Louisiana Tech University, located in Ruston, Louisiana, is a full fledged public university with an average 12,000 - 14,000 students each year. First instituted as Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1894, it is perhaps best known now for its engineering and art programs and its women's athletics, especially basketball. Its men's sports teams are known as Bulldogs; women's teams are called Lady Techsters. Famous alumni include Terry Bradshaw, Karl Malone, and Kix Brooks.
It has received notoriety for its aviation program. Victor Saracini, captain of United Airlines Flight 175 that flew into the south tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11, was a student at Louisiana Tech in 1982.
The current president of the university is Dr. Daniel Reneau, who also began the biomedical engineering program at Tech when he was a professor in 1972.
Louisiana Tech is a selective-admissions university and is attended by students from 50 states and 70 countries. It runs on the quarter system, rather than the widely used semester system.
Louisiana Tech's colors are Red and Reflex Blue, formerly Carolina Blue.
LouisianaTechUniversity is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees.
LouisianaTechUniversity has five academic colleges: College of Administration and Business; College of Applied and Natural Sciences; College of Education; College of Engineering and Science; and College of Liberal Arts.
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