Louisiana Tech University

305 Wisteria, Ruston, LA 71272

School Details

Louisiana Tech University is a four-year public doctoral and research school located in Ruston, Louisiana.  The college opened in 1894 as The Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana and changed its name over the years until 1970 when it adopted the current name.

LA Tech lies on 280 acres and has 86 buildings, including 22 apartment buildings. The Quadrangle (the Quad) is the focal point of the oldest part of the Main Campus and is considered to be one of the most peaceful and beautiful locations at Louisiana Tech.In addition to the main campus in Ruston, Louisiana Tech holds classes at the Louisiana Tech University Shreveport Center, Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City, and Barksdale Air Force Base. Tech also maintains an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Louisiana Tech University offers associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, doctor’s degrees, and certificates of completion.  The school’s five undergraduate colleges include: Applied and Natural Sciences, College of Business, Education, College of Engineering and Science, and Liberal Arts. Doctoral degrees are offered in audiology, business administration, counseling psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, computational analysis and modeling, engineering, and biomedical engineering. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend.

Louisiana Tech University has 11,518 students (9,109 undergraduates) and 542 faculty members, giving the university a 22:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 423 teach full-time and 119 teach part-time. About 74 percent of undergraduate students study full-time and 26 percent study part-time. Most graduate students (56%) study part-time and 44 percent study full-time.

The student body contains 48 percent female students and 52 percent male students. About 70 percent of all students are white with the remaining students being black (20%), Hispanic (5%), Asian (3%), and American Indian (2%). About 83 percent of students are ages 24 and under, with 17 percent of students being ages 25 and above. About 88 percent of students are from Louisiana, 11 percent are from out-of-state, and one percent are from a foreign country.

The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 74 percent and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 12 percent. The overall graduation rate is 48 percent and the overall transfer-out rate is 29 percent.

LA Tech requires students to live on campus for seven quarters, which equals a little over two years.  There are eight different residence halls on campus: three for female students and five for male students. On-campus living is estimated to cost $6,324 per year with $3,429 in additional living expenses. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $6,186 per year with $3,744 in additional living expenses. There are three different apartment complexes on campus, including: University Park, University Park II, and Park Place.  

Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, and placement services for completers.  Special learning opportunities include: ROTC (Air Force), teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad.

Student life includes over 160 official student organizations in addition to student government, Greek Life, religious groups, honor societies, intramural sports, and special interest organizations. LA Tech has more than 20 nationally-recognized Greek organizations.

Louisiana Tech has 16 varsity NCAA Division I teams. These teams are members of the Western Athletic Conference. Beginning in 2013, LA Tech athletic teams will compete in Conference USA. The university's seven men's teams are known as the Bulldogs, and the 9 women's teams are known as the Lady Techsters.

Tuition costs $6,574 per year for in-state students and $15,196 per year for out-of-state students. Books and other supplies are estimated to cost  $1,800 per year. The average tuition for in-state graduate students is $5,272 with $1,767 in annual fees. Out-of-state graduate students pay $11,941 on average with $1,767 in fees. Tuition payment plans and tuition guarantee plans are offered.

Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, students must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 95% of those attending Louisiana Tech University receive financial aid.

Louisiana Tech University receives over 4,500 applications per year and accepts about 71 percent of those students. Statistically, 70 percent of men and 72 percent of women who apply are accepted.

Louisiana Tech University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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