The Fall 2018 semester is underway, and I am pleased to report that enrollment is 3,175, up nearly 6 percent over last year and up over 16% in the past two years.
This fall we have attracted over 90 international students from 35 countries and a record number of East Texas students, as well. Our dual-credit program is making a nationally ranked Christian education affordable for families as high school students choose LETU to earn college credits while they are still in high school. And we are excited that so many of these students enroll full time once they complete high school.
U.S. News and World Report released Monday its ranking of "America's Best Colleges." This year marks the 25th year that LETU has continued to rank in the top tier of regional universities in the West, a geographic area that extends from Texas to Alaska.
The 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings listed LETU as #28 among "America's Best Colleges" in the Western Region. Among "Great Schools Great Prices" ranking of schools that provide a Best Value for regional universities in the West, LETU was ranked 12th. Among "Best Colleges for Veterans," LETU was ranked 17th. LETU was also recognized among "A-plus Schools for B-students" among universities that provide opportunity for students accepted for their spirit and hard work. To rank so well out of so many similar universities in the Western region reflects on the quality of our faculty and staff serving at LeTourneau University.
And among all similar schools nationally, LETU's engineering school was ranked among the top 50 engineering programs in the nation and was in the top two best undergraduate engineering schools in the state of Texas, among similar schools with programs whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's degree.
U.S. News rankings are released each fall and are considered the most notable of the annual published college rankings, but LETU also was ranked among the 2018 Kiplinger's Top 100 Best Universities in the U.S., PayScale's 2018 College ROI Report, and Washington Monthly's 2018 "Best Bang for the Buck" listing of colleges in the U.S.
Thank you everyone for an impressive start to the 2018-2019 academic year. Coming soon is our first Saturday all-campus open house for prospective students and the launch of a new university website. It's a joy to share the story of LeTourneau University.