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U.S. News ranks LETU in Top Tier of America's Best Colleges


LeTourneau University has again ranked in the top tier nationally in U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings of "America's Best Colleges."

LETU ranks 6th among schools in Texas for 2013 and was ranked above all state universities in Texas in its category of "Best Regional Universities in the Western Region." LETU is ranked 36th among all the universities in its category in the western region, which extends through 14 states from Texas to Alaska.

The rankings, which include nearly 1,400 schools nationwide, are available at www.usnews.com/colleges. The guidebook will be on newsstands Sept. 18.

For nearly two decades, LETU has ranked in the magazine's top tier. U.S. News ranks colleges and universities among other schools with similar programs and degree offerings.

Indicators used to determine the rankings include academic reputation, retention, faculty, small class sizes, high SAT and ACT scores of incoming freshmen, average graduation rates and assessments by administrators at other peer universities.

"We are always encouraged when we receive national recognition for our quality programs," said LETU President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford. "We are seeing an increase in our national recognition by attracting quality faculty and high academic ability students, and those students continue to build our reputation as they make an impact in every workplace in every nation after they graduate."

The U.S. News rankings are released each fall and are considered the most notable of the annual published college rankings.

LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christ-centered university located in Longview, Texas, offering academic majors in aviation, business, communication, criminal justice, education, engineering, health science-nursing, human services, kinesiology, the liberal arts, the sciences and psychology.

LeTourneau University also offers graduate degrees in business administration, counseling, education, engineering, psychology, strategic leadership and marriage and family therapy. In addition to its residential campus in Longview, the university offers undergraduate and graduate programs online and at educational centers in Athens, Austin, Baytown, Bedford, Dallas, Harlingen, Houston, and Tyler.

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