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U.S. NEWS Ranks LETU 25th in Top Tier of 2020 College Rankings, 38th Top Engineering School in Nation



LeTourneau University ranked 25th in the top tier of the national 2020 U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings of “America’s Best Colleges” in its category of “Best Regional Universities in the Western Region.” LETU has been ranked in the top tier for more than a quarter-century in its category. 

Among “Great Schools Great Prices” ranking of schools that provide a “Best Value” for regional universities in the West, LETU was ranked 14th. The methodology looks at ratio of quality to price, need-based aid and average discount.

Among “Best Colleges for Veterans,” LETU was ranked 14th.

LETU was also recognized among “A-plus Schools for B-students.” Universities ranked in this category provide opportunity for students accepted for their spirit and hard work. 

LETU was also ranked in a new category this year.  New this year in the 2020 U.S. News and World Reports rankings is a “Social Mobility” category that identifies the top schools in each geographic area that provide upward social mobility for students, many of whom may be the first-generation of students in their families to attain a college degree.  The social mobility ranking measures how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants.  These students typically come from households with incomes that are less than $50,000 annually, though most Pell Grants go to students with income below $20,000. 

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 so many similar universities in the Western region, which spans from Texas to Alaska, says much about the quality of our faculty and staff serving at LeTourneau University,” said LETU President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford.  “To have been ranked in the top tier of the region for more than a quarter of a century is a credit to our campus community at LETU.” 

LETU’s engineering program ranked as one of the top engineering schools in the state of Texas and 38th in the country among all undergraduate engineering programs accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology with programs whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s degree.  

 “Our engineering faculty have years of experience in industry and connect well the engineering fundamentals with real-world engineering design,” said LETU Dean of Engineering Dr. Steven K. Starrett. “Our top-50 ranking continues to support that LETU is among one of America’s Best Engineering Schools.”  

The complete U.S. News rankings, which include nearly 1,800 schools nationwide, are available at beginning Sept. 9. 

LeTourneau University is the Christian polytechnic university in the nation where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers 140 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, Texas, and in hybrid and fully online options at educational centers in the Dallas and Houston areas. For additional information, visit

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