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

Louisiana Tech University has achieved a Tier One ranking among “National Universities” for the fourth consecutive year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Colleges list released Tuesday.

Louisiana Tech, along with LSU and Tulane University, were the only institutions in the state to achieve a Tier One “National Universities” ranking. Louisiana Tech landed at No. 201 on the latest US News & World Report list.

_DJC1005In addition to earning a spot on the Tier One National Universities list, Louisiana Tech ranked among the Top 40 in the nation for graduating students with the least amount of debt. This was the fifth time in the past six years that Louisiana Tech has achieved this distinction. Louisiana Tech also earned a spot among the nation’s Top 120 Public Universities as well as earning national rankings for its undergraduate engineering programs and undergraduate business programs.

“Earning our fourth consecutive Tier One National University ranking from U.S. News & World Report is a testament to our faculty and staff, and their commitment to strengthening and advancing our institution,” said Louisiana Tech President Les Guice. “It’s their unwavering support for and dedication to providing our students with unique learning opportunities and experiences that has earned Louisiana Tech this ranking among the nation’s top universities.

“I congratulate our entire campus community on this achievement and the national recognition they so very much deserve.”

Colleges and universities in the U.S. News & World Report 2015 Best Colleges list are ranked according to weighted measurements in areas such as graduation and retention rates, peer assessments, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, assessments by high school counselors, and rate of alumni giving.

U.S. News & World Report assesses nearly 1,600 four-year colleges and universities across the country and has classified a total of 280 institutions as “National Universities,” 173 of which are public. 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.

In addition to its U.S. News & World Report ranking, Louisiana Tech was recently recognized by Money Magazine as one of the best college values in the nation, according to the publication’s 2014 Best Colleges list. Tech also continues to rank at the top of the University of Louisiana System in graduation rates, retention rates and time-to-completion rates for first-time baccalaureates.