LSU Jumps Up in Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings
LSU is 24th among flagship universities, highest ranked university from Louisiana and among the top of the SEC
BATON ROUGE – LSU made a significant jump in the latest Washington Monthly 2019 College Guide and Rankings, climbing nearly 20 spots to #71 among public universities nationwide. In addition, LSU moved up six spots to #24 among flagship universities this year. LSU also remained Louisiana’s highest ranked university and once again is ranked in the top half of the SEC.
“We value rankings like the Washington Monthly, which weigh what’s really important to students and families – outcomes and return on investment,” said LSU President F. King Alexander. “Outcomes-based rankings give students an idea of how successful they will be once they earn a degree and enter the workforce. We are pleased to see that LSU is a national leader in these all-too-important areas.”
In the overall rankings, which combine public and private universities, LSU is 113th – a jump from 139th in the 2018 rankings – placing the university above Penn State, the University of Massachusetts and University of Colorado. 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 in a number of other categories as well. LSU is ranked in the top 100 overall in several categories, including:
- 79 in Net Price Rank (affordability);
- 70 in Research Expenditures Rank (research success);
- 65 in Science & Engineering Ph.D. Rank (number of science engineering Ph.Ds. awarded); and
- 97 in overall Research Rank.
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).
In the recently released Payscale 2019-20 College Salary Report, a student who earns a bachelor’s degree from LSU has early-career earnings of $54,800 and mid-career earnings of $102,900 – the highest among all public universities in Louisiana. This is an increase from early-career earnings of $51,800 and mid-career earnings of $98,800 in last year’s Payscale report.
When considering all alumni who attended LSU, graduates have early-career earnings of $55,900 and mid-career earnings of $105,400 – also the highest among Louisiana public universities. This is an increase from early-career earnings of $52,700 and mid-career earnings of $100,400 in last year’s Payscale report.
For more information on the Washington Monthly 2019 College Guide and Rankings, visit https://washingtonmonthly.com/2019college-guide.
Contact Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations