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Tulane Leads Locals on Forbes 'Top Colleges' List 

  Tulane led all Louisiana colleges and universities on the annual list of "top 650 colleges" ranked by Forbes magazine. The Uptown campus came in at No. 190 on the list, which was led overall for the second year in a row by Williams College, a small liberal-arts institution in western Massachusetts. Princeton came in second.

  So what's the second-best undergraduate institution in Louisiana?

  According to the Forbes list, it's Centenary College, a private college in Shreveport, which was ranked No. 284 nationally. Next was Dillard at No. 380, followed by LSU at 442 and Loyola at 447. Louisiana Tech in Ruston also made the top 500, coming in at No. 494.

  Other Louisiana universities on the list were the University of Louisiana-Lafayette at No. 577, the University of New Orleans at No. 618 and Southeastern Louisiana University at 624.

  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?" — Clancy DuBos

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