LSU Highest Ranked Louisiana University and Among the Top of the SEC in Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings

Flagship is rated 40th overall in affordability and 86th overall in graduate earnings

Students in Quad

In Washington Monthly 2018 College Guide and Rankings, LSU is the highest ranked Louisiana university and stands out among peers in a number of categories.Photo: LSU

BATON ROUGE – LSU is the highest ranked Louisiana university and is in the top half of the SEC in the Washington Monthly 2018 College Guide and Rankings. Among peer public universities, LSU is ranked 90th and 30th among flagship universities nationwide.

In the overall rankings, Washington Monthly placed LSU 139th in the national universities category. Among public SEC peers, LSU is ranked fifth, ahead of the University of Alabama, Auburn University, University of South Carolina and University of Tennessee, among others.

LSU stands out among peers nationally in a number of other categories as well. LSU is ranked in the top 100 overall in several of these categories: 40th in Net Price Rank (affordability), 68th in Research Expenditures Rank (research success), 59th in Science & Engineering Ph.D. Rank (number of science engineering Ph.Ds. awarded), and 86th in Earning Performance Rank (salary outcomes).

“We are always pleased when national rankings place weight on important criteria such as outcomes, which are what truly matter to students and their families,” said LSU President F. King Alexander. “I’m proud to see that LSU remains highly ranked among its peers academically, but also in terms of affordability and alumni success.”

Washington Monthly ranks 4-year schools (national universities, liberal arts colleges, baccalaureate colleges, and master’s universities) based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories. Those categories include Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

The Washington Monthly 2018 College Guide and Rankings come just days after LSU was recognized in Forbes America’s Top Colleges rankings. According to Forbes, LSU is the highest ranked public university in Louisiana. In addition, Forbes has placed LSU 59th overall among public universities nationwide, and fifth among public universities in the Southeastern Conference.

Alexander is a national proponent of more transparency in higher education and having universities publicizing their outcome measures. In a recent op-ed with Sen. Bill Cassidy, Alexander championed the need for increased transparency around university outcomes for the benefit of prospective students around the country.

“While we appreciate the acknowledgement provided through publications like the Washington Monthly that are truly trying to evaluate the public good of higher education, LSU doesn’t measure success in terms of rankings alone,” said Alexander. “We measure our performance through the accomplishments of our faculty, students, alumni, and impact on our state. That’s what drives the mission of a flagship university with land-, sea-, and space-grant designations.”

 According to Payscale, a student who earns a bachelor’s degree from LSU has early career earnings of $51,800 and mid-career earnings of $98,800 – the highest among all public universities in Louisiana. When considering all alumni who attended LSU, graduates have early career earnings of $52,700 and mid-career earnings of $100,400 – also the highest among Louisiana public universities.

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Contact Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations