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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is among the top 391 colleges and universities in the nation.

That’s according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 edition of “Best Colleges.” The annual guidebook was released today. It assists prospective students and their parents with decisions about which colleges to attend.

U.S. News & World Report assessed 1,466 four-year colleges and universities. UL Lafayette was tied with a host of other schools at number 156 in the public universities category, and at number 299 in the national universities category.

National universities emphasize research and offer bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. U.S. News & World Report’s best national universities are based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UL Lafayette is designated a doctorate-granting institution with the second-highest level of research activity.

U.S. News & World Report compiles rankings based on a variety of factors, including an institution’s academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, social mobility, student/faculty ratio, ACT/SAT scores of admitted students and alumni giving.

“The rankings underscore the University’s success in many areas, including its quality, academically challenging degree programs, dedicated faculty members who deliver those programs, and ongoing commitment to providing a campus and learning environment that attracts high-caliber students,” said Dr. DeWayne Bowie, the University’s vice president for enrollment management.

The 2022 edition of “Best Colleges” publishes school profiles that provide information on academic and campus life, application requirements, financial aid, degrees offered and tuition.

In addition to national rankings, the guidebook also includes rankings in a range of other categories.

Among academic programs, UL Lafayette earned high marks for undergraduate computer science programs (tied for 178); undergraduate engineering programs at schools that grant doctoral degrees (tied for 195); undergraduate nursing programs (tied for 221) and undergraduate business programs (tied for 244).

The University was also recognized in the top performers on social mobility category (tied for No. 220).

Learn more about the University’s undergraduate, graduate and online and hybrid course offerings.

Photo caption: The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is listed among the top 391 colleges and universities in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 edition of “Best Colleges.” Photo credit: University of Louisiana at Lafayette