Louisiana Tech University
Louisiana Tech University began in 1894 with the founding of the Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana. The college was founded in an effort to develop an industrial economy in Louisiana following the Civil War. At the time, there were only two notable universities in the state, Tulane and Louisiana State, although there were smaller, private institutions throughout Louisiana. In 1894, one year after fire destroyed Ruston College, a small institution in the area, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury held a special session to establish an institute of higher learning designed to offer industrial training in Lincoln Parish. The group decided to present plans for the new college at the upcoming session of the Louisiana State Legislature. In 1894, a bill was passed to establish the Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana, a school that would educate "white children of the state in arts and sciences."
Initially, the college oared telegraphy, stenography, drawing, industrial applications of designing and engraving, needlework and bookkeeping. Initial admission standards were lax as students were admitted if they were fourteen years old and able to read, write, speak and spell with "tolerable correctness." Francis P. Stubbs donated 20 acres of land and $20,000 was provided to fund the school from the Louisiana Legislature, Lincoln Parish and the City of Ruston. The first building completed was the Old Main Building, housing classrooms, an auditorium, laboratory and offices. The school's first library was located in a reading room in Old Main using tables, chairs and 125 books donated from the personal collection of Colonel Arthur T. Prescott, the first president of the school.
In 1898, the school was renamed the Louisiana Industrial Institute. Early on, the school struggled financially as well as political disagreements among administrators. Although student enrollment grew steadily, frequent changes in leadership and faculty caused unrest at the school. Inadequate state support led to low salaries, causing much of the turnover at the school. From 1899 to 1907, four presidents were installed at the institution with only one of them serving more than two years.
In 1900, the school was reorganized into two years of preparatory work and three years of college-level courses. After students completed the preparatory work, they could choose general business, mechanical or domestic science pathways for their three-year program. High school graduates were able to skip the two-year preparatory program without examination. In 1905, the age of admittance was raised to 15 years for women. Men were required to be 16 to enter first year, 15 to enter second year and 14 to enter third year. By 1909, men had to be 16 years old to enter any year of study.
In 1921, the name of the school was changed to Louisiana Polytechnic Institute and the school was once again reorganized into three sections – School of Engineering, School of Education and School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. By the mid-1930s, enrollment had grown by 60 percent while state funding had only increased by 17 percent. Accreditation for the school was at risk when the accrediting agency placed the school on probation due to a high student to teacher ratio, crowded classrooms and a library that failed to meet minimum standards. Male students were being denied entry into the agricultural department as there were not adequate farm facilities. The School of Engineering budget was decreased significantly despite an increase in enrollment at the school of 268 percent.
In 1936, a fire destroyed the Old Main Building. Minimal additional funding from the state legislature improved the school's standing and some of the funding was used to reconstruct the building. It was named after Richard W. Leche, the Governor of Louisiana who was instrumental in getting funding for the school. The building was renamed in 1940 after John Keeny, former president of the school who had died the previous year and to avoid connection with Governor Leche who had been involved in the Louisiana Scandals of 1939.
Funding remained a problem for the school until leaders applied for federal funds through the New Deal. Eventually, the school obtained $2 million in funding to be used to construct new campus buildings.
Today, more than 12,000 students attend Louisiana Tech and the school is known as a selective admissions, comprehensive public university.
Louisiana Tech University Accreditation Details
Louisiana Tech University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Accreditation demonstrates that the university meets or exceeds criteria set forth by the accrediting agency that indicate excellence in higher education. In addition, programs throughout the college are accredited by the following industry-specific agencies and organizations:
- AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
- Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Society of American Foresters
- American Chemical Society
- American Psychological Association
- Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI)
- Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of The American Dietetic Association
- Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
- Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
- Council for Accreditation of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
- Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
- Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
- Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET
- International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. (IACS)
- National Academy of Early Childhood Programs Division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
- National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
- National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
Louisiana Tech University Admissions Requirements
Freshmen who wish to attend Louisiana Tech University who live in the state of Louisiana must complete the Regents Core 19 unit requirement for high school students. Applicants must have a GPA in the Regents' Core of 2.5 with a minimum overall ACT of 15 or SAT of 450 in English and 460 in Math. Students who live outside of Louisiana must have an ACT composite score of 26 or SAT subscores of 450 in English and 460 in Math as well as a high school GPA o 2.0. Students must also have completed the equivalent of the Regents' Core while attending high school. Official high school transcripts and test scores must be provided.
Students who have earned 24 hours of college credit with a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher must submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Students must be in good standing with the current college they are attending and a maximum of 68 credit hours may be transferred. Students who have earned less than 24 credit hours must meet admissions standards for first-time freshmen.
Graduate students must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.25 although most programs require a GPA of 2.5 for admission. Students must provide official GRE, GMAT or PRAXIS I and II scores. Letters of recommendation are also required.
Louisiana Tech University Tuition and Financial Aid
Undergraduate tuition for both on campus and online courses is $898 per credit hour for both in-state and out-of-state students. Graduate tuition for both on campus and online courses is $957 per credit hour for both in-state and out-of-state students.
Financial aid is available through the Office of Financial Aid. Students may be eligible for grants, scholarships, work-study or loans. Students must complete the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify for any assistance at Louisiana Tech.
Louisiana Tech University Degree(s) Available
Students who enter the Civil Engineering program at Louisiana Tech are provided knowledge in design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure, both man-made and natural. Students learn to apply knowledge of mathematics and physical science to develop methods that efficiently use natural resources and nature to improve human life while also protecting the environment. Students are provided tools for designing and conducting experiments as well as knowledge on how to analyze and interpret data from those experiments. Students are able to design a system, component or process that meets needs within realistic constraints that include economic, environmental, social, political, ethical and other factors. Students are provided team-work skills as well as oral and written communication skills. Students are taught ethical and professional responsibility with an understanding of global, economic, environmental and societal contexts.
Louisiana Tech University offers an undergraduate degree in History that requires 30 semester hours in history courses. Each history major must choose a minor that requires 21 semester hours in a related field and that is approved by their adviser. Students develop a strong understanding of world history as well as methods for preserving history. Students are provided knowledge in research, documentation and preservation. Students are prepared for positions in which historical knowledge, habits of mind and skills such as research, analysis and communication are valued. Students are also prepared to teach, for governmental service and for positions related to the legal field.
Louisiana Tech University offers many programs in a completely online format that allow students who may have work, family or social obligations that prevent them from attending traditional classrooms achieve their higher education goals.