SOUTHFIELD — Lawrence Technological University’s civil engineering program is ranked fifth nationally among universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report survey of best colleges for 2016.
Ranked ahead of LTU for civil engineering are Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind., the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.
In addition, for the second year in a row LTU is ranked in the top half, at 23rd nationwide, for all its undergraduate engineering degree programs.
“The strong performance of our engineering programs in this prestigious national survey reflects our ongoing commitment to enhance our engineering curricula,” said LTU President Virinder Moudgil. “It is gratifying that LTU’s efforts are being recognized.”
Enrollment in engineering programs at LTU has surged more than 20 percent this year, from about 1,400 to more than 1,700, reflecting the increased demand in industry for highly educated professionals.
LTU has utilized a multi-year grant from the Kern Family Foundation to develop curriculum modules designed to prepare engineering students to be problem-solvers who can take an entrepreneurial approach to the decision-making process in business. Problem-based learning and active and collaborative learning are two teaching concepts that help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset.
In the latest U.S. News annual survey of universities, LTU also remains ranked in the top half of the top tier of the 12-state Midwest Regional University category.
Once again Lawrence Tech has made the U.S. News’ Midwest Regional University list of “A-Plus Schools for B Students,” which the news magazine calls “great colleges for non-superstars” who have “a decent shot at being accepted and thriving; where spirit and hard work could make all the difference to admissions offices” and where a “broad and engaged student body” is sought.
LTU is also on the U.S. News list of universities offering the best online college degree programs.
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. The Brookings Institution ranks Lawrence Tech fifth nationwide for boosting graduates’ earning power, PayScale lists it among the nation’s top 10 percent of universities for graduates’ salaries, and U.S. News and World Report places 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 102-acre campus in Southfield, Michigan, include over 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.