Six Louisiana schools made U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of "Best National Universities" released Tuesday.
The organization ranked 298 schools "according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence, and each school comes with a profile," according to its site.
Three Louisiana schools received a ranking as "tier one" national universities. Tulane University in New Orleans was No. 39 on the list, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge was 135 and Louisiana Tech University in Ruston came in at 202.
The 2017 "Best Colleges" edition includes data on more than 1,800 colleges and universities, of which 1,374 are ranked. Eligible schools are divided into different categories, national universities and regional colleges, and evaluated on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence — like freshman retention, faculty resources and graduation rates — according to U.S. News.
This announcement comes on the heels of the Princeton Review naming UL Lafayette, LSU, UNO, Tulane and two more private Louisiana colleges among "The Best 381 Colleges." Inclusion in such lists spotlights universities and can be beneficial for marketing and recruiting.
"Many prospective students, parents and high school guidance counselors are impressed with schools who make such respected lists," said DeWayne Bowie, UL Lafayette's vice president for enrollment management. "To many, it is an indication of quality."
It was Louisiana Tech's sixth consecutive year on the national ranking. Its overall score increased by six points over last year, primarily as a result of a rise in its peer assessment score and freshman retention rate, according to the school.
“The recognition we continue to receive from organizations like U.S. News & World Report is a strong indication of the national impacts we are making and the unparalleled educational experience we are providing for students that enroll at Louisiana Tech,” President Les Guice said in a release. “The foundation of these achievements is our faculty and staff who have embraced our vision for the future and dedicated themselves to serving our campus community."
Tulane is included in other 2017 rankings by U.S. News & World Report's like Best Colleges for Veterans (No. 23), High School Counselor Rankings (42), Business Programs (48) and Doctorate Engineering Programs (116).
LSU also ranked in Top Public Schools (64), Doctorate Engineering Programs (91), Business Programs (94) and High School Counselor Rankings (141).
UL Lafayette came in at 193 on 220 on the Doctorate Engineering Programs list, High School Counselor Rankings and 283 for Business Programs.
UL Monroe ranked No. 247 in High School Counselor Rankings and 372 in Business Programs.
UNO was No. 200 in Doctorate Engineering Programs, 218 in Business Programs and 220 on High School Counselor Rankings.