Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Louisiana.
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Accredited Online Colleges Database
The following agencies accredit schools in Louisiana. These agencies only issue institution-wide accreditation, however, and not program-specific accreditation. For information on programs, see our subject pages.
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Higher Education Links
For more information on higher education in Louisiana, see the Department of Education or Board of Regents. You can also find more general information on accredited colleges and universities by way of these organizations.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific area. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
Louisiana is home to some exceptionally innovative schools. Read about a few of the state’s strongest public universities below.
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
LSU has several campuses across the state, and the school’s largest campus alone hosted 30,225 students during the 2013-2014 school year, making it the biggest public school in the state. Though it has 15 different colleges, the university is particularly known for its School of the Coast and Environment and its Agricultural and Mechanical College. The institution has also published several award-winning books, such as John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces, by way of the the LSU Press.
Louisiana Tech University
In remote Ruston, Louisiana Tech was home to 11,304 students during the fall of 2013. Though the school is a research university, it prides itself on giving undergraduates a sense of community and a small-college feel. As a tech school, it houses the Center for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, the Center for Secure Cyberspace, and the Institute for Micromanufacturing. The school also has a thriving athletics program, and famous alumni include football great Terry Bradshaw.
University of New Orleans
When students at the University of New Orleans aren’t busy taking in the numerous cultural callings of the city, they can choose from 48 undergraduate programs. Freshmen also take a University Success 1001 course to help them transition from high school to college, a testament to the school’s dedication to helping students succeed. For graduate students, the school houses the state’s largest business school and the country’s only School of Hospitality, Restaurant, and Tourist Administration.
New Orleans, in particular, is home to a number of highly ranked private institutions. Find out more about some of those schools below.
Tulane is large for a private school; in the fall of 2013, the school had enrolled 12,958 students. Tulane combines high-level research with personalized classes, boasting a student-to-faculty ratio of just 9 to 1. Though many of the school’s programs are well regarded, the school’s Center for Gene Therapy is especially known for its early research on adult stem cells. Students and faculty alike are attached to the school and city, and many of them volunteered to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Loyola University New Orleans
Loyola University New Orleans, a Jesuit-chartered school, is another excellent choice for higher education in Louisiana. The school enrolled 4,934 students during the fall of 2013, and U.S. News ranked Loyola as the No. 9 best regional college in the south, touting its wide range of both majors and extracurricular activities. Notable alumni include Norman Francis, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Honor, and Sean O’Keefe, a former Navy secretary and NASA administrator.
Dillard University is a historically black university, with African-American culture and heritage woven throughout the curriculum. In addition, Dillard partners with the Melton Foundation, which promotes global citizenship and leadership skills. Alumni include John W.E. Bowen, Sr., who was among the first black men to receive a Ph.D., and Glenda Goodly McNeal, the senior vice president of the American Express company.