Louisiana Tech University, also known as Louisiana Tech, LA Tech, or Tech, is a co-educational public research university located in Ruston, Louisiana. It was originally established as The Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana in 1894. After a few name and status changes, it was renamed as Louisiana Tech University in 1970. The 2011 U.S. News & World Report college rankings designated the institute as a tier-2 school in the national universities category.
Louisiana Tech University is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It also holds other discipline based accreditations from agencies such as Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET), Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, American Chemical Society, National League for Nursing, and so on. LA Tech awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in diverse areas of study including accounting, architectural studies, biomedical engineering, computational analysis of modeling, environmental science, industrial engineering and marketing. The institute is known for its engineering programs.
Research forms an important part of LA Tech. As a Carnegie Research University with high research activity (RU/ H), LA Tech conducts research with projects funded by national agencies like NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Defense. Some of the important research centers include Center for Applied Physics Studies (CAPS), Trenchless Technology Center (TTC), Technology Transfer Center, Science and Technology Education Center (SciTEC), Center for Instructional Technology (CIT), Center for Economic Education, and Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness.
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Each semester, the University enrolls more than 11,800 students in five different academic divisions: College of Applied and Natural Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering and Science, and College of Liberal Arts.
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LA Tech enrolls students from more than 45 states and over 55 different countries. Freshmen students seeking admission must send the completed application form along with ACT/ SAT score and official transcripts to the University. Getting a transfer to Louisiana Tech is easy. Students must send their official transcripts from all of the previous institutes they have attended. International students are also encouraged to apply for admission to LA Tech. Applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL or IELTS test.
LA Tech recognizes the financial need of the students who are unable to meet their college expenses. It provides financial aid to deserving candidates through various mediums: grants, loans, scholarships, and work study. All applicants must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Grants offered at LA Tech include Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG), TEACH Grant, and GO Grant.
There are several types of scholarship programs available at LA Tech. Some of the scholarships include Bessie Purdy Scholarship, Bulldog Out-of-State Fee Scholarship, CenturyTel Scholarship, Colvin Memorial Scholarship, Marbury Alumni Scholarship, National Merit Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, and Outstanding Student Scholarship – In-State.
Loans are the type of financial aid that must be returned with interest. LA Tech offers students loans such as Perkins loans, Stafford loans, PLUS loans, and private (alternative) loans. The institute also offers federal work-study programs to help students take up part-time jobs to meet their college expenses.
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LA Tech boasts a vibrant and active student life. The Student Government Association represents the student body of Louisiana Tech. It works to promote the interests and opinions of the student body on all matters that are beneficial to the students. The campus is home to several student clubs and organizations. Students can either join a club or start a new one. Some of the recognized student organizations are Allure Modeling Troupe, Amateur Radio Club, Black Student Union, Bulldogs for Donating Life, Child Life Student Association, Elite Modeling Troupe, and International Student Association.
Greek life also has a strong presence in the campus. Students can be a part of the several fraternities or sororities, governed by the Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Panhellenic Council. The Greek organizations include Acacia Fraternity, Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Beta Gamma Sigma, Delta Sigma Theta, Gamma Beta Phi, Gamma Phi Nu, Kappa Omicron Nu, Omicron Delta Kappa Omicron Delta Kappa, and Sigma Kappa Sorority.
The Office of Disability Services is committed to help students with documented disabilities. It provides accommodation facilities and several other support services. LA Tech also offers counseling services to students facing issues in their personal and professional life. There is also a career center that offers career related services to the students. This includes help with choosing the right career, resume drafting services, interview tips, job hunting strategies, and placement services.
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The Tech Talk is the official student-operated newspaper of LA Tech. It has been published every Thursday for the past 86 years.
WLPI-AM is the local radio station; and Louisiana TechTV is the official student-operated television station.
The Prescott Memorial Library at LA Tech offers more than 415,000 items, circulated through the library’s physical holdings or inter-library databases. It houses a range of books, reference materials, journals, magazines, online sources and more. Student Center houses several rooms for conference needs. The rooms are equipped with modern equipments such as slide projector, VCR & monitor, and overhead projector.
Louisiana Tech offers housing facilities ranging from traditional dormitories to apartment-style complexes. The residence halls are well-equipped with modern facilities and services for the convenience of the students. Residence halls for men include Cottingham Hall, Graham Hall, Mitchell Hall and Pearce Hall. The residence halls for women are Adams Hall, Aswell Hall, Dudley Hall, and Harper Hall. Some of the apartment-style complexes are Caruthers Common, Kidd Common, Sutton Common, and Thatcher Common.
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Louisiana Tech’s athletic department fields over 15 varsity NCAA Division I sports teams. It is a member of the Western Athletic Conference. The men’s sports teams are nicknamed as Bulldogs and women sports teams are called Lady Techsters. Their colors are red and Columbia blue. Some of the sports facilities at LA Tech are Jim Mize Track and Field Complex, Lambright Bowling Alley, Lady Techster Soccer Field, and Louisiana Tech Tennis Complex.
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