Shreveport, Louisiana's third largest city, is the main hub of the Ark-La-Tex region. This area has recently seen a revival of its economy with large companies moving their headquarters into the city — good news for future graduates of Shreveport colleges.
Those still looking ahead to one of the colleges or universities in Shreveport might want to know that neighboring Bossier Parish has launched college transition programs to encourage high school students to pursue higher education. Also, Louisiana State University's Journey to College Initiative is intended to set students on the path toward a degree and a rewarding career.
The main two-year institution in the city is Southern University at Shreveport, home of the Port City Jaguars. When they're not cheering on the school's Division I men's and women's basketball teams, the most popular fields students choose to study are liberal arts and nursing. As a historically black college, the school maintains the Southern University Museum of Art at Shreveport, an honorable space to preserve the artifacts and treasured artworks of Africans, African Americans and their descendants.
Not only is Centenary College — home of the Gents and the Ladies- - the oldest college in Louisiana, it is also the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River. Students at this relatively small school tend to pursue degree programs in business, biology and psychology. The largest of the four-year colleges in Shreveport, on the other hand, is Louisiana State University's campus. Students attending LSUS also gravitate toward business degree programs, but the liberal arts programs are popular as well. LSUS students cheer on the school's sports teams alongside their relatively new mascot, the River Monster, who is said to have surfaced on the shores of the neighboring Red River.
Of the universities in Shreveport that offer advanced degree programs, LSUS offers students the greatest number of options, including master's programs in business, public health and counseling among other choices, as well as a doctoral program in leadership studies. Centenary College also offers graduate programs that culminate in either an executive MBA or a master of arts in teaching (M.A.T). Three options are available for the M.A.T. program: elementary education, secondary education, or K-12 choral music.
To see additional higher education opportunities in the state, visit our Louisiana colleges page.