LA Tech named Top Tier National University in 2020 USNWR rankings

U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) has ranked Louisiana Tech University as a Top Tier National University in its 2020 Best Colleges list released today. Louisiana Tech was also ranked No. 135 on the USNWR list of Top Public Schools.

Louisiana Tech was ranked No. 272 in the United States, second among public universities in the State of Louisiana on the National Universities list.

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

“People on our campus share their resources, share their talents and share their ideas to accomplish things that others cannot,” said Tech President Dr. Les Guice. “This is a testament to our commitment to excellence, to our students, and to the mission of this institution as well as our faculty’s commitment to make a difference in the world.”

Tech’s Colleges also earned national recognition. This year, undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering and Sciences were ranked 134 in the nation. College of Business undergraduate programs were ranked 224 in the country, up from 235 in the 2019 rankings.

“I am convinced that the work that we do today and the investments that we make in education today will determine the opportunities for economic prosperity and quality of life tomorrow in our region and state,” Guice said. “We have an obligation to continue to grow our programs and integrate them with our research enterprise to positively impact the next generation of leaders and innovators.”

The USNWR rankings evaluate colleges and universities on indicators in seven broad areas: peer assessment; retention and graduation of students; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; alumni giving; and graduation rate performance. The indicators include both input measures, which reflect the quality of students, faculty, and other resources used in education, and outcome measures, which signal how well the institution educates its student body.

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.