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2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Louisiana

20 Colleges
$21,936 Avg Cost*
4.5 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

Trying to decide what college is best for you is no easy matter. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Value Louisiana Schools ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

We analyzed 20 colleges and universities to determine which were the best for overall value in Louisiana. Quality is an important component in this ranking, so it is not just naming the schools with the cheapest price tag. Instead, it is identifying those institutions that offer the most value when taking their educational quality into consideration. So it is possible that College A may rank better than College B, while College B is less expensive to attend.

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Our average cost calculation adds up all expenses, such as tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other expenses, and then subtracts the average financial aid awarded to a student. This gives a rough estimation of how much money you can expect to pay out-of-pocket or through loans each year.

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Top Colleges for the Money in Louisiana

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#1

Louisiana Tech University

Ruston, Louisiana

Our 2021 rankings named Louisiana Tech University the best school for overall value in Louisiana for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Louisiana Tech is a fairly large public school situated in Ruston, Louisiana. It awarded 1,495 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Louisiana Tech about 4.4 years to graduate, and it costs about $14,488 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech is $63,602. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Out of the 20 schools in Louisiana that were part of this year’s ranking, Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College landed the #2 spot on the list. Louisiana State University is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,129 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Louisiana State University is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,637. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University is $109,881. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The low student loan default rate of 4.0% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%. Louisiana State University also made our Best Colleges in Louisiana list, coming in at #2.

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Out of the 20 schools in Louisiana that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Louisiana at Monroe landed the #3 spot on the list. ULM is a public institution located in Monroe, Louisiana. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,235 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at ULM graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $15,614. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from ULM is about $69,951. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#4

Centenary College of Louisiana

Shreveport, Louisiana

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Centenary College of Louisiana. The school came in at #4 in Louisiana on this year’s best value ranking. Shreveport, Louisiana is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 133 students in 2018-2019.

At Centenary Louisiana, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,802. This means that the average student pays around $118,376 to get a bachelor’s degree from Centenary Louisiana. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Centenary Louisiana also made our Best Colleges in Louisiana list, coming in at #4.

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#5

McNeese State University

Lake Charles, Louisiana

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at McNeese State University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Louisiana. Located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,042 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at McNeese about 4.3 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $16,948. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from McNeese be around $73,554. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#6

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Lafayette, Louisiana

With a ranking of #6, University of Louisiana at Lafayette did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Louisiana list. Located in Lafayette, Louisiana, the fairly large public school awarded 2,900 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average student at UL Lafayette graduates in less than 4.8 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,759. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UL Lafayette is $98,605. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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With a ranking of #7, Northwestern State University of Louisiana did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Louisiana list. This fairly large public school is located in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and it awarded 1,229 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at NSU about 4.4 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $17,731. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from NSU is $78,371. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#8

Loyola University New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Loyola University New Orleans did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Louisiana ranking, coming in at #8. Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 570 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Loyola New Orleans is 4.2 years, and it costs about $30,547 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Loyola New Orleans is $127,381. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Loyola New Orleans not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #3 on our Best Colleges in Louisiana list.

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#9

Nicholls State University

Thibodaux, Louisiana

Nicholls State University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Louisiana ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in Thibodaux, Louisiana, and it awarded 979 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Nicholls State University about 4.6 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $18,416. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Nicholls State University be around $84,529. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#10

Southern University at New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Southern University at New Orleans did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Louisiana ranking, coming in at #10. This small public school is located in New Orleans, Louisiana, and it awarded 288 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at SUNO graduates in less than 4.9 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $12,175. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNO be around $59,779. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#11

Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Louisiana ranking. Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 328 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At XULA, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and it costs about $25,701 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from XULA be around $111,285. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

XULA did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges in Louisiana list.

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#12

Louisiana College

Pineville, Louisiana

Louisiana College landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Louisiana ranking. Located in Pineville, Louisiana, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 127 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Louisiana College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $18,045. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana College be around $81,563. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#13

Southeastern Louisiana University

Hammond, Louisiana

Southeastern Louisiana University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Louisiana ranking, coming in at #13. Located in Hammond, Louisiana, the fairly large public school handed out 1,763 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at Southeastern to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $18,381. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Southeastern is $86,391. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#14

University of New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

With a ranking of #14, University of New Orleans did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Louisiana list. UNO is a public institution located in New Orleans, Louisiana. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,087 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at UNO to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $19,775. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNO be around $91,756. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#15

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Tulane University of Louisiana did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Louisiana ranking, coming in at #15. Tulane is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in New Orleans, Louisiana. It awarded 2,417 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Tulane about 4.1 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $53,321. This means that the average student pays around $220,216 to get a bachelor’s degree from Tulane. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

With a student-to-faculty rate of 8 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Tulane is ranked #1 for overall quality in Louisiana.

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#16

Louisiana State University - Alexandria

Alexandria, Louisiana

Louisiana State University - Alexandria came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Louisiana ranking. Alexandria, Louisiana is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 390 students in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Louisiana State University - Alexandria is 4.6 years, and it costs about $16,006 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Louisiana State University - Alexandria is $74,108. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#17

Grambling State University

Grambling, Louisiana

Grambling State University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Louisiana ranking. GSU is a public institution located in Grambling, Louisiana. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 569 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at GSU is 4.7 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $18,502. This means that the average student pays around $86,774 to get a bachelor’s degree from GSU. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#18

Southern University and A & M College

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Southern University and A & M College ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Louisiana list. Southern University and A & M College is a public institution located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 730 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Southern University and A & M College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.0 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $18,157. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Southern University and A & M College is about $90,785. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#19

Dillard University

New Orleans, Louisiana

Dillard University ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Louisiana list. Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 247 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

At Dillard University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,167. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Dillard University be around $104,483. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#20

University of Holy Cross

New Orleans, Louisiana

University of Holy Cross landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Louisiana ranking. Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 104 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UHC is 5.0 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,539. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UHC is $138,797. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 20 schools only.

  • For our state-specific rankings, we use in-state tuition to calculate average cost. For our national and regional rankings, we use a weighted average of in-state and non-resident tuition.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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