Best Value Colleges in Louisiana

The influence of French, African and American cultures is apparent in both the spicy cuisine and the eclectic music scene of this southeastern state on the Gulf of Mexico.

And, if Louisiana is beckoning, there are plenty of solid school choices that will both provide a good education and set you up well for employment post-graduation.  Read More

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1Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$456,000
Total 4 Year Cost$88,500
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,000
2University of New Orleans (UNO)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$417,000
Total 4 Year Cost$77,300
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,900
3McNeese State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$396,000
Total 4 Year Cost$67,800
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,700
4Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$392,000
Total 4 Year Cost$152,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,000
5Louisiana Tech University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$382,000
Total 4 Year Cost$72,100
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,000
6 (tie)University of Louisiana - Monroe Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$367,000
Total 4 Year Cost$66,800
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,500
6 (tie)University of New Orleans (UNO)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$367,000
Total 4 Year Cost$127,000
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,900
8McNeese State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$355,000
Total 4 Year Cost$109,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,700
9Louisiana Tech University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$340,000
Total 4 Year Cost$114,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,000
10University of Louisiana - Monroe Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$328,000
Total 4 Year Cost$106,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,500
11Tulane University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$304,000
Total 4 Year Cost$240,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,800
12Southern University and A&M College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$281,000
Total 4 Year Cost$73,200
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,700
13Southern University and A&M College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$271,000
Total 4 Year Cost$83,000
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,700
14University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$243,000
Total 4 Year Cost$71,300
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,500
15University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$203,000
Total 4 Year Cost$111,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,500

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

However, pay attention to graduation rates at each school. Not every school is successful in getting students through with a degree in hand. The best value colleges for graduates in Louisiana are public schools. In first place is Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College. In-state tuition comes in at $88,500 for four years, though it's typical for students to take five years to graduate. Alumni see a median return on investment of $456,000 over 20 years.

The most expensive Louisiana college on our list is the private Tulane University with an advertised sticker price of $240,000 for four years. Alumni have earned a median of $304,000 more than a high school graduate over the course of 20 years. Tulane also has the best graduation rate of any Louisiana school on our list (83 percent). Tulane is located in the heart of New Orleans and is one of the most famous schools in the South, home to famous alumni including Newt Gingrich, David Filo (co-founder of Yahoo!), Lauren Hutton and actor/director Paul Michael Glaser (the original Starsky of "Starsky & Hutch.")