Louisiana Tech University

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700 W. California Avenue

Ruston, LA 71272

Phone: (318) 257-0211
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jul. 31
application deadline

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#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100. National Universities

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Louisiana Tech University is a public institution that was founded in 1894. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,958, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 1,774 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Louisiana Tech University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 190. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,146 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $18,483 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

"At Tech you'll belong. Tech is family." That's how one graduate described the Louisiana Tech experience. With its reputation for offering a private-college atmosphere at a public university, this selective-admissions university is dedicated to challenging its students through the efforts of caring faculty who are passionate about teaching, advising, and research. Founded in 1894, Tech offers a wide variety of bachelor's, master's and doctoral-level programs with unique opportunities in fields such as architecture, aviation, engineering, biological sciences, business, and education. Tech also offers innovative graduate degree programs in molecular science and nanotechnology, and health information systems, and doctoral degrees in biomedical engineering, audiology, counseling psychology and business administration. With an emphasis on interdisciplinary research and highly-qualified faculty, Tech is the only Carnegie Doctoral-High Research University (RU-H) and SREB Four-Year 2 Research University in north Louisiana. Tech's commitment to its students has helped them to achieve some of the highest graduation and a time-to-completion rates in the state.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1894
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar quarter
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $64,867,593


When applying to Louisiana Tech University, it's important to note the application deadline is July 31. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Louisiana Tech University is $20. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 70.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 70.8%
Application deadline July 31
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Louisiana Tech University is 24:1, and the school has 53.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Louisiana Tech University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Social Sciences; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 75.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 24:1
4-year graduation rate 27%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 16%
Engineering 13%
Social Sciences 7%
Health Professions and Related Programs 5%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 5%

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Student Life

Louisiana Tech University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,958, with a gender distribution of 52.7 percent male students and 47.3 percent female students. At this school, 15 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 85 percent of students live off campus. Louisiana Tech University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 11,304
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Louisiana Tech University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Louisiana Tech University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Louisiana Tech University, 90 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Louisiana Tech University.

Students who have cars on campus 90%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Louisiana Tech University, 43.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,411.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,146 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $18,483 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,396 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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