Accreditation and Rankings

Loyola is well known for its success in the education of adult, non-traditional learners. Loyola’s online nursing programs’ accreditation, rankings, and recognitions are a testament to this reputation and history of successful student outcomes.

Through the Loyola Institute for Ministry Extension Program (LIMEX), established in 1983, the University first began providing distance education. This was soon followed by the Department of Nursing establishing the Off-Campus Learning Program (OCLP), which offered the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree to students through a number of hospital sites throughout the state of Louisiana, in 1990. The Department of Nursing further expanded its online footprint in 2004 by launching a fully-online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, as well as an RN-to-MSN Bridge with a focus on Health Care Systems Management, now known as Nursing Leadership.

The School of Nursing launched an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in 2010, and now, the school is proud to offer an entire suite of online nursing degree-awarding programs, including:


Loyola University New Orleans is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Loyola University New Orleans.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Loyola University New Orleans are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (


Rankings and Recognition

U.S. News & Report

  • #10 - Best Regional University of the South
  • #9 - Best Value School
  • #6 - Best College for Veterans
  • #68 - Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #103 - Best Nursing Schools: Master’s
  • #39 - Best Online Graduate Nursing Program
    • #29 - Faculty Credentials and Training
    • #40 - Student Services and Technology
    • #53 - Student Engagement

College Choice

  • #11 - Best Online Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing
  • #46 - Best Online Master’s in Nursing
  • #11 - Best Southern Regional University
  • #15 - Best Catholic College and University

The Princeton Review

  • Named one of the Best 379 Colleges in the country
  • #2 - Lots of Race/Class Interaction (recognizes different types of students interact frequently and easily)
  • #13 - Best College Library


  • Ranked among America’s Top Colleges
  • Ranked among Top Private Colleges in America
  • Ranked among Top Colleges in the Southeast

Other National Rankings and Recognitions

  • Recognized among the nation’s leading higher education institutions that engage with and contribute to important community agendas by the Carnegie Foundation
  • Designated as a 2015-16 College of Distinction by the online guide for college-bound students, counselors, and parents, the only Louisiana university selected this year
  • Named the top “hidden gem” for the state of Louisiana by College Raptor, recognizing high-caliber colleges and universities that receive fewer than 5,000 applicants per year but have a total enrollment of greater than 1,000
  • Recognized a Top U.S. Fulbright producer for the 2015-2016 academic year by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
  • Named to the President's 2014 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community challenges
  • Ranked #73 in the country by Washington Monthly for social mobility, research, and service

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