Lawrence Technological University is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduates, according to “The Best 387 Colleges 2022 Edition,” the annual profile of America’s top colleges and universities published by the educational services company Princeton Review.
Only about 14 percent of America’s 2,700 four-year colleges and universities earn a spot on the list.
LTU also again appears on Princeton Review’s list of “Best Midwestern” colleges and universities. Only 158 of the more than 600 colleges and universities in 12 Midwestern states made the list for 2022.
“We salute Lawrence Technological University for its outstanding academics and we are genuinely pleased to recommend it to prospective applicants searching for their personal ‘best-fit’ college,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and lead author of “The Best 387 Colleges.”
“This recognition as one of the nation’s best universities is a tribute to the hard work of our students, faculty, and staff,” LTU President Virinder Moudgil said. “It continues to demonstrate that Lawrence Tech’s ‘Theory and Practice’ approach to education molds well-rounded graduates that not only succeed in their careers, but who contribute to building a better society.”
The company chooses the colleges based on data it annually collects from administrators at hundreds of colleges about their institutions’ academic offerings. Princeton Review also considers data it gathers from its surveys of college students at the colleges who rate and report on various aspects of their campus and community experiences. Criteria include academics (including students’ assessment of professors, class size, laboratory resources, and the quality of students admitted); admissions selectivity; availability of financial aid; campus safety; quality of life; and sustainability.
In the Students Say section of the LTU ranking, students said they appreciate “small class sizes with one-on-one opportunities,” and that the “potential for high quality jobs after college is very helpful and exciting.” Professors at LTU “are extremely flexible and truly do want to help you succeed,” which can be seen in their willingness “to accommodate special situations.” They are also “clearly knowledgeable in their fields and do their best to share that experience with students,” running application-based courses with the most “up-to-date labs and tools” that are centered around “creating problems and processes to outline the ever-changing industry standards and practices.” Students feel they leave with a lot of experience, thanks to instructors frequently bringing in “guests from popular companies to explain how our work is tied to real life work scenarios” and working to show “the application of the theory you learned in class.”
As for campus life, students described “a close-knit student body” with “a strong sense of community” where “everyone really looks out for each other.” As one student says: “If you ask for help from any of your peers, you’ll receive it, or you’ll solve the problem together.” Despite its small size, this is a “group of diverse students who come from different backgrounds, races, and countries.” Most out-of-classroom socializing comes by way of clubs, intramural sports, and “a great array of organizations which allow for anyone to find their interest.”
“The Best 387 Colleges,” published by Penguin Random House, is available online and from booksellers for $24.99.
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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, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 100 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.