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.

Rebecca Todd
Dillard University

Come see why New Orleans is an ideal environment to live, learn and grow with this itinerary for family college scouting trips below.

Zack Smith
Sight-Seeing on the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar

St. Charles Avenue Street Car 

This historic streetcar route conveniently takes you right to the front doors of both Tulane and Loyola universities. Spend some time soaking up the views of the charming  St. Charles Avenue, Audubon Park and the entire Garden District on your next scout visit. 

Cheryl Gerber
Bayou Classic

Attend a Sporting Event 

The perfect way to see the city come to life is at a sporting event. Keep it local with the New Orleans Saints, Pelicans, or Tulane Athletics, or cheer on a few out of home teams at special events like the annual Bayou Classic and the New Orleans Bowl.

Zack Smith
Dat Dog - Freret Street

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.

Zack Smith
Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

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. 

Rebecca Todd
Cabildo

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.  

Zack Smith, NOTMC
Preservation Hall

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. 

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