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Online Schools in Louisiana

Hybrid and Online Degree Programs: Making Education Accessible

Louisiana offers a variety of higher education opportunities to its 4.6 million residents, with roughly 40 two- and four-year colleges and universities located in the state, according to the Louisiana Board of Regents. However, a large number of these schools are found in metropolitan areas, such as New Orleans and Baton Rouge, or in major population centers in the north-central part of the state, such as Monroe and Ruston. But what happens to people located in the smaller communities or rural coastal towns in Louisiana? They may be actively seeking alternative ways to pursue a higher education in Louisiana.

Institution type No. offering bachelor's degrees No. offering associate's degrees No. offering certificates and other non-degree awards No. offering advanced degrees (master's, Ph.D., etc.)
Private nonprofit128119
Public18263116
Private for-profit416742

City Total estimated population
(U.S. Census, 2015)
No. of enrolled students
(NCES, 2016)
No. of students as a percentage of total population % of residents with bachelor's degrees
(U.S. Census, 2015)
New Orleans376,73836,6989.74 percent 35.3 percent
Baton Rouge229,18633,94714.81 percent 32.4 percent
Lafayette124,98213,75811.01 percent 35.1 percent
Shreveport200,01512,7646.38 percent 25.5 percent
Metairie142,7159,3566.56 percent 33.8 percent
Ruston22,1857,11232.06 percent 43.5 percent
Lake Charles74,1906,0878.20 percent 24.4 percent

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Louisiana online schools can offer certificate and degree programs in a variety of fields, ranging from business to education to health care. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered either through hybrid delivery or fully online, and are comprised of continuing education and professional development classes. Adding online schools in Louisiana to the plethora of choices available to students can help them as they plan for their education. Students interested in exploring all the schools and institutions based in Louisiana offering online & campus-based programs can explore the map below.

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Online Schools in Louisiana Help Meet Occupational Demand

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana was left to pick up the pieces and rebuild New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Post-recession plans for new construction, and Louisiana's thriving petroleum industry, has led to a surge in the construction industry. The Louisiana Workforce Commission projects employment in the construction industry to grow 18.6 percent between 2010 and 2020, and, within this category, civil engineering by 16.2 percent. Louisiana Tech's online Master of Engineering and Technology Management degree program is designed to prepare future leaders for the industry. The program aims to meet national and local demand for engineers by integrating engineering sciences with the business skills leaders in the industry need.

One of Louisiana's fastest-growing industries is health care and social assistance, which the Louisiana Workforce Commission expects to grow 20.9 percent from 2010 to 2020. It's expected that the state could add approximately 9,580 registered nurses and 4,250 licensed practical and vocational nurse positions during that span. The University of Louisiana System, which includes nine universities, is working to meet this demand by offering a full range of online nursing programs at its universities around the state. McNeese State, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, Southeastern State and the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and Monroe offer a combination of online undergraduate certificate, bachelor's degree and master's degree programs in nursing.

Distance Learning Benefits Working Professionals

Online schools can offer distinct advantages to working professionals. An online delivery method enables people with full-time jobs to pursue an education without sacrificing their career responsibilities. Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine offers a number of distance learning programs. Designed for mid-career professionals in the occupational safety and health field, these programs include online master's degrees in occupational health and safety management, occupational and environmental health, industrial hygiene and disaster management, as well as online certificate programs in industrial hygiene and disaster management. For those working in public health in rural areas around the state, such options enable them to complete coursework from anywhere with an internet connection.

Institution type No. offering 4-year degrees No. offering 2-year degrees No. offering certificates and other non-degree awards No. offering advanced degrees (master's, Ph.D., etc.)
Private nonprofit1 - 11
Public2 - 22
Private for-profit - 22 -

The Loyola University New Orleans online graduate nursing program was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the 10 best online graduate nursing programs for 2013. Among its offerings are both master's and doctoral degree programs, including an RN-to-MSN and a blended MSN bridge program available to those with non-nursing bachelor's degrees. The RN-to-MSN option may help registered nurses wanting to advance in their profession by going straight to the master's level without the BSN. Because it's online, students can do this while continuing to work in the high-demand field.

Industries for Job Growth in Louisiana

Approximately 1.95 million working professionals were employed in Louisiana as of August 2013, with the majority of them residing in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Trade, transportation and utilities was the state's largest employment industry, with about 388,000 people working in the field. A close second was government, employing 344,000 people. Education and health services was the third-largest employer, providing jobs to approximately 282,000 people in the sector.

A large number of education degree programs are offered through online colleges in Louisiana, which could help address the growing demand in this field. The Louisiana Workforce Commission projects that approximately 2,750 elementary and 1,350 middle school teaching positions could become available between 2010 and 2020. Many Louisiana online colleges could also help train students at various levels who want to enter the fast-growing professional and business services field. Accountants and auditor are also expected to be among the state's faster-growing occupations from 2010 to 2020, according to CareerOneStop.

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Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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21st Century eSchool
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
7106 South Avenue
City
Middleton
State
WI
Zip Code
53562
Website
http://www.21eschool.com/index.html
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
21st Century Virtual Academy
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1829 Denver West Drive #27
City
Golden
State
CO
Zip Code
80401
Website
http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/online/
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
Academy Online High School
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1110 Chapel Hills Drive
City
Colorado Springs
State
CO
Zip Code
80920
Website
http://www.asd20.org/education/school/school.php?sectionid=3858
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
ACCESS Distance Learning
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
5351 Gordon Persons Building PO Box 302101
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36130
Website
http://accessdl.state.al.us/
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
Alabama A & M University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
4900 Meridian Street
City
Normal
State
AL
Zip Code
35762
Website
www.aamu.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
383-470
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
360-480
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
370-457
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
16-19
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,505
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
65%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,366
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
19
Number of Online Programs Offered
2
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
15%
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
Administration Bldg Suite 1070
City
Birmingham
State
AL
Zip Code
35294
Website
www.uab.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
520-630
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
520-668
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
22-28
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
11,511
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
60%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,766
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
13
Number of Online Programs Offered
6
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
67%
Amridge University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1200 Taylor Rd
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36117
Website
www.amridgeuniversity.edu
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
308
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
0
In-State Tution & Fees
$10,860
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
10
Number of Online Programs Offered
22
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
100%
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
301 Sparkman Dr
City
Huntsville
State
AL
Zip Code
35899
Website
www.uah.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
520-650
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
550-680
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
24-30
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
6,013
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
81%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,128
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
20
Number of Online Programs Offered
15
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
12%
Alabama State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
915 S Jackson Street
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36104
Website
www.alasu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
370-450
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
360-460
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
16-19
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,764
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$25
Admissions Rate
46%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$8,720
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
18
Number of Online Programs Offered
4
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
13%
University of Alabama System Office
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
500 University Blvd. East
City
Tuscaloosa
State
AL
Zip Code
35401
Website
www.uasystem.ua.edu
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
-1
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
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