Louisiana Tech makes best National Universities list for eighth straight year

RUSTON – U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) has ranked Louisiana Tech University as one of the best National Universities for the eighth consecutive year, according to its 2019 Best Colleges list released today.

Princeton University retained the No. 1 spot on the National Universities list followed by Harvard University. Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Chicago tied for No. 3.

“Our approach to creating an unparalleled educational experience results in national recognition from a number of publications each year,” said Dr. Les Guice, Louisiana Tech president. “We consider it important that these types of recognition validate the efforts of our faculty to build programs that are among the top in their fields, and that our studios, labs, and classrooms are special places of innovation.

“We have an obligation to our students, our region and the nation to continue to grow our programs and integrate them with our research enterprise to positively impact the next generation of leaders and innovators.”

Tech’s Colleges also earned national recognition. This year, undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering and Sciences were ranked 132, up from last year’s rank of 137 in the nation. College of Business undergraduate programs were ranked 235 in the country.

The USNWR rankings evaluate colleges and universities on 16 measures of academic quality including outcomes, faculty resources, expert opinion, financial resources, student excellence, and alumni giving.

USNWR assessed more than 1,800 four-year colleges and universities across 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.