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Tech garners national ranking recognition

February 12, 2015

 

ALEX HEARD
Staff Reporter 

 

Hard work by the Louisiana Tech faculty has seemed to pay off.

 

Tech has recently been ranked No. 8 in a list of the “50 Most Underrated Colleges in America” by the Internet’s largest business news and information website, Business Insider.

 

Tech was the only higher education institution in the state to make the list. Nationally, Tech ranked higher than other prominent universities such as Texas Tech University, University of Arizona, Auburn University and Virginia Tech.

 

Tech President Les Guice said he was happy to hear the ranking.

 

“We are always pleased when national publications analyze the data and reach the conclusion that Tech ranks among the top institutions nationally,” Guice said. “We have seen a significant number of these publications recently recognize the value and return-on-investment of a Tech education.”

 

Tech also earned a spot on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the Top 120 Public Universities in the nation.

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Tech was one of only two public universities in the State of Louisiana to earn a U.S. News & World Report Tier One National University ranking and ranked in the Top 40 in the nation for graduating students with the least amount of debt.

 

“We also hear from many employers and others who visit our campus that recognize that this is a great environment for preparing students for success in their chosen professions and in life,” Guice said. “I am pleased with the commitment of our faculty and staff who dedicate themselves to student learning and success.”

 

Brooks Parker, a junior finance major, said he is not surprised by the ranking.

 

“Tech is a top-notch university,” Parker said. “A degree from here is extremely valuable and has proven to take alumni far in life.”

 

However, Parker said the university could be ranked even higher if Ruston were more attractive to prospective college students.

 

“If Ruston had more attractions, such as housing and nightlife, then even more students would attend Tech and we could be rated higher rather than underrated,” Parker said. “Our ranking could only go higher if more students came here.”

 

Parker said one of the deciding factors in where a person attends college is how much entertainment the university’s residing city is. He said he once attended a college where one could get a good education and truly have a good time.

 

“I was once a student at the University of Mississippi,” Parker said. “Many more people across the nation have heard of Ole Miss and want to go to school there because of how much fun it is. Tech has that kind of potential.”

 

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