The Princeton Review has placed the University of Louisiana at Lafayette among the top 15 percent of the nation's four-year colleges for undergraduate education.

The 2019 edition of "The Best 384 Colleges" was released on Tuesday. The guide's editors first considered about 2,500 public and private colleges and universities in the U.S.

"We picked the 384 'best' colleges for our book primarily for their outstanding academics. We highly recommend each one," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's editor-in-chief and the book's lead author.

The guide does not rank schools from 1 to 384 in any category. Instead, it uses students' ratings of their particular school to compile 62 ranking lists of top 20 colleges.

UL ranked high in "Town-Gown Relations", which is the connection between the University and its environs.

Here is what some Ragin' Cajuns had to say about their University:

Students embody Lafayette's culture: creative, friendly and food-loving.

Everyone accepts one another for who they are. There are friends for everyone.

We have students of all ethnicities, races, religions and styles. There are very few social boundaries and everyone is accepting of our diverse student body.

Dr. DeWayne Bowie, vice president for Enrollment Management, said the University's inclusion in the book is "especially gratifying since it's based on responses from our students."

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