Louisiana’s Best Research Universities of 2021

Interested in attending a STEM school in Louisiana? Our ranking of top research universities for bachelor’s degrees displays schools that will best prepare you for STEM careers.

Louisiana’s Best Research Universities of 2021

Colleges and Universities in Louisiana

Though the culture in Louisiana is sure to draw you in, the affordability of its 26 public colleges and universities also makes it an appealing place to earn your degree. Seven community colleges average $4,000 for tuition, and the cost to attend its public institutions ranges from $5,000 to $12,000. With just shy of 27,000 students, Louisiana State University (LSU) is the largest public university, boasting a tuition rate of $12,000.

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LSU, located in Baton Rouge, offers degrees in engineering, education, theater, and landscape architecture. For those looking to merge their faith with their education, the state also has eight religious institutions, including Catholic, Methodist, and Baptist schools. Prospective students can also attend one of 10 private colleges, including Tulane University and Louisiana Culinary Institute. Tulane University’s tuition rate is $55,000, and it is best known for its medical and law schools. Attorneys in Louisiana who have debt from law school may be eligible to receive $5,000 annually through the Loan Repayment Assistance Program from the Bar Foundation.

Jazz, beignets, and Mardi Gras — the culture, food, and music of Louisiana make it an irresistible place to indulge. This L-shaped state is nicknamed The Pelican State, but the American alligator is also known to roam its lands. Wildlife aside, Louisiana is home to 36 higher education institutions that award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

Louisiana offers a variety of higher education experiences, serving a full range of budgetary needs and career goals. Find out more about earning your degree from one of Louisiana’s colleges or universities.


What are Louisiana’s Colleges & Universities?

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How do we determine Louisiana's best colleges and universities?

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

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A research university is a great option for students interested in obtaining STEM degrees. Research universities invest heavily in research, which consequently provides meaningful and extensive opportunities for its students and faculty to participate in research. There are 7 research universities in Louisiana, 4 of which satisfy our criteria. The list below of the best research universities in the state satisfies the following four conditions:

  1. It must be a fully accredited university.
  2. It must offer doctoral degrees across the range of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
  3. It must report high levels of research activity based upon the number of research and/or practice doctorates awarded each year.
  4. It must have a graduation rate of greater than 40%.

5 Best Research Universities in Louisiana for Undergrads

  1. #1

    Tulane University

    New Orleans , LA

    Tuition + fees

    $59K

    Acceptance

    11%

    Graduation

    86%

    Student body

    12K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1440/32

    What is Tulane University known for?

    Tulane University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Law
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • History

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  2. Tuition + fees

    $42K

    Acceptance

    72%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/25

    What is Loyola University New Orleans known for?

    Loyola University New Orleans’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
    • Business
    • Economics
    • Philosophy
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • Communications
    • History
    • Religious Studies
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  3. Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1162/25

    What is Louisiana Tech University known for?

    Louisiana Tech University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Education
    • History
    • Chemistry
    • Political Science
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Mathematics
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  4. #4

    Louisiana State University

    Baton Rouge , LA

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    70%

    Student body

    28K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1195/26

    What is Louisiana State University known for?

    Louisiana State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Law
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Education
    • Chemistry
    • History
    • Literature

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  5. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1144/23

    What is University of Louisiana at Lafayette known for?

    University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Education
    • Literature
    • Computer Science
    • History
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Medical
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