Louisiana Colleges & Universities

Thinking about attending one the many Louisiana colleges? Here are a few reasons to take a closer look at educational opportunities in the Bayou state.

Colleges in Louisiana: Open the Floodgate to Your Career Path: Originally divided between Spanish and French colonies, Louisiana boasts a fascinating heritage rich in Cajun flavor and Creole flair. With a diverse mixture of Native American, African, Spanish, and French cultures found nowhere else in the U.S. - or in the world, for that matter - the Bayou state offers a huge amount of variety in its cities and universities. Offering over 150 different schools and over 600 possible degree programs, there's something here for everyone, and educational and work opportunities abound for everyone enrolled in Louisiana colleges.

Programs and Schools in Louisiana: Louisiana schools abound all over the state. Bachelor's and master's programs are offered at universities in every major city, as well as certificates and two-year training degrees in a variety of technology and medical disciplines from career and community colleges in Louisiana.

Among the largest of the schools in Louisiana are some of the universities in the capital, Baton Rouge, and the largest city, New Orleans. The University of Louisiana boasts one of the largest public education systems in the United States, with its campus in Lafayette one of the top-ranked schools in this part of the country. Other prominent Louisiana schools include Nicholls State University, Louisiana Tech University, McNeese State University, Centenary College of Louisiana, and Xavier University of Louisiana.

Southern University is the only traditionally black university in the U.S., with campuses in Baton Rouge (the main campus), New Orleans, Shreveport, and a law center in Baton Rouge. Founded in 1880 and opened in 1881 with 12 students, the Southern University System graduates more black lawyers than any other American college. The school also supports a thriving Agricultural Research and Extension Center, which provides support to farmers and to agricultural initiatives in the community.

Career Forecast for Graduates of Louisiana Colleges: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina's destruction of New Orleans, there's plenty of work for those skilled in construction, architecture, design, welding, and related fields to help rebuild the city. There's also growth in the tourism industry and in fields like hospitality and management, which are bringing commerce and interest back to the French Quarter and other famous areas of the city.

New Orleans is also a hot spot for today's film industry, so there are plenty of opportunities for graduates with expertise in cinematography, photography, and audiovisual technology.

In other parts of the state, those completing their studies at Louisiana colleges can find positions available in all kinds of medical jobs, pharmacy, insurance, healthcare administration, and skilled trades, many of which have entry points from two-year career college programs and other school placements.

According to 2009 figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual income in Louisiana is $36,610, with architecture and engineering, social work, education, construction, health care, and hospitality hiring a majority of the state's professionally educated workers.

Melissa Rudy.


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