Louisiana State University (LSU) is the flagship institution of the Louisiana State University System. It holds the Carnegie Foundation's designation as a Doctorate-granting university, with very high research activity.

The University is a member of the American Council on Education; the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges; and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Ratings and Rankings:

- Louisiana State University is ranked 124th among the top tier national universities (US News 2011).

- LSU is placed 128th among 262 American public and private universities in the United States, and 64th overall when compared to public universities only. It is the only public university in Louisiana ranked in the top tier in the U.S. News & World Report's 2010 edition of America's Best Colleges. LSU's graduation rate has risen from 57.5 percent in 2004 to 60.7 percent in 2008.

- 75th in the US News Law School Ranking 2010.

- 77th internationally in the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities 2009.

- In 2009, Entrepreneur Magazine ranked LSU among the top 12 Entrepreneurial Colleges and Universities in the nation.

- 76th among Best Graduate Physics Programs, 88th among Top 100 Law Schools, 83rd among Top Graduate Schools in Education, 62nd among Best Graduate Schools in Clinical Psychology (USNWR 2009).

- According to the rankings for Landscape Architecture by DesignIntelligence 2009, Louisiana State University is ranked 2nd for Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program and 3rd for its Master program.

- 6th among Top 10 Petroleum Engineering Schools, and 58th in the ranking of Graduate Engineering Specialties: Civil (USNWR 2007).

- In 2007, the Flores MBA Program was ranked 7th nationally "for attracting corporate MBA recruiters who recruit regionally" by the Wall Street Journal.

- 61st in the US News Ranking of Top English PhD Programs (2006).
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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek