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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 institution is at a new pinnacle of national recognition.  The commitment and selflessness of our faculty and students is evidenced in the newly achieved Carnegie Engaged Campus classification.  Our faculty members are increasingly sought for consultations, publications and presentations across the country.  And our student-centered culture strengthens as we advance our vision of a more unified campus with the opening of two new administrative buildings.  We are a very diverse academic community, 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.

Currently Our lady of the Lake College enrolls nearly 2000 students in programs such as master’s in Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia, Physician Assistant Studies, and Health Administration; bachelor’s in Nursing, Biology, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Health Sciences, Health Service Administration, and Liberal Studies; and associate degrees in Arts and Sciences, Physical Therapist Assisting, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Therapy Surgical Technology, and Nursing.  As an integral part of each of these programs the College seeks to advance a collegial environment that promotes individual and collective social responsibility within the concepts of community, democracy, social justice, and the culture of life.  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.

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,

Harper Signature

Sandra S. Harper, Ph.D.
President