Sep 21, 2017


Located in the southern part of the U.S., Louisiana was named by Robert de LaSalle, an early French explorer, for Louis XIV, King of France. The state is bordered by Texas to the west, Arkansas to the north, Mississippi to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. The state's capital is Baton Rouge, while New Orleans is the largest city. The state has a total population of 4,625,470 (2013 U.S. Census Bureau estimates).

LouisianaIn 2005, Louisiana suffered huge devastation at the hands of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, but has since largely recovered. Agriculture, tourism, mining and manufacturing are some of the major economic sectors. Louisiana ranks second in the nation in oil production. It is one of the nation's largest producers of cotton, sugar cane, rice, sweet potatoes and pecans. The state is also the world's biggest producer of crawfish. The Port of South Louisiana is the largest bulk cargo port in the world.

As Louisiana's second largest industry, tourism employs 120,000 people and generates $9 billion in revenue every year. In 2013, the number of visitors to the state of Louisiana surpassed 27.3 million. 

The Louisiana Board of Regents coordinates all public higher education in the state. Louisiana State University is the largest higher education institution in the state. Other major universities include the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Grambling State University and Tulane University ( ranked 52nd among the top national universities in 2014, according to U.S. News).

Top Reasons to Study in Louisiana

  • Cost of Living: Louisiana ranks among the states with the lowest cost of living nationally (CNBC, 2014).
  • Quality of Life: Louisiana has a mild sub-tropical climate although it is also vulnerable to hurricanes given its location in the Gulf of Mexico. The city of New Orleans is one of the most culturally rich cities in the U.S., and is widely considered the birthplace of the jazz music. It is also home to the famous Mardi Gras festival, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city every year.
  • Employment Prospects: Tourism, energy, and petroleum-based manufacturing are the primary drivers of graduate employment in the state. According to the Change the Equation organization, the highest demand for employees in Louisiana are in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Louisiana, contact the Louisiana Board of Regents.


College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
Loyola University New Orleans Biology,Nursing,Psychology Private >10,000 Request Info
Grambling State University Business,Health,Security/ Protective Services Public >10,000 Request Info