"From small beginnings come great things."
- American Proverb
Mission - Louisiana Tech University
As a selective-admissions, comprehensive public university, Louisiana Tech is committed to quality in teaching, research, creative activity, public service, and economic development. Louisiana Tech maintains as its highest priority the education and development of its students in a challenging, yet safe and supportive, community of learners. Louisiana Tech provides a technology-rich, interdisciplinary teaching, learning, and research environment to ensure student and faculty success.
Louisiana Tech is a four-year, selective admissions university awarding associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. As a comprehensive teaching and research university, you will interact with leading professors (even as a freshman) and get to do research as you explore career options. Of Louisiana Tech's 416 faculty members, more than 80 percent hold the doctoral or equivalent degree in their fields. Software engineers, newspaper editors, published authors, practicing architects and medical doctors all bring their expertise to the classroom to enhance learning.
Semester Hour / Quarter Calendar
Louisiana Tech University operates on a quarter calendar, but the unit of academic credit awarded is the semester hour. This is accomplished by increasing the amount of contact time per class meeting. For 3 hours of course credit, students attending classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will be in class for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Students attending classes on Tuesday and Thursday will be in class for 1 hour and 50 minutes. In contrast, on the semester calendar for 3 hours of course credit, students attending classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will be in class for 55 minutes. Students attending classes on Tuesday and Thursday will be in class for 1 hour and 30 minutes. An additional 20 minutes of class lecture allows us to adjust the 9 month academic calendar from 2 traditional semesters to 3 quarters.
The minimum number of hours an undergraduate student can take to be considered full-time is 8, the maximum being 12 for one quarter. On the semester system, the minimum number of hours an undergraduate student can take to be considered full-time is 12, the maximum being 18.
Division of Admissions, Orientation, Basic & Career Studies (Adobe PDF format)
General Education Requirements (Undecided Majors) (Adobe PDF format)
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