjoy a wealth of academic opportunity.

Tulane is recognized as one of the 62 leading research universities in the U.S. and Canada, and the school’s National Primate Research Center is renowned for its infectious diseases studies. Tulane students and alumni are passionate supporters of their “Green Wave Athletics” NCAA Division I teams.

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Louisiana State University

 2/567.39%Baton Rouge, LA

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Boasting famous alumni such as basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, Oscar-winning composer Bill Conti, and political strategists James Carville and Donna Brazile, LSU is one of the most popular colleges in the state. Founded in 1860, the school now offers 194 undergraduate and graduate degrees, serves more than 26,000 students, and houses over 100 student organizations.

LSU has a top-ranked landscape architecture program and its law center is known for its affordability. The British Museum named LSU’s Rural Life Museum as one of the Top 10 Outdoor Museums in the World. LSU also has the 66th largest university library in North America.

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University of Holy Cross

 2/528.71%New Orleans, LA

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Founded in 1916 as a Ministry of the Marianites of Holy Cross, OLHCC began as a teaching college. Today, the school offers a diverse set of degree programs, including biology, business administration, counseling, food science, nursing, and theology.

Dedicated to faith-based values, the university seeks to educate “both the heart and the mind”. Its class sizes average 20 students, offering a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio. OLHCC provides several community service opportunities for students, and military students receive reduced degree program rates.

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University of Louisiana at Lafayette

 2/548.36%Lafayette, LA

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Home to an NCAA Division I Athletics program, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest college in Louisiana, with more than 19,000 students. Dedicated to research, students and faculty boast having discovered the bones of a seven-million-year-old camel at Fossil Lake, Oregon.

The school offers over 80 majors to students. Of note is its music program -- the university is the site of the world’s largest archive of Cajun and Creole folklore and music. The school focuses on providing a lively campus environment, and students enjoy canoe races, a lake jump, and a crawfish boil each spring during Lagniappe Week.

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Centenary College of Louisiana

 5/552.03%Shreveport, LA

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With a history dating back to 1825, Centenary College is one of the oldest colleges in Louisiana. An inclusive institution of the United Methodist Church, it strives to exemplify a “dedication to learning and serving others”. Degree programs range from French and music, to neuroscience and religious studies.

Incoming freshmen are encouraged to participate in the “Centenary in Paris Program”. This 10-day immersion learning and travel opportunity takes place in August and all expenses are paid. The college has several “Living Learning Communities” that focus on different passions, such as environmental sustainability and French immersion. Tuition discounts are offered to active duty military and veterans.

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University of New Orleans

 2/533.72%New Orleans, LA

UNO is located 15 minutes from the French Quarter on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Its College of Engineering is the only one in New Orleans and its School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering is one of only a handful in the country.

An urban research university, it is one of two colleges in the state to be classified as a Doctoral University by the Higher Research Activity by Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The university also boasts an NCAA Division I Athletics program. Students raise scholarship funds with a bi-annual mud volleyball tournament.

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Southeastern Louisiana University

 2/537.24%Hammond, LA

Located in Hammond, Southeastern Louisiana University has a small town feel, and with more than 15,600 students, it has a low student-to-faculty ratio of 21:1. The school offers more than 60 degree programs including supply chain management, occupational safety, health and environment, and new media and animation.

Students enjoy religious, honor, professional service, and special interest student organizations, including the American Welding Society, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club, Best Buddies volunteers, and the Southeastern Guitar Club. The school also hosts “Fanfare,” a month-long arts, humanities, and science festival that attracts international artists.

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Loyola University – New Orleans

 5/561.94%New Orleans, LA

Founded in 1912, LOYNO is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the country. Students enjoy a low 12:1 faculty-student ratio and the opportunity to study abroad in over 50 countries, including popular destinations such as Brazil, India, Japan, and Spain.

Loyola was a top producer of 2015-16 U.S. Fulbright Scholars and had a 2016 Goldwater Scholar. Incoming freshmen have an average 3.66 GPA. Alumni include comedian Rhonda Shear and former Green Bay Packers executive John M. Jones.

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McNeese State University

 2/541.19%Lake Charles, LA

“Excellence with a personal touch” is the motto at McNeese. Founded in 1939, the school offers more than 75 associate, bachelor, master, and specialist degree programs with robust continuing education and online learning opportunities. Approximately 8,000 students attend the university.

Located in Lake Charles, the campus includes 1,600 acres of donated farm property used for farming and research. In 2013, the university opened the Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development (SEED) Center to assist in strengthening the community.

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Southern University and A&M College

 2/532.11%Baton Rouge, LA

Southern University is the only historically black college in Baton Rouge. It serves over 15,000 students across five campuses. Its College of Engineering is one of the top 10 producers of African-American undergraduate degree recipients. They go on to become leaders at corporations like IBM, ExxonMobil, and Raytheon.

The youngest graduate of the school was Polite Stewart, Jr., who earned a physics degree at 18 years old. Graduates of Southern include nine U.S. Army Generals and one U.S. Marine Corps General. The “Southern Jaguars” are NCAA competitors and offer a wide variety of athletic opportunities.

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Nicholls State University

 2/539.69%Thibodaux, LA

Nicholls rests in the heart of Cajun country and capitalizes on the region's geography, history and culture. It's the only four-year college in Louisiana to offer a degree in the culinary arts, and also offers the state's only geomatics program.

Often referred to as Harvard on the Bayou, Nicholls' 287-acre campus, located on the banks of Bayou Lafourch, provides unique opportunities for students studying marine biology, environmental science and petroleum engineering. Nicholls has consistently been named a military-friendly school by G.I. Jobs Magazine.

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Xavier University of Louisiana

 4/543.73%New Orleans, LA

Xavier, the only historically black Catholic university in the country, emphasizes community service, social justice, and academics. The school is a leader in placing African American students into medical school, and grants the most physics and physical/biological/life science degrees to African Americans.

In spite of major damage incurred by Hurricane Katrina, the university participated in and led community efforts in disaster relief. Xavier received $17.5 million from the nation of Qatar to recover and expand the College of Pharmacy, ranked among the nation's top 20 in research funding by the National Institutes of Health.

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Louisiana State University-Shreveport

 2/530.66%Shreveport, LA

Named by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the most affordable colleges in Louisiana, LSU Shreveport caters to non-traditional students by offering online graduate degrees, eight-week semesters, and a roster of night courses. A partnership with Bossier Parish Community College allows students to complete GE courses, taught by BPCC instructors, on the LSUS campus, where they have complete access to all university services, including housing.

For students seeking the full college experience, LSU offers more than 70 clubs and organizations, including Just Say Anything -- where budding comedians share and refine improv comedy skills -- a Quidditch team, and vibrant athletic and recreational sport programs.

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Northwestern State University of Louisiana

 2/537.79%Natchitoches, LA

Northwestern State was the first college in Louisiana to offer a master's degree in nursing, and its graduate nursing program is the only one among public LA colleges to be ranked in the top 100 by U.S. News & World Report. The university is also home to eNSU, the first and largest electronic college campus in Louisiana, providing students with 38 online degree programs and personalized instruction.

Overlooking the city of Natchitoches, the school's campus is considered one of the most attractive in the South. The university operates the 18-hole Northwestern Hills Golf Course and houses the Louisiana Creole Heritage Center, dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Creole culture.

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University of Louisiana at Monroe

 2/540.5%Monroe, LA

ULM is one of six Louisiana colleges to offer doctoral degrees, including the online family therapy PhD program. Undergrads have over 40 majors to choose from, including unique offerings such as aviation and toxicology. ULM is one of only a handful of colleges to house a Museum of Natural History on its grounds.

The university boasts nearly 150 student organizations. ULM's Sound of Today marching band has performed at the Super Dome for the New Orleans Saints, and its water ski team is the most successful in the history of the collegiate sport.

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Southern University at New Orleans

 1/511.72%New Orleans, LA

SUNO displays its commitment to rebuilding New Orleans with programs such as public administration and business entrepreneurship. Boasting an enrollment climbing faster than any other Louisiana college, SUNO strives to make education available to everyone by offering extensive evening, early morning, and Saturday classes, plus distance learning and weekend courses. Its agreement with Delgado Community College provides students with a seamless transition to the university.

The winning SUNO athletics department -- cheered on by the university's student dance team, the Royal Jewels -- holds court in The Castle, the university gymnasium, and has produced seven National Championship teams, nearly 200 All-Americans and six Olympians.

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Louisiana State University-Alexandria

 2/520.59%Alexandria, LA

LSUA began as a two-year commuter college in 1960. Today, the school offers 13 baccalaureate degree programs, and more than half, including business administration and criminal justice, can be completed online. Student and professional organizations include a rodeo club, 4H program and theater company. The university also operates the Alexandria Museum of Art -- its downtown campus -- offering students access to world-class exhibitions and events.

The tobacco-free campus, on the grounds of the former Oakland Plantation, includes one residence hall with an outdoor pool, a nine-hole golf course, and the fully-restored Epps House, where Twelve Years a Slave author Solomon Northrup was held before finally regaining his freedom.

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Dillard University

 3/536.42%New Orleans, LA

Dillard, a private, historically black university in Louisiana, offers 28 academic majors and a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Dillard is the only U.S. university to offer Melton fellowships, providing intercultural training, leadership development, and global education through travel, program grants, and social service.

A member of the National Council of Undergraduate Research, Dillard encourages students to conduct academic-quality research in preparation for graduate school and professional work. Notable graduates include Saturday Night Live alum Garrett Morris and Ellis Marsalis, a jazz pianist and educator.

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Grambling State University

 2/530.17%Grambling, LA

Grambling University, listed on the Louisiana African-American Heritage Trail, boasts a 340-acre campus and a motto -- a place where everybody is somebody -- that reflects an inclusive and nurturing environment. Grambling is the top producer of computer information science graduates and touts a huge alumni network with chapters in almost every major U.S. city.

The school is also home to the internationally renowned Tiger Marching Band and the legendary football coach Eddie Robinson, Sr., who saw more than 200 of his athletes play in the NFL, including four who were inducted in the football Hall of Fame.

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The Louisiana Community and Technical College Systems (LCTCS) runs 13 community and technical colleges, offering associate’s degrees, technical diplomas and industry-based certificates. In 2013-2014, five colleges ranked in the top 100 producers of two-year certificates based on Community College Week’s 2015 edition of the Top 100 Associate Degree Producers, with South Louisiana Community College ranked 14th in the nation.

Despite LCTCS’s rising reputation, two-year and technical college students continue to struggle with retention. In order to combat this, LCTCS recently announced a partnership with the Louisiana State University Division of Economic Development (LSUED) aimed at tracking and measuring earnings of LCTCS graduates. The state hopes to help double the annual earnings of LCTCS graduates by 2020. Louisiana’s adult education program, named “WorkReady U,” also runs 34 programs at more than 200 adult education instructional sites throughout Louisiana.

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Baton Rouge Community College

 1/571.79%Alexandria, LA

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BRCC has grown exponentially since its opening in 1998, and is poised to continue its tradition of excellence and growth well into the future. The school offers over 70 degrees, certificates, and training courses. Students at BRCC can pursue their studies in traditional classroom settings, online, and through hybrid courses combining the two.

BRCC offers special benefits for veterans, as well as workforce education that provides training and employment opportunities to its students. BRCC is an innovative, student-centered insti

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Remington College-Lafayette Campus

 3/559.24%Morgan City, LA

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Remington College, Lafayette Campus -- formerly Spencer Business College -- is the oldest campus in the collegiate consortium of Remington Colleges. Because of its roots in the field, Remington offers a number of associate degree programs in business administration, in addition to programs in medical assisting, computer and network administration, and criminal justice.

The school also offers several technical diploma programs. Remington is well-known for its dedicated faculty and staff and their focus on ensuring student success on and off campus.

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Louisiana Delta Community College

 1/543.36%Minden, LA

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LDCC began offering classes in 2001, and has consistently ranked high in student satisfaction. LDCC offers a wide range of associate degrees, certifications, and technical diplomas at its eight campuses in Northeast Louisiana.

More than 10,000 students attend LDCC each year, and the school continues to grow and evolve to meet its diverse student body’s changing needs. Many of LDCC’s programs include hands-on training and workforce experience. LDCC has special dual enrollment program for high school students, and is a VA-approved institution offering special services for veterans.

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Southern University at Shreveport

 1/511.2%Shreveport, LA

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SUSLA is the state’s only HBCU comprehensive community college. Part of the Southern University system -- an 1890 Land Grant Institution -- SUSLA offers its students a wide variety of learning opportunities.

SUSLA has a wide range of associate degrees programs that prepare students for transfer into bachelor’s degree programs at four-year universities, as well as certification and technical programs, and non-degree continuing education. Students at SUSLA gain excellent education in a flexible, affordable, student-centered environment.

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Northwest Louisiana Technical College

 1/556.47%Lafayette, LA

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LTC is comprised of five campuses and two instructional centers that serve the career and technical education needs of Northwestern Louisiana. Northwest LTC focuses on career-oriented education that empowers its students to succeed in the workforce.

Students can choose from degree paths in business, commerce, and service careers; health services occupational careers; transportation service careers; and construction and manufacturing. Courses prepare students for high-skill, high-wage careers in high-demand fields.

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Bossier Parish Community College

 1/523.98%Baton Rouge, LA

BPCC is known for its commitment to flexibility and innovation. The school offers a wide range of programs, including dual enrollment for high school juniors and seniors and special services for veterans and students with disabilities.

BPCC also has transfer agreements with a number of institutions in Louisiana, making it an excellent choice for students who plan on continuing their schooling to earn a four-year degree. BPCC also offers a wide range of associate degrees, one- and two-year occupational certificate programs, and career training.

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Capital Area Technical College

 1/510.59%Bossier City, LA

In 2015, Capital Area Technical College (CATC) merged with Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC). Now under the BRCC umbrella, the school continues its tradition of excellent career-oriented technical education at its main Acadian Campus and its educational centers in and around Baton Rouge, LA.

The college offers special benefits for veterans, as well as workforce education that provides training and employment opportunities to its students. CATC, now part of the BRCC network, is an innovative, student-centered institution committed to providing a flexible, affordable, diverse education.

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Remington College-Shreveport Campus

 3/562%Shreveport, LA

The Shreveport Campus of Remington College offers the same high-quality education as the larger branches of the Remington College network in a smaller scale, ensuring its students benefit from intimate class sizes and more personalized attention.

Remington’s Shreveport Campus offers the same associate degrees as other campuses as well as a pharmacy technician diploma program and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. The school focuses on preparing students to be valuable community resources.

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Central Louisiana Technical Community College

 1/511.32%New Orleans, LA

CLTCC was created in 2012 by merging six technical schools in the area. CLTCC prepares students for high-paying, high-demand technical jobs and provides continuing education and training solutions for the workforce of Central Louisiana.

CLTCC also offers dual enrollment programs for area high school students, and helps to transform lives through its Adult Basic Education program. CLTCC is committed to empowering its students through education to become the business leaders of tomorrow.

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Louisiana State University – Eunice

 1/511.18%Eunice, LA

LSUE is a two-year university in the LSU system, and is well suited to graduates who want to make a seamless transfer into any four-year college or university in Louisiana. The school offers a 2+2 cooperative program with several universities in the state, allowing students to complete their first two years of study at Eunice and finish their bachelor’s degree at a four-year university or online.

LSUE offers a wide range of associate degrees and certificate programs, including gainful employment programs that certify students for work in high-demand fields. LSUE boasts the highest results for all accredited two- and four-year colleges in Louisiana in the ACT Student Satisfaction Survey.

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Nunez Community College

 1/537.3%Lake Charles, LA

Located in the New Orleans area, Nunez embodies the progressive vision of its namesake: to provide a quality public education to a wide range of students. At Nunez, students will find a variety of programs to suit their interests, including certificates in business technology, paralegal studies, and welding.

Students have the opportunity to earn terminal associate degrees, preparing them to enter the workforce. They may also choose one of Nunez’s stepping stone programs, such as the general studies degree, which can be applied to a four-year degree at most public universities.

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Northshore Technical Community College

 1/531.2%Bogalusa, LA

Only short distances from New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Northshore consists of four conveniently located campuses. From air conditioning to veterinary technology, the community college offers over 20 certificate and degree programs.

Northshore’s YouthBuild program sets it apart from other community colleges by offering Washington Parish youth the opportunity to earn vocational skills without a high school diploma. YouthBuild benefits young job seekers and the overall community.

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Remington College-Baton Rouge Campus

 3/556.51%Baton Rouge, LA

Remington College at Baton Rouge emphasizes community involvement and offers a variety of degrees to prepare students for success in a competitive workforce. The criminal justice associate degree program draws upon local law enforcement experience as a learning tool. For distance learners, Remington offers a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice entirely online.

The process technology associate degree featured at the Baton Rouge campus is one of its highlighted programs, and can be completed in as few as 18 months. The Baton Rouge campus also offers vocational diplomas, including electrical technology and HVAC.

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South Louisiana Community College

 1/522.47%Lafayette, LA

Ranging from aviation maintenance technology to practical nursing, SLCC’s programs cater to a variety of student interests. The school also offers an adult education program to help students earn a high school equivalency diploma.

SLCC at Lafayette is passionate about helping students find the career path that best suits their needs and interests. A number of career services are available for students to help guide them along their educational journey.

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Our Lady of the Lake College

 3/530.68%Baton Rouge, LA

OLOL is a community-oriented, non-profit Catholic college in Baton Rouge. With a heavy focus on medical science, OLOL offers several undergraduate degrees, four master’s-level degrees in the areas of nursing and health administration, as well as a doctoral degree in nursing practice. Two of its degree programs are entirely online, including the master of health administration and the bachelor of science in nursing.

OLOL emphasizes student wellbeing and is the first Louisiana university to receive a Level 3 Wellspot by Well-Ahead, the Louisiana Health Hospital’s healthy lifestyle program.

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River Parishes Community College

 1/516.52%Gonzales, LA

Located in Sorrento about an hour outside of New Orleans, RPCC provides educational services to several parishes in the southeastern region of Louisiana. Students at the school can choose from three affordable gainful employment programs in business administration, drafting and design, and instrumentation technology.

Technical diplomas in nursing and welding are offered, as well as a medical coding specialist certificate. Students are prepared and encouraged to seek employment within the community.

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Fletcher Technical Community College

 1/512.17%Schriever, LA

Established over 60 years ago, Fletcher has a long history of educational excellence in a variety of vocations. Serving five South Louisiana parishes, Fletcher has locations in Schriever and Houma.

An hour-long drive from the Gulf of Mexico, the Schriever campus offers a Marine Operations program to students interested in Coast Guard training. The campus is also home to the petroleum division, and its programs prepare students for a promising career in the oil industry. Fletcher offers a Louisiana transfer degree for students who wish to complete their degree at a four-year university.

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Delgado Community College

 1/511.7%Chalmette, LA

Delgado Community College in New Orleans has a vibrant student body with a number of organizations and activities. From biology club to theatre, students are encouraged to engage in the bustling campus life.

Students will find a brand new state-of-the-art industrial training center at Delgado. Equipped with training simulations and staffed by experts, students interested in industrial training will gain skills necessary for quick problem-solving in a fast-paced environment. The school has an active veterans affairs office and provides counselors to help student veterans take advantage of all resources available to them.

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SOWELA Technical Community College

 1/52.28%Monroe, LA

Located in Lake Charles, SOWELA serves a number of parishes in southwestern Louisiana. Students here will find a campus that values diverse learning experiences and student success. SOWELA recently launched Operation 5,000, a campus goal to enroll 5,000 students by 2016.

The community college offers several associate degrees and technical diplomas. Both the arts and sciences are emphasized at SOWELA, with degrees ranging from culinary arts and graphic design to computer technology. The school also offers continuing education training for professionals to stay up-to-date in the competitive workforce.

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South Central Louisiana Technical College-Young Memorial Campus

 1/59.21%Baton Rouge, LA

SCL offers several nationally accredited programs, including automotive technology and United States Coast Guard training. Programs ranging from diesel powered equipment technology to practical nursing are also offered. Affordability is important at SCL, and students are provided with detailed cost sheets that itemize required program expenses.

SCL also launched the STEP program, designed to keep educational training up-to-date with emerging technological advancements. This is especially beneficial for students interested in the process technology program. This program covers a number of industrial operations, including handling and maintenance of various chemicals and code safety.

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If you’re thinking about applying to one of the best colleges in Louisiana, continuing reading to learn more about living in the Pelican State.

Louisiana is bordered by Arkansas to the north, Mississippi to the east, Texas to the west and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. While residents and visitors will find prairies and woodlands in the north, much of central and southern Louisiana was formed from the sediments that washed down the Mississippi River, leaving great areas of coastal marsh and swampland known to locals as the “Bayou Country.” This environment fosters a rich set of flora and fauna, including ibis, tree frogs, paddlefish and alligators, as well as plant life such as orchids and carnivorous plants.

Louisiana is the only state with political subdivisions called parishes, which are equivalent to counties. The largest parish by population is East Baton Rouge Parish. Many of the state’s urban environments are multicultural and multilingual, influenced by 18th-century French, Spanish, Native American and African populations. There are several unique dialects of French, Creole and English spoken in Louisiana, particularly in the New Orleans area. Louisiana is well known for its unique Cajun language (and cooking). The state is home to many special interest heritage sites, including The African American Heritage Trail and Poverty Point. Louisiana is also known as the Festival Capital of America, with over 400 occurring each year, from music to themed festivals.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the overall unemployment rate for Louisiana in August 2015 as 6%. The most heavily populated industries include Trade, Transportation and Utilities; Government; Education and Health Services; Leisure & Hospitality; and Professional and Business Services. Much of Louisiana’s southern economy is dependent on cultural and tourism attractions and businesses. According to a recent survey, Louisiana is ranked as one of the top five states for friendliness to small businesses.

Regional Spotlight: Northern Louisiana

  • Major Cities: Ruston, Monroe, Shreveport, Minden
  • Attractions: Sci Port: Louisiana’s Science Center, RW Norton Art Gallery, Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, Walter B Jacobs Memorial Nature Park
  • Cost of Living: Shreveport
  • Popular Schools: University of Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana State University-Shreveport, Louisiana Tech University, Southern University-Shreveport
  • Population for Shreveport: 198,242
  • Unemployment for Shreveport: 5.7%

Regional Spotlight: Southern Louisiana

  • Major Cities: Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette, Hammond
  • Attractions: The French Quarter, USS Kidd and Veterans Memorial, Old State Capitol, Vermilionville, Laura Plantation
  • Cost of Living: Baton Rouge
  • Popular Schools: Louisiana State University, Loyola University New Orleans, Tulane University, Nicholls State University
  • Population for Baton Rouge: 228,895
  • Unemployment rate for Baton Rouge: 6%

Residency

A resident student is defined as a person who has lived full-time in Louisiana for a minimum of 12 months, immediately preceding the student’s first day of classes for the term for which residence classification is requested.

Residency is determined by the Board of Regents. The following requirements may be used to determine residence status:

FOR MINORS:

  • Students under the age of 18 who live with a parent (or guardian) are classified as a resident, based on the parent(s)’ established residence in Louisiana, which is generally determined based on full-time employment and domicile in the state. If a student enrolls as a nonresident, and his or her parents move to Louisiana full-time, that student can be re-classified as a resident.
  • If only one parent qualifies as a resident, the student may be classified as a resident if he or she lives with that parent.
  • If one of the student’s parents is a graduate of the institution to which he or she attends, the student may be classified as a resident.

FOR ADULTS:

  • An individual may classified as a resident if he or she has worked full-time for a minimum of one year in the state of Louisiana AND has not been registered at an educational institution for more than six semester hours previously.
  • An individual who is not employed may still be classified as a resident if he or she can provide evidence of living in Louisiana for 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of the semester.
  • Members of the armed forces stationed in Louisiana are classified as residents.
  • Students who marry a Louisiana resident may gain residence status.

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