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Louisiana Tech University
Motto Non Sibi Sed Suis
Motto in English Not for one's self,
but for one's own
Established 1894
Type Public
Endowment $53,407,768
President Daniel Reneau
Faculty 504
Students 11,289
Undergraduates 8,759
Postgraduates 2,530
Location Ruston, LA, USA
Campus Rural
Colors      Tech Blue
Nickname Bulldogs
Lady Techsters
Mascot Tech XX
Affiliations SACS
Website www.latech.edu

Louisiana Tech University, also known as Louisiana Tech or LaTech, is located in Ruston, Louisiana and is a public coeducational institution of higher learning with an enrollment of 11,289 students in the 09-10 year.[1] Louisiana Tech was first instituted as the Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana in 1894, then as Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1921, and finally as Louisiana Tech University in 1970.[citation needed] The University is perhaps best known for its engineering programs and its athletics, especially men's football and women's basketball. Louisiana Tech is attended by students from 46 states and 68 countries.[2] Louisiana Tech operates on the quarter system while awarding semester hours: three quarters (fall, winter, spring) equal two semesters at other universities. Louisiana Tech operates a satellite campus at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, and also maintains a strong Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Detachment 305 [3].

Louisiana Tech fields 16 varsity NCAA Division I sports teams (7 men's, 9 women's teams) and has been a member of the Western Athletic Conference since 2001. The Lady Techsters Basketball team has three national championship titles (1981, 1982, 1988) and 13 Final Four appearances.



Louisiana Tech presidents
A. T. Prescott 1895-1899
W. C. Robinson 1900-1901
James B. Aswell 1900-1904
W. E. Taylor 1904-1905
C. E. Byrd 1906-1907
J. E. Keeny 1908-1926
John R. Conniff 1927-1928
George W. Bond 1929-1936
E.S. Richardson 1936-1941
Claybrook Cottingham 1941-1949
R. L. Ropp 1950-1962
F. Jay Taylor 1962-1987
Daniel D. Reneau 1988-Present

In the Spring of 1894, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury held a special session to take the steps necessary to secure an Industrial School for Lincoln Parish for which the next session of the state Legislature would probably provide. The minutes of the special session, held on May 14, 1894, called upon the Parish Representative, George M. Lomax, and Senators to secure a school for the parish. When Representative Lomax left Ruston for the legislative session, he carried the resolution from the Police Jury proposing a school. Representative Lomax, Jackson Parish Representative J. T. M. Hancock, and Judge J. B. Holstead fought hard for the passage of the bill. After several weeks, it was approved as Act Number 68 of the General Assembly of Louisiana on July 6, 1894 [4]. Although Ruston was only ten years old, the thought of establishing a school in Ruston had finally come to fruition. The Act established a first class Industrial Institute and College in north Louisiana in the arts and sciences, which was given the name The Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana to be located in Ruston, Louisiana. Control of the school was entrusted to a Board of Trustees, which elected Colonel Arthur T. Prescott of Baton Rouge as the first president of the college.

Colonel Prescott quickly moved to Ruston and began overseeing the construction of a two-story main building. The brick building housed eight large classrooms, an auditorium, a chemical laboratory, and two offices. A frame building was also built nearby and was used for the instruction of mechanics. The Main Building was located on a plot of twenty acres that was donated to the school by Francis P. Stubbs. The original entrance to the campus was marked by four brick columns in front of the building. On September 23, 1895, school was in session. The Main Building, a.k.a. Old Main, burned to the ground in 1936, but the columns that marked the entrance are still there behind Prescott Memorial Library. By June, construction on a new administration building had begun and was completed in January 1937. Although first called Leche Hall, the building was renamed after the death of former university president, J. E. Keeny.

The first year, there were only six faculty members and 202 students from twenty-two parishes. The Act states that students were to acquire “academic and literary education, together with a knowledge of kindergarten instruction; of telegraphy, stenography, and phonography; of drawing, painting, designing and engraving in their industrial application; also a knowledge of fancy, practical and general needlework; also a knowledge of bookkeeping; and agricultural and mechanical art,” as well as any other industry that would prepare the male and female students for the practical industries of the age. Being the only state college in North Louisiana, admission requirements were lenient. Applicants for admission to the general preparatory class were required to be 14 years old and be able to read, write, speak and spell with “tolerable correctness.” The curriculum of the day consisted of required course work in the standard arts and sciences, as well as electives in technical subjects. These included: the study of mechanics and industrial arts, domestic science, horticulture, bookkeeping, stenography, typewriting, telegraphy and printing. By popular demand, music lessons in piano, voice and violin were later offered. In May, 1897, Harry Howard became the first graduate. Colonel Prescott awarded him with a Bachelor of Industry degree, but there was no formal commencement. The first formal commencement was held in the Ruston Opera House the following May with ten graduates receiving their diplomas.

Article 256 of the 1898 state constitution changed the school’s name to Louisiana Industrial Institute [5]. Two years later, the course of study was reorganized into two years of preparatory work and three years of college level courses. Students who were high school graduates were admitted to the seventh quarter (college level) of study without examination. As years went by, courses changed and admissions requirements tightened. From 1917-1925, several curricula were organized according to the junior college standards and were offered as Bachelors of Industry. In 1919, the Board of Trustees enlarged the curricula and started granting a standard baccalaureate degree. The first of these was granted on June 15, 1921, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. The Constitution adopted June 18, 1921, changed the name of the school in Article XII, Section 9, from Louisiana Industrial Institute to Louisiana Polytechnic Institute [6]. Although unofficially called Louisiana Tech since the 1920s, the moniker eventually stuck in 1970 when the school became known as what it is today, Louisiana Tech University.

A few classes deserve special attention. The first is the Class of 1905, which began issuing the annual yearbook, Lagniappe. Copies of every Lagniappe are housed in the University Archives in Prescott Memorial Library, as well as other interesting items of historical significance. Another class of importance is the Class of 1959, in which four students were awarded the first Masters Degrees by the institution. Three Masters of Science and one Master of Arts were conferred by the School of Education on June 1, 1959. The first doctorate was awarded twelve years later in 1971, a Doctorate of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering. To this day, Tech continues to make history. On May 19, 2007, Louisiana Tech University became the first in the world to award a Bachelor of Science in Nanosystems Engineering.

Since 1894, Louisiana Tech has continuously increased its admissions requirements. It became a selective admissions university in 1992. This has paid dividends for Tech, as it now has one of the highest graduation and retention rates in the state. Not only has this helped the current students, but it has also increased the value of degrees of alumni. As of May 2009, Louisiana Tech has awarded over 87,700 degrees.

Louisiana Tech operates a satellite campus at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, and also maintains a strong Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Detachment 305 [7] on its main campus in Ruston which works closly with Barksdale in Bossier City, University of Louisiana Monroe, Northwestern State University, and Grambling State University.

A list of people who have served as president of Louisiana Tech University, via the Louisiana Tech Department of Special Collections, Archives, and Manuscripts is available here [8].

University Campus

Louisiana Tech is home to over 80 buildings, including the new Biomedical Engineering and Aviation buildings, and a South campus which is home to the Tech farm. Tech also hosts the A.E. Phillips Lab School, which is an elementary school on the university campus.

The campus also features the Centennial Plaza and Clock Tower, the Lady of the Mist statue located in the Quad, and the Bulldog sitting in the Student Center. The campus also is host to the Idea Place [9], A.E. Phillips Lab School [10], and the Waggonner Center [11]. The university campus also is paved with bricks with names of students who have graduated from Tech. Each student who graduates receives a brick paved into a walkway with their name engraved on it. The University continuously lays bricks, and binds together Tech alumni of long past, new graduates and future graduates.

Louisiana Tech has two prominent student centers on campus. The Wisteria Student Center is home to the LA Tech Cafe, several small restaurants including Chick-fil-a and Burger King, the TONK, a large eating and social area, and a statue of Champ the Bulldog which students pet its head for good luck. The Tolliver Center is also located in the plaza and is home to the LA Tech SGA, Union Board, Greek Life Offices, small restaurants, a coffee shop, the post office and a large social area.

In Fall Quarter 2009, the University broke ground on the new Enterprise Campus [12] which will expand the campus by 50 acres upon completion. The Enterprise Campus will be a green building project and will be a research facility available to technology companies and businesses. The Enterprise campus will also try to bridge the Engineering and Business colleges with the addition of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center (EIC) [13]. Parts of the Enterprise Campus will be completed as early as Summer 2010.



Student body

Champ - Louisiana Tech mascot.

The Louisiana Tech student body is composed of 11,289 students from 46 states and 64 countries [14] with students pursuing degrees from five different colleges within the university. Colleges include Applied and Natural Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering and Sciences, and Liberal Arts. Louisiana residents make up 85% of the student population.

The 2009 freshman class at Louisiana Tech set new prospects for the institution. Nearly 1,507 first-time freshmen posted an average 23.5 ACT score, with 20.8% scoring between 27-36, and 44.5% between 22-26 [15]. The university boasts 19 National merit Scholars with five coming from the 2009 freshman class alone. Eighty percent of the 2009 freshman class was TOPS eligible [16].

Louisiana Tech is a secular university, but a large part of the student body is known for being religious and also conservative. Many religious organizations such as the Wesley Foundation and the Baptist Collegiate Ministries are large on campus.


  • 1st: Best public university in Louisiana by Washington Monthly[17]
  • 1st: Top school with best out-of-state costs by Kiplinger's Magazine[18]
  • 1st: Top school with best out-of-state costs after aid Kiplinger's Magazine[19]
  • 2nd: Highest rated professors of all U.S. colleges and universities by RateMyProfessors.com[20]
  • 3rd: Best micro- and nanotechnology education program by Small Times Magazine[21]
  • 3rd: Tier national university by US News & World Report[22]
  • 7th: Best institution in nanotechnology commercialization in the nation[23]
  • 10th: Best institution in graduating students with the least amount of debt
  • 92nd: Best value in public colleges and universities by Kiplinger's Magazine[24]


Applied and Natural Sciences

The College of Applied and Natural Sciences is made up of the Departments of Agricultural Science, Biological Sciences, Forestry, Health Information Management, Human Ecology, and Nursing. It confers the Associate of Science in Nursing, and the Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Environmental Science, Agricultural Business, Animal Science, Biology, Medical Technology, Geographic Information Science, Wildlife Conservation, Health Information Administration, Health Information Technology, Merchandising and Consumer Studies, Family and Child Studies, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and Nutrition and Dietetics.

Through the Graduate School, the College confers the Master of Science in Biology, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Master of Health Information Management.[25]


The College of Business comprises the Departments of Accounting, Economics & Finance, Graduate Studies & Research, Management & Information Systems, and Marketing & Analysis. It grants the Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Business Administration, Business Economics, Finance, Computer Information Systems, Management/Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Management/Human Resources, and Marketing. Through the Graduate School, it grants the Doctor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Professional Accountancy.

Louisiana Tech College of Business also houses Academy of Marketing Science. Academy of Marketing Science is the premier body of both national and international marketing scholars. Academy of Marketing Science publishes the top marketing journal -"The Journal of Academy of Marketing Science". College of Business has one of the strongest professional selling and sales management scholarship. [26]


The College of Education is made up of the departments of Curriculum, Instruction and Leadership, Kinesiology, and Psychological and Behavioral Sciences. It grants the Bachelor of Arts in Art Education, Educational Services, English Education, French Education, Social Studies Education, and Psychology. It grants the Bachelor of Science in Early/Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, Middle School Education Math and Science, Agriculture Education, Biology Education, Business Education, Chemistry Education, Earth Science Education, Mathematics Education, Physics Education, Speech Education, Speech, Language, and Hearing Therapy, Health and Physical Education, and Kinesiology and Health Promotion. It confers the Bachelor of Music Education (Instrumental or Vocal.)

Through the Graduate School, the College of Education confers the Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Leadership, the Master of Education in Education Leadership, and Education, the Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle School Education Mathematics, Middle School Education Science, Multiple Levels, and Special Education, the Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, and Kinesiology, the Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance, Educational Psychology, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology (accredited by the American Psychological Association[27]). In the fall of 2009, the college will also offer the Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.[28]

Engineering and Science

The College of Engineering and Science has an interdisciplinary structure; as such, each faculty member may be associated with one or more degree programs within the College. It grants the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, Mechanical Engineering, Nanosystems Engineering, and Physics. Through the Graduate School, it grants the Master of Science in Engineering and Technology Management, Engineering, Microsystems Engineering, Molecular Science and Nanotechnology, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics.

The College of Engineering and Science also confers the Doctor of Philosophy in Computational Analysis and Modeling, Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering, with a joint MD/PhD program with the Louisiana State University at Shreveport Medical Center. Beginning in 2008, the College will also confer a PhD in Engineering Physics.[29]

Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts is made up of the Departments of Architecture, Art, History, Journalism, Literature and Language, Performing Arts, Professional Aviation, Social Science, and Speech. The College confers the Associate of General Studies, the Bachelor of General Studies, the Bachelor of Arts in History, Journalism, English, French, Spanish, Music, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, Speech, and Preprofessional Speech-Language Pathology, the Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Professional Aviation and Aviation Management, the Bachelor of Interior Design, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, and the Bachelor of Music.

Through the Graduate School, the college confers the Master of Architecture, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts in History, English, Speech, and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and the Doctor of Audiology.[30]

Student life

Louisiana Tech has over 163 officially recognized student organizations.[31] Students can opt to participate in Student Government, Union Board, The Tech Talk, Louisiana TechTV, Lagniappe, Greek, religious, honor, service, spirit, intramurals, club sports, pre-professional, and special interest organizations.

Louisiana Tech's local radio station is KLPI.

Louisiana Tech and neighboring Grambling State University operate an ROTC exchange program. Louisiana Tech operates the Air Force ROTC while Grambling operates the Army ROTC, and students from either school may participate in either program.

Since 2006, Louisiana Tech has played host to Summer Leadership School for Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from public school systems all over the United States. It is operated by normal USAF retirees, but mostly by college level Cadet Training Officers. These sessions are held towards the end of the month of June for nine days.


Louisiana Tech requires students to live on campus for 7 quarters or 80 credit hours, in turn coming to a little over two years, unless deemed a commuter. Housing is an issue on campus, and a building program is underway to move from traditional dormitories to apartment-style complexes. The first of these, University Park, was opened in 2005 and houses up to 450 students. The second phase, known as University Park 2 (UP2) opened for the Fall 2008 quarter. The third phase, Park Place, opened fall quarter of 2009.

Residence Halls at Louisiana Tech University:

  • Adams - Women/Freshman/Upperclassmen
  • Aswell - Women/Freshman/Upperclassmen
  • Carauthers - Men, vacant, and set for demolition
  • Cottingham - Men/Freshman/Upperclassmen
  • Dudley - Women/Freshman/Upperclassmen
  • Harper - Women/Suite Bathrooms/Freshman/Upperclassmen
  • Graham - Men/Honors Dorm/Freshman/Upperclassmen
  • Mitchell - Men/Freshman/Upperclassmen
  • Neilson - Men, vacant, and set for demolition
  • Pearce - Men/Freshman/Upperclassmen
  • Park Place - University Apartments/Freshman/Upperclassmen
  • University Park - University Apartments/Freshman/Upperclassmen

Greek life

Louisiana Tech has over 20 Greek organizations which promote community service, philanthropy, and university involvement. They participate in University activities including Step Show, Homecoming events, the Big Event, and Bulldog football tailgating at Hidaway Park.

Fraternities National Pan-Hellenic Council Pan-Hellenic Council


Currently Louisiana Tech sponsors men's intercollegiate baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor track and outdoor track along with women's intercollegiate basketball, bowling, indoor track, outdoor track, volleyball, soccer, softball and tennis.

Notable alumni, including Charles Wyly, Willie Roaf, Karl Malone, and Terry Bradshaw, have made significant donations to enhance Tech's athletic facilities and sense of institutional sports history. Recent years have significant investment in the athletics physical plant, including renovations to the football stadium, the basketball arena, the baseball diamond, track, etc.

Louisiana Tech's historical rivals include Northwestern State University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, though it is of note that the Bulldogs have largely sacrificed all of these rivalries in the name of seeking higher profile conference affiliations and greater national prominence for their programs.


Louisiana Tech currently competes as an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision institution in the Western Athletic Conference. The football team has competed at the Division I FBS level since 1989 after previously competing at both the Division I Football Championship Subdivision and Division II levels. The current head coach is former University of Arizona offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes. Son of former Texas Tech head coach Spike Dykes, Sonny also coached under Mike Leach at Texas Tech. The Bulldogs play at historic Joe Aillet Stadium.

Men's basketball

Women's Basketball

The women's basketball program is notable for having won three national championships, including a title in the first NCAA National Women's Basketball Championship in 1982. The Lady Techsters' most recent title came in 1988. Until they failed to make the 2007 tournament the Lady Techsters had participated in every NCAA postseason women's basketball tournament going back to 1982. Alumnae of the program include WNBA All-Stars Teresa Weatherspoon, Betty Lennox, and Cheryl Ford, as well as Kim Mulkey, the first (and, as of 2009, the only) woman to have won NCAA Division I basketball titles as a player and head coach.

Both the Men's and Women's Basketball teams play at the Thomas Assembly Center.


Lady of the Mist

Lady of the Mist.

In the midst of a fountain in the quadrangle, the Lady of the Mist is a landmark of the Louisiana Tech campus. In 1938, the Lady was funded by the campus's young Panhellenic System - the sororities on campus. The sculpture was specifically located to welcome all to the campus as through the columns that stand north of Prescott Memorial Library, which served as Tech's main entrance. The statue was the idea of two Tech faculty members - Mary Moffett and Elizabeth Bethea. The inscription on the Lady states that she symbolizes "Alma Mater," welcoming new students and bidding farewell to graduates. She symbolizes a hope that Tech graduates will fulfill their ambitions and their highest callings.[32]

Tech XX.

Legend of the Bulldog

In the autumn of 1899, five Tech students returned home from school. They came upon an old, hungry bulldog sitting under a tree. The boys fed the dog with what food they had and continued their journey. When they finally reached their destination, however, they found that the dog had followed them. Being sensitive young men, they sought permission for the dog to stay the night, and the landlord agreed - if the animal remained in the kitchen. That night the house caught fire. Their overnight guest was the first to awaken. The dog ran from room to room, rousing everyone in the building. Then, after all the other occupants had made their way to safety, one boy remained inside. The bulldog re-entered the smoke-filled house in an apparent attempt to rescue him, not realizing the boy had escaped in a different direction. After the fire was extinguished and smoke had finally cleared, the boys went inside to see if the dog had indeed made it out to safety. But when they entered, they found the lifeless bulldog lying in an unburned corner of one room. He had died from the smoke and the heat. Naturally, the young men were shaken due to the death of their new friend. So they picked him up and carried him to the place they had found him the previous day. They then dug a grave and wrapped him in two jackets - one red and the other blue. When the boys returned to school and related their story, the whole campus mourned the death of the homeless dog. The dog with no name had found a place in the hearts of Tech students. Two years later, Tech organized a football team and decided the team needed not only school colors, but a mascot. A unanimous decision was reached as the bulldog, the first hero of Tech, was given the honor.[33]

Alma mater

O Tech, thy halls so beautiful,
Thy pleasant walks, thy noble trees,
That charmed me in my college days,
Are ever dear to me.

Louisiana Tech I love thee,
My Alma Mater, my Alma Mater;
I will ever loyal be
To thee, my Alma Mater.

Those old Tech days, those joyful days,
So cherished in my memory,
Though days of toil, in many ways
Were happy days and free.

Fight song

Fight! Fight! Fight! For ole red and blue!
Show your might and we'll root for you!

Get on your toes when you meet your foes,
and don't let them break through!


Hit those lines like good ole canines!
Break through for a touchdown or two!

Hold up your chin and let's all go in
to win for the red and blue!'

Notable alumni

Some of Louisiana Tech's notable alumni include:

See also

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