The U.S. News & World Report may rank LSU within the top 125 colleges, but Forbes thinks otherwise.
The latest Forbes rankings of the best 650 undergraduate colleges scores LSU at 442 in the nation, behind Centenary College in Shreveport and Dillard University in New Orleans.
The No. 1 school nationally is Williams College, a small Massachusetts liberal arts school.
The rankings were compiled by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. It rates the schools through a formula based on post graduate success, student satisfaction, student debts, four-year graduation rates and competitive awards such as national scholarships and fellowships.
The rankings tend to skew heavily toward smaller, private colleges.
However, Tulane University — the highest-rated Louisiana college — comes in only at 190 nationally.
Centenary is 284 and Dillard is 380.
Other Louisiana schools that made the top 650 are:
• Loyola University in New Orleans, 447.
• Louisiana Tech University, 494.
• University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 577.
• University of New Orleans, 618.
• Southeastern Louisiana University, 624.