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Study ranks the value of an LTU degree in the nation's top 6 percent over a lifetime

Release Date: March 14, 2022

SOUTHFIELD—A Lawrence Technological University degree is worth more than $1.1 million in today’s dollars over the lifetime of a career, according to a new national analysis of the value of a college education developed by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

The analysis shows the value of an LTU degree increases over time, benchmarking 20, 30, and 40 year periods in an LTU alum’s career. LTU’s 40-year net present value ranks in the top 6 percent of all colleges and universities across the country at No. 260. Earning more than a million dollars over the course of a 40-year career places Lawrence Tech No. 4 among 118 ranked institutions in the state of Michigan. (The survey includes 4-year colleges and universities, community colleges, and specialty and trade schools in everything from barbering to Bible study.)  

Georgetown’s analysis uses federal data on each school’s net price (the actual cost to attend after grants and scholarships), the median debt of graduates, and the median earnings of graduates at several periods after graduation. Georgetown then generates an estimate of the future value of attending a given school, expressed in today’s dollars. This is known as “net present value.” The study calculated the “net present value” of a degree from more than 4,500 colleges and universities nationwide over various time periods after graduation.

“A Lawrence Technological University education is a major investment for the families of our students, but this analysis from Georgetown is just the latest piece of evidence that an investment in an LTU degree is a sound one,” LTU President Tarek Sobh said. “At LTU, this value is generated by our course offerings, focused on the STEAM disciplines—science, technology, engineering, arts and architecture, and mathematics—as well as giving our students more than just classroom instruction, with real-world, hands-on experiences related to their fields of study. LTU’s longtime motto is ‘Theory and Practice,’ and it’s much more than a motto—it’s the basis of everything we do. We’re educating students across disciplines, so they’re flexible and adaptable, for rewarding careers in job descriptions that haven’t been invented yet.”

For the full Georgetown analysis of all colleges and universities, visit https://cew.georgetown.edu/cew-reports/collegeroi/.

Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in 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 alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best in the Midwest. 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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