For the fifth straight year, LSU has been named one of the top universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

In the magazines’s 2013 edition of Best Colleges, LSU is ranked in the first tier for “Best National Universities.”

“Despite the tough budget climate, LSU continues to be nationally competitive,” Interim LSU System President and LSU Chancellor William Jenkins said in a news release.

In the 2013 edition of Best Colleges, LSU’s ranking in the “Best National Universities” category is 67th among public universities and 134th overall. In the overall rankings, LSU is tied at 134th with four other schools, two public – Colorado State University and University of Arkansas – and two private – DePaul University and Hofstra University.

“To be recognized as a top national university by U.S. News & World Report is an achievement that should make everyone affiliated with LSU proud,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell.

The National Universities category consists of the 281 institutions – 173 public, 101 private and seven for-profit – that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and Ph.D. programs, and emphasize faculty research. In this year’s rankings, there are 204 schools listed in the top tier.