Academics, NAIA varsity athletics, a robust "theory and practice" education, opportunities for student engagement and a small, friendly campus environment all make Lawrence Technological University a smart and sound college choice for today's technology-, design- and business-minded student.
Ranked in the top tier of best Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report, Lawrence Tech boasts small class sizes and real-world instruction with an emphasis on leadership. Set on a 107-acre campus surrounded by high-tech startups and corporations, Lawrence Tech offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology and Engineering.
And, because LTU's faculty is closely involved in their respective fields, students gain real-life perspective as they learn, making seamless transitions into the internships and careers they desire — critical for employees and students in this "just in time" workforce environment. Industry connections are more easily made because LTU is centrally located in Southfield, in the midst of an active economic hub of 10,000 companies, and just minutes from downtown Detroit. In fact, companies opt to locate in Southfield because of the ease of collaboration with highly skilled students and faculty, and this offers students unparalleled opportunities to work on emerging projects with startups and established corporations locally. About 92% of students are employed or ready to attend graduate school upon graduation from LTU.
"Work begins almost immediately. (Employers) want someone to come in and start demonstrating value to them as quickly as possible," says Peg Pierce, director of career services at LTU. "They need somebody who doesn't need six months or a year to figure out how to do that. It makes the employer's investment pay off quicker. That's what we hear consistently that (employers) like about our students," she says. In fact, PayScale lists LTU among the nation's top 11% of universities for the salaries of its graduates.
Unique to LTU is its comprehensive introduction to key industry-specific software and computing power through a program called LTuZone. At freshman orientation, each student receives a high-end laptop computer or tablet and access to current industry-standard software, plus technical support when and how they need it. Students have access to the LTuZone wireless network throughout campus and a VPN service to access campus-only software no matter where their learning takes them. This program — a $75,000 value — prepares students for the job market with instant productivity and a competitive edge in the workplace. LTuZone is a dynamic program available only at LTU.
LTU has a fast-growing varsity athletic program. In addition to men's and women's basketball, golf, cross country, soccer, tennis, volleyball and more, LTU is actively seeking an additional 200 student-athletes in 2021 for eSports, women's hockey and competitive cheerleading, as well as expanding rosters for track and field, women's bowling and competitive dance. Marching band is growing, too. Lawrence Tech's sports teams are part of the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Most of its teams play in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.
In response to COVID-19, LTU designed a return-to-campus plan that is based in science to mitigate risk for students, faculty and staff. Through modifications to classrooms and development of robust hybrid learning programs, LTU brought students back to campus through daily health screenings, mask requirements, social distancing and other safety measures.
With an active Greek Life and new on-campus housing choices, international programs, scholarships and financial aid, LTU offers career-defining choices for today's students.