College scouting is a truly special time for families. A bittersweet milestone that marks the closing of one chapter before embarking on the next and New Orleans is the perfect place to explore bridging that gap.
Home to seven distinct colleges and universities, higher education in New Orleans offers a diverse mixture of learning environments, specialty areas of study, and outstanding on-campus events and activities. Just as important as the campus, professors, the academic catalog and the cafeteria, is the city that encompasses it all.
Come see why New Orleans is an ideal environment to live, learn and grow with this itinerary for family college scouting trips below.
Enjoy a Meal Together
New Orleans is known for its array of Creole and Cajun classics made with Gulf fresh seafood and plenty of herbs and spices. Try one of the city’s traditional dishes or venture into a few of the casual eateries along Freret Street. Dat Dog, Bearcat (which also offers vegan fare) and Liberty Cheesesteaks are favorites among local college students.
Find a Festival
Festing in New Orleans is fun for the entire family. Celebrating everything from music and art to food and neighborhoods, there’s always something going on. Browse out fest calendar too see what’s taking place during your next scout trip.
Attractions + Activities
Outside of the classroom, there are many ways for students in New Orleans to learn and enjoy the city. Countless museums, art galleries, theaters, and more make the Crescent City a stomping grounds for culture, excitement and discovery.
Explore the New Orleans Jazz Museum with your soon-to-be music industry major, the Audubon Nature Center, botanical gardens or bayou swamp tours with your young biology buff, NOMA, Studio Be and the Ogden Museum for art aficionados, and history lovers are sure to enjoy the National WWII Museum, Le Musee de fpc, or the Cabildo.
Live Music for All
In New Orleans, music comes with no age limit. There are plenty of jazz brunches and music venues for the entire family to enjoy - even those under 18! Preservation Hall and Snug Harbor are outstanding, historic venues that host nightly music.
This is just a small taste of all the potential students and their families can experience when pursuing higher education in the Crescent City (check out even more teen-approved activities here). Browse New Orleans’ local colleges and universities below for more information on their respective neighborhoods, highlights and attractions.