Southeastern Louisiana University was founded in 1925. Today this public institution is the third largest university in Louisiana as well as the second largest state university providing distance education for students. It was also listed as one of the best regional universities in the South in the U.S. News 2011 edition of Best Colleges. The school is located on a rural, 365-acre campus in Hammond, Louisiana. Hammond is only about 45 miles southeast of Baton Rouge and roughly 50 miles north of New Orleans.