The excellence of Lawrence Technological University’s programs is recognized by independent comparative guidebooks and other organizations, such as U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, the Brookings Institution, PayScale, Business Insider, G.I. Jobs, and the Association of Independent Technological Universities.
U.S. News & World Report
Lawrence Technological University ranked in the Top Tier of U.S. News’ America’s Best Colleges rankings for 2016. Within its classification of Regional Universities-Midwest, Lawrence Tech ranks 54th of 112 colleges and universities listed, including ties. Lawrence Tech has consistently ranked in the top tier of its category since the early 1990s.
In 2016, LTU's civil engineering program was ranked 5th nationally among universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
LTU’s College of Engineering as a whole also fared well in the best undergraduate engineering programs category, ranking 23rd out of 46. The U.S. News engineering rankings are based solely on the judgments of deans and senior faculty at peer institutions.
Lawrence Tech's online undergraduate and graduate degree programs were again ranked among the nation’s best in the 2016 survey by U.S. News & World Report. The survey rates online programs on such factors as student engagement, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.
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 2016 “Best in the Midwest” designation for the seventh 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 649 colleges selected overall, representing only 25 percent of the nation’s more than 2,800 four-year colleges.
To receive the “Best in the Midwest” designation in the “2016 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.
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 listed in The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 352 Green Colleges," 2015 edition. In 2014, LTU was featured in the "Guide to 334 Green Colleges." In 2013 Lawrence Tech was the only university in the Detroit area named to the prestigious list and one of only eight in Michigan.
In addition, LTU has placed in the top 25 bachelor’s degree programs for computer game design in a national survey conducted by The Princeton Review and PC Gamer. Lawrence Tech’s program is ranked 23rd in the country.The Princeton Review surveyed 150 institutions offering game design coursework and/or degrees in the United States, Canada, and some countries abroad. More than 60 data points were weighted to create the rankings based primarily on curriculum, facilities, technology, and career services. The 50-question survey asked schools to report on everything from their academic offerings and faculty credentials to their graduates’ starting salaries and employment experience.
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 2016 compiled by G.I. Jobs. The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, and schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military students and that dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. This is the seventh 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 School in Military Advanced Education & Transition’s 2016 Guide to Colleges & Universities, which measures best practices in military and veteran education "in order to provide our men and women in uniform information that will help them make the right choices about college.” Schools were “evaluated by their achievement in their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, general support services, on-campus support and online support services.”
Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU)
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.
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Harvey Mudd College
Illinois Institute of Technology
Keck Graduate Institute
Lawrence Technological University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Stevens Institute of Technology
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Gold Edison Award
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.
Lawrence Technological University has once again been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs for students and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships.
The Corporation for National & Community Service has administered the award since 2006 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education, Campus Compact, and the Interfaith Youth Core.
“The President’s Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions whose community service efforts achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. This distinction is the highest federal recognition colleges and universities can receive for community service, service-learning, and civic engagement,” said Ted Miller, chief of external affairs for the Corporation for National and Community Service. “This recognition is part of our strategic commitment to engage millions of college students in service and celebrate the critical role of higher education in strengthening communities.
This is Lawrence Tech’s third appearance on the list. Three of LTU’s community service projects were cited as examples:
• Tree planting for the Greening of Detroit, 70 students, a total of 219 hours
• Matrix Human Services, maintenance projects, 80 students, 255 hours
• South Oakland Shelter, processing donations, 14 students, 48 hours
Lawrence Tech has distinguished itself as one of the first universities in the country providing leadership education for all of its undergraduates. Lawrence Tech’s Leadership Program covers all four years and includes a commitment to community service and volunteering.
The 2014 Honor Roll for community service can be found at http://www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/honor-roll.
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Lawrence Technological University was chosen as one of 361 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s 2015Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes an institution’s commitment to community engagement. Lawrence Tech was first added to this list in 2008.
Lawrence Tech and the other schools acknowledged represent less than 8 percent of the total number of colleges and universities in the country.
John Saltmarsh, director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education, which administered the selection process, explained, “These are campuses that are improving teaching and learning, producing research that makes a difference in communities, and revitalizing their civic and academic missions.”
For the complete listing, visit nerche.org.
Business Insider, a business, celebrity, and technology news website, ranked LTU among the 610 "Smartest Colleges in America" in 2015. The publication ranked America's colleges and universities based on brainpower, as reflected by the school's average standardized test scores.
"These tests are often criticized,” noted the Business Insider, “but research shows that both the SAT and ACT are good measures of general cognitive ability, since just about any mental test measures one’s ability to reason. Therefore, the scores that schools report to U.S. News & World Report give a reasonable snapshot of a school's overall smarts.”
A new 2015 study from the prestigious Brookings Institution ranks Lawrence Technological University fifth in the country for providing the most value-added in preparing its graduates for well-paying occupations. CBS MoneyWatch has hailed the leaders identified in the study as the new “college superstars.”
The goal of the Brookings study was to go beyond the traditional rankings that reward colleges that primarily admit rich, smart students who can be expected to do better in their careers than most college graduates. Instead, the Brookings researchers wanted to determine if colleges actually made a difference in preparing their students for successful careers.
The new report encompasses more data sources and covers many more of the over 6,100 two- and four-year colleges than the college rankings from U.S. News & World Report. It seeks to take into account student profiles and their majors when comparing the career outcomes of alumni from different colleges. The yardstick becomes the value-added by a college in comparison to its peer group.
The Brookings study notes that the five quality factors strongly associated with more successful economic outcomes for alumni are curriculum value, alumni skills, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) orientation, completion rates, and student aid.
“The college value-added measures developed in this report more accurately predict alumni economic outcomes for students with similar characteristics,” concluded the authors of the Brookings Institution study.
The study found that LTU added 18 percent more value – virtually the same as the California Institute of Technology – with respect to occupational earnings power compared to four-year institutions with similar characteristics and students. The study found that alumni skills, the share of graduates majoring in STEM fields and curriculum value strongly predict a college’s value added in preparing its graduates for well-paying occupations.