Louisiana Tech breaks record for most first-time freshmen

Sep 20, 2023 | General News, Students

Louisiana Tech University has begun the 2023-24 academic year by welcoming the largest class of first-time freshmen in school history. This record-breaking group of students is 2,268 strong, representing a 27.8 percent increase from the previous year.

The University’s academic programs, faculty, and campus community have continued to attract students seeking an unparalleled educational experience, and the freshman class reflects the desirability of Louisiana Tech as a top-tier institution. Tech’s investment in modern facilities, research opportunities, and student services has contributed to its rising enrollment.

“This milestone is not just about the numbers; it’s about the potential and aspirations of the students we serve,” said Dr. Les Guice, President of Louisiana Tech. “This University has always been a place of innovation and opportunity. As we welcome our largest-ever freshman class, we reaffirm our commitment to providing accessible, quality education and fostering academic excellence.”

Overall, total enrollment for the 23-24 year stands at 11,612, up 5.2 percent over last year and the highest number since the COVID pandemic negatively affected university enrollment totals nationwide.

As the campus continues to evolve, including the expansion of the Enterprise Campus that aims to seamlessly connect the main campus to Downtown Ruston, the University is focused on matching the growing student body’s needs into the near future and beyond.

The record freshman enrollment follows the release of multiple significant rankings for Louisiana Tech. U.S. News & World Report named Louisiana Tech as a Top Tier National University for the 13th consecutive year in its 2024 Best Colleges list. Tech was also ranked as the state’s Top Public University, Best Value College, and Best College for Business by Niche.