Colleges in Baton Rouge: Universities, Trade and Technical Schools

Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, is the state's second-largest city. Baton Rouge is located on the east bank of the Mississippi River and features a wide variety of historic cultural attractions mixed with newer amenities, such as the Baton Rouge River Center.

Baton Rouge also is home to Louisiana State University and the perennial nationally ranked LSU Tigers football team. There are many other options for postsecondary education at Baton Rouge colleges, though, including Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge Community College, and many different career and technical schools.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Community College is the largest of the technical colleges in Baton Rouge. The school offers technical training programs in cosmetology, correctional services, welding, HVAC and culinary arts. The last two are the most popular programs at BRC. The college opened in 1998 with a projected enrollment of 700, but more than 1,800 students enrolled that year.

Other trade and technical colleges in Baton Rouge include Delta College of Arts & Technology, Medical Training College and Diesel Driving Academy of Baton Rouge.

Fun Facts about Baton Rouge Colleges and Universities

There are four universities in Baton Rouge that offer bachelor's degree programs. LSU at Baton Rouge is the flagship institution of the five-campus Louisiana State University System. The college has a rich history — it first opened its doors in 1860. Biological sciences, business and marketing are among the university's most widely pursued degree programs.

Southern University and Agricultural & Mechanical College is a historically black university overlooking the Mississippi River at Scott's Bluff. Its marching band, nicknamed the Human Jukebox, is among the most highly respected college marching bands in the country. The band has performed at three presidential inaugurations and five Super Bowls.

Graduate Schools in Baton Rouge

Most graduate students in Baton Rouge attend either LSU or Southern University. More than 5,000 graduate students enroll at LSU each year. Business and social work are popular degree paths at LSU, while nursing is a popular option at Southern University. Some grad students also choose to enroll at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, which offers master's- and doctoral-level study in nursing, health administration, physical therapy and nutritional studies.

For more information about higher education in the state, check out our extensive list of Louisiana Colleges.


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Education Institutes in Baton Rouge
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Total Enrollment in all institutes
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On Campus and Online Programs in Baton Rouge
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Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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