University description (as per official university website)
Lamar Institute of Technology traces its roots back to March 8, 1923, when the South Park School District in Beaumont authorized its superintendent to proceed with plans to open a “junior college of the first class.” On Sept. 17, 1923, South Park Junior College opened with 125 students and a faculty of 14. Located on the third floor of the South Park High School building, the college shared the library and athletic facilities with the high school. In 1932, separate facilities were provided, and the name of the institution was changed to Lamar College, to honor Mirabeau B. Lamar, second president of the Republic of Texas and the “Father of Education” in Texas.
On June 8, 1942, as a result of a public campaign, a new campus was purchased, and classes were held for the first time on the present-day campus in Beaumont, After World War II, the college grew to 1,079, and a bill to make Lamar a state-supported senior college was introduced in the House of Representatives. The legislature approved the Lamar bill (House Bill 52) on June 4, 1949, creating Lamar State College of Technology effective Sept. 1, 1951. Lamar was the first junior college in Texas to become a four-year, state-supported college. Uniquely, Lamar retained much of its traditional community college mission, particularly in vocational programs, while continuing to grow with strong programs in engineering, sciences, business, and education.
Lamar Institute of Technology welcomes any student interested in education and personal improvement. The Office of Student Services provides complete admissions assistance for entering students. Professionally trained personnel assist prospective students in assembling all admission credentials so that a transition into the college environment can be as smooth and problem-free as possible. Correspondence pertaining to admissions should be addressed to the Office of Student Services, Lamar Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 10043, Beaumont, TX 77710.
Lamar Institute of Technology, a two-year component of The Texas State University System, offers educational opportunity through an open-admissions policy which admits students who can benefit from post-secondary education. Lamar Institute of Technology admits students without regard to race, color, creed, gender, age, national origin or disabilities. Lamar Institute of Technology does reserve the right to verify the citizenship and residency of any prospective student.
A student may be admitted to Lamar Institute of Technology based on one of the following criteria:
• High School Graduate
• High School Completer
• GED Certificate Holder
• Dual Enrollment Student
• Readmission of Student
• Transfer Student
• International Student
All methods of admission listed above require completion of an Application for Admission. Application can be found online at www.lit.edu or at the Office of Student Services.
Admission to Lamar Institute of Technology does not guarantee admission to specific courses or programs of study. Prerequisites and co-requisites are required for some courses. Lamar Institute of Technology reserves the right to refuse admission or readmission to any applicant who does not satisfy the admission criteria.
The student enrollment at Lamar Institute Of Technology was 2,590 in 2007 (1,723 full-time equivalent).
Undergrads are 100% of enrolled students.
Students living in the US make up 100% of incoming freshmen.
A wide variety of scholarships are offered each year to students at the Lamar Institute of Technology. Scholarships are funds that cover all or a portion of the student’s educational expenses. There are two types of scholarships awarded through the Institute: those administered solely by LIT and those administered by the Institute at the request of donors, who determine criteria and select recipients themselves.
Funds administered by the Scholarship Committee are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, programs of study, or special skills demonstrated by students. Consideration is given to extra-curricular activities such as leadership positions, career accomplishments, or honors and awards received. Departmental scholarships may also be available based on a student’s chosen field of study.
Students applying for scholarships administered by the Institute of Technology should apply to the Office of Student Financial Aid by February 15. An academic transcript must be submitted with the scholarship application if a student wishes to be considered for award in the upcoming academic year.