Famous for its Creole cuisine, Mardi Gras festival, and vibrant nightlife in its historic French Quarter, New Orleans is a one-of-a-kind place. However, despite its fun facade, the city can get down to business — literally — as the New Orleans Business Alliance works to expand the city's economy through advanced manufacturing, health services, creative digital media, sustainable industries, transportation and retail. Tourism is, of course, another major industry, as is port and ship building since the city lies along the Mississippi River. These are all booming sectors that could positively influence students' futures.
Originally established in 1921 as Delgado Central Trades School, Delgado Community College is now hailed as the oldest and largest of the New Orleans colleges. The sizable institution offers specialized programs awarding associate degrees or certificates in multiple areas of study, including health care, bookkeeping, culinary services and liberal arts. Students cheer on the school's baseball and basketball teams alongside mascot Izzy the Dolphin.
There are over a dozen colleges in New Orleans, but the most prominent are Tulane University, the University of New Orleans, and Loyola University. Tulane was the first to be founded, originally as a public medical college in 1834. Students can either cheer on the Wolf Pack and wreak some "Havoc" with Loyola's mascot, ride Tulane's Green Wave or put their support behind UNO's Division I Privateers. Whomever you root for, the schools can agree that the most popular programs of study across all of them happen to be in the fields of business, psychology, liberal arts and music.
All of the aforementioned universities in New Orleans also award graduate degrees. UNO's offerings include master's and doctoral programs in biology, education, urban studies and finance. Tulane's advanced programs feature subjects like advanced science, liberal arts and medicine, while Loyola offers a handful of master's programs in fields like business and music.
The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has number of master's and both professional and research-oriented doctoral degree programs. Ten of their master's programs are available online.
See our list of Louisiana colleges to learn about more higher education opportunities in the state.