Sep 10, 2013 5:17 PM by MELISSA CANONE
The U.S. News Media Group has ranked UL as one of four public Louisiana universities ranked among the top 281 national colleges.
The company made the announcement today in conjunction with publication of "U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2014," an annual guidebook for prospective college students.
LSU, Louisiana Tech University and the University of New Orleans are the three other public Louisiana universities cited.
The guide lists 281 national universities -173 public, 101 private and seven for-profit - based on categories established by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
U.S. News Media Group assesses more than 1,500 four-year colleges and universities. Its list is one of many rankings issued throughout the year.
Criteria include peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. National Universities emphasize faculty research and offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and Ph.D. programs.
Last month, Washington Review magazine rated the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as the fourth-best university in the United States at helping lower-income students earn degrees. Princeton Review also cited UL Lafayette as one of the nation's best 377 institutions for undergraduate education.
In July, UL was identified as the most affordable university in Louisiana by the U.S. Department of Education.