With the "early season" college application deadline coming up soon - November 1 for many - the personal-finance website WalletHub released its 2020's Best College and University Rankings, plus separate state rankings for colleges and universities.

To help college-bound seniors choose the best schools within their states, WalletHub compared more than 1,000 higher-education institutions across the US, using 33 key measures broken into seven categories. Leading that list: Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes.

Close to home, Shreveport's Centenary College made the state's Top Ten list, as did Louisiana Tech in Ruston, Louisiana-Monroe and Northwestern State in Natchitoches. Certainly most surprising is the failure of any branch of Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge and Shreveport included!) to crack the Top 10!

Here's how Louisiana colleges and universities look according to WalletHub's research:

Top 10 Colleges & Universities in Louisiana

  1. Tulane University
  2. University of New Orleans
  3. McNeese State University
  4. Louisiana Tech University
  5. University of Louisiana-Lafayette
  6. Centenary College of Louisiana
  7. Loyola University New Orleans
  8. Northwestern State University of Louisiana
  9. Xavier University of Louisiana
  10. University of Louisiana-Monroe

To get more information and a detailed look at WalletHub's 2020 Top Colleges and Universities rankings, JUST CLICK HERE!