LeTourneau University is a private Christian school in East Texas, USA (specifically, Longview).

The LeTourneau web site (http://www.letu.edu) gives a bit of information about the history of the school:

LeTourneau University was founded in 1946 by R.G. and Evelyn LeTourneau as the LeTourneau Technical Institute of Texas. Its primary purpose was to provide technical training to returning GI's after World War II. By 1961 the institution had outgrown the tech school mold and became LeTourneau College. It offered a complete four-year curriculum, including both technical and non-technical majors. In 1961 it also became coeducational.

Today the school offers numerous undergraduate degrees, most of which are Engineering, Aeronautics and Computer Science focused. The Liberal Arts, Business and Educational departments are slowly helping to round-out the overwhelmingly techie (and male) student population. The school also offers extensive business and management graduate classes in Houston, Dallas, Tyler and Longview.

Most of the 1,500 students live on campus, as the school requires all freshmen and sophomores to live in dorms or on-campus apartments. The campus is in the south side of Longview, it is often called an oasis among low-income housing. The mostly Caucasion students are in stark contrast to the African-American and Hispanic populace.

The school's mascot is a yellowjacket and the colors are yellow and blue. Chapel attendance is required three times a week. Students generally find the cafeteria highly disagreable in taste and to the digestive track. Short 10-15 minute devotions are held before each class by the professor or a student. The campus is completely networked, with 100-mbit connections available nearly everywhere. That's good because everyone has a computer.

Despite the large geek populace, soccer, football, volleyball, and basketball intramurals are highly valued. Somewhat unique to LeTourneau is floor pride. Every floor in the dorms has its own student-created name, logo, and t-shirt. Floors often have rivalries and freshman "orientation" to build floor unity.

LeTourneau boasts many student-led foundations and a very active student senate. Student senate has a large amount of money allocated to it each year to fund spring break missions, campus activities, and other projects as deemed by the representative body. The YellowJacket Activities Council helps to fend off boredom in the small town by creating as many diversions as possible. Concerts, midnight festivals, movies, paintball, valentine parties and other activities help keep the students from going completely mad.

The school emphasises integrating faith with education and does so very well. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the student body is made of students desiring to serve God in their line of work.

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