Life @ Tech
The Tech Experience
You've read the admission requirements, the deadlines, the statistics--but what does life as a student at Louisiana Tech University really look like? Of course nothing can compare to an actual visit to campus; but we'll try to bring you the next-best thing. This resource page contains information about all facets of life as a student at Louisiana Tech. Scroll down or click to skip down and learn more about academics, athletics, residential life, recreation, student life, the First-Year Experience, internships, study abroad, Ruston and our alumni.
Louisiana Tech knows that you are cut out for more than the four walls of a classroom. With an emphasis on teaming up faculty, students and the community, Louisiana Tech professors cross traditional teaching boundaries to engage you in hands-on learning. You will join a vibrant group of students who thrive in a challenging environment.
Louisiana Tech holds the Louisiana System's highest graduation rate (53%) and fastest time-to-completion rate for first-time, full-time baccalaureates (4.6 years). Check out the degree programs and majors we offer and see what Tech has in store for you!
- List of Degree Programs
- College of Applied and Natural Sciences
- College of Business
- College of Education
- College of Engineering and Science
- College of Liberal Arts
- Course Catalog
A member of Conference USA (C-USA) since 2013, Louisiana Tech has lots to brag about. For starters, how about the fact that 16 NCAA Division I varsity sports call Tech home? Or the stats that show our football players lead the state of Louisiana in graduation rates? Whether in our revamped Joe Aillet Stadium or in the remodeled Thomas Assembly Center, you'll have plenty of changes to sport your red and blue.
Louisiana Tech alumni include Karl Malone, Terry Bradshaw, P. J. Brown, Teresa Weatherspoon, Willie Roaf, and Fred Dean. We're also proud to say that the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters' basketball team has made 13 Final Four appearances and won 3 national championships! For more information on athletics, visit latechsports.com.
When you live in our residence halls, you'll have tons of fun with the coolest people on campus--your friends! The sense of community created through dorm life is an experience unique to college that you won't want to miss out on.
The residence halls feature one, two, and three-person rooms that are equipped with desks, high-speed internet, cable and community bathrooms that you never have to clean yourself. Louisiana Tech's Department of Residential Life encourages you to express yourself through your home away from home and allows you to paint your dorm room any color you choose.
Tech's visually stunning housing complexes, University Park and Park Place, offer two- and four-bedroom efficiency apartments. Leases cover rent, utilities, phone, cable TV and high-speed internet. The common areas between the apartments are perfect for crawfish boils and barbecues!
Getting hungry? With a swipe of your ID, you can eat in the buffet-style Cafe, customize a burger from Burger Studio, select from freshly-made sushi or pick up some Chick-fil-A. If you're looking to relax, you can surf the 'net in Tolliver Hall while sipping coffee from Java City and watching television on one of several plasma TVs.
Other on-campus perks include never having to find a parking spot before class; waking up at 7:55 for your 8:00 class and still making it on time; and not having to pay monthly bills (everything is paid in full at the beginning of the quarter!). And whether you're living in the dorms or University Park, your friends are always just a door's knock away!
Looking to work out to de-stress from classes? Ready to put together an intramural softball team? Just want to hang out by the pool? Louisiana Tech students get free use of Tech's newly-renovated and -expanded Lambright Sports and Wellness Center. The Lambright has basketball and racquetball courts, weight rooms, exercise equipment fitted with 15-inch flat-screen TVs, pool tables, paintball facilities, a bowling alley, an indoor lap swimming pool in addition to an outdoor pool, a rock-climbing wall and a cafe that serves Counter Culture frozen yogurt and other snacks. The Lambright also offers fitness classes and personal training, plus a variety of club and intramural sports.
Tech also has a golf course and tennis courts and is bordered by Garland Gregory Hideaway Park--a great place to picnic or test your hand at Frisbee golf. Visit the Recreation webpage for more information.
Your college experience revolves around student organizations that, like your classes, will help you learn more about your passions and goals in life. And you'll have fun doing it, whether you're singing a solo in a play, petitioning your fellow students during a Student Government Association meeting or perfecting your plie at a ballet recital. And if the club you want to belong to doesn't exist yet--you're welcome to start something new!
When you're not caught up in clubs, the Union Board, SGA and other organizations are always sponsoring some kind of awesome program. Some of Tech's annual entertainment highlights include Welcome Week, Spring Fling, Homecoming, Greek Week, the Miss Tech Pageant, concerts, comedians and theatrical and musical productions.
Click to learn more about our student organizations.
Louisiana Tech has created the First-Year Experience program specifically for you--the first-year student! The First-Year Experience focuses on giving the first-year student the resources and support needed to successfully transition into college. This program includes the Common Read, First-Year Convocation (pictured above) and the Medallion.
The First-Year Experience is your introduction to the tenets and traditions of Tech and something you'll have in common with all your fellow first-year students. To read more about the First-Year Experience, visit the FYE website.
There is no shortage of opportunities for Louisiana Tech students who wish to further enrich their college experience through an internship. Companies and organizations know that Louisiana Tech students are receiving a solid education and will be valuable as interns and potential future employees. Campus Career Fairs, held once in the fall around mid-September and once in the spring around early February, regularly draw over 100 potential employers seeking students for internships/co-ops, summer employment and full-time employment. The Career Center also hosts a career day especially for teachers, usually held in late spring.
Contact the department of your major to find out which organizations students in your major have interned for; or check out the most recent list of companies at the Career Fair.
Go out and see the world! We offer specialized study abroad courses through individual academic units at Louisiana Tech University. Some recent offerings include opportunities in Berlin (Architecture and History), Florence (Architecture and History), Costa Rica (Foreign Languages), London (English and Theatre) and Paris (Art). You can visit the study abroad page or talk to the department of the major you're interested in to find out about current study abroad opportunities!
Ruston, Louisiana, is the proud home of Louisiana Tech University. Ruston is situated in the north central part of the state off of Interstate 20, just 30 miles west of Monroe and 60 miles east of Shreveport. Ruston is a small city with a college town atmosphere. You'll live in a close-knit community that welcomes students with open arms. There are plenty of things to do in Ruston because so much is geared toward college students! Ruston is also a great town for networking and job placement and employs many Louisiana Tech graduates.
Ruston has more than 30 restaurants for your dining pleasure, plus a good selection of fast food restaurants. Shopping in Ruston's historic 18-block downtown district is full of unique shops selling clothing and antiques. If you need a shopping mall, Pecanland Mall in Monroe is only a 20-30 minute drive and will fulfill all your major department store and clothing needs.
Ruston also has a variety of churches to meet your worship needs. Many of the churches offer an Adopt-a-Student program, which connects you with a local family who will take care of you and occasionally fix you home-cooked meals!
There are several lakes around Ruston--Lake D'Arbonne, Lake Claiborne, Lake Bistineau, and Lake Caney. Going to the lakes is a fun break from campus; and many students have access to boats and tubes. These lakes are all within a 45-minute drive.
One of the most popular parks in the nation is right here in Ruston. Lincoln Parish Park has many miles of bike trails, running trails and picnic areas on a lake setting. You can fish and rent paddleboats and canoes. The Lincoln Parish Park also holds the national Xterra races, a triathlon event that draws world-class athletes.
If clubbing is your thing, there are several local clubs that host bands and karaoke nights. Ruston is known for getting great gigs in smaller venues: from the Goo Goo Dolls to Willie Nelson to Ingram Hill, there is always a concert around town
Louisiana Tech has a tight bond to its city. You'll like its comfortable, convenient size--not too big and not too small.
Louisiana Tech University continuously turns out some of the best and brightest politicians, businessmen, entertainers and athletes. A degree from Louisiana Tech University is more than a diploma to hang on the wall--it's a door opening to a world of opportunities. We've listed some of our most notable alumni below; for more information about Louisiana Tech alumni, visit the alumni webpage.
- Trace Adkins: Country music star who was named Top New Male Vocalist in 1997 by the Academy of Country Music Awards
- Leon Barmore: Winningest coach in the history of NCAA women's basketball; 4-time Hall of Famer
- Albert Bourland: President of Daimler-Benz Washington, Inc., manufacturers of Mercedes Benz
- Terry Bradshaw: 4-time Super Bowl champion quarterback and Hall of Famer; member of Fox NFL Sunday broadcast team
- Kix Brooks: Member of the award-winning country music duo, Brooks & Dunn, who have produced over twenty #1 hits
- John Caruthers, Jr.: President of Caruthers Producing Co., Inc. and president of the Seven States I-69 Mid-Continent Highway Coalition
- Fred Dean: Pro football Hall of Famer
- Rosemary Ellis: Executive Editor of Working Woman Magazine, Editor of Prevention Magazine, and Editor of Good Housekeeping Magazine
- Alice Fakier: First runner-up on HGTV's "Design Star"
- Cheryl Ford: 3-time WNBA Champion, 2003 WNBA Rookie of the Year
- Kim Gandy: President of the National Coalition of Women
- Sharilyn Gasaway: Chief Financial Officer of Alltel Corporation
- Karen Gordon: Founder and CEO of GTCI
- Karl Malone: Two-time NBA MVP, 14-time All-Star and the second leading scorer in the history of the league
- Michael McCallister: President/CEO of Humana Inc.
- Jim McCrery: U.S. Congressman from Louisiana
- Glen Post: President and CEO of Century Telephone Enterprises (CenturyTel)
- Joe D. Waggonner: Former U.S. Congressman for Louisiana
- Teresa Weatherspoon: Olympic Gold Medalist, 2-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year
- Charles Wyly: Vice Chairman of Sterling Software, Inc.; Founder of University Computing; Vice Chairman of Michael's Stores; Chairman of Communities Foundation of Texas
- Sam Wyly: Chairman of Sterling Software, Inc.; Chairman of Michael's Stores; Co-Founder of Green Mountain Energy