BATON ROUGE, LA (WVLA) — Louisiana State University has broken the top 200 in Forbes top college list. But according to those who compiled the list the ranking still brings the university up short in comparison to other similar colleges.
One of the biggest issues dragging LSU’S Forbes rankings down are graduation and retention rates, thanks in part to funding cuts and lack of resources.
"Some people will drop out and they just don't have enough resources to pay, another problem is they'll go 'well I was on track to graduate on time, but the required course I had to take, they'll only offered one section," explained Jonathan Robe with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.
Students like senior Tran Tran said they are not surprised at low retention rates. She and others have seen lots of friends leave the university because of recent funding cuts.
"Actually I do have some friends that have to transfer away because they don't have what they need at LSU anymore. Honestly it makes me really sad, especially with the humanities and stuff. I just feel like we cut all the languages and interesting classes," said Tran.
"Programs are being cut. I for one wanted to take Russian, and Russian is not really offered anymore. Obviously people don't really take the class so it's one of the one's that gets cut first," added Amber Russ, a junior in International Finance.
The university's administration has come under fire for low retention rates before. Vice Chancellor Herb Vincent released a statement in part saying, “In recent years, LSU has brought in larger and more diverse freshman classes and graduation rates are higher than ever before, so these rankings don't accurately reflect LSU's current trajectory.”
Despite some less than great rankings though, LSU students are still pretty excited to be a part of Tiger Nation.
"I never wanted to go anywhere else but LSU and being a Louisiana native, TOPS really does help. So I think I get a pretty good bang for my buck, it's always a really good resume builder," said Russ.
The university did move up in the overall rankings, Robe explained that could be due in part to the fact that some of the scoring criteria has changed.