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Online Colleges in Louisiana

This is your one-stop resource for information on earning your degree from one of Louisiana’s online colleges. We begin with a general overview of higher education in the state and then document Louisiana’s state-specific initiatives and any progress they’ve made in supporting online education.

We also reviewed the entirety of Louisiana’s online offerings and then ranked the top online colleges based on affordability. After browsing these profiles, be sure to take note of the scholarships and higher education resources for Louisiana, located at the bottom of the page. Remember that the best option for your desired online degree may lie outside your home state, so feel free to browse our nationwide database of online colleges as well.


Postsecondary Education in Louisiana

Between 2008 and 2014, the average tuition inflation-adjusted rate at four-year public schools in Louisiana rose over 50%.

Between 2009-2012, Louisiana increased state and local government grant spending per student by a full 20%.

At just over $7,000, the average in-state tuition rate at four-year public universities in Louisiana today is significantly below the national average of $9,139.

Louisiana’s enrollment rates across all public higher education institutions only grew by 6% between 2002 and 2012, national enrollment rates climbed nearly 20% over the same period.


Online Education in Louisiana

NCES Report

According to a recent NCES report, in fall 2012, 4.1% of students enrolled in Title IV institutions in Louisiana (11,037 students) were in exclusively online programs.

  • 69.8% of those students were undergraduates
  • 68.1% were in public 4-year institutions
  • 9.7% were in private not-for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 1.3% were in private for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 84.6% were living in Louisiana
  • 14.5% were living elsewhere in the United States

Louisiana students who are interested in online learning opportunities in the state can visit LouisianaOnline, an online education portal designed help students identify, compare and ultimately complete programs offered by one of over twenty state colleges and universities.


Most Affordable Online Colleges in Louisiana

Below you’ll find the very best online colleges in Louisiana, sorted by affordability. These rankings identify the fully online programs in a school’s catalogue, explain how the school’s online interface works and spotlight the recognition a school has received for its online initiatives.

Want to know what it takes to make our rankings? Check out our distinct approach.

McNeese State University

1
McNeese State University
Lake Charles
N/A
$3,200

An Online Education at McNeese State University

Students at MSU can pursue degrees on an accelerated schedule that allows adult learners to complete their courses in 7 or 8 week blocks. This program is designed for those with full-time employment who require the flexibility to pursue a degree at their convenience. Students access course content through the MyMcNeese Portal, which delivers courses on the Moodle platform. Additionally, Moodle allows students to chat with peers and faculty, as well as communicate via audio and video tools.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Criminal Justice
  • Family and Child Studies
  • Management
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Educator
  • Psychology
  • School Librarian

There are currently no graduate-level programs available at MSU.

MSU offers a number of fully online courses, though some programs do have in-person requirements. In these hybrid programs, students will complete most of their course material online but will also be expected to be on campus for certain activities, exams or lectures.

Students can transfer credits from previous college coursework, though not all credits are guaranteed to be accepted. Online students may be eligible for non-traditional student scholarships, which can fund their education up to $700 per semester.

Contact Information

4205 Ryan St
Lake Charles,
LA 70605
(337) 475-5000

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

2
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lafayette
N/A
$3,487

An Online Education at University of Louisiana at Lafayette

ULL allows students to choose between fully online courses and hybrid courses, requiring at least 50% online interactions and the remaining time spent in face-to-face instruction. Many ULL courses have undergone a review process based on nationally recognized standards, earning them a ULearn Certified seal. Students can search for those courses specifically, if desired. Every ULL student is given an advisor to help plan a personal course of study, alongside access to 24-hour online tutoring via Net Tutor.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • B.S. in Health Services Administration
  • B.S. in Kinesiology with Health Promotion & Wellness concentration
  • Registered Nurse to B.S. in Nursing (RN-to-BSN)

Online Graduate Degrees

  • M. Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with Instructional Specialist concentration
  • M.S. in Nursing
  • M.S. in Systems Technology
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

ULL also offers certificate programs in a number of fields, including Instructional Coaching and Professional Writing.

According to the US Department of Education’s College Affordability And Transparency list, ULL is the most affordable university in Louisiana. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is also a member of the Southern Regional Education Board's Electronic Campus.

Contact Information

104 University Circle
Lafayette,
LA 70503
(377) 482-1000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #199 on U.S. News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor’s Programs

Louisiana Tech University

3
Louisiana Tech University
Ruston
$151
$3,626

An Online Education at Louisiana Tech University

LTU courses are offered on the Moodle platform, where students can engage with audio and video lectures. The Bulldog Online Student System (BOSS) is used to securely register for classes, pay tuition, view grades, and access student records. An online bookstore is available for any required course materials.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Organizational Leadership
  • General Studies
  • Health Informatics & Information Management

The school also offers a number of online certificate programs to help students add on to existing degrees or to get professional certification for employment.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • English
  • Business Administration
  • Engineering & Technology Management
  • Health Informatics
  • History

First-time freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 18 college credits are required to submit official high school transcripts alongside any applicable college transcripts for admission. In addition, first-time freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 18 college credits must submit standardized test scores (ACT/SAT). Upon admission, the Computing Center sets all new students up with access to the student portal on BOSS.

Contact Information

305 Wisteria
Ruston,
LA 71272
(318) 257-2000

Southern University at New Orleans

4
Southern University at New Orleans
New Orleans
$178
$4,274

An Online Education at Southern University at New Orleans

SUNO utilizes a number of programs to help online students easily access all of their course information and content. Blackboard allows students to view course materials such as Powerpoint slides, video, audio and animations created on other platforms. SUNO students access all of their latest records through the MyCampus Portal, while an application called Banner is used to register for courses, manage financial aid and pay tuition.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of General Studies (Humanities Concentration)

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts: Museum Studies

SUNO offers merit-based scholarships to full-time students only. The SUNO Libraries are available to online students for access to a number of online databases and materials.

Students unsure if an online education is a good fit for them have the option of taking an exam with SmarterLearner. Completing this course will give applicants an assessment of their strengths, readiness for online education, and access to a number of resources to help them prepare for a successful online education.

Contact Information

6400 Press Drive
New Orleans,
LA 70126
(504) 286-5000

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

5
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Natchitoches
N/A
$4,934

An Online Education at Northwestern State University of Louisiana

NSUL offers 35 online degree programs, all of which have been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Students are given an NSUL email address with which they access their course content on the Moodle platform. Applicants can take an online assessment to see if distance education is a good option for them; they are invited to contact the Electronic & Continuing Education team at (318) 357-6355.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of General Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Professional certificates and specialist degrees are other online options at NSUL. In addition, the school offers a doctoral degree in Nursing Practice.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Art
  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Science in Health & Human Performance
  • Master of Science in Homeland Security
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Arts in Adult Education

To access all of their personal, financial, and academic information, online students can use the myNSU portal. Upon registration, students receive a free copy of Microsoft Office, which includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook.

Contact Information

University Parkway
Natchitoches,
LA 71497-0002
(318) 357-6011


Acclaim for online programs

  • #90 on U.S. News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #112 on U.S. News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • #56 on U.S. News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

Southern University and A&M College

6
Southern University and A&M College
Baton Rouge
N/A
$6,534

An Online Education at Southern University and A&M College

SUAMC offers several associate, undergraduate, and graduate level degree programs for students who wish to pursue their degree online. In these programs, students have access to the same materials and benefits as traditional on-campus students, while also communicating with their fellow students from all backgrounds and locations. Course material is available 24 hours a day, as is communication with instructors and peers via chat, email or discussion threads.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • General Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Computer Science
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Psychology

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Executive Masters in Public Administration
  • Masters of Business Administration

High school students and adult learners under 25 need a high school diploma or GED in order to be admitted to undergraduate programs. Adult learners over 25 can provide a GED or attestation form to high school graduation. All students will need a computer with internet access in order to complete their courses. SUAMC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Contact Information

Southern Branch Post Office
Baton Rouge,
LA 70813
(225) 771-4500

Nicholls State University

7
Nicholls State University
Thibodaux
$275
$6,600

An Online Education at Nicholls State University

NSU offers online students the opportunity to complete their class work on an accelerated 8-week schedule, so they can earn their degree faster and with more convenience. Any students who cannot complete their studies within the 8 week period can continue beyond the deadline, though they will be charged $100 for each additional month. All courses are taught by NSU faculty, and there are no requirements that students complete any in-person coursework in order to obtain a degrees.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in General Family and Consumer Sciencesv
  • BSN in Nursing (for students who have an unencumbered RN license)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Students can also obtain professional certificates online with NSU, and can add minor programs to their undergraduate degrees.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Education Leadership — K-12 Leadership
  • Master of Education Leadership — Educational Technology Leadership
  • Master of Science in Community/Technical College Mathematics
  • Master of Science in Nursing

NSU courses are delivered via Moodle, which has been designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities and different accessibility needs. Students can access all of their personal information and accounts using the Banner platform. Personal academic advisors are available via Google Hangout.

Contact Information

University Station La Hwy 1
Thibodaux,
LA 70310
(877) 642-4655

University of Louisiana at Monroe

8
University of Louisiana at Monroe
Monroe
$375
$9,000

An Online Education at University of Louisiana at Monroe

At ULM, students have the opportunity to pursue a number of degree programs completely online. All students are expected to have a computer with high-speed internet access, word processing software and a webcam to engage fully with course content. All material is delivered on the Moodle platform, and students are issued a Warhawk email address for communication with faculty and fellow students. The ULM Computer Center is available for any technology issues.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Studies

There are a total of 33 online programs available for all kinds of students, ranging from associate programs all the way up to doctoral programs. All courses are 100% online and can be completed in 4 week, 8 week, or 16 week formats, depending on student needs.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Arts in Gerontology
  • Master of Arts in History
  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • Master of Science in Counseling
  • Master of Science in Exercise Science

Undergraduate program courses are offered on an accelerated 8 week schedule. Graduate courses follow a traditional school semester schedule. ULM has been offering online education since 2003, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Contact Information

700 University Avenue
Monroe,
LA 71209-0000
(318) 342-1000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #57 on U.S. News and World Report's Best Online MBA Programs

Southeastern Louisiana University

9
Southeastern Louisiana University
Hammond
$600
$14,395

An Online Education at Southeastern Louisiana University

There are a variety of course formats available for individuals who want to pursue a degree online with SLU. Students can choose among courses that are fully online, hybrid courses (online combined with face-to-face interaction), teleseminars broadcast online or on local TV, and compressed video which allows teachers and students to communicate live via webcam. Distance learners have access to over 90 databases through the online library, and have the opportunity to get training in Moodle, Gmail, and Leonet, which are the main technologies that students will be expected to use.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Nursing, BS (RN to BS)
  • Organizational Leadership--Disaster Management, BA

There are a number of other programs offered that are 50-99% online, including undergraduate degrees in Family And Consumer Science and General Studies, as well as graduate degrees in Teaching and Nursing.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, DNP

Online students can chat with a librarian 24 hours a day, as well as get support and tutoring from the Writing Center, Math Lab, and the Center for Student Excellence. Before enrolling in an online program, SLU has created a quiz to ensure online learning is the right choice. Students should be prepared to do a high volume of reading and writing in distance courses.

Contact Information

548 Ned McGehee Ave.
Hammond,
LA 70402
(985) 549-2000



Scholarships and Financial Aid in Louisiana

1825 Scholars Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $20,000 See Scholarship

The 1825 Scholars Award is available to students entering Centenary College of Louisiana. Selection is based on candidates’ application to the college, high school academics, and leadership or community service experience. Award is up to $20,000 per year for 4 years.

Academic Excellence Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $2,565 See Scholarship

Nicholls State University offers the Academic Excellence Scholarship to in-state freshmen with outstanding academic records. A GPA of 3.0+ and an ACT score of 27+ is required. The award amount is $2,565 per year for 4 years.

Chancellor’s Alumni Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Full tuition, fees + housing See Scholarship

Provided by Louisiana State University to the 10 entering freshmen who have the highest ACT/SAT scores. A minimum ACT score of 33+ or SAT of 1440+ is required. Applicants participate in an essay competition and interview. Award covers tuition, room, board, and stipend for study abroad and research opportunities.

Dean’s Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $12,000 See Scholarship

The Dean’s Scholarship is available to freshmen entering Centenary College of Louisiana with an ACT score of 22+ and a GPA of 3.1+. The award amount is up to $12,000 per year for 4 years.

Jefferson Caffery Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $58,000 See Scholarship

The Jefferson Caffery Scholarship is for incoming freshmen at University of Louisiana – Lafayette who have an ACT score of 30+ or SAT of 1330+, a GPA of 3.0+, and who are National Merit finalists or semi-finalists. Award amount is $58,000.

LSU Distinguished Freshman Award

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $2,000 See Scholarship

For National Merit finalists who indicate Louisiana State University as their first-choice school. Award amount is $750 to $2,000 per year, based on financial need. Recipients also have the opportunity to earn $1,500 per year via the Chancellor’s Future Leaders in Research program.

Presidential Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $18,000 See Scholarship

For freshmen entering Centenary College of Louisiana with an ACT score of 26+ or SAT score of 1740+ and a GPA of 3.5+. The award amount is up to $18,000 per year for 4 years.

TOPS – Opportunity Award

Deadline: July 1, 2015
Scholarship Amount Full tuition See Scholarship

The TOPS Opportunity Award is available to Louisiana residents with a high school GPA of 2.5+ and an ACT score of 20+. The award covers tuition and fees any Louisiana public college or university. Funding is provided by the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance.

TOPS – Tech Award

Deadline: July 1, 2015
Scholarship Amount Full tuition See Scholarship

The TOPS Tech Award is available to Louisiana resident students pursuing skill or occupational training at any school within the Louisiana community and technical college system. A high school GPA of 2.5+ and an ACT score of 17+ is required. Funds are provided by the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance.

UL Lafayette Academic Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $15,000 See Scholarship

Administered by the University of Louisiana, this award is available to students with a GPA of 3.0+ and an ACT of 28+ or SAT of 1250+. Award amount is approximately $15,000, distributed over 8 semesters as $1,000 per semester plus partial housing expenses.


Higher Education Resources in Louisiana