LSU a Kiplinger Top 100 best value

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

LSU once again ranks as one of the 100 best values in public higher education, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

The personal finance magazine has released its annual ranking of four-year institutions that deliver a stellar education at an affordable price. The annual public school rankings appear in Kiplinger’s February 2011 issue – on newsstands today – and online at

LSU ranks 76th – ahead of peer institutions like the universities of Alabama, Colorado, Oklahoma and Oregon and Auburn University – and in a similar range to schools such as Missouri and Tennessee.

“We’re proud of this ranking and we know LSU’s tuition is low, but remember, you’re only a bargain if you deliver a quality education,” said LSU Chancellor Michael Martin. “That’s why we’re going to have to come up with creative solutions to counter the budget cuts we’re facing. We must ensure that our quality does not suffer.”

Kiplinger’s findings are similar to last fall’s report from the College Board on trends in college pricing, which found that tuition and fees for an in-state student at LSU, $5,764, are 24.2 percent below the national average, in spite of a 10-percent increase in the last year.

“The plan that is circulating through Louisiana’s Flagship Coalition is exactly what we need to help us maintain our value,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost John Maxwell Hamilton. “Managing costs and controlling price are critical to LSU’s future and maintaining that value.”

For more information on how budget cuts affect the university, visit For more information on the Louisiana Flagship Coalition’s plan for the future of LSU, visit