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Louisiana Tech University: Narrative Description


PO Box 3168
Ruston, LA 71272
Tel: (318)257-0211; 800-528-3241; Admissions: (318)257-3036; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of Louisiana System. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and first professional certificates. Founded 1894. Setting: 247-acre small town campus. Endowment: $39.1 million. Research spending 2002-03: $10.6 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $3267 per student. Total enrollment: 11,960. Faculty: 496 (397 full-time, 99 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 23:1. 3,768 applied, 92% were admitted. 18% from top 10% of their high school class, 43% from top quarter, 74% from top half. 2 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 7,942 students, 47% women, 53% men. Part-time: 1,797 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 48 states and territories, 70 other countries, 12% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 15% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 19% 25 or older, 30% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 74% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies; liberal arts/general studies. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Grambling State University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Naval.

Entrance Requirements: Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.2 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/31. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $3270 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $7065 full-time. College room and board: $3885. College room only: $2025.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 121 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 10% of eligible men and 12% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Association of Women's Studies, Union Board. Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Fling, Little Las Vegas Night. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Prescott Memorial Library with 3,319 books, 1.9 million microform titles, 2,469 serials, 14,532 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $2.7 million. 1,800 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: This is an urban area with bus service available. City has a public library, several churches, its own hospital, medical clinics, and good shopping facilities. Theatres, drive-in, golf, fishing, boating, and a campus olympic swimming pool provide recreation opportunities. There is also a concert association.

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