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U.S. News Ranks LETU Higher in 2014


LeTourneau University has moved up in the national 2014 U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings of "America's Best Colleges," ranking for the 20th time in the top tier.
LETU is ranked 27th among all the universities in its category of "Best Regional Universities in the Western Region" for 2014, up from 36th last year and 39th in 2012, and was ranked 5th among schools in Texas for 2014. LETU ranked above all state universities in Texas in its category.
The rankings, which include nearly 1,800 schools nationwide, are available at www.usnews.com/colleges beginning Sept. 10. The guide will be available in print Sept. 24.
This year marks two full decades that 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. The U.S. News rankings are released each fall and are considered the most notable of the annual published college rankings.
"To be included in this report's top tier of campuses for 20 consecutive years is a noteworthy accomplishment," said LETU President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford. "It indicates a long commitment to academic excellence and student success that defines LeTourneau University. LETU students graduate with strong professional preparation and Christ-centered character and it is always encouraging when others see the great value in this time-tested education."
In the U.S. News' "Best in Undergraduate Engineering" ranking, LETU's engineering school also moved up to 45th from 57th last year among engineering schools in the nation whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's degree. LETU was ranked third among Texas universities, with Baylor University, Trinity University.
"The ranking strongly affirms LeTourneau as one of 'America's Best Engineering Schools' and shows us as the top-ranked school of engineering within the CCCU (Council of Christian Colleges and Universities)," said LETU Dean of Engineering Dr. Ron DeLap.
LETU was also listed among "A+ Schools for B Students," which are schools where students who were not "A" students in high school, but displayed spirit and hard work, can thrive.
"We want our students to succeed in the classroom and graduate," said LETU Provost Dr. Philip A. Coyle. "We provide many different academic support services all focused on equipping students to achieve their goals."
In addition to student services, the university has added over $50 million in campus facilities in recent years.
"The Allen Family Student Center will open in 2014 and is our most recent investment in creating a distinctive Christian university experience for students," Lunsford said.
LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christ-centered university located in Longview, Texas, with undergraduate and graduate programs online and at education centers around the state.
Academic majors include aviation, business, communication, computer science, criminal justice, education, engineering, health care administration, health science-nursing, human services, kinesiology, the liberal arts, psychology, the sciences and theology.
Claiming every workplace in every nation as its mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life's work as a holy calling with eternal impact.

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