Ruston, LA, is the proud home of Louisiana Tech University, situated in the north central part of the state off Interstate 20. Ruston is 60 miles east of Shreveport and 30 miles west of Monroe.
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. It employs many Louisiana Tech graduates.
Ruston has more than 30 restaurants for your dining pleasure. (There is also a good selection of fast food restaurants.) Shopping in Ruston is a fun experience. Check out the downtown historical district for unique shops—clothing and antiques. If you need a shopping mall, Monroe is only a 20-30 minute drive. (Pecanland Mall has all your major department and clothing store needs.)
Ruston has a variety of churches that can 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. Many students have access to boats and tubes. Going to the lakes is a fun break from campus. 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 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
You’ll make lifelong friendships in Ruston. Louisiana Tech has a tight bond to its city. You’ll like its comfortable, convenient size—not too big, not too small.