LSU was ranked No. 129 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 rankings of the nation’s top universities, an annual list that was released Wednesday.
LSU had an identical ranking of No. 129 for 2015, which was an improvement from its No. 135 ranking for 2014.
“LSU has consistently been ranked in the top tier of the best national universities, and our graduates show that LSU is among the nation’s best values in higher education,” LSU President F. King Alexander said in a news release.
Both the LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business and the LSU College of Engineering undergraduate programs were ranked in the top 50 among public universities. Engineering was ranked 49th in the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs, and business was ranked 50th in the Best Undergraduate Business Programs.
LSU was tied for the 10th-highest-ranking among Southeastern Conference schools.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette was among the unranked national universities. But its undergraduate business program was tied for 299th place and its high school counselor curriculum was the 242nd-best program. ULL’s nursing school was ranked at 181 and the speech-language pathology graduate program came in at 73rd place.
The latest edition of its top colleges list includes data on nearly 1,800 colleges. U.S. News ranks schools on up to 16 measures of academic quality, with graduation and retention rates carrying the most weight in the mix.
Tulane was the only Louisiana university to make the top 100, placing at No. 41. Louisiana Tech placed at No. 199.
Princeton University in New Jersey was once again named the best national university by the news magazine. The University of California at Berkeley was the No. 1 public school in the U.S.
Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge was unranked among the regional colleges and ranked 42nd among historically black colleges and universities, according to U.S. News. Among Southern’s graduate offerings, the survey put the rehabilitation counseling curriculum as 58th-best.
Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond was also among the unranked regional institutions. Sixty-one percent of the school’s 13,376 students are women. Its undergraduate business program ranked 455th.
SLU’s nursing school came in at 171 and the speech-language pathology graduate program was ranked the 181st- best.
Louisiana College in Pineville came in at 51st place among regional universities in the South.
University of Louisiana at Monroe was tied at 93 among regional universities. Nicholls State University in Thibodaux tied at 87 with McNeese State University in Lake Charles.
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