Universities & Higher Education’s Role in Recovery

Hurricane Katrina displaced tens of thousands of students and faculty members, disrupted education, and damaged critical facilities at the nine colleges and universities in New Orleans. With critical leadership from university and higher education administrators and professors, all schools reopened, including some operating from local hotels.

Leaders of colleges and universities played a significant leadership role in the rebirth of New Orleans, leading major government reforms and serving on boards and commissions vital to the city’s recovery.

The city has become a higher education destination, attracting millennials and new talent–contributing to its overall recovery through critical research and development studies across multiple sectors.

New Orleans colleges and universities remain committed to the future of this city, working tirelessly to educate and prepare its future workforce for success and contributing to an improved quality of life for all of its residents.

Key Recovery Data


Delgado Community College students enrolled in workforce development or continuing education classes across the school’s eight campuses in the region.


Applications received by Tulane University in 2010, the highest of any university in the nation, just five years after Katrina.


Dillard University’s rank among all HBCU’s in 2014 in U.S. News and World Report’s Best College Rankings.


Xavier University’s national rank in awarding bachelor’s degrees to African American students in biological and biomedical sciences, physical sciences, and physics.


Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) is the first four-year institution to offer an undergraduate degree in business entrepreneurship in the Crescent City. Also, SUNO graduates more individuals in this degree than any other university in the state.


University of New Orleans (UNO) has educated students from all 64 parishes, all 50 states and 132 countries.

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Loyola University of New Orleans’ Law school is 1 of 3 in the nation to offer curriculum in both civil and common law.