The excellence of Lawrence Technological University’s programs is recognized by independent comparative guidebooks and other organizations: U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges, Princeton Review, PayScale, G.I. Jobs, and the Association of Independent Technological Universities.
U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges 2015
Lawrence Technological University ranked within the Top Tier of U.S. News’ America’s Best Colleges rankings for 2015. Within its classification of Regional Universities-Midwest, Lawrence Tech ranks 54th of 109 colleges and universities listed, including ties. Lawrence Tech has consistently ranked in the top tier of its category since the early 1990s.
LTU’s College of Engineering moved up significantly in the rankings of best undergraduate programs for engineering in the U.S., from 41st last year to 23rd in 2015. The U.S. News engineering rankings are based solely on the judgments of deans and senior faculty at peer institutions.
Lawrence Tech's online programs were ranked among the best in the 2014 national survey by U.S. News & World Report. The survey rated online programs on factors such as best practices, graduation rates, student indebtedness, and academic and career support services offered to students.
U.S. News & World Report also listed LTU as one of the Best Colleges for Veterans in the Midwest in 2015. The rankings provide data and information on schools that help veterans and active service members pursue a college education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and offer federal benefits, including tuition and housing assistance.
Lawrence Technological University has earned the “Best in the Midwest” designation for the sixth year in a row from The Princeton Review, based on academic excellence and a student survey. Lawrence Tech was among the 159 colleges selected in the 12-state Midwest Region and 648 colleges selected overall, representing about 23 percent of the nation’s more than 2,800 four-year colleges.
To receive the “Best in the Midwest” designation in the “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region” school selections, colleges first had to meet standards for academic excellence within their region. Inclusion on the prestigious list also depended on the results of an anonymous survey that asked students to rate their own schools on several issues – from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life.
According to The Princeton Review, LTU undergraduates speak highly of their “very knowledgeable” professors who endeavor to “create opportunities for students” and strive to make sure “that they have all the tools to succeed.”
The Princeton Review noted that Lawrence Tech students describe their teachers as “enthusiastic” and “highly motivated” educators who “bring [their] material to life” and allow undergrads to “have fun.” Overall, undergraduates see Lawrence as “all about pushing students to learn everything they can in the classroom and be[ing] able [to use that knowledge] in the real world.”
Lawrence Technological University also is in The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 334 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition.” In 2013 LTU was the only university in the Detroit area named to the prestigious list and one of only eight in Michigan.
LTU placed in the top 100 colleges and universities nationwide in the 2015 PayScale College Salary Report, which measures the earning power of college graduates.
The survey showed that LTU graduates with a bachelor’s degree earned an average of $58,300 early in their careers and $97,600 by mid-career. The average mid-career salary for recipients of bachelor’s degrees from LTU ranked 83rd among more than 1,000 colleges in the survey. LTU has the best ranking among colleges in the metropolitan Detroit region. For more, visit www.payscale.com/college-salary-report/bachelors.
For the first time, PayScale’s 2015 College Salary Report also included salary data on graduates who go on to receive one or more additional degrees after receiving their bachelor’s degree from the ranked schools. In that section of the survey, LTU ranked 90th among more than 1,000 colleges nationwide.
LTU also placed in the top 100 colleges and universities nationwide in the 2014 PayScale College ROI Report, which measures the return on investment (ROI) and increased earning power generated by a college bachelor’s degree. The survey computed how much college graduates earned over the first 20 years of their careers, minus the cost of tuition, room, board and books, taking financial aid into account. PayScale then compared that number to the pay of a high school graduates who worked for 24 to 26 years.
The net return on investment on an LTU bachelor’s degree over 20 years was $183,900, which placed it 91st in a survey of 1,310 colleges. See the entire list at www.payscale.com/college-roi/full-list.
The PayScale surveys document that students get the best return on their college investment by majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). More than half of LTU graduates (55 percent) included in the PayScale survey majored in STEM subjects, which was also true for most of the other high-ranking colleges.
Lawrence Technological University has been named to the Military Friendly Schools list for 2015 compiled by G.I. Jobs. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and military spouses as students. This is the sixth year in a row that LTU has been honored as Military Friendly.
Tens of billions of dollars in tuition money in the Post-9/11 GI Bill make it easier for veterans to pay for college, but it is often difficult to find the right institution or academic program. “Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend,” said Rich McCormack, publisher of the Pittsburgh-based G.I. Jobs.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has designated Lawrence Tech as a “Yellow Ribbon School” for providing up to $5,500 per year to qualified veterans.
Lawrence Tech also offers military discounts to all active military, inactive, reserve or retired military – 15 percent off tuition and fees.
Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations.
Lawrence Tech was also designated a Top Military-Friendly University in Military Advanced Education’s 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, which provides potential students with information about institutions “that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.” Among the attributes considered for inclusion in the guide were the flexibility of online learning options, extent of transfer credits accepted by degree level, on-campus active duty/veteran assistance, support provided to the families of service members, and faculty trained in veteran reintegration issues.
Established in 1957, the Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU) is an organization of leading American technological institutions whose mission is to exchange ideas and best practices; to advance engineering, science, and professional education; and to inspire innovation.
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Lawrence Technological University and the 19 other colleges and universities that comprise the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) were awarded a Gold Edison Award in the category of Collaborative Networks and Support at the Edison Awards 25th anniversary celebration on April 28, 2012 in New York City.
The Edison Awards promote the time-tested characteristics of innovation of visionaries such as Thomas Edison. The Edison Best New Product Awards have recognized and honored some of the most innovative products, services and business leaders in the world.
The collegiate engineering programs in the KEEN network were recognized for their collaborative work together to instill the entrepreneurial mindset in all of the nearly 19,000 students they collectively teach. In addition to the rigorous technical fundamentals they offer as part of their normal engineering curricula, these engineering programs offer experiential opportunities aimed at instilling in the students a set of professional skills necessary for their future work.
In 2009, Lawrence Tech was awarded a five-year, $1.1 million grant from the Kern Family Foundation to further integrate the entrepreneurial mindset in the education of undergraduate engineering students.
In 2010, Lawrence Tech and five other KEEN universities formed the Dynamic Compass Network (DCN) to share innovative approaches to entrepreneurial education in curricular innovation, faculty excellence, a community of practitioners, peer collaboration, continuous improvement, and experiential learning.
Lawrence Tech took the lead by implementing a pilot project that provided benchmarks for the network.