Best Value Colleges in Louisiana

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1Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$417,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,800
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,000
2Louisiana Tech University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$389,000
Total 4 Year Cost$75,100
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,000
3Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$349,000
Total 4 Year Cost$163,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,000
4Louisiana Tech University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$338,000
Total 4 Year Cost$126,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,000
5Tulane University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$318,000
Total 4 Year Cost$248,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,800
6University of New Orleans (UNO)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$308,000
Total 4 Year Cost$81,600
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,900
7University of Louisiana - Monroe Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$304,000
Total 4 Year Cost$71,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,500
8McNeese State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$290,000
Total 4 Year Cost$73,100
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,700
9University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$272,000
Total 4 Year Cost$78,800
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,500
10University of Louisiana - Monroe Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$260,000
Total 4 Year Cost$115,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,500
11University of New Orleans (UNO)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$256,000
Total 4 Year Cost$134,000
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,900
12McNeese State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$247,000
Total 4 Year Cost$116,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,700
13Southern University and A&M College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$229,000
Total 4 Year Cost$76,300
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,700
14University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$228,000
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,500
15Southern University and A&M College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$216,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,900
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,700

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

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. 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.

Tulane University typically has the best graduation rate of any Louisiana school on our list. Tulane is located in the heart of New Orleans and is one of the most famous schools in the South, home to well-known alumni including Newt Gingrich, David Filo (co-founder of Yahoo!), Lauren Hutton and actor/director Paul Michael Glaser (the original Starsky of "Starsky & Hutch.")