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College Tours During the New Orleans IECA Conference

on February 23, 2017 in College Visits
Tulane University, New Orleans

Tulane University, New Orleans

Louisiana College Visits

The IECA Conference in New Orleans was the perfect launching spot for tours throughout Louisiana. It turns out it was Parents Weekend at Tulane, Voodoo Music Fest, Halloween, and a Seahawks vs Saints game—a big weekend in NOLA! Before the conference kicked into gear, several colleges hosted counselor tours of their campuses, including meetings with students and faculty, and an overview of programs and activities. Here is my quick take on each of the great colleges we toured.


Louisiana State University

LSU Football Stadium

LSU Football Stadium

  • SEC football big, students were gearing up for the Alabama game!
  • Baton Rouge—capitol of Louisiana
  • Land, Sea, Space Grant University for Federal research money
  • Residential Colleges: all freshmen, focus on an area of study, i.e. engineering
  • Classes in residential halls, can be non-majors like service, etc.
  • Bengals Beyond the Bayou: free tours, food, etc. to help out-of-state students acclimate
  • Very friendly campus
  • 21% out-of-state/international
  • Ogden Honors College: Lots of emphasis on writing section, unique study abroad, research, community service to engage with Baton Rouge community, thesis, fellowship advisor 


University of Louisiana, Lafayette 

  • Engineering strong, including petroleum engineering
  • “Raging Cajuns,” nice town
  • 50% of students are 1st generation
  • Alums of all LA colleges get in-state rate
  • 88% in-state, trying to grow on-campus community
  • Jazz studies, computer science (popular!), game design, land resources, moving image arts, insurance studies, French doctorate, sports management
  • Petro Bowl: 1st in nation
  • Direct admit nursing, very easy automatic admit stats
  • Veteran friendly
  • 20% LD or physical disability


Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana

  • HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
  • Southern hospitality big, students feel welcome
  • Only HBCU and Catholic university in Western Hemisphere
  • Top in sending African-Americans to pharmacy, medical school, and top PhD science programs
  • ROI strong, science huge
  • Visual and fine arts strong
  • Contingent Admissions Program: admission (CAP), six-year program, automatically admitted to pharmacy degree
  • Application is free
  • No numeric cutoff, review everything for everyone, read it all
  • Scholarships based on holistic review, transfers eligible for scholarships
  • Jazz ensemble performs in China


Tulane University 

  • 6800 undergraduates, a sweet spot between big and small, geographically diverse
  • 5 schools, don’t have to be restricted when applying, can go into any
  • Public health, business, liberal arts, engineering, architecture
  • One of only 11 undergraduate institutions with public health
  • Almost every major can stay for master’s five years
  • Pet-friendly dorms, 19 dogs being trained by students for service
  • Social experience fun, tons of festivals
  • Street car $1.25 to get downtown
  • Research and internships in New Orleans
  • One of oldest cities in country, great for opera, writers, buildings, film studies, lots of companies filming here
  • First in community service
  • New stadium for football
  • LD center is strong, also emotional differences, mental health big here
  • EA yield is higher, favors early applicants
  • Brand new institute for inclusion and equity
  • Core curriculum broad and basic, TIDES program for freshmen
  • Music business, largest glassblowing program in country
  • Honors College same application top 10%, but can apply later with 3.6
  • Biomedical/chemical engineering big
  • Meet deans at free coffee and donuts events every Friday


Dillard University

Dillard University

Dillard University

  • HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
  • Beautiful campus flooded during Katrina, now totally restored
  • Greek life is popular, lots of community service
  • Lots of tradition and support for students
  • Great relationships with community
  • Call and talk to profs all the time
  • Academic center strong, build plans for students
  • Our terrific tour guide said that “the NOLA history and culture enriches you to your background, and even though so many students are from far away, our campus feels like home.”
  • Mass communications, business, public health popular


University of New Orleans

  • Fairly new public LA university on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain
  • Jazz studies, naval architecture & marine engineering, coastal restoration, computer security, hospitality management
  • 6440 undergrads and the most diverse campus in LA
  • Three common reasons selected: Location, academics, cost
  • 2.5 GPA, ACT of 23, or SAT of 1130 will be admitted
  • Privateer Pathways offers support if below numbers
  • Very low cost and scholarships for out-of-state
  • Over 80% from local parishes, nontraditional students and 88% in-state
  • 80% live on campus freshman year
  • Music: Jazz Studies is strong and lots of creative, artsy students
  • Cybersecurity big and FBI nearby
  • NCAA Division 1
  • Put international/out-of-state students together so they have friends when others go away for holidays
  • Honors program: capstone thesis and separate classes


Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola University New Orleans

  • Jesuit values, embrace individuality, one religion class of any religion
  • Cross-registration at Tulane, can eat at Tulane, which is across the street
  • True mentoring relationships
  • Experiential education
  • Student-centered learning environment
  • Out into world early, at least two experiential experiences by graduation
  • Over 30% study abroad, many majors require internships
  • Very strong music program
  • Three colleges: 1) Music/fine arts, almost conservatory based but integrated into university, music industry business, pop, commercial, digital film, design program, classical with digital tools; 2) Business with stock room, student-managed scholarship fund, internship in business; 3) Arts and Sciences with research focus, pre-health advisor full time, criminology
  • Most diverse of all Jesuit institutions
  • Engineering 3-2 program with Tulane and others
  • Streetcar to downtown, Audubon Park across street
  • More than 50% live off campus
  • Get paid work and credits for digital portfolio (required), one internship each required, job placement high, student-run agency: brand lab, for national agency competition
  • Partner with media outlets and run a brand lab
  • Music: very deep, theater, dance, film, design, art, BFA and BMA
  • Half of Loyola students are studying music
  • Performance, music therapy, music business, jazz studies, composition, audio, lighting production in communications, all audition-based

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