Louisiana is a name many associate with Mardi Gras and flavorful food, but the state’s higher education system also holds a name of its own. Not only does it have well-known universities, such as Louisiana State University, it also offers students high quality educations with a network of public, private, and community colleges. These institutions provide the education requirements needed for the state’s competitive job market.
For those seeking two-year degrees, technical diplomas, and industry certificates, Louisiana offers 13 possible colleges around its state for prospective students. As one of the fastest growing two-year college systems in the nation, they consistently rank nationally in the top 100 producers of two and one year certificates, along with associate degrees. For the 2012 – 2013 enrollment, they served over 100,000 students.
Along with preparing students with a focus on job readiness and expedited employment with industry certificates and associate degrees, the Louisiana community system also offers a transfer program for students who crave a bachelor’s degree from a four-year institution.
|School||Students in Numbers|
|Delgado Community College||27,208|
|Baton Rouge Community College||11,145|
|Bossier Parish Community College||10,293|
|South Louisiana Community College||9,260|
|South Central Louisiana Technical College||6,890|
For those seeking a four-year degree, students should look at the Louisiana university system. This includes nine geographically diverse, four-year universities with over 750 academic programs to choose from. These include undergraduate and certificate programs in criminal justice, technology, mass communication and more for students looking to further their education.
According to the Louisiana University System website, students develop skills to fill opportunities as future leaders, develop the state’s workforce, advise small businesses, and much more in the service of the state of Louisiana.
|Area of Graduation||Students in Numbers|
The Louisiana state university system is home to ten state institutions that offer four-year, graduate degrees and some specialized degrees, for example, through LSU’s Paul M. Herbert Law Center. The system serves over 43,000 students. Known as the “fighting tigers”, the Louisiana state university system is also one of only 30 universities nationwide to hold land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant status.
Among Louisiana institutions, Southern University and A&M College is unique. According to the university’s website, it is part of the only historically black Land Grant university system in the country. With five campuses and an enrollment of over 13,000 students, this institution offers degree programs in a variety of subjects, from information technology to law.
Along with public higher education options, Louisiana includes 10 private and independent institutions for higher learning. With enrollment over 31,000 students, these schools range in different degree options, including: neuroscience, public health, general business, special education and more. These institutions encompass over 15 percent of all four-year students in the state and award over 20 percent of all degrees awarded at four-year universities.
One of the biggest differences from its public counterparts, private schools have an independent governing policy body. This in-turn allows them to focus more on educational requirements, with smaller class settings and a more personal educational experience.
For Louisiana students looking for an online option for higher learning, the state offers over 200 programs. These encompass options from Louisiana’s 37 accredited colleges, including: university, state, southern and community/technical systems.
With these online options, students are able to earn a high quality education, online, that’s comparable to their campus-based counterparts. These online programs give Louisiana students more flexibility and self-paced options to complete their studies.
Along with the online degree programs, non-degree seeking students can take classes and later use the credits earned for degree-based programs.
For online students, the class and degree options are plentiful in Louisiana. From business to criminal justice to education studies, online students have as much opportunity as campus-based students. Along with degree programs, online education programs also offer certificates in areas such as health care and technology.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette offers online undergraduate and graduate degrees in the areas of nursing, health, education, and systems technology. Examples of specific degrees include Master of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration and Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction. For those interested in teaching and student development, a graduate certificate in Instructional Coaching is also available online.
UL Lafayette also has stand-alone hybrid and fully online courses, or what the university calls “eCourses”. Some of the courses are peer-reviewed for quality and design. These “certified courses” must meet 21 essential standards. Whether they take a few classes or earn a full degree online, UL Lafayette students have access to many student support services, including technology assistance, online orientation, tutoring, and career counseling.
Learn more about support services, classes and degrees at: http://online.louisiana.edu/.
At LSU, five master’s degrees and one post-baccalaureate certificate in construction management are available online. Degree programs range from 15 to 24 months and consist of 36 to 42 credit hours. The certificate in construction management is 18 credit hours and takes students six to 12 months to complete. Online master’s degrees offered by LSU include business administration, educational leadership, human resource education, construction management, and education with a specialization in higher education administration.
Students interested in pursing an online degree at LSU must go through the same application process as traditional campus-based students. Requirements vary by program. Online students can enroll in a full-time or half-time basis. Those in six hours of courses are considered full-time students, while those enrolled in three credit hours are half-time.
To find out more detailed information or to read about a specific online degree program at LSU, visit LSU Online.
Students looking for employment after graduation have different options in Louisiana. According to the state’s Employment Workforce Commission, many of the top industries set for growth, include: health care, transportation and warehousing, manufacturing, education, food services, and construction services.
The state offers graduates different options for employers upon finishing their higher education. According to the 2013 Inc. 500, data shows top employers in the state, including: Shore Construction, Modern American Recycling Services, Jasper Contractors, Archon Information Systems, and Hernandez Consulting.
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical CollegeBaton Rouge, Louisiana
Delgado Community CollegeNew Orleans, Louisiana
University of Louisiana at LafayetteLafayette, Louisiana
Southeastern Louisiana UniversityHammond, Louisiana
Tulane University of LouisianaNew Orleans, Louisiana
Louisiana Tech UniversityRuston, Louisiana
University of New OrleansNew Orleans, Louisiana
Baton Rouge Community CollegeBaton Rouge, Louisiana
Northwestern State University of LouisianaNatchitoches, Louisiana
University of Louisiana-MonroeMonroe, Louisiana