2022 best colleges in Louisiana best-colleges

Whether you’re in search of a quality education, an exciting sports game, or a good party, top Louisiana schools, like Tulane University and Louisiana State University, have much to offer. LSU features nationally-leading French and architecture programs and ranks in the Top 10 for the most NCAA national championships. The state also features notable Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), including Southern University, whose marching band has made appearances in music videos for Lizzo and the Jonas Brothers.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Louisiana

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Admission rate: 74%

Grad rate: 68%

Net cost: $15,465

Payback: 2.2 Years

Earnings: $56,806

Vs. state average: + $10,864

Economic score: 1.78

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#2 in Louisiana

Louisiana Tech University

Ruston, Louisiana

Admission rate: 64%

Grad rate: 51%

Net cost: $12,084

Payback: 2.2 Years

Earnings: $48,840

Vs. state average: + $2,898

Economic score: 2.11

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#3 in Louisiana

University of New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Admission rate: 83%

Grad rate: 44%

Net cost: $11,193

Payback: 2.4 Years

Earnings: $46,502

Vs. state average: + $560

Economic score: 2.41

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#4 in Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Admission rate: 81%

Grad rate: 51%

Net cost: $19,715

Payback: 3.0 Years

Earnings: $53,554

Vs. state average: + $7,612

Economic score: 2.55

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#5 in Louisiana

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Admission rate: 47%

Grad rate: 47%

Net cost: $17,191

Payback: 3.3 Years

Earnings: $49,017

Vs. state average: + $3,075

Economic score: 3.07

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#6 in Louisiana

University of Louisiana at Monroe

Monroe, Louisiana

Admission rate: 78%

Grad rate: 47%

Net cost: $10,453

Payback: 2.8 Years

Earnings: $41,304

Vs. state average: - $4,638

Economic score: 3.16

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#7 in Louisiana

McNeese State University

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Admission rate: 64%

Grad rate: 47%

Net cost: $12,267

Payback: 3.3 Years

Earnings: $42,965

Vs. state average: - $2,977

Economic score: 3.49

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#8 in Louisiana

Loyola University New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Admission rate: 73%

Grad rate: 61%

Net cost: $21,486

Payback: 3.8 Years

Earnings: $48,747

Vs. state average: + $2,805

Economic score: 3.54

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#9 in Louisiana

Nicholls State University

Thibodaux, Louisiana

Admission rate: 94%

Grad rate: 45%

Net cost: $12,247

Payback: 3.3 Years

Earnings: $42,206

Vs. state average: - $3,736

Economic score: 3.62

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#10 in Louisiana

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Lafayette, Louisiana

Admission rate: 68%

Grad rate: 54%

Net cost: $12,487

Payback: 3.6 Years

Earnings: $42,350

Vs. state average: - $3,592

Economic score: 3.85

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#11 in Louisiana

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Admission rate: 12%

Grad rate: 66%

Net cost: $37,841

Payback: 4.8 Years

Earnings: $56,999

Vs. state average: + $11,057

Economic score: 3.88

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#12 in Louisiana

Centenary College of Louisiana

Shreveport, Louisiana

Admission rate: 64%

Grad rate: 60%

Net cost: $20,740

Payback: 4.6 Years

Earnings: $47,598

Vs. state average: + $1,656

Economic score: 4.42

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#13 in Louisiana

Dillard University

New Orleans, Louisiana

Admission rate: 66%

Grad rate: 45%

Net cost: $17,128

Payback: 6.1 Years

Earnings: $37,014

Vs. state average: - $8,928

Economic score: 7.52

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#14 in Louisiana

Saint Joseph Seminary College

St. Benedict, Louisiana

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 63%

Net cost: $30,272

Payback: 8.0 Years

Earnings: $43,873

Vs. state average: - $2,069

Economic score: 8.35

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#15 in Louisiana

Grambling State University

Grambling, Louisiana

Admission rate: 94%

Grad rate: 45%

Net cost: $18,516

Payback: 10.4 Years

Earnings: $33,961

Vs. state average: - $11,981

Economic score: 14.04

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#16 in Louisiana

Louisiana State University-Shreveport

Shreveport, Louisiana

Admission rate: 83%

Grad rate: 35%

Net cost: $8,952

Payback: 2.5 Years

Earnings: $42,467

Vs. state average: - $3,475

Economic score: 2.72

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#17 in Louisiana

University of Holy Cross

New Orleans, Louisiana

Admission rate: 53%

Grad rate: 42%

Net cost: $16,466

Payback: 3.6 Years

Earnings: $49,594

Vs. state average: + $3,652

Economic score: 3.31

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#18 in Louisiana

Louisiana College

Pineville, Louisiana

Admission rate: 72%

Grad rate: 34%

Net cost: $12,684

Payback: 3.4 Years

Earnings: $43,411

Vs. state average: - $2,531

Economic score: 3.62

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#19 in Louisiana

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Natchitoches, Louisiana

Admission rate: 95%

Grad rate: 41%

Net cost: $12,866

Payback: 3.4 Years

Earnings: $42,102

Vs. state average: - $3,840

Economic score: 3.68

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#20 in Louisiana

Southeastern Louisiana University

Hammond, Louisiana

Admission rate: 98%

Grad rate: 42%

Net cost: $12,171

Payback: 3.6 Years

Earnings: $41,516

Vs. state average: - $4,426

Economic score: 3.96

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