Texas Tech University

Quick Facts

Committed to teaching and the advancement of knowledge, Texas Tech University, a comprehensive public research university, provides the highest standards of excellence in higher education, fosters intellectual and personal development, and stimulates meaningful research and service to humankind.

Research Classification

Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's “Highest Research Activity” category.

Texas Tech University is among 115 universities and colleges in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's “Highest Research Activity” category. The University also is only one of 81 publics listed.

Accreditation

Texas Tech University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees and certificates. The organization reaffirmed the University's accreditation for 10 years in 2015. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Texas Tech University.

Founded

Texas Tech University was created by legislative action in 1923 and has the distinction of being the largest comprehensive higher education institution in the western two-thirds of the state of Texas. The university is the major institution of higher education in a region larger than 46 of the nation's 50 states and is the only campus in Texas that is home to a major university, law school and medical school. Originally named Texas Technological College, the college opened in 1925 with six buildings and an enrollment of 914. Graduate instruction did not begin until 1927 within the school of Liberal Arts. A “Division of Graduate Studies” was established in 1935 and eventually became known as the Graduate School in 1954. By action of the Texas State Legislature, Texas Technological College formally became Texas Tech University on September 1, 1969.

Location

Texas Tech University is located on the South Plains of West Texas in Lubbock (pop. 243,839). As the University was being established, several potential locations, including Floydada, Plainview, Big Spring, and Sweetwater were considered, before Lubbock was selected.

Facilities

The campus, which boasts Spanish Renaissance architecture, was described by American author James A. Michener as the “most beautiful west of the Mississippi until you get to Stanford” and by Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated as “easily one of the ten most beautiful campuses” he had seen. Many of the newly constructed buildings qualify for LEED certification, yet maintain the consistent Spanish theme throughout campus.

Student Profile

In fall 2016, a record 36,551 students were enrolled in the University. Of those, 29,963 were undergraduate, 6,058 graduate, and 530 law students. Hispanic students make up 22.4 percent of the overall percentage, while Caucasian students account for 58.3 percent.

Prestigious Scholarships

Over the span of Texas Tech University's history, 39 students have received the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship and 34 students have been named Fulbright Finalists in the last 10 years, including a record four in 2017.

Faculty and Staff Profile

Texas Tech University has 1,546 full-time and 194 part-time faculty.

Student Organizations

There are more than 450 organizations at Texas Tech University in which students can get involved.

Study Abroad

More than 1,300 (1,333 to be exact) participated in Study Abroad by traveling to other countries and engaging in scholarship during the 2016-17 academic year.

Athletics

Texas Tech University's Red Raiders are members of the Big 12 Conference (use Big 12 logo) and compete in 17 varsity sports, including nine women's and eight men's programs.

Libraries

Texas Tech University Libraries include the main library, Architecture Library, Law Library, Southwest Collection, Vietnam Archive, and Health Sciences Center Library.

Tuition

Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $10,772 for undergraduate instate or bordering states students and $8,486 for graduate students.

Visitors Center

The Texas Tech University Visitor's Center is located in West Hall off the main entrance from University Ave. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact a representative at (806) 742-1480 or admissions@ttu.edu.

Alumni Association

Created in 1927, the Texas Tech Alumni Association represents more than 200,000 alumni across the world.

Parents Association

The Texas Tech Parents Association was founded in 1956 and provides a network for parents, student scholarships and achievement awards, faculty awards, and a variety of programs and services to help make the family experience at Texas Tech memorable.

Endowment

Texas Tech University's endowment in 2016 was $662.6 million. In the latest Center for Measuring University Performance rankings (2016), the University's endowment ranked 134 overall and 49 among all public institutions.