LeTourneau University is named for our founder, Mr. R.G. LeTourneau. While flying over the area in 1946 to select a manufacturing site, Mrs. LeTourneau saw the sprawling complex of a vacated Army hospital consisting of over two hundred frame buildings. When told that it was no longer in use, she asked about establishing a school to serve the many GIs returning from the war. The site was secured and LeTourneau Technical Institute was established.
Since then LeTourneau Technical Institute has become LeTourneau University, a SACS and ABET accredited, nondenominational Christian university, offering four-year and two-year undergraduate degree programs in engineering, technology, the liberal arts, business, aeronautical science, education and the sciences, plus master's degree programs in business, education, engineering and psychology. Today LeTourneau is led by its president, Dr. Dale A. Lunsford
, and its board of trustees
Student Body (2012-2013)
- 2843 Students at all Campuses
- 1352 Traditional Undergraduates in Longview
- Students come 47 states, 30 countries, and 47 denominations/religions
- 22 National Merit Scholars
Top Seven Enrollment States:
- Texas (705)
- California (75)
- Illinois (37)
- Pennsylvania (35)
- Oregon (22)
- Florida (21)
- North Carolina (21)
Freshman Class (2012-2013)
- 532 Students (532=Trad and Gaps) (407=Trad only)
- 62.0% Male (62.0% Trad and Gaps) (74.0% Trad only)
- 38.0% Female (38.0% Trad and Gaps) (26.0% Trad only)
- 38.7% From out of State (38.7% International & unknown) (49.4% Trad only w/international & unknown)
- 14..47% Home Schooled
- Average High School GPA: 3.63
- Interquartile Range SAT (25%-75%):1060-1320
- Average SAT: 1185.22
- Interquartile Range ACT (25%-75%): 22-29
- Average ACT Composite: 25.44
- More than 50 recognized student organizations on campus.
- 76% of students participate in one or more of the 20 intramural sports ranging from basketball to flag football to coed ultimate Frisbee and air hockey.
- 70% of students stay on campus over the weekends.
- The YellowJacket Activities Council (YAC) and other student body organizations plan over 30 events every year for the student body, including movies, concerts, Hootenanny, Midnight Madness, Mystery Bus Tour, and Film Festival.
- Traditional students: Tuition (per year): $24,050
- Room and Board (per year): $8,940
- Member of the American Southwest Conference, NCAA Division III
- Over 224 athletes in 6 Men's and 7 Women's varsity athletic programs
LETU offers more than 90 academic programs in Aeronautical Science, Engineering & Engineering Technology, Education, Business, the Arts & Sciences and Graduate and Professional Studies.
- 81 full-time faculty members
- Over 76% hold their doctorate or the highest degree in their field
- Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
- Average Class Size: 15
- Three-year Average Graduate Placement Rate
- 90% Overall
- 83% School of Aeronautical Science
- 86% School of Arts & Sciences
- 96% School of Education w/ Interdisciplinary
- 93% School of Education w/o Interdisciplinary
- 93% School of Business
- 95% School of Engineering & Engineering Technology
- Fall 2012 Graduate Students: 393
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
- LeTourneau University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of LeTourneau University.
- LeTourneau University's bachelor's programs in engineering and engineering technology are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) and the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
- The School of Aeronautical Science offers three programs that are approved by the FAA. The Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic curriculum is approved by the FAA under 14CFR Part 147. The Private, Instrument and Commercial Pilot curriculum is approved by the FAA under 14CFR Part 141. The Air Traffic Control curriculum is approved by the FAA under the AT-CTI program guidelines.
- Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC)
- LeTourneau University's teacher education program underwent its first program review and approval from the State Board for Educator Certification in October, 1993. It is accredited on an annual basis.
- International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
- LeTourneau University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Olathe, Kansas.
- Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)
- THECB does not require nonprofit, private institutions in Texas to have a state license to operate, as long as the institution is regionally accredited.
- 162 acre main campus located in Longview, Texas.
- Nine academic buildings with the latest technology and equipment, with wireless Internet access available in all academic areas.
- 17 different on-campus living opportunities.
- All living areas have connections for telephone, cable TV and internet access through our 40 Megabit/sec connection, and the majority have wireless internet access.
- The S.E. Belcher, Jr. Chapel and Performance Center opened in Fall 2007 and offers an amazing venue for LETU Chapel services (MWF) and numerous concerts and events. For a complete listing of the Belcher Center events click here.