recognitions of excellence

The excellence of Lawrence Technological University’s programs is recognized by independent comparative guidebooks and other organizations: U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges, Princeton Review, PayScale, G.I. Jobs, and the Association of Independent Technological Universities.


U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges 2014

Lawrence Technological University ranked within the Top Tier of U.S. News’ America’s Best Colleges rankings for 2014. Within its classification of Regional Universities-Midwest, Lawrence Tech ranks 53rd of 108 colleges and universities listed, including ties.  

Lawrence Tech has consistently ranked in the top tier of its category since the early 1990s. In total, 234 schools were ranked across all 10 U.S. News ranking categories: National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities (North, South, Midwest and West) and Regional Colleges (North, South, Midwest and West). LTU was ranked 18th of 32 in the Regional Universities-Midwest category.

Lawrence Tech's online programs were also ranked among the best in the 2014 national survey by U.S. News & World Report. The survey rated online programs on factors such as best practices, graduation rates, student indebtedness, and academic and career support services offered to students.

In addition to the University’s overall citation, on a national basis Lawrence Tech is cited in the category of Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs.

U.S. News & World Report also listed LTU as one of the Best Colleges for Veterans to help veterans pursue a college education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The rankings provide data and information on schools that offer federal benefits, including tuition and housing assistance, to veterans and active service members.


Princeton Review 2014

Lawrence Technological University has earned the “Best in the Midwest” designation for the fifth year in a row from The Princeton Review, based on academic excellence and a student survey. Lawrence Tech was among the 155 colleges selected in the 12-state Midwest Region and 643 colleges selected overall, representing 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

To receive the “Best in the Midwest” designation in the “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region” school selections, colleges first had to meet standards for academic excellence within their region.

“We’re pleased to recommend Lawrence Technological University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president of The Princeton Review, a standardized test preparation and admissions consulting company.

Inclusion on the prestigious list also depended on the results of an anonymous survey that asked students to rate their own schools on several issues – from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life.

According to The Princeton Review, LTU undergraduates speak highly of their “very knowledgeable” professors who endeavor to “create opportunities for students” and strive to make sure “that they have all the tools to succeed.”

The Princeton Review noted that Lawrence Tech students describe their teachers as “enthusiastic” and “highly motivated” educators who “bring [their] material to life” and allow undergrads to “have fun.” Overall, undergraduates see Lawrence as “all about pushing students to learn everything they can in the classroom and be[ing] able [to use that knowledge] in the real world.”

Lawrence Technological University also is in The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 334 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition.” In 2013 LTU was the only university in the Detroit area named to the prestigious list and one of only eight in Michigan.


Lawrence Technological University placed in the top 100 colleges and universities nationwide in the 2014 PayScale College ROI Report, which measures the return on investment (ROI) and increased earning power generated by a college bachelor’s degree. is an online salary, benefits, and compensation information company. Its annual survey of compensation of college graduates’ ROI is based on more than a million employee records.

The survey computed how much college graduates earned over the first 20 years of their careers, minus the cost of tuition, room, board and books, taking financial aid into account. PayScale then compared that number to the pay of a high school graduates who worked for 24 to 26 years.

The net return on investment on an LTU bachelor’s degree over 20 years was $183,900, which placed it 91st in a survey of 1,310 colleges. See the entire list at

The PayScale survey documents that students who get the best return on their college investment major in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) and attend schools with well-known programs that help with job placement.

Lawrence Tech’s high ranking reflects the success of its students who majored in STEM programs such as engineering, the strength of its national reputation, and the effectiveness of its Office of Career Services.

Military Friendly School

Lawrence Technological University has been named to the Military Friendly Schools list for 2014 compiled by G.I. Jobs. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. This is the fifth year in a row that LTU has been honored as Military Friendly.

Tens of billions of dollars in tuition money in the Post-9/11 GI Bill make it easier for veterans to pay for college, but it is often difficult to find the right institution or academic program. “Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend,” said Rich McCormack, publisher of the Pittsburgh-based G.I. Jobs.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has designated Lawrence Tech as a “Yellow Ribbon School” for providing up to $5,500 per year to qualified veterans.

Lawrence Tech also offers military discounts to all active military, inactive, reserve or retired military – 15 percent off tuition and fees.

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations.

Lawrence Tech was also designated a Top Military-Friendly University in Military Advanced Education’s 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, which provides potential students with information about institutions “that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.” Among the attributes considered for inclusion in the guide were the flexibility of online learning options, extent of transfer credits accepted by degree level, on-campus active duty/veteran assistance, support provided to the families of service members, and faculty trained in veteran reintegration issues.

Association of Independent Technological Universities

Established in 1957, the Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU) is an organization of leading American technological institutions whose mission is to exchange ideas and best practices; to advance engineering, science, and professional education; and to inspire innovation.

Members are:

California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Clarkson University
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Drexel University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Harvey Mudd College
Illinois Institute of Technology
Keck Graduate Institute
Kettering University
Lawrence Technological University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Stevens Institute of Technology
Webb Institute
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Gold Edison Award

Lawrence Technological University and the 19 other colleges and universities that comprise the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) were awarded a Gold Edison Award in the category of Collaborative Networks and Support at the Edison Awards 25th anniversary celebration on April 28, 2012 in New York City.

The Edison Awards promote the time-tested characteristics of innovation of visionaries such as Thomas Edison. The Edison Best New Product Awards have recognized and honored some of the most innovative products, services and business leaders in the world.

The collegiate engineering programs in the KEEN network were recognized for their collaborative work together to instill the entrepreneurial mindset in all of the nearly 19,000 students they collectively teach. In addition to the rigorous technical fundamentals they offer as part of their normal engineering curricula, these engineering programs offer experiential opportunities aimed at instilling in the students a set of professional skills necessary for their future work.

In 2009, Lawrence Tech was awarded a five-year, $1.1 million grant from the Kern Family Foundation to further integrate the entrepreneurial mindset in the education of undergraduate engineering students.

In 2010, Lawrence Tech and five other KEEN universities formed the Dynamic Compass Network (DCN) to share innovative approaches to entrepreneurial education in curricular innovation, faculty excellence, a community of practitioners, peer collaboration, continuous improvement, and experiential learning.

Lawrence Tech took the lead by implementing a pilot project that provided benchmarks for the network.