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Report: LTU first in metro Detroit for grads' starting salaries

Release Date: April 5, 2021

SOUTHFIELD—Lawrence Technological University ranks first among universities in the metro Detroit area of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties for the average starting salaries of its graduates, according to a new study from, a New York City-based online financial services and economic analysis firm. 

At an average annual starting salary of $59,200, Lawrence Tech is No. 4 in Michigan overall among the total of 30 colleges and universities that were included in the SmartAsset survey. 

“This survey once again demonstrates that an education at Lawrence Technological University is a sound investment,” LTU President Virinder Moudgil said. “Our experiential ‘theory and practice’ method of education produces graduates ready to hit the ground running in a wide variety of disciplines where there is critical need for skilled employees who are also effective leaders and communicators.” 

The survey’s numbers come from the National Center for Educational Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Education; the Seattle compensation software firm Payscale; and the Institute for College Access and Success, an Oakland, Calif. nonprofit dedicated to making college more affordable and achievable. 

Lawrence Technological University,, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers nearly 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.


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