Louisiana Tech University

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Louisiana Tech University, more commonly referred to by locals as Louisiana Tech, is a public university based in the city of Ruston, Louisiana. The university is a co-ed institution, one of the largest research universities in the State of Louisiana, and one of just a handful of comprehensive research institutions in the country. According to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, Louisiana Tech is a “high research activity” institution. The university is involved in hundreds of ongoing research projects, many of which are funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the United States Department of Defense (DoD).

U.S. News & World Report has designated Louisiana Tech as a Tier 1 university; it is the only Tier 1 higher education institution within the University of Louisiana System. As one of Louisiana’s premier higher education institutions, Louisiana Tech is the only institution to have been named by the National Security Agency as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Research. While Louisiana Tech has a large number of nationally recognized academic departments, it is best-known for its superb engineering programs.

Louisiana Tech was founded in 1894 as the Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana, a segregated institution dedicated to education in the arts and sciences, with the ultimate goal of helping to rebuild the State of Louisiana. Just a short time after its founding, the college’s name was changed to Louisiana Industrial Institute (a trade school), and then again a few years later to Louisiana Polytechnic Institute (an advanced technical institute). As the institution continued to grow and evolve, it eventually became a four-year university, Louisiana Technical University.

Total annual enrollment at Louisiana Tech is roughly 11,600, which includes 2,400 graduate students and 9,200 undergraduate students. Associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees are granted through five academic schools and colleges. Louisiana Tech has a total of 5 campuses and training centers, all located in Louisiana. These include the main campus in Ruston, Louisiana; Barksdale Air Force Base, an ROTC detachment; Louisiana Tech University in Shreveport; and the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City.


Through its six academic colleges, Louisiana Tech awards associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in various fields of study, including business, health services, agriculture, arts, sciences, psychology, and engineering, among others. It also offers doctoral degrees in audiology and computational analysis, as well as various branches of psychology, business, and engineering.

General Information

Admission Office
Box 3178
Ruston, LA 71272
(318) 257-3036
(800) 528-3241
Fax: (318) 257-2499

Contact: Jan Albritton
Director of Admissions, College of Basic and Career Studies
Main Address
PO Box 3168 Tech Station
Ruston, LA 71272
(318) 257-0211


Total undergrads: 8,618

Rural setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $20
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 65%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Business B
Animal Sciences B

Architecture & Related Programs

Architecture B
Interior Architecture B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Photography B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
Management Information Systems B
Management Science B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Art Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education of Speech Impaired B
Elementary Education B
French Teacher Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Secondary Education B
Special Education B


Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B
Nanosystems Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Civil Engineering/Technology B
Electrical Engineering Technologies B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Medical Records Administration B
Medical Records Technology A
Nursing (RN) A
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Forest Resources Production B
Forestry – General B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Transportation & Materials Moving

Air Transportation B
Aviation Management B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

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