Lawrence Technological University Review

Recognized for its quality online educational practices, Lawrence Technological University is a relatively expensive option for students interested in a degree completion program in business or information technology.

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The Good

Top student engagement ranking:

In the most recent U.S. News & World Report survey of online bachelor’s programs, Lawrence Technological University (LTU) landed a place among the top 20 schools for student engagement. The U.S. News & World Report student engagement score is based on a wide variety of factors, including the teaching and student support practices utilized in a program, recent student retention rates, and online class sizes. It is clear from this ranking that LTU has a quality online program that emphasizes effective instructional practices and attention to student needs.

Access to electronic library resources:

As an online student at LTU, you have full access to 75,000 e-books, 90,000 full-access electronic journals, and more than 100 online research databases, all administered by the Lawrence Tech Library. Electronic library access is granted through the same software platform you use to access your courses, so there’s no additional technology to learn. LTU does not offer a distance delivery service that allows online students to check out general circulation materials from the library shelves; however, only a few of the top online programs do, and the electronic library should be sufficient for most.

No fees for online applications:

In contrast to most top online programs, Lawrence Technological University does not charge a fee for its online application. Most other top schools charge around $50, which can amount to a lot of money if you’re interested in applying to several different schools before making a final choice. The LTU application is also easy to complete. If you have your past school transcripts in hand, you should have no trouble finishing the application in about 30 minutes.

The Bad

High tuition rates:

If cost is an important consideration for you, other online programs are likely to be a better fit than Lawrence Technological University. LTU ranks as one of the most expensive options among the top tier of online bachelor’s degree programs, charging tuition rates of over $900 per credit. In comparison, a number of quality online programs offering similar bachelor’s degree subjects charge tuition rates of less than $400 per credit. Although LTU is an attractive educational option for several reasons, it lags behind other programs when it comes to value for money.

Only two degree-completion programs available:

Lawrence Technological University offers only two online bachelor’s degree options, one in business administration and the other in information technology. Both of these programs are specifically designed for students who have either completed an associate’s degree or at least two years of appropriate courses at a four-year university. If you are interested in an LTU degree-completion program, it’s important to speak with an admissions counselor to ensure that you meet all prerequisite course requirements. Since LTU’s online programs offer only upper-division courses, if you do not meet all credit transfer requirements, you won’t be able to complete your bachelor’s program entirely online.

The Details

General Information

  • Academic Year Founded: 2006 - 2007
  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: None
  • Application Requirements: Essay, Transcripts, Test Scores, Letters of Recommendation
  • Location: MI
  • Number of Bachelor's Programs: 2
  • Region: Midwest
  • School Type: Private
  • Term Schedule: Semester

Tuition Rates (Per Credit)

  • In-State: $944
  • Out-of-State: $944

Class Profile

  • Acceptance Rate: N/A
  • Average Student Age: 27
  • Gender Ratio: 33.9% female, 66.1% male
  • Maximum Class Size: 25
  • Total Enrollment: 62


  • Average Online Teaching Experience: 9 Years
  • Full-Time Instructional Faculty: 0
  • Part-Time Instructional Faculty: 7

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2010): 55%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2011): 75%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2012): 71%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2013): 90%
  • 3 Year Graduation Rate (2009-2010): 28%
  • 3 Year Graduation Rate (2010-2011): 9%
  • 3 Year Graduation Rate (2011-2012): 12%
  • 3 Year Graduation Rate (2012-2013): 29%

U.S. News Rankings

  • Faculty Credentials and Training Rank: 125
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Score: 52/100
  • Student Engagement Rank: 16
  • Student Engagement Score: 82/100
  • Student Services and Technology Rank: 160
  • Student Services and Technology Score: 42/100

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