Lawrence Technological University ranked 18th in the 12-state Midwest region – and first in Michigan – in the inaugural ranking of the best colleges for veterans compiled by U.S. News and World Report. LTU was one of 234 colleges nationwide that scored well for graduation rate, faculty resources, reputation and other markers of academic quality measured in the 2014 edition of U.S. News Best Colleges.
To qualify for the new rankings, the colleges also had to be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, two federal initiatives that help reduce the cost of college for veterans. Another requirement was membership in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium, a group that works to simplify credit transfers and give veterans credit for military training.
In addition, LTU offers a 15 percent tuition discount to all active, inactive, reserve or retired military.
LTU is also on the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list compiled by Victory Media, the publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and military spouses as students and to ensure their success on campus.
Almost 100 veterans take courses at LTU during an academic year, including Kirill Pavlov, a mechanical engineering major who is a 10-year Army veteran. He has been impressed by the services provided by Norma Julka, LTU’s financial aid and veteran affairs coordinator.
“Norma is amazing. She takes care of everything,” Pavlov said.
Helping veterans obtain a college degree is an important mission at LTU, according to Lisa Kujawa, assistant provost for enrollment management. “These men and women have risked their lives to defend the freedoms that we all enjoy. We want to do everything we can to help them prepare for productive careers,” she said.
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 7 percent of universities for return on undergraduate tuition investment, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area. Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.