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2021 Best Colleges in Louisiana by Salary Score

By the GradReports team | Updated 3/1/2021

We ranked the best schools in Louisiana by bachelor's degree Salary Scores to show how they compare to universities across the country in terms of alumni earnings in the first year after graduation. The Salary Score is calculated by comparing median alumni salaries for each bachelor's degree program to median salaries for graduates from the same programs at other schools, then compiling an overall score to show how well each college prepares alumni across programs for a higher-paying career. The cost of living in Louisiana is lower than the national average, and alumni who work in-state may have lower salaries in line with lower living expenses. Despite the lower cost of living in the state, Tulane University and Louisiana State University had higher Salary Scores than the median for all colleges in the United States.

To be considered for our state rankings, schools must offer and provide data for at least 8 bachelor's programs. This list includes all eligible schools in Louisiana. You can click on a school's name to view individual program scores. Read our methodology to learn more about how schools were ranked.

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Salary Scores based on data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Rank School Location Annual Tuition Salary Score
#1 #1 New Orleans New Orleans $54,820 56.24
#2 #2 Baton Rouge Baton Rouge $11,950 51.87
#3 #3 Shreveport Shreveport $7,327 33.80
#4 #4 Lake Charles Lake Charles $7,860 32.56
#5 #5 Monroe Monroe $8,554 31.99
#6 #6 Natchitoches Natchitoches $7,922 30.82
#7 #7 Ruston Ruston $9,645 30.54
#8 #8 Hammond Hammond $8,165 30.47
#9 #9 Lafayette Lafayette $9,912 28.50
#10 #10 Alexandria Alexandria $6,669 26.01
#11 #11 Baton Rouge Baton Rouge $9,122 25.11
#12 #12 New Orleans New Orleans $39,942 24.98
#13 #13 New Orleans New Orleans $8,771 22.63
#14 #14 Thibodaux Thibodaux $7,952 22.51
#15 #15 Grambling Grambling $7,435 4.78