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Message from the President

As Louisiana’s leader in Catholic healthcare higher education, Our lady of the Lake College  has provided the highest level of academic studies for more than 85 years.  From low student to teacher ratios and above-average licensure rates, to our campus involvement in Service Learning and Civic Engagement, every aspect of the College reflects dedication to Mission and quality. 

The College is in the midst of continued enrollment increases, academic peer recognition and extremely positive accreditation results.  We are a very diverse community of over 1,800 students, poised for expansion and a strong run to our Centennial in 2023.  Whether you will be focusing in the liberal arts, health sciences or nursing programs, we encourage our students to reach for academic excellence and instill in them a concern for the needs of society.  Our general education curriculum promotes a holistic approach to student growth and development while also providing the knowledge necessary for pursuing career goals.

Opportunities at the College include master’s degrees in nurse anesthesia, nursing and physician assistant studies; bachelor’s degrees in biology, clinical laboratory sciences, health sciences, health service administration, liberal studies and nursing; and a variety of associate degrees related to the nursing and allied health fields. Whether you are starting a second career or endeavoring to launch your first, Our lady of the Lake College  has the talented faculty and student-centered academic environment to lead you there.

In an effort to enrich the experience of students and to develop uniquely qualified graduates, the College encourages an independent and curriculum-based commitment to civic engagement, and promotes an enhanced writing program.  The results can be seen in every classroom, in a strengthened emphasis for faculty and students to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom to real world problems in our community, and in students who use writing to incorporate new knowledge and reflect on their experiences from a fresh perspective.  Joining us means you will have the opportunity to incorporate the Franciscan core values of service, justice, reverence for all life, humility and joyfulness of spirit into your life and career.

Our relationship with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, which continues to be one of the leading medical centers in our Region, provides many opportunities for our students both in excellent quality of clinical rotations and careers after graduation.  Graduates report they are very well prepared for the challenges they face in the work place, and quickly recognize the value of a degree from Our lady of the Lake College .  We think you will find an education here to add dimensions to your life, open up your career opportunities, and help you develop your fullest potential for leadership and service. I hope you will investigate the unique academic experiences Our lady of the Lake College  can provide you.

Wishing you joy and success,

Sandra S. Harper, Ph.D.
President