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

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Louisiana Tech University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(318) 257-2000
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:www.latech.edu/admissions/apply.shtml
Address:305 Wisteria, Ruston, LA 71272
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:12,672
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):50%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:24 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:9,090 (72% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$9,117
Out-of-state Tuition:$25,851
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:97%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$11,341

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Louisiana Tech University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Louisiana Tech University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences2
Architecture and Related Services21
Biological and Biomedical Sciences11
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services2821
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs21
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services111
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields21
English Language and Literature/Letters111
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics1
Health Professions and Related Programs1143
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities11
Mathematics and Statistics11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies11
Natural Resources and Conservation2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies11
Physical Sciences21
Social Sciences3
Transportation and Materials Moving2
Visual and Performing Arts41
Grand total21258318

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Louisiana Tech University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services111
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields1
English Language and Literature/Letters11
Health Professions and Related Programs11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities11
Grand total4138

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Louisiana Tech University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,500

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,88297%
Grant or scholarship aid1,84796%$11,341
Student loan aid81342%$5,454

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid7,90174%$8,956
Federal student loans3,13229%$6,437

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Louisiana Tech University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Louisiana Tech University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants7,2274,0473,180
Percent admitted100%63%63%
Percent admitted who enrolled28%28%28%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Louisiana Tech University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment12,672
Undergraduate enrollment11,281
Graduate enrollment1,391

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Louisiana Tech University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

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