National accolades, institutional growth defined Tech in 2015

Dec 30, 2015 | General News

— Ten stories that framed university’s success and reputation over the past year —
National rankings and recognitions, growth in enrollments, and the development of new industry partnerships and programs are just some of the successes that helped to distinguish Louisiana Tech University in 2015.
2012 Alumni Christmas Party, Tuesday, 12/18/2012, President's Home, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA, (photo by Donny Crowe), Copyright:Louisiana Tech University.All Rights Reserved.( 318-257-4854In chronological order, here are ten of the most noteworthy institutional stories released this past year by Louisiana Tech’s Department of University Communications.
Louisiana Tech ranked among nation’s top public colleges by The Business Journals
Louisiana Tech University was one of only two institutions in the State of Louisiana to be ranked among the nation’s top 150 public colleges, according to The Business Journals’ 2015 Best Public Colleges in America list released in February. The Business Journals analyzed 484 four-year public colleges, using data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey as well as rankings by Forbes, Kiplinger, U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly.
Louisiana Tech ranked No. 1 again in ROI for both in-state and out-of-state students’s 2015 College ROI Report, released in March, ranked Louisiana Tech University No. 1 in the State of Louisiana among all public and private institutions in overall return on investment (ROI) for both in-state and out-of-state students. Louisiana Tech earned the state’s highest ranking in both annual percent ROI and 20-year net ROI for students living on campus and receiving financial aid, and who are paying in-state or out-of-state tuition. Louisiana Tech also ranked No. 13 in the nation (in-state tuition) in highest annual percent ROI for students living on-campus and receiving financial aid.
Louisiana Tech named a National Center of Academic Excellence for cyber education
In May, The National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated Louisiana Tech University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. Louisiana Tech is one of less than 50 comprehensive research universities in the United States and the only institution in the State of Louisiana to attain these designations.
Louisiana Tech, Cyber Innovation Center partner for Louisiana Tech Research Institute
With the anticipated growth in the region over the next decade, the leadership of the Cyber Innovation Center and Louisiana Tech formalized a new partnership in July with the creation of the Louisiana Tech Research Institute (LTRI). LTRI is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to promoting and advancing public/private partnerships, accelerating applied research and development, and the commercialization of technology in three fields: cyber, energy, and resiliency.
Louisiana Tech ranked No. 1 again in state in mid-career salaries for graduates
Graduates from Louisiana Tech University earn higher median mid-career salaries than graduates from any other university in Louisiana, according to’s 2015-2016 College Salary Report released in August. Louisiana Tech ranks No. 1 among Louisiana’s public and private institutions with mid-career graduates earning an average of $86,200 annually. Louisiana State University was second in the mid-career rankings with $85,600 and Southern University was third with $81,100. Tech also ranks No. 70 in the nation in median mid-career earnings among graduates from public institutions, and No. 91 in the nation among research universities.
Louisiana Tech University achieves record student enrollment
In a September announcement of its fall 2015 headcount, Louisiana Tech enrolled a record 12,414 students for the fall quarter – an increase of 1,143 or 10.1 percent over last year and eclipsing the previous record enrollment of 11,975 students set back in fall of 2003. Along with the record number of students attending Louisiana Tech, the quality of students in the freshman class was highlighted by an average ACT score of 24.5 – the third consecutive year that mark had been achieved or exceeded.
Louisiana Tech is No. 1 in nation among public universities for lowest average student debt
Students that graduate from Louisiana Tech University do so with the lowest average amount of student loan debt of any public national university in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 Best Colleges list. Louisiana Tech was the first public institution to appear on the list of National Universities with the least average amount of student debt at graduation and is sixth in the nation overall, joining the likes of Princeton University, California Institute of Technology, Brigham Young University, Yale University, Harvard University, Dartmouth College and the University of California-Berkley, in the top eight.
Louisiana Tech earns fifth consecutive Tier One national ranking from U.S. News & World Report
For the fifth straight year, Louisiana Tech University earned a Tier One ranking among “National Universities,” according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Colleges list released in September. Louisiana Tech, along with Tulane University and Louisiana State University, were the only institutions in the state to achieve a Tier One National Universities designation. Louisiana Tech improved its ranking over the previous year, moving up from 201 to 199 on the 2016 US News & World Report list.
Louisiana Tech’s reputation, graduate salaries earn it another national ranking
Louisiana Tech University is the sixth most underrated college in the nation, according to a list released in November of the 50 Most Underrated Colleges in America for 2015 by Business Insider, the Internet’s largest business news website. Business Insider compared U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of the best universities in the country with’s 2015-2016 College Salary Report, which ranks more than 1,000 colleges and universities, to calculate their rankings.
Kiplinger ranks Louisiana Tech among nation’s best college values
Kiplinger, the nation’s most recognized publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice, ranked Louisiana Tech University No. 1 in the state and No. 66 in the nation for in-state students at public institutions, in its Best College Values 2016 report released in December. Louisiana Tech also ranked No. 1 in Louisiana among public universities for out-of-state students and No. 80 nationally.
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