Colleges in Louisiana

Louisiana is home to almost 150 universities, trade and technical schools. Public colleges and universities in Louisiana include:

  • Louisiana State University System — 5 campuses
  • The University of Louisiana System — 9 campuses
  • Louisiana's Community and Technical Colleges — 13 campuses
  • The Southern University and A&M College System — the only historically black university system in America. Its Agricultural Research and Extension Center, and its Law Center, are well-respected institutions.

Associate, bachelor's and graduate degree programs are available at both public and private universities in Louisiana. MBA programs are available at 19 business schools in the state.

Tulane University, one of the most prestigious research universities in the U.S., offers more than 75 undergraduate majors. This private school is based in New Orleans and serves more than 13,000 students.

Online and Distance Education in Louisiana

Louisiana Online allows students to access public Louisiana colleges that offer online and hybrid degree programs and courses. Louisiana participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which makes it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in other states. SARA is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that sets national standards for postsecondary distance education courses and programs.

Transfer and Reciprocity Agreements in Louisiana

LSU's Dual Enrollment (DE) Program allows high school students to take any of 39 LSU courses in participating high schools to earn LSU and high school credit at the same time. Louisiana's Transfer Degree Guarantee helps qualifying students transfer from a 2-year or community college to a public 4-year university in Louisiana.

For more information on the Board of Regents, State of Louisiana, see


  • Board of Regents, State of Louisiana, see
  • University of Louisiana System, Accessed March 2018,
  • Southern University System, Accessed March 2018,
  • Louisiana's Community and Technical Colleges, Accessed March 2018,
  • Tulane University of Louisiana, Accessed March 2018,
  • Louisiana State University (LSU), Accessed March 2018,
Education Institutes in Louisiana
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Louisiana
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

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