Louisana Tech

Ruston, LA

Located in Ruston, Louisiana, Louisiana Tech University offers two aviation bachelor degree paths. One is aimed toward flight and the other is focused on management. Louisiana Tech has a lot of offers for students interested in aviation industry careers, such as airline partnerships, internship opportunities, and a low student-to-instructor ratio.

Program Highlights

The university is an FAA-approved Part 141 pilot school, and flight operations are conducted at the Ruston Regional Airport (KRSN), a 10-minute drive from the main campus.

Programs offered include:

  • Bachelor of Science
    • Professional Aviation
    • Aviation Management

Louisiana Tech University has partnerships with multiple airlines, providing well-defined paths to an industry career. Some of those connections include:

● Cape Air
● Envoy
● ExpressJet

The Professional Flight degree is accredited by Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI).

From 2015-21, Louisiana Tech produced 111 professional aviation graduates. The graduate placement rate was 100 percent.


Louisiana Tech’s tuition is on the high side for both in-state and out-of-state students. For in-state students, base tuition is about $22,000, and for out-of-state students, tuition will hover around $26,000.

On top of base tuition, flight students will have additional costs for flight courses. Over the course of four years, before financial aid or scholarships, flight costs will come in at about $70,000 for all necessary licenses to be a professional pilot.

Louisiana Tech offers scholarships to help mitigate the cost of tuition and flight, including:

● Peterson’s Financial Aid
● Plane And Pilot Magazine Scholarships
● National Business Aviation Association Scholarships

The school also accepts veteran’s benefits such as the GI Bill.

Fleet and Facilities

The fleet of aircraft at Louisiana Tech includes:

● Cessna 172s
● Piper Arrows

The university also houses FRASCA Mentor (AATDs) for ground flight training.

Graduates from Louisiana Tech’s Part-141 flight training program may be eligible for a Restricted ATP.

Campus Life

Louisiana Tech is a midsized school and offers 11 different residential communities for students looking to live on campus. For students looking to grab a bite to eat, the university has eight dining facilities on campus.

Lambright Sports and Wellness Center is the campus recreation hub for Louisiana Tech. The center offers a variety of different leisure activities for students, including:

● A bowling alley
● An indoor heated pool
● A 30-foot rock wall

Intramural and club sports are also big at Louisiana Tech. Students can join one of 13 intramural sports, or they can choose one of the 11 club sports. For students looking to cheer on the home team, the university has an array of different college sports teams, including basketball and football.

With more than 150 different clubs and organizations to join, one can be assured of finding something of interest.

The Bottom Line

Louisiana Tech is an AABI accredited aviation school that can offer students many airline partnerships. A 100 percent placement rate for graduates can assure student success after graduation. The large university atmosphere can give students a traditional college experience, as well as high-end facilities.

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Other Information

  • In-State Tuition (Per Year) $22,000
  • Out-of-State Tuition (Per Year)$26,000
  • Flight Cost $65,000
  • In-State Total Estimated Program Cost$153,000
  • Out-of-State Total Estimated Program Cost$169,000
  • NIFA (Y/N)No
  • NIFA RegionN/A

Louisana Tech Score

Overall: 36 out of a possible 50 points in Colleges

Points Earned

7 out of 10 in Industry Partners

6 out of 10 in Value

6 out of 10 in Fleet

9 out of 10 in Campus Life

8 out of 10 in Facilities and Location

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