What's Hot


WHAT'S HOT 2020-21

“What’s Hot “

Recruiting Cycle  2020-2021


In-State Institutions

Bossier Parish Community College


  • New for Fall 2020: Practical Nursing Program & Fire Science Program.



  • Cavalier Preview Night:
    Learn the first steps to college by attending Cavalier Preview Night. Discussion topics cover admissions, financial aid, student services, academic programs, and student life. 

    Fall 2020 - Virtual Cavalier Preview Night Dates:
    November 5 / December 3 @ 6:00 pm

      Spring 2021 - Dates/Times TBA (watch website for updates)


Centenary College of Louisiana

  • Centenary has added the following athletic teams this year - Competitive Cheer, Competitive Dance, Track & Field, Cross Country, and Men's Volleyball (Club ). We will be adding an ESports Team and STUNT Team for fall 2021.


  • Centenary has an average of 94% acceptance rate into medical school over the past 5 years.


  • Academic scholarships have increased to start at $10,000 and go up to $25,000/year. 100% of accepted students will qualify for an academic scholarship.



Delgado Community College

  • The residency fee has been removed, out of state fees are no longer charged to non-residents.


  • The Recruitment and Outreach Department has launched several virtual options and events that high school students and counselors will be able to utilize throughout the pandemic for everything they'll need for Delgado.


  • Although still an option, students are not required to submit ACT scores or take a placement test in order to place into courses.



Dillard University

  • Pre-Law Program - This interdisciplinary program aims to diversify the legal profession, and prepares students for law school by exposure to various law programs, offering LSAT prep, career shadowing and internships, mock-trial and debate teams, mentorship and a host of other opportunities.


  • Nursing - Dillard University has the oldest accredited nursing program in the state of Louisiana. Our 2019 graduating cohort had a 100% NCLEX passage rate.


  • Film - Dillard University is the only full undergraduate film program offered at an HBCU in Louisiana.



Fletcher Technical Community College

  • Fletcher now offers Associate Degree programs in Geology and the Care and Development of Young Children


  • Fletcher offers several programs fully online


  • Fletcher's tuition is about half the cost of a typical college/university



Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University

  • 100% pass rates for many programs including nursing, radiologic technology, and respiratory therapy


  • Experience FranU in October will consist of 3 dates showcasing each of our 3 schools: Experience FranU Nursing (October 22), Experience FranU Health Professions (October 8), and Experience FranU Arts and Sciences (October 27)


  • Ongoing and expansive virtual visit and virtual event opportunities can all be found on franu.edu/experience



Grambling State University

  • Virtual High School Day coming soon


  • Newly renovated Intramural Center and Natatorium


  • Digital Library coming soon


Louisiana College

  • LC will be moving from NCAA Div III to NAIA by the Fall 2021 semester. This will allow LC to offer academic scholarships to student athletes.


  • Tudor Hall (men's dorm) and Cottingham Hall (women's dorm) have been newly renovated for the 2020-2021 Academic year. The rooms include new furniture, paint, and amenities.  English Village (Men's Apartments) have also undergone remodeling.


  • Ranked 5 of 50 of most affordable Christian colleges in the US


  • 97% of student get Financial Aid or scholarships with us.



Louisiana State University

  • LSU’s Return on Investment ranks #1 among SEC publics, and high among national peers


  • More than 330 programs with new majors in Cybersecurity and Entrepreneurship


  • Self Reported Test Scores and Transcripts through SRAR



LSU – Alexandria

  • LSUA has added many programs this year: Accounting, Healthcare Administration, Criminal Psychology, Forensics - Biology, Pre-Art Therapy, plus many more.



  • Our new athletic mascot was revealed in the Spring of 2020. Students can now see Tank on campus and in the community.



LSU – Eunice

  • Our cost is very reasonable at $2,365 per semester for 12 in class hours and we offer extremely affordable and reduced rates for our preparatory students (Academy and Dual Enrollment). Please view our tuition and other educationally related expenses lsue.edu/financialaid/tuitionandfees.php


  • LSUE has wide array of high demand associate and transfer degree programs along with 1 year certificates. We couple academics with a very competitive, academically strong athletics program. A newly created 2+2 agreement with UL Lafayette for a bachelor’s degree in informatics strengthens our Computer Information Technology Program. Please view our degree programs at www.lsue.edu/academics


  • Our athletics program has won 12 national championships between baseball and softball while our soccer and basketball programs are on the cusp of national glory. Our athletes also excelled in the classroom, placing 24 on the National Junior College All-Academic team in 2019, smashing a previous record of 15. You can view more about athletics athletics.lsue.edu


  • Recent improvements to our on campus housing (Bengal Village) and Student Union have elevated the on campus experience for our students. A newly renovated cafeteria and added coffee shop provide an enriching, tasty experience while our new Well Smart health center provides students with excellent healthcare. You can view more about on campus housing, LSUE Dining, and our Health Center at the following links:




LSU – Shreveport

  • Cybercolaboratory


  • New Application Portal


  • E-Sports



Louisiana Tech University

  • Brand new for the Fall 2020 quarter, College of Liberal Art’s Music Industry major opened a state-of-the-art Recording Studio and Music & Media Lab, including a student run record label. Made possible in part through the generous donations of Leon “Kix” Brooks of Brooks & Dunn, this space includes Solid State Logic’s Origin, a 32- channel analog studio console for studio recording, mixing, and mastering. Louisiana Tech is the first university in the world, and one of only three places in North America, to own this advanced technology.


  • By Fall 2021, a brand new baseball facility, soccer complex and softball complex will be complete, allowing our D-1 student athletes to compete at the top of their games.


  • This February, Louisiana Tech promoted its very first African American female dean into the position of Dean of Inclusion Initiatives & Student Success. Under Devonia Love-Vaughn’s leadership, this fall will be the first year that a dedicated space for our LGBTQ community.


  • Louisiana Tech now offers 5 undergraduate certificates designed to increase job opportunities for current and prospective students. These certificates will be offered in Audiology, Criminal Psychology, Geographic Information Science, Information Assurance & Cybersecurity Management, and Lean Six Sigma.



Loyola University New Orleans

  • Loyola University New Orleans is happy to announce we are piloting a test-blind admission process. Starting with the Fall 2021 application cycle, Loyola will not require a standardized test score for our admission application and we will not consider a test score, should a student choose to submit. Loyola will use the score to determine TOPS eligibility, but it will not factor your test score into your admissions decision.


  • Loyola offers many scholarships to LA students including: Merit Scholarships ($11k-23k), TOPS, Louisiana Resident Scholarship ($3k), Creative Talent Scholarships, and Athletic Scholarships.


  • New Majors include Computer Science- Cyber Security and Neuroscience with concentrations in Business, Biology, Physics and Psychology



McNeese State University

  • Our 2019 Nursing Graduates achieved a 98% passage rate on the NClEX-RN!


  • TOP 4 of Louisiana universities for Best Starting Salary for its graduates by SmartAsset.com (2020)


  • 90% of graduates majoring in Pre-Physical Therapy are accepted into physical and occupational therapy programs across the U.S.



Nicholls State University

  • Nicholls has more than 100 student organizations with everything from Student Government to a Bass Fishing team.


  • 20:1 Student to faculty ratio! Our classes are smaller and faculty make themselves available outside of class to students that want to gain more knowledge or experience.


  • At Nicholls, our campus traditions begin at orientation and carry on into the freshman experience with events like Traditions Night, Pirogue Races, Homecoming, Crawfish Day, Tailgating for all sports, Movie Nights, Beach Clean Ups, Concerts, Plays, Mid-term breakfast served by faculty and more!



Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College

  • NLTCC is ranked #6 in the nation among Community Colleges.


  • We have a high graduation rate.


  • Industrial Instrumentation, Practical Nursing and Welding are some of our popular programs.



Northwestern State University

  • New and updated Academic program offerings and experiences - Through our Nationally ranked Computer Information Systems major, we now offer a Cyber Security concentration. Within the same College, our Hospitality, Management, and Tourism majors now get the chance to showcase their skills in the Columns Cafe, a restaurant space that entirely student run, from management to the back of the house. From culinary arts concentrations to travel and tourism, all students contribute in some capacity (when they're not studying or traveling abroad with their cohort). While HMT students are getting hands on experience, so are our Communication and New Media students. They took home a National Bronze Telly Award for our NSU TV production of news, sports, and entertainment production. We push our students to have real-world experience, as early as their freshman year.


  • Call Me MISTER Program - Call me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) addresses the critical shortage of minority male teachers in America’s classrooms. It's an initiative aimed at recruiting African American males to be teachers and mentors, particularly at low-performing schools. The first cohort of students will launch this Fall. Applications for Call me MISTER will be reviewed on a competitive basis each spring for consideration for cohorts that will begin each fall semester.

    Preference will be given to graduating high school seniors; two-year community college transfers; and first-year college freshmen. Eligible candidates will be selected based upon their potential for teaching and their motivation for participation in the program.

    Prospective Misters must be a minority male and come from an underserved, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and/or educationally at-risk community. They must major in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Health & Physical Education or Music Education and demonstrate record high scholastic achievement and participation in extra-curricular and community service activities.

    Misters will benefit from financial assistance to help cover tuition and fees, instructional support and preparation for licensure exams, a cohort system for social and cultural support and leadership development. They will gain immediate exposure to a classroom environment and job placement assistance after graduation.


  • Expanded Opportunities for Scholarships and Involvement - NSU's brand new, 4,000 square foot, E Sports Venue will be open this fall. There will be scholarship opportunities for all competitive E Sports Athletes. There are other opportunities to gain financial assistance through involvement with the Collegiate Fishing Team, President's Leadership Program, and even the CREW (Rowing) Team. NSU has also expanded our scholarship opportunities to now include numerous first generation scholarships, retention scholarships to help fill the gap between tuition and gift amounts, and new major specific scholarships in numerous content areas.



Nunez Community College

  • Only Aerospace Manufacturing Program in Louisiana


  • New Instrumentation Technician Program!


  • Full credit classes in half the time with Fast Lane classes!



Southeastern Louisiana University

  • 2 New Programs: Masters of Science in Integrated Science & Technology with a focus area in data science. This program is business friendly and designed for seasoned IT professionals. Students work closely with their data science faculty mentors, culminating in a student-driven thesis/research project directly related to an employer-based project. The program has online and convenient class schedules with 33 credit hours and degree completion in two years or less.

Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences. This degree prepares students to pursue a variety of career opportunities in public health, health care, population health and other health science related industries or graduate programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy, athletic training, and physician assistant.


  • New Student-Centric Hub on campus. Renovation on campus to create a new Student Lounge as a study and meeting space on campus that will house a significant number of academic classrooms, tutoring spaces for both individual in group experiences, plus a reestablished computer lab.


  • Southeastern's Office of Admissions is offering new ways to communicate with students with a new website www.southeastern.edu/admissionslive. This website will allow students to sign up for webinars, view virtual tours, meet with admission & financial counselors virtually, as well view upcoming content on Admissions social media channels. Connect with students through social media and Zooms will allow students to learn while staying safe during this pandemic.



Tulane University

  • Tulane's response and action to address racial inequity: Racial equity education, increased support to students, community discussion, creation of the Health Equity Institute, increased Staff diversity, and the President's Commission on Race & Values. Specific details and the action plan can be reviewed here: https://t.e2ma.net/message/r1h8nc/rx2xaqb.


  • 2020 Princeton Review Rankings recognized Tulane in the following areas: #1 Engaged in the Community, #4 Happiest Students, #6 Quality of Life, #9 Best Run College, #10 Lots of Study Abroad, #14 Politically Active, #15 Active Student Government, #22 Best Alumni Network.


  • THREE different early application options for Tulane undergraduates into Tulane's Medical School that do not require the MCAT exam - Creative Premedical Scholars, Tulane Accelerated Physician's Training Program, and Tulane Pathways to Medicine.


University of Holy Cross

  • We have a new residence hall! It features a gym, meditation room, 24 hour security, study rooms, and wifi.


  • Our Thomas E Chambers Training and Counseling Center is on SITE


  • We're just 7 minutes away from the fun of New Orleans.



University of Louisiana at Lafayette

  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette is an Official Higher Education Partner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans. This partnership will provide real world professional experience for students and recent graduates. The Saints organization and the University will develop unique student experiences each semester with the goal of maximizing professional development opportunities. The Saints organization will increase the University’s visibility externally and provide special opportunities to engage its alumni, donors and potential students.


  • UL Lafayette is one of 90 colleges and universities to earn the 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. It is the third year in a row the University has been recognized.


  • UL Lafayette has created a new initiative, the Advance Student Research Experience (Advance). Advance was created to support the strategic mission of the University to increase student productivity and success through engagement in mentored research, innovative projects, and creative endeavors. Goals are to: provide more students with the opportunity to complete a Student Research Experience, develop a campus culture that supports and rewards participation in high-impact research, scholarship, and creative activities, and help develop a campus culture that supports and rewards participation in high-impact research, scholarship, and creative activities.



University of Louisiana at Monroe

  • VCOM Medical School has officially opened on the Bayou, their inaugural class began July of 2020.


  • The Physical Therapy Doctorate School is set to begin classes in Fall 2022.


  • Our brand new on campus housing, Warhawk Village Apartments, will be open and ready Spring 2021.



University of New Orleans

  • For the upcoming Summer, Spring, and Fall 2021 semesters, UNO will conditionally admit students who meet the Louisiana Core 4 curriculum and 2.5 core GPA without standardized test scores.


  • UNO now offers a bachelor of science in Urban Construction Management. The students graduating with this unique degree will specialize in urban residential and commercial planning, design, and sustainable construction management techniques.


  • UNO will offer a wide variety of virtual events for new students to view campus, explore majors, apply for financial aid, and learn about all of the other different aspects of college life for new students.



LACRAO Transition

Good Afternoon,

I hope you are all are enjoying the downhill slope of Spring 2019!  We have now officially ended the LACRAO listserv and it is imperative that your institution be connected with LACRAO.  We are concerned many of you are not receiving correspondence from the organization. 

In an effort to make the transition as smooth as possible, Andy Cline prepared a 6-minute tutorial video that showcases the utilization of the website platform.

Remember the website’s url is https://lacrao.org/

Tutorial: https://drive.google.com/open?id=10yljaWZTSkwOC8OhlJn-dqBHs7FWxqw_

Only institutional primary contacts will be able to edit each school’s roster.

If you have a question about who your primary contact is, please let us know.

College Recruitment and Admissions Officers should pay close attention to the Forum section of the membership portal. 

Individuals should post pertinent college fair information into each appropriate Zone Forum (Zone 1-VI). 

For example: Airline High School College & Career Fair should be posted in Zone V's forum.

In order to receive email notification of college fair postings, individuals should subscribe to all Zone Forum's that are necessary. For specific posting questions, please contact [email protected]

Your president -


Director of University Recruiting

[email protected]



Verification Email

All contacts are asked to white list our institutional website in order to receive email communication:

- Please contact your IT team and request that our organization's mail be white listed
- Please provide them with  the following link:  http://kb.starchapter.com/White_Listing 


What's Hot 2018-2019

Baton Rouge Community College


  • Technical Studies (Associate of Applied Science), Air Conditioning and Refrigeration concentration.


  • Technical Studies (Associate of Applied Science), Drafting and Design Technology Concentration


  • Technical Studies (Associate of Applied Science), Electrical Concentration


  • Technical Studies (Associate of Applied Science), Instrumentation Concentration


  • Technical Studies (Associate of Applied Science), Pipefitting Concentration


  • Technical Studies (Associate of Applied Science), Welding Concentration


Bossier Parish Community College

Important Dates/Deadlines:

Cavalier Preview Night 2018-19 (Open House)

October 18 / November 15 / February 21 / March 28 / April 25 / May 16 

Visit bpcc.edu for more info and to RSVP for the event.




BPCC announced recently that its Nursing Program is second in the United States for 2017 in NCLEX-RN education programs with a score of 92.93%, which is 5.08% above the national average of 87.85%. The program had a 100% employment rate for fall 2017 graduates and a National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)-RN pass rate of 95.89% for fall 2017 graduates.

  • BPCC AND UT Tyler ANNOUNCE first ever 2+2 AGREEMENT


BPCC and The University of Texas at Tyler signed the first-ever 2+2 articulation agreement between the two schools, as well as the first-ever articulation agreement to cross state lines!

The agreement allows BPCC students who have completed an associate degree in Industrial Technology in the Automation and Controls or Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics concentrations to apply their two years of study to UT Tyler's Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology.



Bossier Parish Community College’s Dual Enrollment program is proud to announce the graduation of eight area high school students, who earned a postsecondary credential while simultaneously earning their high school diploma, during BPCC’s spring graduation ceremonies in May. 

The dual enrollment students earned a total of five associate degrees, five certificates, and two technical diplomas.


Centenary College

Important Dates/Deadlines:

  • Fall Open House – October 20 – preview day for juniors & seniors
  • Early Action Deadline – December 15
  • Regular Decision Deadline – February 15
  • Spring Open House – February 23 – preview day for juniors & seniors
  • Centenary Days – April 5 & 6 – admitted senior event


WHAT’S HOT @ Centenary?

  • Addition of new majors and minors: Undergraduate Education Major, Legal Studies Minor (pre-law), & Engineering Sciences Minor.
  • Addition of NCAA Men’s Lacrosse team.
  • Going into our 5th year of the Centenary In Paris Program for all incoming first year students.



Delgado Community College

Important Dates/Deadlines:

  • Spring 2019 class registration opens – November 12th
  • Spring 2019 classes begin – January 19th
  • Spring 2019 Second Start registration opens – February 6th
  • Spring 2019 Second Start classes begin – Mar 18th
  • Discover Delgado Day – March 28th
  • Summer 2019/Fall 2019 class registration opens – April 15th


WHAT’S HOT @ Delgado?

  • New campus location: River City Site and Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Avondale, Louisiana
  • Prospective students can sit in on classes prior to applying
  • New articulation agreements signed with Southern New Hampshire University and LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing


Louisiana Delta Community College

Important Dates/Deadlines:

  • October 24, 2018 – Educator’s Breakfast - All counselors and Principals
  • February 19, 2019 – Scholarship Deadline
  • March 15 – Students Applying for Summer must have FAFSA completed and submitted to the College
  • May 15 – Students Applying for the Fall must have FAFSA completed and submitted to the College
  • November 15 – Students Appling for the Spring must have FAFSA completed and submitted to the College



  • Now offering a Computer Science Associate Degree
  • Now offering a Criminal Justice Associates Degree
  • Getting ready to add on to the Monroe campus!


Fletcher Technical Community College

Important Dates/Deadlines:

  • Priority FAFSA deadline for Fall 2018 is July 13, 2018
  • The Fall 2018 semester begins August 20, 2018
  • Final application deadline for Fall 2018 is August 23, 2018


WHAT’S HOT @ Fletcher?

  • Fletcher now has a campus in Thibodaux, LA at 1425 Tiger Drive
  • The associate degrees in Business Administration and Criminal Justice are offered completely online
  • Beginning Fall 2018 advanced Electrical and Welding courses will be offered in the evening


Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (FranU)


  • Fall 2018 marks big changes on our campus with the addition of the Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Theology, the Bachelor of Psychology, and the Doctoral of Physical Therapy to our academic program offerings. Bringing us to a total of 19 academic programs across our 3 schools of study.
  • In May of 2018, we welcomed Christy Sevier as our new Director of Admissions.
  • FranU houses 2 anatomage tables, for student use across all programs. We also await the delivery of our first plasticized cadaver.


Grambling State University

Important Dates/Deadlines:

  • Bring It Home Campaign kicks off in July Last year raised 1.2M in four months
  • Priority Scholarship Deadline: December 1st
  • Fall High School Day: September 16, 2017
  • September 15th – High School (Preview) Day



  • Nursing program returns Fall 2018
  • Degree Works implemented by December 2018
  • Five major construction and renovation projects in progress
    • Natatorium
    • Intramural Health & Wellness Center
    • Library
    • Woodson Hall
    • McCall Dining Hall


Louisiana College

Important Dates/Deadlines:

  • Preview Day/Preview in the Pines:  Saturday, October 27th at 1:00 PM
  • Smith Scholarship Application Deadline: December 15th
  • Smith Scholarship Competition: January 2019
  • Preview Day/Preview in the Pines: March 2019
  • Front of the Line – Pre-registration: April 2019



  • Louisiana College offers dual enrollment courses for high school sophomores - seniors; both online and on campus. LC has an average student to faculty ratio of 14:1.
  • Louisiana College offers over 70 programs of study; its newest additions are Bachelors of Computer Science, Bachelors of Web Design, Masters of Social Work, Masters of Nursing, and a 3+2 Pre-Engineering Program.
  • 95% of LC students receive scholarships or financial aid, making LC the 4th most affordable Christian college in the U.S.


LSU – Alexandria

Important Date/Deadlines:

  • Campus Tours are held Monday – Friday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. as well as 10:00 a.m. every Saturday.  Group tours available upon request.
  • Fall Spend the Day @ A:  November 17, 2018
  • Spring Spend the Day @ A:  February 16, 2019



  • New degree program:  BA World Religion
  • Fastest Growing University in Louisiana
  • Since 2016 LSUA has earned 16 conference and regional championships, made 9 national tournament appearances with 5 national quarter final finishes, 3 national semi-finalist finishes and 1 national runner-up honor.


LSU – Eunice

Important Dates/Deadlines:

  • Priority Scholarship Deadline – February 1, 2019
  • Fall Preview Day (Bengal Day) – Tuesday, November 20, 2018
  • LSU Eunice is an open-admission university; therefore, there is no specific admission deadline.  LSUE recommends that applications for admission be completed as early as possible so that students can secure their class schedules early.



  • LSU Eunice has two new degree programs in the high demand fields of surgical technology and sonography.  Surgical Technology is a newly created associate degree program, and the university upgraded the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program to an associate degree starting in the fall of 2018.  LSUE now offers a nursing clinical classroom site at Lafayette General Hospital Southwest, allowing acceptance of up to 90 additional students into the clinical phase of the program.
  • LSU Eunice has expanded its athletics programs to include men’s basketball and soccer for men and women.  Bengal Baseball won its 6th NJCAA National Championship this year, which set an NJCAA Division II record for the most titles by a university.  LSUE's softball and baseball teams have won a national championship for nine consecutive years and have won 11 out of the last 13 national titles. 
  • LSUE is in the final stage of renovations to Bengal Village apartments and has just completed a total renovation of the student union cafeteria that includes a Starbucks coffee shop.   


LSU – Shreveport


  • First of its kind- LSUS Cyber Collaboratory.  This collaboratory is specifically designed for student interaction, group activities, and classroom projects in the fields of cybersecurity, robotics, artificial intelligence, app development, and haptics.
  • Student Success Center- completely renovated and now offering online tutoring and supplemental instruction for all students for free.  Students can utilize academic coaching, group tutoring and personal tutoring, workshops, and Career Services all in one location.
  • First Generation College Student Scholarships- LSUS is offering first-generation college students the chance to receive a privately funded scholarship to aid in paying their college tuition or college costs. All students can find privately funded LSUS scholarships at https://lsus.academicworks.com/


LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing

Important Dates/Deadlines:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing application Deadlines
  • August 1, 2018 for spring 2019 applications
  • January 15th for fall 2019 applications


Louisiana Tech University

Important Dates/Deadlines:

  • Time Out for Tech Fall: October 6, 2018
  • Campus Visits: offered daily and 1 Saturday a month September – May
  • Scholarship deadline: January 5, 2019



  • Elementary Education – Louisiana Tech's Elementary Education program was rated #2 in the nation and #1 in the state of Louisiana according to com. The ranking is derived from data collected from U.S. News &World Report, Pay Scale, and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). A large part of the College of Education's success has been the implementation of year-long, clinical residencies to replace traditional student teaching methods, which gives students an immersive classroom experience and simulates their first year of teaching.
  • New Housing Options – New housing will provide 604 beds on campus. These suites offer semi-private rooms (two students per room) and gathering areas with family amenities for each group of  8 students. The common area includes a kitchen, lounge area and an exterior patio. The idea is for this community-based structure to provide unique options to integrate freshman into campus culture, support healthy relationship development with peers, and allow individual engagement between housing staff and each student.


  • UTeachTech – The UTeachTech program is designed to nurture and train a new teaching force of highly qualified instructors in STEM subjects — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Sponsored by the College of Education, the College of Arts and Natural Sciences, and the College of Engineering and Sciences, UTeachTechprovides an opportunity for undergraduate students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, or Engineering to receive both their subject matter degree and full teaching certification in four years at no extra cost.


  • Nursing Program – Because Tech’s nursing program is so thorough, the NCLEX pass rate and RN job placement rate is consistently above the national average with 100% job placement the last 3 years in a row. Graduates who complete their associates degree in nursing will have the same title and responsibilities as those who complete a 4-year bachelor degree at another school.


  • Engineering Building – The new Integrated Engineering and Science Building is set to be ready for students Fall of 2019. Not only does this 130,000 sq. ft., three-story building house engineering and science classrooms, it will also include rooms for “Living with the Lab” activities, a coffee shop, numerous labs, a student help desk/achievement center, and plenty of room for students to study and interact. According to Hisham Hegab, dean of the College of Engineering and Science, the IESE is designed to better accommodate project-based learning that traditional classrooms hinder due to lack of space and resources.


Loyola University New Orleans

Important Dates/Deadlines:

  • November 15 - Early Action Deadline
  • February 15 - Priority Deadline
  • April 15 - Standard application deadline.


WHAT’S HOT @ Loyola?

  • Loyola offers success coaching for all first-year students, located in the brand-new Pan-American Life Student Success Center.
  • Loyola's Bachelor of Science in Urban & Electronic Music Production degree is the first if its kind in the United States. Students will be immersed in the world of modern hip-hop, R&B and EDM starting within the first semester.
  • Loyola is now offering enhanced Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degrees, including a new Game Programming track


McNeese State University

Important Dates/Deadlines:

  • Fall Preview Day - Oct. 06, 2018
  • Initial priority scholarship deadline - November 15, 2018
  • Secondary priority scholarship deadline - February 15, 2019
  • Spring Preview Day - February 23, 2019



  • The College of Engineering and Computer Science is currently ranked first in the nation in terms of career return on investment and best value for its engineering majors, according to PayScale Inc.
  • Our nursing graduates achieved a 97.2 percent first-time passage rate on the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam. This not only exceeded the state average of 89.16 percent, but also the national rate of 84.7 percent.
  • S. News and World report named McNeese one of the best regional universities in the South for the seventh consecutive year.


Nunez Community College

Important Dates/Deadlines:

  • Open House – Wednesday, July 11, 2018 / 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • New Student Orientation – July 16-19
  • First Day of Class – Monday, August 20



  • New Program? Aerospace Technology
  • New Chancellor – Dr. Tina Tinney
  • New Building – Kane Building to house technical programs


Southeastern Louisiana University

Important Dates/Deadlines:

  • January 15, 2019 - Deadline to apply for Southeastern's Priority Scholarship.
    • The online application for admission must be submitted before this date in order to be considered for this merit-based scholarship



  • Two new residence halls will be open, starting during the Fall 2018 semester - Twelve Oaks Hall & Ascension Hall. There are double room and single-suite options available in each of these halls. Both halls will use a hybrid geothermal system for heating and cooling, which is projected to reduce energy costs. Community lounges and quiet study rooms will be located throughout each of these buildings. One of the halls will have a retail food venue for students, while the other will have a living/learning classroom for instructors to host classes. For more information regarding housing on campus, please visit southeastern.edu/housing.


  • Southeastern is partnering with Performance Contractors in Baton Rouge to add a new academic concentration in Welding Inspection & Supervision. This new concentration will fall under the Industrial Technology program. We are in need of well-prepared and trained industrial team members at the professional level in the state of Louisiana, and Southeastern is committed to providing opportunity to students to become job-ready in those areas. This partnership will produce supervisory and managerial industrial professionals with greater skill sets which should help the economic expansion continue.


  • Southeastern's dance team, The Lionettes, earned the gold medal at the 2018 UCA & UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships in Orlando, Florida. Southeastern claimed the first gold medal in program history for the Division I Hip Hop.


Tulane University

Important Dates/Deadlines:

  • Application Deadlines
    • Early Decision – November 1 / Early Action – November 15
    • Regular Decision – January 15
  • Scholarship Deadlines … Full-Tuition Deans’ Honor Scholarship and Paul Tulane Award – December 5 / Community Service Fellowship – January 15
  • Campus Preview Days … Saturday, September 15 / Sunday, October 7 /
    • Sunday, October 21 / November Date TBD



  • Construction = progress. The A. B. Freeman School of Business recently completed a $35 million, LEED Gold Certified renovation and expansion that will includes new incubator and start-up spaces, new flexible classrooms, a new financial analysis lab, an expansion of the Business Career Management Center, and more. Tulane also launched the Brain Institute to coordinate and support brain-related research and neuroscience endeavors from faculty and students in Medicine, Science & Engineering, Public Health, Liberal Arts & the Primate Center. Construction has also begun on Mussafer Hall which will be a LEED-silver certified, new combined home to the Academic Advising Center, Career, Services, and the Success Center.  And finally, construction has also begun on The Commons, a three-story, $55 million, 77,000 square-foot new dining hall, multipurpose meeting space, and home for the Newcomb College Institute which supports leadership programs for women on campus.


  • Recent Rankings –
    • S. News & World Report
      • #40 of National Universities
      • #24 Most Innovative Schools
      • #25 Service Learning Program
      • #45 Best Undergraduate Business Program
    • The Carnegie Foundation
      • Among only 2% of 4,300 institutions with “Very High Research Activity,” the highest level attainable
    • Peace Corps
      • #1 Graduate School for the Number of Volunteers
      • #10 Medium-Sized University for the Number of Undergraduate Volunteers
    • The Princeton Review
      • #1 College City
      • #1 Most Engaged in Community
      • #4 Happiest Students
      • #4 Best-Run College
      • #9 Best Quality of Life
      • #12 Most Active Student Government


  • New Maker Space - To support students’ hands-on learning in Architecture, Engineering, Business, Arts, and other disciplines, Tulane opened a new Maker Space which is equipped with 3-D printers, laser cutters, a 4-axis CNC milling machine, a full-equipped machine shop, wood shop, electronics laboratory, and more. Staff are on hand up to 50 hours per week and Tulane students have free use of the tools and equipment.


University of Louisiana – Monroe

 Important Dates/Deadlines:

  • NELA Night – August 28, 2018
  • Browse on the Bayou – September 22, 2018 & November 3, 2018



  • Opening of Bayou Pointe Event Center & Spirit Hall- Through the initiative of ULM Students and the Student Government Association (SGA), the Oxford Natatorium underwent renovated to become a Student Event Center with ballrooms, spirit group practice area, a small theater with reception area, and outdoor social deck overlooking the beautiful Bayou Desiard.


  • Chemistry Reinstated – The University has reinstated the Bachelors of Science in Chemistry for the fall 2018. The degree will offer concentrations in biochemistry, forensics and medicinal chemistry.


  • Growth in Health Sciences- ULM’s Master of Science in Nursing Nurse Practitioner now offers two concentration in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. In addition, the Doctoral Programs in both Physical and Occupational Therapy are in the final approval stages.  The first expected class should begin in fall of 2020.


  • ULM is the process of developing an agreement with the Via School of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM). Pending an expected approval from the ULS Board of Supervisors, groundbreaking for the Medical school will occur in September. The first class expected to start fall 2020.  This will be the first partnership of its kind in the state of Louisiana.


  • ULM is the final process of developing an agreement with the Edward Via School of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM). VCOM is a private, non-profit osteopathic medical school founded on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, with two branch campuses located in Spartanburg, South Carolina and Auburn University, in Auburn, Alabama. This partnership will be the first of its kind in the state of Louisiana. Pending final agreement, groundbreaking for the medical school on ULM’s campus is to take place in September. The first class expected to start fall 2020. 


University of New Orleans

Important Dates/Deadlines:

  • Get to Know UNO Preview Days:
    • Saturday, September 22 & Saturday, November 17
  • Priority Deadline for Scholarship Consideration: December 15



  • UNO continues to see large increases in freshmen applications and new student enrollment.


  • Our Dual Enrollment program continues to expand throughout Louisiana, providing students with a head start on their UNO degree.


  • We continue to expand undergraduate research opportunities for our students. Most recently, we were awarded a $195,000 grant to develop Louisiana’s first “Cyber Range” to simulate real-time cybersecurity threat training and $129,000 to research ways to improve climate modeling and the effect of rising sea levels on Louisiana’s coastline.