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Top Small Colleges and Universities in the State of Louisiana

Centenary College of Louisiana, Loyola University New Orleans, Dillard University, Louisiana College

Set in the heart of the southern United States, Louisiana is a state with a variety of both cultural and natural landscapes. With its largest city New Orleans drawing not only many students, but many tourists and travelers each year, Louisiana is at the heart of the new ‘South.’ Here is where students can immerse themselves in a variety of languages including French, Spanish, Creole, and cultures ranging from all of the above to a strong African influence. Once a colony of Spain and France, much of that cultural influence seems stuck to the earth, caught somewhere in that thick Louisiana air. A great state nearby Texas attractions like Austin and San Antonio, the Gulf of Mexico, and neighbor Alabama and nearby Florida, there’s a whole lot to love about Louisiana!

Centenary College of Louisiana

Established in 1825, the historic centenary college, the Centenary College of Louisiana has a student body of just over 800 students. In addition to a great academic program, students participate in Division I athletics, and field many men’s and women’s varsity teams as the maroon and white ‘Gents and Ladies’ led by mascot ‘Skeeter the Catahoula.’ This liberal arts and sciences college is located in Shreveport, Louisiana, and caters to undergraduate students. An independent United Methodist college, the Centenary College of Louisiana is a founding member of the Associated Colleges of the South. Students may choose from more than 50 research based major and minor paths of study in areas like sciences, arts, fine arts, and professional programs. Academic and moral support and guidance is provided through the Christian Leadership Center. Students may participate in fraternities and sororities through the College, which in addition to athletics supports extracurricular organizations like a weekly publication and radio station.

Loyola University New Orleans

Founded in 1904, Loyola University is a private, Roman Catholic Jesuit University in the city of New Orleans. A small co-educational university with just over 2,000 students and an urban campus located in the historic Audubon Park District on 24 acres, it was actually chartered as a university in 1912. A member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Loyola University is listed amongst the top colleges by publications like The Princeton Review, Forbes, and the U.S. News & World Report. Students at Loyola University may choose from a variety of majors and minors in areas such as liberal arts, social and physical sciences, and professional programs. Academic colleges include the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, the College of Social Sciences, the Joseph A. Butt S.J. College of Business, the College of Music and Fine Arts and the College of Law. Areas of specialization that student may choose from include but are not limited to languages, philosophy, economics, business of music, religious studies, chemistry, physics, biology, and English. Important centers and institutes on campus that help students to grow personally and academically include the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, the Jesuit Social Research Center, the Jesuit Center, the Loyola Institute of Politics, and the Twomey Center for Peace Through Justice amongst others. Buildings and centers are located at either the Main Campus or Broadway Campus. Students participate in activities on campus like student government and athletics. The maroon and gold Wolfpack of Loyola competes in intercollegiate athletics fielding six varisty sports teams.

Dillard University

Established in 1869, Dillard University is currently home to around 800 undergraduate students or the royal blue and white ‘Blue Devils.’ This private school is set on an urban campus in New Orleans. A historically black liberal arts college, the school bears affiliations with the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ. While studying at Dillard students may choose from areas of specialization in 35 majors and a multitude of minor areas of study. The six academic divisions at Dillard award Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees, and are the Division of Business, the Division of Educational and Psychological Studies, the Division of Humanities, the Division of Natural Sciences and Public Health, the Division of Nursing and the Division of Social Sciences. Specific degrees and majors include Marketing, Business Management, Special Education, Arts Management, Mass Communications, World Languages, Theatre Arts, Computer Science, Physics, Public Health, Nursing, African World Studies, Urban Studies and Public Policy and many more. Undergraduate research with a mentor is highly encouraged, and the Office of Undergraduate Research assists students in organizing and undertaking particular projects. The Institute of Jazz Culture is also offered amongst unique Dillard academic programs.

Louisiana College

Established in 1906, Louisiana College is a private, co-educational institute of higher learning with about 1,000 students, or orange and blue ‘Wildcats’ and ‘Lady Wildcats.’ An affiliate of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, this Pineville, Louisiana School is nestled into 81 acres of Pineville campus. Featuring more than 70 majors, minors and professional programs within the Division of Business, Division of Christian Studies, Division of Education, Division of History and Political Science, the Division of Human Behavior, Division of Humanities, Division of Mathematics and Computer Science, the Division of Natural Sciences, the Division of Nursing, and the Division of Visual and performing arts, students may work towards Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of General Studies degrees. Exciting and unique areas of specialization include Economics & Finance, Biblical Languages, Christian Studies, Athletic Training, Pre-Law, Public Administration, Criminal Justice, Languages, Web Design, Pre-Engineering, Computer Science, Medical Technology, Pre-Dental, Pre-Optometry, Nursing, Church Music, Graphic Design, Journalism, Piano Pedagogy, and many more.

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