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US News Ranks LETU in Top Tier of 2016 'America's Best Colleges'


LeTourneau University has ranked in the top tier of the national 2016 U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings of "America's Best Colleges."
LETU is ranked 32nd among all the universities in its category of "Best Regional Universities in the Western Region" for 2016. This year marks the 22nd year the university has ranked in the top tier.

The rankings, which include nearly 1,800 schools nationwide, are available at www.usnews.com/colleges beginning today, Sept. 9. The guide will be available in print on newsstands Sept. 29.

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, class sizes, SAT and ACT scores of incoming freshmen, average graduation rates and assessments by administrators at other peer universities. U.S. News rankings are released each fall and are considered the most notable of the annual published college rankings.

"To rank so well out of 120 similar universities in the West, a region that spans from Texas to Alaska, says much about the quality of the faculty and staff serving at LETU," said LETU President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford. "To have been ranked in the top tier of the region for 22 years is a credit to leadership past and present at LETU. Our engineering program continues to climb in the rankings of the nation's engineering programs. And these gains are happening while the university remains committed to being a good value for students. We are ranked even higher when one considers the price paid by students for the academic quality received."

In the 2016 U.S. News' "Best Engineering Programs in the United States" ranking, LETU's engineering school moved up to 39th, from last year's ranking of 41st and its 2013 ranking of 47th among ABET-accredited engineering schools in the nation whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's degree.

"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. "Our program continues to offer an exceptional return on investment, both financially and spiritually, for students who choose LeTourneau."

LETU also was ranked 27th among Best Colleges for Veterans and among the A+ Schools for B Students.

"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."

LETU has added over $50 million in campus facilities in recent years, including its new student center and field house, currently under construction. New programs include a remotely piloted aircraft program for aviation students and a cyber security business program to launch in Fall 2016.

LETU launched a new School of Nursing to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree which will produce its first graduates in May 2016.

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