While some universities give out T-shirts and packets to enrolled students during orientation, the folks at Lawrence Technological University takes things to another level. In fact, they issue laptops to freshmen.
“Every undergraduate student has a university-issued laptop, and it has the industry spec software they would need for the industry,” says Adam Berry, assistant director of admissions at Lawrence Technological University, which is located in Southfield.
They receive these laptops – retailing on average over $75,000 – during orientation and can begin to tinker with the software and get their laptops set up prior to the beginning of the semester.
These laptops aren’t the only way LTU invests in its students – and helps them achieve their collegiate and career dreams.
“They build a passion for what they are going into,” Berry says of the time students spend at LTU.
Founded by the Lawrence brothers in 1932, LTU has become the leader in preparing students for careers – ranging from architecture and design, engineering, arts and sciences to business and information technology – in the ever-changing world of technology.
The campus is small, with about 3,000 enrolled undergraduate students – and it features a 11-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio. The faculty at LTU is also “still really strongly tied to business industry,” Berry adds. That means every faculty member is involved in the industry he or she is teaching students about. That not only gives them that real-life perspective, but it also can lead to internships and job opportunities for students.
“There’s a lot of network connections built into the curriculum,” Berry adds. LTU also hosts 4 different job fairs each year. Some are internship and co-op-focused, while others are based on specific majors.
Outside of the classroom setting, there are multiple opportunities for student engagement. “We have 60 different student groups,” Berry says. “We have traditional Greek life, professional organizations, cultural organizations and special interest groups,” in addition to 26 athletic teams.
One of the most common misconceptions about LTU? “I think some people don’t realize that it is a full university,” Berry says. “They still think of it as a small, singular-focused, commuter school.”
But it’s not. In fact, most freshmen live on campus, Berry says. There are two community-style and two apartment-style living facilities for students, which accommodate about 1,000 people.
And when it comes to financial aid, over 85 percent of undergraduates at LTU receive financial assistance.
“There are a lot of scholarship opportunities here at the university, so they can get involved with those,” Berry says. “And they should check those out early in their high school experience.”
Dual enrollment is offered to students, as well. A class is $500 for those participating in dual enrollment.
Interested in learning more about a certain career path? “Just to come out and talk with the faculty. We welcome students to do class shadowing so they can learn more about fields they might be interested in.”
For more information on Lawrence Technological University, visit ltu.edu.