LeTourneau University was founded in 1946 as LeTourneau Technical Institute to meet the educational needs of returning veterans. The main campus encompasses 162 acres in the city of Longview. There are over 1,300 undergraduates at the Longview campus and nearly 3,200 students enrolled across all programs, campuses, and the distance education program.
Branch campuses and locations include the Austin Education Center, the Bedford Education Center, the Dallas Education Center, the Houston Education Center, the Tyler Education Center, Lee College in Baytown, San Jacinto College North Campus in Houston, Texas State Technical College in Harlingen, and Trinity Valley College in Athens.
LeTourneau’s vision statement states, “Claiming every workplace in every nation as their mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life’s work as a holy calling with eternal impact.”
The academic focus at LeTourneau is weighted towards aeronautics, engineering, computer science, education, and business. Academic departments include Aeronautical Science, Engineering, Education, Business, and the Arts & Sciences. Degrees offered include as associates in Criminal Justice and Interdisciplinary Studies, bachelor degrees in Business, Human Services, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Psychology. Master’s degrees include Business Administration, Counseling, Education, Psychology, Science in Engineering, and Strategic Leadership. Students may also earn a Texas teacher certification. The graduate placement rate is over 90% overall and 93% for the Aeronautical Science program.
LeTourneau’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies (GAPS) specializes in accelerated programs for working adults who wish to earn a degree while continuing to work and fulfill other major life responsibilities.
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Admissions to LeTourneau are competitive. Candidates are evaluated on academic record, test scores, recommendations, character, leadership, and Christian values. The average GPA of incoming students is 3.55, the average SAT score is 1615, and the average ACT score is 24. Admissions are made on a rolling basis, so it is in a candidate’s best interest to apply as early as possible.
Appropriate candidates are expected to prepare for college with four units of English; three unites of algebra, including one unit of geometry; three units of a natural science, three units of history and/or government; one unit of computer science; and one unit of a foreign language. Students wishing to major in engineering or mathematics should take an additional unit of pre-calculus or trigonometry, while students majoring in the liberal arts should take an additional two units of foreign language.
Students who fall just below LeTourneau’s admissions standards but otherwise show promise as students may be admitted into the Academic Intervention and Mentoring (AIM) Program. AIM program students receive an in-depth orientation prior to their first year of school and are assisted by tutors and counsellors as they find their feet at the university
In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Texas, LeTourneau offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships.
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LeTourneau boasts of a diverse student population. Roughly 65% of students are European American, 22% are African American, 8% are Latino American, and 2% are Asian American. About 70% of the student body is male and 30% is female. Just over half of the student body come from the state of Texas; the other half come from around the United States and the world.
Clubs and Organizations
There are more than 50 student organizations on the CSCC campuses to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. Groups include Americanos Para Cristo, Habitat for Humanity, Juggling Club, Paintball Club, International Justice Mission, LeTourneau University Tea Enthusiasts Association, Nursing Home Ministries, STING Precision Flight Team, and Women in Aviation International. The Student Government Association is the voice of the student body in administrative and other public matters.
The Yellow Jacket Activities Council (YAC) plans a wide variety of activities for the student body throughout the year, including an annual Film Festival, movies, concerts, and a traditional hootenanny.
Living on Campus
LeTourneau has a wide range of residential halls and apartments, including those specifically for married students. Residential fees include a meal plan. The campus features a traditional buffet dining hall The Corner Café, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner weekdays and brunch and dinner on the weekends. Other dining options include the Late Night Grill, a taqueria called The Hive, and a coffee shop called Common Grounds.
The Student Services office offers a wide range of support services to assist students in academic success. These services include academic counselling, career counselling, employment placement services, personal counselling, testing services, and disability services.
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The athletic department at LeTourneau University is known as the Yellow Jackets. The Yellow Jackets compete in NCAA Division III and the American Southwest Conference. Men’s sports include soccer, basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, and tennis. Women’s sports include soccer, golf, basketball, tennis, cross country, volleyball, and softball. In addition, about 85% of students participate in at least one of the 20 intramural sports on campus.
The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Engineering Accreditation Commission and the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Texas State Board for Educator Certification.
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