September 16, 2011

LSU College of Engineering rose to a ranking of 82, up from 94 last year, in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 edition of Best Colleges. Out of the 363 engineering schools ranked nationally, the U.S. News & World Report ranks LSU’s College of Engineering fifth among SEC undergraduate engineering programs, following only the University of Florida, Vanderbilt University, Auburn University and the University of Tennessee.

LSU’s program is also ranked the best in the state of Louisiana and received a higher ranking than the University of Alabama, University of Arkansas and Mississippi State University in the region. 

 “These rankings by our peers reflect the efforts of our five-year strategic plan to emphasize the college’s strengths and contributions on a state and national level,” said Rick Koubek, dean, LSU College of Engineering.

In addition, the college has advanced nationally in undergraduates enrolled and graduated, and at LSU the engineering undergraduate enrollment has increased 27 percent over the past three years.

In the newly released 2011 edition of Profiles of Engineering & Engineering Technology Colleges, produced by the American Society of Engineering Education, or ASEE, LSU College of Engineering progressed to 34th nationally, up four spots, in the number of undergraduate degrees granted, placing it in the top 10 percent in the nation, out of 344 schools reporting. The college raised three spots to 24th nationally in the number of undergraduate students enrolled, placing it in the top 8 percent in the nation of 340 schools reporting. It ranks 17th in the number of engineering master’s degrees awarded to women out of 209 schools reporting.  

ASEE annually publishes the leading data on engineering colleges in the United States including both individual college statistics and national trends.

“This increase in enrollment and graduates honors our engagement with the university’s ‘Flagship 2020: LSU Transforms Lives’ as engineering is critical to our current economy and environment for sustaining and improving both natural and built infrastructure and is a key component to enhancing and diversifying our energy sources,” said Koubek. 

“Over the last century, this college has produced some of the nation’s premier engineers and construction managers who have gone on to do tremendous work at both local firms and some of the world’s largest companies,” said Koubek. 

The tradition of excellence in the LSU College of Engineering is continuous from commencement to commencement. As the alma mater of more than half of the engineering and construction management graduates in the state of Louisiana, the LSU College of Engineering demands the best from its students in order to prepare them to continue building this great state.

Overall, LSU was ranked in the first tier for “Best National Universities” in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 edition of Best Colleges, which was released online on Sept. 13. 

For more on the rankings, visit www.usnews.com/colleges

For more information, contact Mimi LaValle at 225-578-5706 or mlavall@lsu.edu.

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