Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity have launched an annual listing of the best American universities, and for the inaugural 2008 list, UL leads all public schools in the state.

In providing an alternative to the USN&WR annual rankings of the best schools in America, Forbes has entered its own list-- but based on overall value, not simply gross metrics.  To do this, Forbes enlisted the help of Dr. Richard Vedder, an economist at Ohio University, and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity

CCAP's methodology attempts to put itself in a student's shoes. How good will my professors be? Will the school help me achieve notable career success? If I have to borrow to pay for college, how deeply will I go into debt? What are the chances I will graduate in four years? Are students and faculty recognized nationally, or even globally?

Follows is the list of all Louisiana colleges that made the ranking of the top 569 schools:

Rank Name Cost Freshman
 145  Tulane University  47100  1375
 164  Centenary  31670  NA
 259  Loyola  38096  496
 293  Dillard  24467  260
 325  Louisiana  11089  2763
 341  Louisiana State  15563  4596
 449  Southeastern  13417  NA

Follows is a list of all Sun Belt schools that were included in the rankings, as well as selected C-USA schools.

Rank Name Cost Freshman
262 USM 13954   1396
286 Middle Tennessee   14982 3576
325 Louisiana 11089 2763
337 Memphis 17208 2017
342 FAU 13558 2677
354 UAB 17607 1416
378 Denver 45403 1138
397 FIU 18558 3334
464 ECU 15418 4222
476 WKU 14510 3115
502 Houston 18600 3508
508 UNT 15672 3721

To read the Forbes article, click here.

To see the entire Forbes list, click here.

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