Louisiana Tech University

Louisiana Tech University

Louisiana Tech University was established in 1894, and is a public co-ed university situated in Ruston, Louisiana. The university is well-known for its athletics and engineering programs, and has nearly 9,000 undergraduates at present.

Louisiana Tech University offers degree programs in business, engineering and science, education, applied and natural science and liberal arts.

The Louisiana Tech University men's athletic teams are known as The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the women's athletic teams are nicknamed the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters. The teams participate in intercollegiate basketball, baseball, football, cross country, indoor track and outdoor track, golf, bowling, volleyball, softball, soccer and tennis. Some of the alumni of the university include Medical Technologist Shanil Keshwani, Retired WNBA player Teresa Weatherspoon, American football kicker Matt Stover, and Retired Major League Baseball player David Segui.

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Contacting Louisiana Tech

Louisiana Tech University
305 Wisteria
Ruston , LA 71272
General Phone: (318) 257-2000

Louisiana Tech Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts376French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, technical and business writing, general studies, geography, geography courses, political science, ...
Business and Management311business management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, human resources, MIS, marketing
Engineering278engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, systems engineering, industrial engineering, various engineering courses, ...
Education and Teaching239education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, education of blind, education of speech impaired, early childhood special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, ...
Science115biology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, physics
Therapy and Counseling96psychology, community psychology, counseling psychology, organizational psychology, educational psychology
Family and Social Work67family and consumer science, consumer economics, family studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine62registered nursing
Medical Support and Technology59audiology, speech pathology, audiology and speech pathology, clinical lab tech
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy59exercise science, dietitian
Transportation41commercial pilot and flight crew, aviation operations
Engineering Technician36electronics tech, construction engineering tech
Architecture and Planning29architecture, interior architecture, architectural services
Design28graphic design
Computer Science and Engineering26computer science, computer support
Conservation and Resource Management22conservation, environmental science, forestry
Medical Administration21medical records admin, medical records tech
Animal Science and Care17animal science
Fine Arts17fine arts
Photography and Commercial Art15photography
Agricultural Science and Management14agricultural management
Music7music, music performance
Landscaping and Horticulture1plant sciences

Number of programs and degrees for Louisiana Tech in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,38277
Master's degree44334
Doctor's degree359
Postbaccalaureate certificate114
Associate's degree903

Louisiana Tech Student Body

In 2007-2008, Louisiana Tech had a total enrollment of 10,564 students (9,000 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 54%
Women 46%
Full-Time 97%
Part-Time 3%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 79%
Graduate 21%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 68%
Black 18%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 25%
20-21 24%
22-24 18%
25-29 9%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 6%
50-64 5%
65+ 2%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)2%

Louisiana Tech Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 72 %
Part-Time 15 %

Louisiana Tech Room and Board (2007)

Louisiana Tech offers campus housing for 3,117 of its 9,000 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Ruston, Louisiana for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Louisiana Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Louisiana Tech Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440550
SAT Math460590
ACT Verbal2027
ACT Math1926
ACT Composite2026

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrecommended
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)recommended
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT4%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT96%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Louisiana Tech Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,035
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 10,345
Room and board $ 4,740
Room charge $ 2,490
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,250
Books and supplies $ 1,800
Other expenses $ 3,459

Financial Aid:
Louisiana Tech participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 200800)

Louisiana Tech Faculty

Louisiana Tech has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track10364
Non-tenured and not on tenure track6884

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year28$121,3065$93,710
Associate professorcalendar year13$93,3975$90,411
Assistant professorcalendar year6$82,3173$76,651
Instructorcalendar year8$54,2853$45,490
No academic rankcalendar year7$43,5635$38,105
All faculty totalcalendar year62$94,25621$70,360

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year33$80,24912$69,838
Associate professoracademic year49$70,73031$63,251
Assistant professoracademic year85$58,93858$56,953
Instructoracademic year14$42,32034$37,778
Lectureracademic year14$63,5291*
No academic rankacademic year4$41,68916$43,469
All faculty totalacademic year199$64,183152$53,494

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Louisiana Tech Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Western Athletic Conference
Basketball Western Athletic Conference
Baseball Western Athletic Conference
Track Western Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports106474

Louisiana Tech Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
Architecture and Related Services, Other
Interior Architecture

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Forestry, General
Natural Resources/Conservation, General

Graphic Design

Education And Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education, Other
Education/Teaching Individuals - Early Childhood Spec Ed Pgms
Education/Teaching Individuals - Speech or Language Impairments
Education/Teaching Individuals - Vision Impairments/ Blindness
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Speech Teacher Education
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Engineering, Other
Engineering/Industrial Management
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Systems Engineering

Engineering Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Consumer Economics
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Plant Sciences, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
Geography, Other
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Technical and Business Writing

Mathematics, General


Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Photography And Commercial Art

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Community Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Educational Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Psychology, General

Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

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What Sets Louisiana Tech Apart:

% students on athletic fin. aid
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Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
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Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%Louisiana Tech Number of students
% of degrees in engineering
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Louisiana Tech % of degrees in engineering
% students 40 years or older
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 12%Louisiana Tech % students 40 years or older
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 13%Louisiana Tech Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in design
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 14%Louisiana Tech % of degrees in design
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Louisiana Tech % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% of degrees in conservation and resource management
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 17%Louisiana Tech % of degrees in conservation and resource management
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Louisiana Tech Dorm rooms per full-time student

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checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (air force)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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