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Louisiana Tech University Louisiana Tech University, Ruston - 71272
Affiliated To : Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Established In : 1894
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305 Wisteria
Phone :318-257-2000


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Louisiana Tech University, located in Ruston, Louisiana is a coeducational public institution of higher learning with an enrollment of 10,950 students in the 08-09 year. Louisiana Tech was first instituted as the Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana in 1894, then as Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1921, and finally as Louisiana Tech University in 1970. The University is perhaps best known for its engineering programs and its athletics, especially men's football and women's basketball. Louisiana Tech is attended by students from 46 states and 68 countries. Louisiana Tech operates on the quarter system while awarding semester hours. Three quarters (fall, winter, spring) equal two semesters at other universities. Louisiana Tech operates a satellite campus at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City.

In the Spring of 1894, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury held a special session to take the steps necessary to secure an Industrial School for Lincoln Parish for which the next session of the state Legislature would probably provide. The minutes of the special session, held on May 14, 1894, called upon the Parish Representative, George M. Lomax, and Senators to secure a school for the parish. When Representative Lomax left Ruston for the legislative session, he carried the resolution from the Police Jury proposing a school. Representative Lomax, Jackson Parish Representative J. T. M. Hancock, and Judge J. B. Holstead fought hard for the passage of the bill. After several weeks, it was approved as Act Number 68 of the General Assembly of Louisiana on July 6, 1894. Although Ruston was only ten years old, the thought of establishing a school in Ruston had finally come to fruition. The Act established a first class Industrial Institute and College in north Louisiana in the arts and sciences, which was given the name The Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana to be located in Ruston, Louisiana. Control of the school was entrusted to a Board of Trustees, which elected Colonel Arthur T. Prescott of Baton Rouge as the first president of the college.

Colonel Prescott quickly moved to Ruston and began overseeing the construction of a two-story main building. The brick building housed eight large classrooms, an auditorium, a chemical laboratory, and two offices. A frame building was also built nearby and was used for the instruction of mechanics. The Main Building was located on a plot of twenty acres that was donated to the school by Francis P. Stubbs. The original entrance to the campus was marked by four brick columns in front of the building. On September 23, 1895, school was in session. The Main Building, a.k.a. Old Main, burned to the ground in 1936, but the columns that marked the entrance are still there behind Prescott Memorial Library. By June, construction on a new administration building had begun and was completed in January 1937. Although first called Leche Hall, the building was renamed after the death of former university president, J. E. Keeny.

The first year, there were only six faculty members and 202 students from twenty-two parishes. The Act states that students were to acquire “academic and literary education, together with a knowledge of kindergarten instruction; of telegraphy, stenography, and phonography; of drawing, painting, designing and engraving in their industrial application; also a knowledge of fancy, practical and general needlework; also a knowledge of bookkeeping; and agricultural and mechanical art,” as well as any other industry that would prepare the male and female students for the practical industries of the age. Being the only state college in North Louisiana, admission requirements were lenient. Applicants for admission to the general preparatory class were required to be 14 years old and be able to read, write, speak and spell with “tolerable correctness.” The curriculum of the day consisted of required course work in the standard arts and sciences, as well as electives in technical subjects. These included: the study of mechanics and industrial arts, domestic science, horticulture, bookkeeping, stenography, typewriting, telegraphy and printing. By popular demand, music lessons in piano, voice and violin were later offered. In May, 1897, Harry Howard became the first graduate. Colonel Prescott awarded him with a Bachelor of Industry degree, but there was no formal commencement. The first formal commencement was held in the Ruston Opera House the following May with ten graduates receiving their diplomas.

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Phone :318-257-2000


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