Ruston has a general population of 20,546 and an overall student population of 11,282. Approximately 11,264 of Ruston's students are enrolled in schools that offer engineering programs.
Louisiana Tech University is the largest engineering school in Ruston, based on student population. Approximately 63 students graduated in 2010 from Louisiana Tech University with credentials in engineering.
In 2010, 211 students graduated with an engineering degree from one of Ruston's engineering schools. Tuition in 2009 at Ruston's engineering schools was $15,534 per year for instate students and $20,931 per year for out of state students.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,800 for engineering related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus at one of the Ruston-based engineering schools, you will have an added expense of $5,055 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $0.
After graduating with your credentials in engineering, if you decide to work as an engineer in Ruston, your job prospects are average. In 2010, there were 3,500 engineers in Louisiana. Of these engineers, 50 were working in the greater Ruston area. By the year 2018, the number of engineers is expected to increase by 9% in Ruston. This anticipated change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for engineers.
The average salary you can expect to earn as an engineer in Ruston is $89,290 per year. This is higher than the state-wide average salary for engineers.