Best Value Colleges in Louisiana

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16Southeastern Louisiana University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$177,000
Total 4 Year Cost$72,000
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,700
17Northwestern State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$171,000
Total 4 Year Cost$75,400
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,500
18Nicholls State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$169,000
Total 4 Year Cost$78,600
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,400
19Louisiana College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$157,000
Total 4 Year Cost$95,700
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,400
20Northwestern State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$130,000
Total 4 Year Cost$116,000
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,500
21 (tie)Nicholls State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$129,000
Total 4 Year Cost$118,000
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,400
21 (tie)Southeastern Louisiana University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$129,000
Total 4 Year Cost$120,000
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,700
23Centenary College of Louisiana(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$104,000
Total 4 Year Cost$187,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,400
24Xavier University of Louisiana(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$89,000
Total 4 Year Cost$129,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,300
25Loyola University - New Orleans, LA(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$85,600
Total 4 Year Cost$207,000
Grad Rate62%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,000
26Grambling State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$74,700
Total 4 Year Cost$93,800
Grad Rate30%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,300
27Southern University at New Orleans(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$69,700
Total 4 Year Cost$65,400
Grad Rate12%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
28Southern University at New Orleans(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$66,200
Total 4 Year Cost$68,900
Grad Rate12%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
29Dillard University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$64,600
Total 4 Year Cost$121,000
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,700
30Grambling State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$38,800
Total 4 Year Cost$130,000
Grad Rate30%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,300

*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.")