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LSU Named a 2011-2012 Best-Value Public College by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

01/10/2012 11:48 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU is once again ranked as one of the 100 best values in public higher education, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value.


For in-state student value, LSU ranks 72 overall and for out-of-state student value, LSU is ranked 91.


“Being consistently ranked by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance shows that LSU offers a great, quality education for a good price,” said LSU Chancellor Michael Martin. “In tough economic times, we have fought hard to maintain that quality for our students and the citizens of Louisiana. As Louisiana’s flagship institution, it is important that we preserve the covenant we have with our students to offer the highest quality education we can, and we remain committed to doing so.”


LSU’s value for in-state students places it ahead of universities such as the University of Tennessee, University of Missouri, University of Alabama, University of Maryland, Oklahoma State University, University of Oregon and Louisiana Tech University. For out-of-state students, LSU’s ranking is ahead of universities such as Oklahoma State, Louisiana Tech, Colorado State University, Oregon and the University of Arizona.


Kiplinger’s Personal Finance assesses quality and affordability according to a number of measurable standards. This year, Kiplinger’s revamped the rankings to give more weight to academic value, such as the percentage of students who return for sophomore year and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include low sticker prices, abundant financial aid and low average debt at graduation. While the criteria have shifted, the overall focus on value remains the same. Many schools have appeared on the list multiple times, including LSU, a testament to the consistent value these colleges provide.


“As states cut funding for higher education and tuition continues to climb, the word ‘value’ is more significant than ever,” said Jane Bennett Clark, senior editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “This year’s top 100 public schools deliver strong academics at reasonable prices. We applaud these institutions for tightening their belts without compromising quality.”


The annual public school rankings appear in Kiplinger’s February 2012 issue – on newsstands now – and online at


About Kiplinger’s Personal Finance


For nine decades, the Kiplinger organization has led the way in personal finance and business forecasting. Founded in 1920 by W.M. Kiplinger, the company developed one of the nation’s first successful newsletters in modern times. The Kiplinger Letter, launched in 1923, remains the longest continuously published newsletter in the United States. In 1947, Kiplinger created the nation’s first personal finance magazine. is the fastest growing website in the personal finance space. Located in the heart of our nation’s capital, the Kiplinger editors remain dedicated to delivering sound, unbiased advice for your family and your business in clear, concise language.