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LSU Moves into Top Tier on U.S. News & World Report Rankings

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Info on U.S. News Rankings of Best National Universities

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In each category, data on up to 15 indicators of academic quality are gathered from each school and tabulated. Schools are ranked within categories by their total weighted score. Schools that receive the same numbered rank are tied and are listed in alphabetical order.

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August 22, 2008

BATON ROUGE – In U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 edition of America’s Best Colleges, LSU is ranked in the first tier for “Best National Universities” for the first time.

“We are thrilled that U.S. News & World Report has moved LSU up in its rankings,” LSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Astrid Merget said. “I commend the publication for taking note of LSU’s many improvements, from increased graduation rates to higher incoming freshmen ACT scores to a better faculty/student ratio.

“I also want to thank the LSU faculty for its role in improving teaching and research, as well as the state legislature for its infusion of funds during the past few years, which has obviously helped LSU in the funding categories of the rankings. This higher ranking is just more evidence that LSU is improving every day. The proof is not only in our statistics, but also in our students and alumni, who tell the story of LSU through their personal successes and accomplishments,” Merget added.

LSU would also like to thank its alumni and friends for investing in the future of the university through the Forever LSU campaign.

 Forever LSU supports the National Flagship Agenda with a goal of raising $750 million by 2010, maintaining LSU’s status as one of the leading public institutions in the nation.

In the past four years, LSU’s graduation rate has risen from 57.5 percent in 2004 to 59.8 percent in 2007. Incoming freshmen ACT scores have increased from an average of 24.5 in 2004 to 25.3 in 2007, while the university’s faculty/student ratio decreased from 22/1 in 2004 to 20/1 in 2007.

In its report, the magazine ranks LSU 130th among 262 American public and private universities in the United States. LSU ranks 67th when compared to public universities only.

“I’m proud to be arriving at LSU at a time when the university is on the rise nationally,” LSU Chancellor Michael V. Martin said. “Great universities never stop trying to get better. This is just another sign that LSU is a great university.”

Highlights of the college rankings will be published in the Sept. 1 issue of U.S. News & World Report, available on newsstands on Monday, Aug. 25. The 2009 America’s Best Colleges guidebook will be available on Aug. 26.

Ernie Ballard | LSU Office of Public Affairs
Summer 2008

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