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 again ranked in the Top Tier of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges rankings for 2017. Within its classification of Regional Universities-Midwest, Lawrence Tech ranked 40th among the 171 colleges and universities listed, up from 54 in 2016. 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.
Lawrence Tech's online graduate engineering programs ranked 44th among the 80 schools included in this category.
U.S. News & World Report also ranked LTU 26th on it list of the Best Colleges for Veterans in the Midwest in 2017, the highest ranking of any university in Michigan. The list includes schools that fully participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active service members pursue a college education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits, including tuition and housing assistance.
Lawrence Technological University has earned the 2017 “Best in the Midwest” designation for the eighth year in a row from The Princeton Review, based on academic excellence and a student survey. Lawrence Tech was among the 156 colleges selected in the 12-state Midwest Region. The Princeton Review's regional best lists constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s more than 2,500 four-year colleges.
The Princeton Review’s list is based on 143,000 student surveys, input from college administrators and advisors, parents, and the independent company’s National College Counselor Advisory Board.
Lawrence Technological University also is listed in The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 352 Green Colleges," 2015 edition.
In addition, LTU is ranked 17th on the Princeton Review’s list of 2016’s top 50 undergraduate schools to study game design
LTU placed in the top 100 colleges and universities nationwide in the 2016 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 moved up in the 2016 PayScale College ROI Report, which measures the return on investment of a college degree from more than 1,000 institutions nationwide. Lawrence Tech is 56th in the nation in PayScale’s ranking of the net 20-year return on a college degree. That’s up from 74th last year and 91st two years ago. This year’s ranking places LTU in the top 5 percent of the 1,343 colleges and universities ranked. The survey showed that LTU graduates with a bachelor’s degree earned an average of $56,600 early in their careers and $94,000 by mid-career. The net 20-year return on an LTU degree was pegged at $614,000. 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 2017 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
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.
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
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.
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 2016. The publication ranked America's colleges and universities based on
"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.
In the 2017 USA Today college rankings, Lawrence Technological University is ranked in the top 5 percent of all American colleges and universities for the highest paid graduates and the best architecture programs. Other programs recognized were engineering and computer and information sciences. LTU was also cited for best overall quality, quality in the Great Lakes region, and quality in Michigan.