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Lawrence Technological University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA- Faculty AccessibilityB+
Useful SchoolworkB Excess CompetitionA
Academic SuccessB+ Creativity/ InnovationF
Individual ValueA University Resource UseB+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceB- Social LifeC+
Surrounding CityA Extra CurricularsC-
SafetyA
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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He cares more about Creativity/ Innovation than the average student.
Date: Aug 14 2004
Major: Chemistry (This Major's Salary over time)
I am a dual major in engineering chemistry and engineering physics. I was originally an electrical engineering major. The bottom-line is this: I believe the positives of the university far outweigh the negatives. If you are considering getting an education in architecture or engineering or the sciences, you should consider Lawrence Tech. First I will discuss the positive aspects of the university, and then the negatives.

First of all, I would like to discuss the positive aspects of the university. The education quality is excellent and rigorous, in my opinion. I've only been to the university for a little over a year, but so far I have been very impressed with the faculty, the coursework, and the curriculum. For the most part, the faculty members seem to be very knowledgeable in their field (Every professor I have had at this point has had their Ph.D with a couple of exceptions) and are all willing to help. I have had no trouble contacting them outside of class for help with any of the material. It is not unusual to see a professor that is very willing to sit down with a student for well over an hour on a regular basis and help them with any troubles they are having with the material. Try getting this kind of personalized attention at a larger university or even another smaller university.

In addition to the quality of the professors, the class sizes are kept extraordinarily small, even in the classes that EVERY student in the university is required to take. I was amazed to see almost every one of my classes having 20 or less students, and it rarely breached the 25 student mark. So, you are getting not only university level instructors who really know their stuff but you are also getting extremely small classes which is accompanied by extremely personalized attention. You are getting the best of both the community college atmosphere and the bigger university atmosphere.

What makes LTU's academic aspect excellent is its focus on teaching and not on reseach. The undergraduate professors care more about the students and less about their personal reseach endeavors like at a larger university. I think this is more important at the undergraduate level.

In addition, the university has extremely close ties with industry leaders in the area, such as Ford, GM, Chrysler, Yazaki, etc. Having a degree from Lawrence Tech will provide an easy in at these major companies, even during times of economic hardship. Also, the career servies department at LTU is excellent, and does everything it can to ensure that you are employed in your field of study after graduation.

You can easily find parking on campus because parking is plentiful.

I live on campus in North housing, and I am extremely impressed with the living quarters. For a reasonable price (comparable to the pricing of dorms at other universities) you get an apartment style dorm room with a kitchen, bathroom (shared by one other student), bedroom and living room. Every dorm room is equipped with a refridgerator, stove/oven, dishwasher, kitchen sink, washer/dryer, shower/bath, and double bathroom sink. Basic cable is included (but some people get a couple movie channels as well. :D) All utilities are paid for except for long distance calling.

The surrounding region is excellent. Oakland county is filled with fun things to do. Lawrence Tech is centered right in the middle of everything.

The process for registering classes is absolutely painless through bannerweb (once you get beyond the freshman orientation and registration stage). You simply talk to your counselor and he/she will help you determine what classes you should take in the following semester. They will give you a list of CRNs for the courses you will take and an alternate PIN. You just log onto bannerweb and enter the CRN #s and you are done!

Of course there are bad aspects however, and these must be pointed out. First of all, the facilities are not the most aesthetically pleasing, but are adequately maintained for the most part. However, numberous campaigns are pushed to improve campus aesthetics. Trees and flowers are constantly being planted and these are constantly being improved. Also, a new student services center which will be placed right in the quad will soon be erected (supposedly it will be started in late 2004), which is supposed to improve the

university campus feel
, and from what I've read about it, ir will achieve just that.

Another problem about the university regards the lack of choices for what classes to take. The school sets up a pretty fixed flow chart that you must follow in order to complete your degree. There are few elective options available to you.

Since this is not a reseach focused school, there are not a lot of research opportunities available to you.

Also, only about a quarter of the undergraduate students live on campus. This means it is not a big "party school", which could be considered a good thing or a bad thing depending on the type of person you are. However, I like the surrounding area and you can find plenty of thing to occupy your free time.

Also, the food services are decent, but not great. The selection is decent but the overall, the food is lacking. Not to mention it is expensive, so if you plan on eating on campus you should purchase a meal plan. This deficiency is made up for however, due to the surrounding area, which is packed full of excellent restaurants.

So, if you are considering going into any kind or engineering or architecture, or even natural sciences, you should atleast consider Lawrence Tech as an option. The education is top-notch, and you won't have trouble finding a career that matches your field of study upon graduation, based on past results.

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