Northeast Louisiana is home to several higher education institutions, including community colleges, trade schools and acclaimed universities. Each provides students with a range of degree programs and a variety of experiences through research and community service, as well as an expanding list of online courses that follow leading national trends for distance learning.
As one of the nation’s largest public higher education systems, the University of Louisiana includes nine distinct campuses across the state. Northeast Louisiana features two universities within this system – the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) and Louisiana Tech University in Ruston (LA Tech). These universities have received recognition for strengths and achievements in several key areas. In 2014, BusinessInsider.com and Niche.com cited ULM as an institution with great academics and strong in-state student populations, while PayScale.com ranked LA Tech No. 1 of all Louisiana universities for return on investment for in-state and out-of-state students. In addition, U.S. News & World Report designated LA Tech a Tier 1 institution in 2016 for the fifth consecutive year.
Louisiana Delta Community College, located in Monroe, provides a bridge to four-year universities with associate degrees, certificates and diplomas, and maintains a number of branch campuses across the region – including Ruston, Farmerville and Bastrop. Adult literacy and workforce development programs are also housed across its eight campuses.