Louisiana contains seven schools that offer astronomy programs. The University of Texas at Austin, the highest-ranking astronomy school in LA, has a total student population of 50,995 and is the 18th highest ranked school in America.
Of the 7 astronomy schools in Louisiana, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Emory University comes out as the most expensive ($25,060/yr), with University of Arkansas Main Campus as the lowest recorded at only $10,892/yr.
Astronomy students from Louisiana schools who go on to become astronomers, astrophysicistss, lunar and planetary institute directors, national radio astronomy observatory directors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,240 people working as astronomers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $102,740. Also, Atmospheric and space scientists make on average $85,160 per year and there are about 8,320 of them employed in the US today.
Also, within the astronomy schools in Louisiana, the average student population is 1,613 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1. Aside from astronomy, there are 3263 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 2,905 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $1,789, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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