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Does your university give back? Is its research helping society? See Louisiana's Rankings

The Advertiser, Sept. 5, 2018

Does your university give back? Is its research helping society? Washington Monthly's annual College Guide and Rankings looks at questions like these.

The publication rates schools based on "what they are doing for the country," meaning things like their contribution to social mobility, research and service.

Those broad categories break down into recruiting and graduating low-income students; producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs; and encouraging students to give something back to their country.

Harvard University was the highest ranked university in the nation, followed by Stanford University. 

Here's where Louisiana schools came in on the ranking of its national universities category.

Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge ranked highest of the state's five schools that made the list. The flagship school came in 139th overall — 118th in social mobility, 93rd in research and 227th in service.

  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette ranked 240th overall — 172th in social mobility, 212th in research and 283rd in service.
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe ranked 264th overall — 232rd in social mobility, 271th in research and 259th in service.
  • Louisiana Tech University in Ruston ranked 276th overall — 279th in social mobility, 257th in research and 223rd in service.
  • Tulane University, a private school in New Orleans, came in last for the Louisiana schools at 279th, just behind Tech. Its places were 303rd in social mobility, 109th in research and 61st in service. 
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