New Orleans is #1 College Town in USA

Don Ames
August 27, 2018 - 7:51 am

New Orleans sits atop a list of 'College Cities that Get High Marks', in the most recent Princeton Review college rankings.

That's based on student ratings of the towns and cities where their schools are located. 

Tulane University also holds a top spot.

Further, Loyola New Orleans was named #1 for Town-Gown Relations, reinforcing New Orleans excellence as a college host. Tulane was ranked #2 in that category 

Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc., would agree.   

"What I love about that is, there's a famous quote from Senator Moynihan where he said "If you want a great city, put a university there and wait 200 years." And, this is kind of the converse. "If you want a great university, find a city that's 200 years old and put the university there." And I think that seems to be playing out."

Tulane was founded in 1834. Loyola is the newcomer, founded in 1904.

Hecht says Loyola's ranking in Town-Gown Relations is notable.

"Town-Gown Relations means the degree to which the university interacts with and supports the surrounding community. And, of course, Loyola and the Jesuits are famous for their commitment to the community."

"There's no doubt, if you look at the legacy that's been left by Father Wild since Hurricane Katrina, Loyola has been deeply involved in the comeback of New Orleans," says Hecht.

"And, frankly, their student population base really reflects the overall population  of New Orleans, as well."

The Princeton Review rankings indicate that Tulane students certainly know how to balance their lifestyles.

Tulane University came in 3rd place this year on the "Top Party Schools" list. It also claimed the top spot for the availability of liquor, ranking 1st on the company's "Lots of Hard Liquor" list.

Four other Louisiana college and universities made Princeton Review's list of the nation's 384 best colleges: LSU, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of New Orleans and Xavier University. 

Writes Princeton Review:  “New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest and most culturally diverse cities but also one of the most innovative and vibrant. On campus, there are palm trees and an average of 216 days of sunshine, making New Orleans a paradise city. With 21 James Beard Award-winning chefs and more than 1400 restaurants, dining out in New Orleans is truly an experience like no other. And with 65 festivals a year, there is always something new and different to experience.”

New Orleans is also home to Dillard, SUNO, Delgado, and Holy Cross colleges.

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