The University of Louisiana has once again made the Forbes annual list of the top 650 U.S. institutions for 2011. UL is ranked #577 overall, #218 among research universities, and #171 in the South.

The Forbes list focuses on educational outcomes, not reputations and is prepared by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a Washington, D.C. think tank founded by Ohio University economist Richard Vedder.

According to Forbes' website, the rankings focus "on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt. Unlike other lists, we pointedly ignore ephemeral measures such as school 'reputation' and ill-conceived metrics that reward wasteful spending. We try and evaluate the college purchase as a consumer would: Is it worth spending as much as a quarter of a million dollars for this degree?"

Louisiana colleges on the 2011 list:

Rank Name Cost Enrollment
190 Tulane University $53,860.00 11464
284 Centenary College $36,560.00 974
380 Dillard University $27,064.00 1011
442 Louisiana State University $29,129.00 28643
447 Loyola University New Orleans $44,642.00 4714
494 Louisiana Tech University $23,194.00 11264
577 University of Louisiana $21,746.00 16361
618 University of New Orleans $26,966.00 11724
624 Southeastern Louisiana University $23,695.00 15151

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