For the 21st time, LeTourneau University shines on U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings of “America’s Best Colleges.”  

“Best Regional Universities in the Western Region” spans Texas to Alaska, and LETU marches 27th among all universities in that category, ranking above all public universities in Texas in its category, and sixth among Texas independent universities.

“Twenty-one years points straight to our faculty and staff—to our leaders, past and present,” LETU President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford said. “In addition to the high score overall, LETU’s engineering program, already respected, continues to rise among national engineering programs. And all this at a school also shining in academic quality vs. student costs.”

U.S. News’ prestigious rankings assess colleges and universities against schools with similar programs and degrees. Considerations include academic reputation, retention, faculty, class sizes, SAT and ACT scores of incoming freshmen, average graduation rates, and peer-university assessments. LETU also ranked 27 on the 2014 list, up from 36 in 2013 and 39 in 2012. 

For full rankings of nearly 1,800 schools nationwide, see and newsstands onm Sept. 23.

LETU also ranked 13 among “Great Schools, Great Prices,” for Regional Universities in the Western Region, based on academic quality and the 2013-14 net cost of attendance for students on average levels of need-based financial aid. 

LETU’s engineering school continues its climb. U.S. News’ “Best Engineering Programs in the United States” put LETU at 41, up from last year’s 45 and its 2012 ranking of 57 among ABET-accredited engineering schools in the nation (whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s).  LETU ranked third among Texas engineering programs such as Baylor University and Trinity University; it sits ahead of all public Texas universities not offering a Ph.D.   

“This affirms LeTourneau as one of ‘America’s Best Engineering Schools’—and the top-ranked school of engineering in the CCCU (Council of Christian Colleges and Universities),” LETU Dean of Engineering Dr. Ron DeLap said. 

LETU also listed among “A+ Schools for B Students,” an alphabetized list of schools where non-A high school students display spirit and hard work, and can thrive. 

“We want our students to succeed here and in life,” LETU Provost Dr. Philip A. Coyle explained. “And a wide spectrum of support services helps make it happen.” 

LETU’s more than $50 million in new campus facilities includes its new Allen Family Student Center.

In other news this past year:

  • LETU launched a School of Nursing for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. 
  • Its School of Business, launched a new Master of Engineering Management (MEM). 
  • Its flight school won top honors at a regional competition.
  • An education major was named Texas Student Teacher of the Year. 
  • It won an interdisciplinary Keck grant to study human mobility.
  • Its engineering faculty members won an NSF early-career grant to study the use of lasers for cancer detection/diagnosis. 
  • Its engineering program also added a new clean room for microelectronic fabrication as well as a new, 7,200-square-foot engineering building, housing a state-of-the-art wind tunnel and a design studio, a maker space for students and the community.

LeTourneau University is a Christ-centered, interdenominational institute of higher learning offering more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of academic disciplines and delivery models. Students are enrolled in programs on ground at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, Texas, as well as hybrid and fully online options at educational centers in Dallas and Houston. Academic majors include aviation, business, communication, computer science, criminal justice, education, engineering, health care administration, human services, kinesiology, the liberal arts, nursing, psychology, the sciences and theology.

Claiming every workplace in every nation as its mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life’s work as a holy calling with eternal impact. For additional information, visit