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Louisiana Tech University

Established 1894
Type: Public coeducational
President: Daniel Reneau
Staff: 394
Undergraduates: 9,331
Postgraduates: 2,379
Location Ruston, LA, USA 32°31′47″N, 92°38′26″W
Campus: Rural
Nicknames: Bulldogs and Lady Techsters
Colors: Red & Reflex Blue           
Mascot: Tech XIX, a Bulldog and Champ
Website: www.latech.edu

Louisiana Tech University, located in Ruston, Louisiana is a coeducational public institution of higher learning with an approximate enrollment of 12,000 students. First instituted as the Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana in 1894, and then as Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1921, it is perhaps best known for its engineering programs and its athletics, especially women's basketball. Louisiana Tech has since 1970 been classified as a university and is attended by students from 50 states and 70 countries. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Louisiana Tech Universitys Logo File links The following pages link to this file: Louisiana Tech University ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... 1894 (MDCCCXCIV) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... This article is about work. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... The city of Ruston is the parish seat of Lincoln Parish, in the U.S. state of Louisiana. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Sign in a rural area in Dalarna, Sweden Qichun, a rural town in Hubei province, China Rural areas (also referred to as the country, countryside) are settled places outside towns and cities. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... For other uses, see Bulldog (disambiguation). ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... The city of Ruston is the parish seat of Lincoln Parish, in the U.S. state of Louisiana. ... Refers to a set of physical activities comprising sports and games. ... This article is about the sport. ... For the community in Florida, see University, Florida. ...

Louisiana Tech operates on the quarter system while awarding semester hours. Three quarters (fall, winter, spring) equal two semesters at other universities. Louisiana Tech operates a satellite campus at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City and maintains an academic relationship with Grambling State University, the area's historically African-American university located a few miles west of Ruston in Grambling. Barksdale Air Force Base is a United States military base near Bossier City, Louisiana. ... Bossier City is a city located in Bossier Parish, Louisiana. ... Grambling redirects here. ... Grambling is a town located in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana. ...



Louisiana Tech University (founded as the Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana) was created by Act 68 of the Acts of the State of Louisiana of 1894, established "for the education of the white children of the State of Louisiana in the arts and sciences" (Act 68, Section 1). Classes began September 5, 1895, with 202 students and five faculty members. The Industrial Institute conferred its first degree, a Bachelor of Industry, on 5 June 1897 to Harry Howard. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ...

After a short time, the name of the school was changed to Louisiana Industrial Institute. During its first decade, the school was limited to two structures, the main building or Old Main, and a mechanics building, but during the 1910s and 1920s, additional structures were built, including dormitories and a dining hall. In 1921, the state constitutional convention changed the name of the school to the Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, and gave it permission to grant the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

In 1927, the library had outgrown Old Main and was given its own building. During the 1930s, the South Campus was constructed for the School of Agriculture. In 1935, the first football stadium was completed. On January 6, 1936, Old Main burned to the ground. The modern library stands on its site.

During WWII, the school played host to several military organizations, including a Naval officer training unit.

In 1970, the school's named was changed again, to Louisiana Tech University, reflecting its new status as a doctorate granting institution.

During this time, the university constructed the 16-story Wyly Tower, named for two benefactors, alumni Charles Wyly and Sam Wyly of Dallas. The project architect was Hugh G. Parker of Monroe. Samuel Sam Wyly (b. ... Dallas redirects here. ... The city of Monroe is the parish seat of Ouachita Parish, in the US state of Louisiana. ...

Dr. Daniel Reneau has led the University as President since 1987 and the length of his tenure has now nearly equaled that of former longtime President F. Jay Taylor, who led the university through a period of expansion from 1962 through 1987.

Following Hurricane Katrina Louisiana Tech, like many other universities, opened its doors to those displaced by the storm. Students and non-students alike were welcomed into the Ruston community while the reconstruction efforts continued in southern Louisiana. Affected students were offered deferred tuition while non-students were allowed to stay in a dorm previously scheduled for demolition. Additionally, the Bulldog athletic program also opened up the football facilities including dorms, weight rooms, practice fields, and stadium to the Tulane Green Wave. This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2005. ... Tulane University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university located in New Orleans, Louisiana. ...



Louisiana Tech, a member of the University of Louisiana System, has recently moved up from the Fourth to the Third Tier in the prestigious US News & World Report listing of National Universities. The only other Louisiana public university to rate as highly is the much larger Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Requirements for admission for all applicants includes at least a 15 Composite ACT Score or a 710 combined SAT score, and at least a 2.0/4.0 high school grade point average. Louisiana Tech supports 394 faculty, 80% of whom hold the doctoral or equivalent degree. The University's program in Nanosystems Engineering has become very highly regarded by both industry and media on a national scale. On May 19, 2007, Louisiana Tech awarded the world's first Bachelor of Science, Nanosystems Engineering Degree to Joshua M. Brown (who simultaneously earned a BS in Electrical Engineering). The University of Louisiana System is one of four public University systems in Louisiana. ...


  • Business[1]

The College of Business is made up of the Departments of Accounting, Economics & Finance, Graduate Studies & Research, Management & Information Systems, and Marketing & Analysis. It grants the Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Business Administration, Business Economics, Finance, Computer Information Systems, Management/Business Management and Enterprise, Management/Human Resources, and Marketing. Through the Graduate School, it grants the Doctor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Professional Accountancy.

  • Engineering and Science[2]

The College of Engineering and Science has an interdisciplinary structure; as such, each faculty member may be associated with one or more degree programs within the College. It grants the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, Mechanical Engineering, Nanosystems Engineering, and Physics. Through the Graduate School, it grants the Master of Science in Engineering and Technology Management, Engineering, Microsystems Engineering, Molecular Science and Nanotechnology, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics.

The College of Engineering and Science also confers the Doctor of Philosophy in Computational Analysis and Modeling, Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering, with a joint MD/PhD program with the Louisiana State University at Shreveport Medical Center. Beginning in 2008, the College will also confer a PhD in Engineering Physics.

  • Education[3]

The College of Education is made up of the departments of Curriculum, Instruction and Leadership, Health and Exercise Science, and Psychological and Behavioral Sciences. It grants the Bachelor of Arts in Art Education, Educational Services, English Education, French Education, Social Studies Education, and Psychology. It grants the Bachelor of Science in Early/Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, Middle School Education Math and Science, Agriculture Education, Biology Education, Business Education, Chemistry Education, Earth Science Education, Mathematics Education, Physics Education, Speech Education, Speech, Language, and Hearing Therapy, Health and Physical Education, and Kinesiology and Health Promotion. It confers the Bachelor of Music Education (Instrumental or Vocal.)

Through the Graduate School, the College of Education confers the Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Leadership, the Master of Education in Education Leadership, and Education, the Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle School Education Mathematics, Middle School Education Science, Multiple Levels, and Special Education, the Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, and Health and Exercise Science, the Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance, Educational Psychology, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and the Doctor of Philosophy in COunceling Psychology.

  • Applied and Natural Sciences[4]

The College of Applied and Natural Sciences is made up of the Departments of Agricultural Science, Biological Sciences, Forestry, Health Information Management, Human Ecology, and Nursing. It confers the Associate of Science in Nursing, and the Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Environmental Science, Agricultural Business, Animal Science, Biology, Medical Technology, Geographic Information Science, Wildlife Conservation, Health Information Administration, Health Information Technology, Merchandising and Consumer Studies, Family and Child Studies, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and Nutrition and Dietetics.

Through the Graduate School, the College confers the Master of Science in Biology, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Master of Health Information Management.

  • Liberal Arts[5]

The College of Liberal Arts is made up of the Departments of Architecture, Art, History, Journalism, Literature and Language, Performing Arts, Professional Aviation, Social Science, and Speech. The College confers the Associate of General Studies, the Bachelor of General Studies, the Bachelor of Arts in History, Journalism, English, French, Spanish, Music, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, Speech, and Preprofessional Speech-Language Pathology, the Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Professional Aviation and Aviation Management, the Bachelor of Interior Design, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, and the Bachelor of Music.

Through the Graduate School, the college confers the Master of Architecture, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts in History, English, Speech, and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and the Doctor of Audiology.

Specialty programs

  • Program in Nanosystems Engineering[6]
  • Institute for Micromanufacturing[7]
  • Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Computational Analysis and Modeling[8]

Student life

Students can opt to participate in a Greek system, intramural athletics, or Student Government. For students interested in more focused activities, Louisiana Tech offers many special interest organizations. Among these are a student-run radio station and closed-circuit television station Louisiana TechTV, as well as service organizations such as Circle K International and Habitat for Humanity. The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Rotary International, Optimist International, or the Shriners. ... Template:Infobox University Network TechTV logo. ... Circle K International (CKI) is an international collegiate service organization associated with Kiwanis International. ... Official Habitat for Humanity logo Habitat for Humanity is an international, Christian, non-governmental, non-profit organization devoted to building quality, low-cost, affordable housing. ...

Louisiana Tech requires students to live on campus for 7 quarters or 80 credit hours, in turn coming to a little over two years, unless deemed a commuter. Housing is an issue on campus, and a building program is underway to move from traditional dormitories to apartment-style complexes. The first of these, University Park, was opened in 2005 and houses up to 450 students.

Air Force ROTC Sessions

Since 2006, Louisiana Tech has played host to Summer Leadership School for Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from public school systems all over the United States. It is operated by normal USAF retirees, but mostly by college level Cadet Training Officers. These sessions are held towards the end of the month of June for nine days. U.S. Air Force R.O.T.C. shield // One of the three commissioning sources for officers in the United States Air Force, the other two being the Air Force Academy and Officer Training School. ... Seal of the Air Force. ... For other uses, see June (disambiguation). ...


Currently Louisiana Tech sponsors men's intercollegiate baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor track and outdoor track along with women's intercollegiate basketball, bowling, indoor track, outdoor track, volleyball, soccer, softball and tennis.

Louisiana Tech currently competes as a NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision institution in the Western Athletic Conference. The football team has competed at the Division I FBS level since 1989 after previously competing at both the Division I Football Championship Subdivision and Division II levels. Notable alumni, including Charles Wyly, Karl Malone, and Terry Bradshaw, have made significant donations to enhance Tech's athletic facilities and sense of insitutional sports history. UTs Bevo with the BCS Division I-A National Championship trophy in an ESPN College GameDay broadcast. ... The Western Athletic Conference (commonly referred to as the WAC, pronounced wack) was formed on July 27, 1962, making it the sixth oldest of the 11 college athletic conferences currently participating in the NCAAs Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS; formerly Division I-A). ... This article is about the NCAA division. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Terry Paxton Bradshaw (born September 2, 1948), is a former American football quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League (NFL). ...

The women's basketball program is notable for having won several NCAA national championships, including a title in the first NCAA National Women's Basketball Championship in 1982. The Lady Techsters most recent title came in 1988. Until they failed to make the 2007 tournament the Lady Techsters had participated in every NCAA postseason women's basketball tournament going back to 1982. The 2007 NCAA Womens Division I Basketball Championships will commence March 17, 2007 and conclude April 3 of that same year. ...

Notable people

Presidents of Louisiana Tech University This is a list of people who have served as president of Louisiana Tech University, via the Louisiana Tech Department of Special Colletions, Archives, and Manuscripts. ...

List of Louisiana Tech University alumni This is a list of people who attended Louisiana Tech University. ...

See also

The Louisiana Tech University Arboretum (50 acres) is located on the South Campus of the Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. ...

External links

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