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6 of the Top Colleges in Louisiana

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Louisiana's top schools range from a large public university to a small, private liberal arts college. My list includes a Catholic university, a historically black university, and one of the country's top private universities. I've listed the top Louisiana colleges alphabetically to avoid the arbitrary distinctions often used to distinguish #1 from #2, and because of the impossibility of comparing such widely different types of schools. The schools were chosen based on factors such as academic reputation, curricular innovation, first-year retention rate, six-year graduation rate, value, financial aid and student engagement.

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Centenary College of Louisiana

Magale Library at Centenary College of Louisiana
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  • Location: Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Enrollment: 974 (887 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 16; good value; generous grant aid; rich history going back to 1825; students from 30 states and 12 countries
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Centenary College profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Centenary Admissions

LSU, Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

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  • Location: , Louisiana
  • Enrollment: 28,643 (23,012 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: public university
  • Distinctions: flagship institution of Louisiana; attractive 2,000-acre campus; one of the country's most popular universities; 74 bachelor's degree programs; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences; well-regarded business school; good value; member of the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the LSU profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for LSU Admissions

Louisiana Tech University

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Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola University New Orleans
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  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Enrollment: 4,714 (2,764 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private Jesuit university
  • Distinctions: 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio; choice of 61 Bachelor's degree programs; highly ranked among colleges in the South; over 120 student clubs and organizations; good grant aid
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Loyola University New Orleans profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Loyola Admissions

Tulane University

Tulane University
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Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA)

Xavier University of Louisiana
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  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Enrollment: 3,236 (2,454 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private, Catholic, historically black liberal arts university
  • Distinctions: the country's only Catholic historically black university; strong programs in the sciences balanced with a liberal arts core curriculum; strong record of placing students into medical school
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the XULA profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Xavier Admissions
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