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Tech earns Tier One ranking from U.S. News & World Report

Louisiana Tech University has once again achieved a Tier One ranking among “National Universities,” according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 Best Colleges list released Wednesday.

Louisiana Tech is one of only two public universities in Louisiana to achieve a Tier One “National Universities” ranking at #199 – the other being LSU-Baton Rouge at #134.  Louisiana Tech was also ranked among the nation’s Top Public Universities (#115) and saw its undergraduate engineering programs and undergraduate business programs ranked nationally as well.

According to U.S. News & World Report, there are a total of 281 institutions in the country classified as “National Universities,” of which 173 are public.

“Through our commitment to quality and our focus on student success, Louisiana Tech is continuing to achieve as an institution of higher learning, at the highest levels,” said Louisiana Tech President Dan Reneau.  “Achieving and maintaining a Tier One National University ranking from U.S. News & World Report is an acknowledgment of the tireless efforts and dedication of our faculty and staff.  It’s a credit to them that Louisiana Tech has earned a place among the top institutions in the country.”

Based on categories developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, “National Universities” include institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and Ph.D. programs, and emphasize faculty research.  The Carnegie classification has served as the basis for the Best Colleges ranking category system since the first rankings were done in 1983.

The U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges survey criteria include metrics such as peer assessment, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rates, assessments by high school counselors, and alumni giving.

U.S. News & World Report also recognized Louisiana Tech’s graduate programs this spring in its 2013 Best Graduate School Report.  Louisiana Tech’s College of Engineering and Science was ranked #126 nationally of all engineering graduate schools and #66 in the biomedical/bioengineering category, and the College of Education ranked #154 of all education graduate schools.

In addition to its U.S. News & World Report ranking, Louisiana Tech was recently recognized by Newsweek and The Daily Beast as one of the 25 most affordable colleges in the nation, for both in-state and out-of-state students.  Tech ranked 13th in affordability for in-state students and 25th for out-of-state students, and was one of only two institutions in the country in the Top 25 in both the in-state and out-of-state categories.