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LSU tied for 133rd among national universities in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings released Tuesday.

The school was ranked 135th last year.

The rankings are based on a wide range of factors, including peer reviews, ACT and SAT  scores, graduation and retention rates and faculty resources.

High rankings are often cited by school officials as a sort of seal of approval to prospective students and parents.

LSU, whose highest ranking was 124th in 2011, finished behind nine schools in the Southeastern Conference.

That list includes Vanderbilt, tied for 14th; University of Florida, tied for 42nd; University of Georgia, tied for 54th; Texas A&M, tied for 69th; Universities of South Carolina, Auburn and Tennessee, all tied for 103rd; University of Alabama, tied for 110th and University of Missouri, 120th.

LSU was tied with Mercer University in Georgia; The New School in New York; Rutgers University in New Jersey; University of Cincinnati and two SEC schools – University of Kentucky and University of Arkansas.

Princeton University is the top rated school in the nation for the seventh consecutive year followed by Harvard University, the University of Chicago and Yale.

In a statement, LSU said the latest rankings mark the 10th consecutive year that the school was listed among the best national universities.

It was placed 63rd among public universities.

It also said LSU ranks highest in Louisiana among public universities for both early and mid career earnings – $52,700 and $100,400 respectively.

Tulane University is in a two-way tie for 40th among national universities after finishing in a five-way tie for 39th last year. Tulane also ranks 24th among "most innovative schools" and 39th among "high school counselors top college picks," according to a release.

Louisiana Tech, which is in Ruston, was the only other state school in the top tier of national universities at 216 out of 230.

Others listed in alphabetical order from 231-300 included the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of New Orleans.

Among regional schools in the South, Loyola University is ranked 10th and Xavier University is tied for 25th.

Southern University was among those listed in alphabetical order among regional schools between 114-142. Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond is also on that list.

The rankings are available online at www.usnews.com/colleges.

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