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).
In 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).
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.