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Contact: Christine Payton Sept. 14, 2011
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is among the 2012 Best Colleges, according to U.S. News Media Group.

The exclusive rankings of 1,400 schools nationwide were issued today.

This is the third ranking for UL Lafayette in the last two months. In August, the university was listed among The Princeton Review’s “Best 376 Colleges” and Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges” rankings.

All three publications serve as guidebooks for potential college students.

“ These rankings highlight the strong academic programs we offer at an affordable tuition rate,” said UL Lafayette President Dr. Joseph Savoie. “They let potential students know we are an appealing choice.”

Over the past two decades, the U.S. News college rankings have grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents. The rankings group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

UL Lafayette is listed among the second tier of the Best National Universities.

The 2012 Best Colleges edition features the established rankings of the Best National Universities and the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, while also including rankings of A+ Schools for B Students, Great Schools at Great Prices and Up-and-Coming Schools, among others.

The 2012 Best Colleges package provides a thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 indicators of excellence. Among the factors used in determining the rankings, the key measures are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and for National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges, “graduation rate performance” and high school counselor ratings of colleges.

The Best Colleges rankings will be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report on newsstands Sept. 20.


About UL Lafayette
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with over 16,000 students. It’s a public institution that awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and leads the nation in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns – compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition.

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