Tier One: LSU Ranked in U.S. News & World Report Rankings’ Top Tier for Sixth Straight Year

09/10/2013 08:16 AM

BATON ROUGE – For the sixth time in a row, LSU has been recognized as one of the top universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report. In U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Colleges, LSU is ranked in the first tier for “Best National Universities.”

“Before I arrived, I saw LSU’s quality from afar and to be recognized as a top tier university for six straight years shows that others around the country recognize LSU’s quality as well,” said LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander. “LSU has a rich history that is deep in tradition, but we like where we’re heading with the new tradition of consistently being touted as a great national university.”

Alexander credits LSU’s faculty, staff and students for their continued hard work in making LSU a great place to receive an education.

“Our faculty, staff and students have worked hard over the past several years despite being faced with some tough economic times,” Alexander said. “Maintaining our top tier status is a testament to the LSU community and their passion for LSU."  

In the 2014 edition of Best Colleges, LSU’s ranking in the “Best National Universities” category is 68th among public universities and 135th overall. In the overall rankings, LSU is tied at 135th with five other schools, three public – Kansas State University, Ohio University and University of Cincinnati – and two private – Hofstra University (N.Y.) and New School (N.Y.).

“We are pleased to once again be recognized as a top tier university by U.S. News and World Report, and as Louisiana’s Flagship University, these rankings bring recognition to our entire state,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell. “Our students, faculty, staff and alumni are the ones telling the LSU story in their communities every day, and it’s important for people to know of all the opportunities offered at LSU.”

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, as well as master’s and Ph.D. programs, and some emphasize research. In this year’s rankings, there are 206 schools listed in the top tier.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the indicators used to capture academic quality of universities are graduation and retention rates; assessment by peers and counselors; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; graduation rate performance, which is the difference between actual and predicted graduation rates; and alumni giving.

These indicators are each weighted to arrive at a final overall score: graduation and retention rates at 22.5 percent, undergraduate academic reputation at 22.5 percent, faculty resources at 20 percent, student selectivity at 12.5 percent, financial resources at 10 percent, graduation rate performance at 7.5 percent, and alumni giving at 5 percent.

Over the past two decades, the U.S. News & World Report college rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

The 2014 edition of the Best Colleges book is available online at www.usnews.com/colleges.

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013