Louisiana Tech University

Louisiana Tech University Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Ruston, Louisiana, Louisiana Tech is a 4-year public university that offers liberal arts and professional degree programs from the associate's through doctoral degree levels. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is Louisiana Tech University the School for You?

Founded in 1894, Louisiana Tech University (Louisiana Tech) is located in a historic town in upstate Louisiana that has a population of about 22,000. Its neighbor, Grambling State University, is about five miles east, and the closest major city, Shreveport, is a little over an hour's drive away. A member of the University of Louisiana System, Louisiana Tech offers more than 80 undergraduate and 40 graduate programs through its five colleges. Does Louisiana Tech have what you're looking for? Read on to find out.

Pros

  • Graduation rate is eight percentage points higher than the national average
  • Total cost is $6,188 lower than the national average for out-of-state students attending a 4-year public university (includes all tuition and living expenses)
  • Student debt following graduation is $8,186 less than the national average
  • Accepts CLEP, AP credit and dual credits
  • Diverse student body

Cons

  • Student to faculty ratio is 22:1, which is higher than the national average
  • High number of TAs teaching classes
  • Acceptance rate is 3.5 percentage points below the national average

Louisiana Tech University at a Glance

Louisiana Tech is an affordable and well-regarded school. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) estimated that total cost for the 2011-2012 academic year was $16,390 for in-state students living on campus, which falls below the national average of $17,136. If you're considering attending this school as an out-of-state student, you would pay about $6,000 less than the national average for non-resident tuition, which is $29,703 as reported by the College Board. In addition to yearly savings in tuition and living expenses, you would likely incur significantly less post-graduation student debt, over $8,000, than the national average, which the Project on Student Debt reported as $26,660 in 2011.

Furthermore, Louisiana Tech is the only Tier One school within the University of Louisiana System as defined by U.S. News & World Report. This distinction is based on criteria that include peer assessments, selectivity, graduation rates and financial resources. Some of Tech's graduate programs are ranked, including bioengineering and education.

You may be more likely to be taught by graduate TAs at Louisiana Tech than at other schools; about 35% of the school's instructional staff in 2011 were graduate assistants, reported the NCES. The school also offers multiple research opportunities. The Carnegie Foundation categorizes Louisiana Tech as a university engaged in high research activity. In 2009, the university built the 50-acre Enterprise Campus, which is designed to foster student research and new technologies through several partnerships.

Getting in and Financial Aid at Louisiana Tech University

Louisiana Tech is a somewhat selective school, which requires you to meet minimum ACT/SAT scores and GPA requirements. In addition to the online application, your application packet requires standardized test scores and official transcripts. You can also mail in an application to the post office box address designated by the Office of Admissions for your application status (undergraduate, graduate or international). Of the 5,271 students who applied in 2011, 62% were accepted, and 50% of those admitted enrolled, according to the NCES. More prospective Louisiana Tech students submitted ACT test scores (96%) than SAT scores (4%) that same year, and the middle 50% of composite ACT scores ranged from 21-26.

You're more than likely to receive some form of financial aid to meet costs for tuition, fees and living expenses. According to the NCES, 95% of the entering class in 2010 received financial aid. In addition to federal loans and grants, state grants and work-study opportunities, you may be eligible for a variety of merit-based scholarships. Since each of the five colleges administers their own scholarship programs, you may apply for scholarships offered by individual departments, as well as those offered by the university's general scholarship program.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) January 5 for scholarship eligibility*
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013-2014) April 1*
Admission Notification Date (2013-2014) Begin June 1****
Application Fee (2013-2014) $20*
Acceptance Rate (2011-2012) 62%**
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2011-2012) $16,390 for LA residents living on-campus; $23,515 for out-of-state students living on-campus**
Average Financial Aid Package (No year given) $7,078***
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011) 63%****
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $18,474****
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 7.9%**

Student Life at Louisiana Tech University

As a student at Louisiana Tech, you have the opportunity to join a vibrant Greek system. According to U.S. News & World Report, 5% of undergraduate men and 6% of undergraduate women are in fraternities and sororities. On-campus recreation provides you with a chance to relax, with options that include bowling, a fitness center, golf and paintball, as well as intramural and club sports. Additionally, you can cheer Bulldogs sports teams to victory; Louisiana Tech has 16 varsity sports that compete at the NCAA I division. If you're an outdoor enthusiast, you may also enjoy Ruston's multiple parks, lakes and mountain-biking trails.

The NCES reported that 88% of students in 2010 were from Louisiana. The remainder of its diverse student body hails from 44 states and 52 foreign countries, according to the school. The NCES further reported that 66% of the 2011 student body was white and 14% black or African American. You may choose to live off campus, like the majority of students, or you may apply for on-campus housing, in which about one-third of freshmen live, according to the College Board. U.S. News & World Report estimated that about 90% of students have cars on campus.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Rural
Student Population (2011-2012) 9,109 undergraduates; 2,409 graduate students**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011-2012) 52% to 48%**
% of Full Time Students (2011) 74%**
% of In-state Students (2011) 88%**
% of International Students (2011) 1%**
Retention Rate (2011) 74% for full-time and 12% for part-time students**
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living On Campus 15%***
Number of Libraries 1*
Extracurricular Activities Roughly 140***
Noteworthy Multiple multicultural groups and Greek houses

Sources: *Louisiana Tech University, **NCES, College Navigator, ***U.S. News & World Report, ****The College Board.

Contact Information

  • Address: Louisiana Tech University, 305 Wisteria Street, P.O. Box 3178, Ruston, LA 71272
  • Phone: (318) 257-3036 or 1-800-LATECH1