Choosing a university can be a daunting task.  Of course, the whole point is to make sure that your degree opens the doors of career opportunity, and frankly some schools are better than others when it comes to that.  According to a new study from, not only does the University of Louisiana at Monroe excel at classes that translate into success in the working world - they rank #1 out of the 9 universities in the Bayou State.

The criteria for the ranking boils to the cost of in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, number of degrees and certificate programs offered, average net price, and a few other factors.  All-in-all 13 different criteria were used to score each school on a 100-point scale.

Rounding out the top 5, McNeese State University took the #2 spot with Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Louisiana State University, and University of New Orleans coming in at 3rd, 4th, and 5th respectively.