Peers Institutions

Within the academic marketplace, an elite group of public institutions known as national research universities exist that are the apogee of learning, research, and extension. The competition among them is fierce, leading to a constant clamor for the best students, faculty, staff, and research funding – all with the aim of providing the best opportunities for the people of their states.

At the same time, a university must keep one eye trained on its competition to benchmark its own performance. No university is exactly like another, but LSU has identified 50 institutions that share a common goal of providing the highest level of education, research, and outreach necessary to advance their state.

By measuring its performance against this group, LSU will be able to monitor its progress on a national scale.


University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa
University of Alaska-Fairbanks
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
University of California-Berkeley
University of Colorado-Boulder
University of Connecticut-Storrs
University of Delaware
University of Florida-Gainesville
University of Georgia
University of Hawaii-Manoa
University of Idaho
University of Illinois-Urbana
Indiana University-Bloomington
University of Iowa
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Maine
University of Maryland-College Park
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
University of Mississippi-Oxford
University of Missouri-Columbia
University of Montana-Missoula
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Nevada-Reno
University of New Hampshire
Rutgers-New Brunswick
University of New Mexico
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
University of North Dakota
Ohio State University
University of Oklahoma-Norman
University of Oregon
Penn State
University of Rhode Island
University of South Carolina
University of S. Dakota-Vermillion
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
University of Texas-Austin
University of Utah
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Washington
West Virginia University
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wyoming


Originally, the National Flagship Agenda consisted of 23 peer universities. In 2006, the peer group was converted to this nationally recognizable and accepted list of flagship universities. For the purposes of comparisons, this national list will be used when possible. However, some information will come from the 16-member Southern Regional Education Board, which separates agricultural extension, legal and medical education, and hospital/clinics from their comparative data. In attempting to reach national benchmarks, a regional analysis is less preferable.


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