Bragging Points & Rankings

About Texas Tech

Academic

  • Texas Tech conferred more than 8,000 degrees for the first time during the 2017-18 academic year with 8,534. The university eclipsed 7,000 for the first time in 2012.
  • In the most recent Center for Measuring University Performance rankings, Texas Tech is listed No. 60 overall and No. 42 among public research institutions with 336 doctoral degrees conferred in 2015. The number increased to 346 in 2017.
  • A record number 1,639 master's degrees were awarded in 2016.
  • Texas Tech students have won numerous national championships, including more than 100 in the College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources.
  • Law students have picked up 33 national championships in the last five years.
  • A national-leading ten Texas Tech faculty were named Fulbright Scholars in 2013 and a record four students earned the distinction in 2017. In the last 10 years, 37 faculty members have received Fulbright Scholar recognition.
  • Students in Texas Tech's rigorous creative writing program in the Department of English work alongside award-winning faculty, who mentor and guide students through the creative process. Students in the program have had their works featured in The New Yorker, Southern Review, Paris Review, Carolina Quarterly, and Indiana Review, among others.

Alumni

  • Ed Whitacre (1964) is the only person to lead two Fortune Top 10 companies, as he was a long-time CEO of AT&T and served in the same role at General Motors.
  • Susan Graham (1983) is an accomplished mezzo-soprano, who has performed in operas around the world. She also performed at President George W. Bush's second inauguration and Senator Edward Kennedy's funeral.
  • Ginger Kerrick (1993) was the first Hispanic female NASA Flight Director.
  • Space Shuttle Columbia commander Rick Husband (1980) is one of three astronauts to attend Texas Tech.
  • Daniel I.J. Thornton (1932) of Colorado, John Burroughs (1929) of New Mexico, and Preston Smith (1934) of Texas all served their states as governor.
  • Lauro Cavazos (1949, 51) was the first Hispanic Secretary of Education under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. His brother, Richard, is the U.S.'s first Hispanic four-star general and brother, Bobby, was a second-team All-American running back at Texas Tech.
  • Angela Braley (1982), former President and CEO for WellPoint, Inc.
Susan GrahamRick Husband
Angela Braley

Athletics

  • Texas Tech began intercollegiate athletic competition in football, men's basketball and baseball during the inaugural academic year of classes in 1925-26.
  • Jones AT&T Stadium, home of the Red Raider Football team, opened in 1947, and has expanded from an initial capacity of 27,000 to more than 60,000 currently.
  • The Lady Raiders women's basketball program brought home the 1993 NCAA National Championship. Sheryl Swoopes garnered National Player of the Year honors, while head coach Marsha Sharp was twice named National Coach of the Year.
  • Texas Tech joined the Southwest Conference in 1956, following 24 years as a member of the Border Conference. The teams competed in the SWC until 1996, when the league merged with the Big Eight Conference to form the Big 12 Conference.
  • Longtime Lady Raider basketball coach Marsha Sharp and former Lady Raider All-American & WNBA Player of the Year, Sheryl Swoopes, are members of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

Campus Life

  • More than 460 organizations are available to students. Everything from religious to service to Greek organizations and more offer ample opportunity for student involvement.
  • Intramurals are active at Texas Tech and the facilities at which students participate are second-to-none.
  • A model feature for many universities around the country, the Leisure Pool at the Student Recreation Center has often been cited as one of the top reasons students choose Texas Tech…in addition to the academic offerings, of course.
  • Students are entertained throughout the academic year with concerts, movies, performances, and much more in the state-of-the-art Allen Theatre in the Student Union Building. Events like Lubbock Lights and the Presidential Lecture and Performance Series bring to campus the very best of local, national, and international talent, including Cheech Marin, Cokie Roberts, The Manhattan Transfer, and Garrison Keillor.
  • The university strives to do its part in supporting and providing opportunities for military personnel, veterans, and their families. Texas Tech has received many accolades for its efforts, including being designated one of the first Purple Heart Universities in 2013. The Office of Military and Veterans Programs (MVP) plays an important role as a valuable resource.
Military order Purple Heart

Enrollment

  • Texas Tech has set enrollment records each of the last 10 years, including 38,209 in Fall 2018.
  • Graduate enrollment experienced a record with 6,058 students enrolled in fall 2016.
  • Hispanic students made up 27.8 percent of the Fall 2017 undergraduate class, which reflects an increase of 54 percent since 2011. HSI Texas Tech met the criteria for application as a Hispanic Serving Institution with more than 25% of the undergraduate student body being Hispanic.
  • A record 2,378 African-American students enrolled in Fall 2018, representing a 30.5 percent five-year increase.
  • Texas Tech's one-year retention rate of 85 percent in Fall 2018 is the a record, while the two-year rate of 74.5 percent and three-year rate of 69.5 percent also are records.
  • Texas Tech was named a Diversity Champion by INSIGHT Into Diversity in 2017 and 2018. The university continually receives recognition for its foci on promotion and enhancing a diverse and inclusive environment for all students.
Diversity Champion

History

  • When Texas Technological College was being established, among the locations for the campus were Lubbock, Floydada, Plainview, Big Spring and Sweetwater.
  • When the doors opened in 1925, four schools composed the university – agriculture, engineering, home economics, and liberal arts.
  • The establishment of the University was originally vetoed by the governor in 1921. The people of West Texas were so outraged, it was reported they recommended West Texas secede from the state.
  • The University's name was changed to Texas Tech University in 1969.
  • The award-winning Goin' Band from Raiderland was established in 1925, and it has been widely noted Will Rogers purchased uniforms for the band and financed its trip to Fort Worth, so the band could perform at a game against TCU. A great distinction of the Goin' Band is it's never lost a halftime.
  • The National Ranching Heritage Center takes visitors back in time to the days of the covered wagon and life on the range. The NRHC features nearly 50 ranch buildings, some dating back to the 18th century. Visitors can view the exhibits through a self-guided walking tour.
TTU Admin building under construction

Research

  • Total research expenditures at the university reached an all-time high of $184,342,000 in fiscal year 2017, which represents a 39.1 percent increase since 2012.
  • The Innovation Hub at Research Park is a state-of-the-art center for innovation and entrepreneurialism. It supports the economic growth of the state and region fostering public-private partnership and providing a place for the campus entrepreneur community to learn and launch a startup.
  • The Biological Threat Research Laboratory, a BSL-3 lab, is housed at The Institute for Environmental and Human Health at the former Reese Air Force Base and gives the university the ability to perform both basic and applied research related to biological agents and toxins that have the potential to impact human and animal health.
  • The WildWind Performance Lab in the School of Theatre & Dance focuses on more than performance and explores the processes, forms, ideas and techniques of performance. The lab gives students an opportunity to learn and grow by encouraging a different point of view toward theatre and dance and brings in nationally recognized guest artists to work directly with TTU theatre and dance students.
  • Five National Academy of Engineering (NAE) members reside in the Whitacre College of Engineering. Membership in the NAE is one of the most distinguished honors engineering researchers and faculty can receive.
  • To learn more about Texas Tech's research enterprise, visit the Office of Research and Innovation website.
  • The Program in Inquiry and Investigative Thinking, or Pi2, gives students the opportunity to work alongside faculty in the classroom and labs. Students accepted into the program as freshmen will enter into one of five cohorts, depending on their area of study. Scholars advance from the classroom in the first year to laboratories in year two and beyond. The innovative program allows close collaboration with faculty and invaluable hands-on experiences.

U.S. Rankings

#1

Best College for the Money (all undergraduates) in the Southwest, per College Factual, 2018.

#2

Ranking among Big 12 institutions in terms of return on investment, per Payscale.com, 2018.

#22

Best Colleges for the Money (no aid), per CollegeFactual.com, 2018.

#26

Ranking among Carnegie “Highest Activity Research” public institutions in terms of return on investment, per Payscale.com, 2018.

#48

Return on investment ranking among all Carnegie “Highest Activity Research” public institutions, per Payscale.com, 2018.

#70

Top public universities in the U.S., per Niche, 2018.

#79

Top Colleges among all public institutions, per Forbes Best Value College Rankings, 2018.

#91

Best Colleges for the Money (with aid), per CollegeFactual.com, 2018.

#100

Top public universities in the U.S., per U.S. News & World Report, 2018.

#126

Times Higher Education Top Universities in the U.S., 2018.

#138

Best Value Colleges, per Forbes Best Value College Rankings, 2018.

#187

National Universities, per U.S. News & World Report, 2018.

#242

Best Colleges for Your Money, per Money Magazine, 2019.

#291

Ranking among America's Top Colleges, per Forbes, 2018.

Global Rankings

#260

Top ranked universities in the world, per Round University Ranking, 2018.

#401-500

Top Ranked Universities in the World, per Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai), 2018.

#419

Top ranked universities in the world, per University Ranking by Academic Performance, 2018.

#437

Top ranked universities in the world, per Center for World University Rankings, 2018.

#487

Top ranked universities in the world, per U.S. News & World Report Global Rankings, 2017.

#601-800

Top Ranked Universities in the World, per Times Higher Education, 2018.

#701-750

Top ranked universities in the world, per QS World University Rankings, 2018.

Program Rankings

#1

Best Value ranking of Agricultural Economics and Business program, per College Factual, 2018.

#1

Most Popular ranking of Interior Architecture program, per College Factual, 2018.

#2

Best Value rank of Information Science program, per College Factual, 2018.

#2

Best Value ranking of Hospitality Management program, per College Factual, 2018.

#2

Best Value rank of Family, Consumer & Human Sciences program, per College Factual, 2018.

#2

Best Value rank of Human Development & Family Studies program, per College Factual, 2018.

#2

Best Value rank of Music program, per College Factual, 2018.

#3

Highest Paid Graduates ranking of Horticulture graduates, per College Factual, 2018.

#3

Most Popular ranking of Marketing program, per College Factual, 2018.

#3

Best Value rank of Consumer & Human Sciences program, per College Factual, 2018.

#3

Best Value rank of Mathematics program, per College Factual, 2018.

#4

Petroleum Engineering program, per U.S. News & World Report, 2017.

#4

Best Value ranking of Mechanical Engineering program, per College Factual, 2018.

#5

Best Value ranking of Computer Information Systems program, per CollegeFactual.com, 2018.

#6

Most Popular ranking of Architecture program, per College Factual, 2018.

#6

Best Value ranking of Design & Applied Arts program, per College Factual, 2018.

#6

Best Value ranking of Animal Science Program, per College Factual, 2018.

#6

Most Popular ranking of Architecture program, per College Factual, 2018.

#6

Most Popular ranking of Petroleum Engineering program, per College Factual, 2018.

#6

Best Value ranking of Engineering program, per College Factual, 2018.

#6

Highest Paid Graduates ranking of Agricultural Economics and Business graduates, per College Factual, 2018.

#6

Best Value rank of Drama & Theater Arts program, per College Factual, 2018.

#6

Best Value ranking of Civil Engineering program, per College Factual, 2018.

#6

Best Value ranking of Electrical Engineering program, per College Factual, 2018.

#6

Best Value ranking of English Language and Literature programs, per College Factual, 2018.

#7

Best Value ranking of Geological & Earth Sciences program, per College Factual, 2018.

#7

Best Value ranking of Architecture program, per College Factual, 2018.

#7

Best Value rank of Visual & Performing Arts program, per College Factual, 2018.

#7

Best Value rank of History program, per College Factual, 2018.

#8

Most Popular ranking of Architecture program, per College Factual, 2018.

#8

Top Ranked Family, Consumer & Human Sciences program, per College Factual, 2018.

#8

Best Value rank of Design & Applied Arts program, per College Factual, 2018.

#8

Highest Paid Graduates rank of Design & Applied Arts program, per College Factual, 2018.

#8

Best Value rank of Geological & Earth Sciences program, per College Factual, 2018.

#8

Most Popular rank of Human Development & Family Studies program, per College Factual, 2018.

#9

Best Value ranking of Agriculture program, per College Factual, 2018.

#9

Best Value ranking of Industrial Engineering program, per College Factual, 2018.

#9

Most Popular rank of Family, Consumer & Human Sciences program, per College Factual, 2018.

#9

Best Value ranking of Chemical Engineering program, per College Factual, 2018.

#9

Most Popular ranking of Marketing program, per College Factual, 2017.

#9

Highest Paid Graduates ranking of Landscape Architecture graduates, per College Factual, 2018.

#9

Best Value ranking of Romance Languages program, per College Factual, 2018.

#10

Best Value ranking of Liberal Arts/Sciences & Humanities program, per College Factual, 2018..

#11

Highest Paid Graduates ranking of Public Relations and Advertising graduates, per College Factual, 2018.

#11

High Paid Graduates ranking of Zoology program graduates, per College Factual, 2018.

#11

Most Popular ranking of General Family & Consumer Sciences program, per College Factual, 2018.

#15

Highest Paid Graduates ranking of Animal Science graduates, per College Factual, 2018.

#16

Most Popular ranking of Public Relations & Advertising program, per College Factual, 2018.

#21

Most Popular ranking of Food, Nutrition & Related Services program, per CollegeFactual.com, 2018.

#21

Top Ranked Human Development and Family Studies program, per CollegeFactual.com, 2018.

Top 25

Ranking of Department of Plant and Soil Science in the world for precision agriculture, per Precision Ag magazine.

#82

Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs, by U.S. News & World Report, 2017.

#86

Best Colleges for Accounting and Finance in America, by Niche, 2017.

#109

Business programs, per U.S. News & World Report, 2017.

Online Rankings

OnlineColleges.com

14

Top Colleges for Online Education, 2019

U.S. News & World Report

16

Best Online Engineering Programs, 2018

TheBestSchools.org

1

The Best Online Colleges in Texas, 2018

2

The 10 Best Online Doctorate in Educational Administration Degree Programs, 2018

28

The 30 Best Hospitality Programs in the U.S., 2018

35

The 100 Best Online Colleges in the U.S., 2018

44

50 Public Colleges with the Best Return on Investment, 2018

Best College Reviews

4

Best Online High School Programs, 2018

GuideToOnlineSchools.com

1

Best Online Colleges in Texas, 2018

1

Best Online Colleges for Industrial Engineering, 2018

3

Best Online Colleges for Mechanical Engineering, 2018

5

Best Online College for Students with Disabilities, 2018

6

Best Online Colleges for Special Education, 2018

9

Most Affordable Online College for Students with Disabilities, 2018

21

Best Online Colleges for Civil Engineering, 2018

OnlineU.org

2

Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Communication, 2018

2

Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in English, 2018

13

Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Special Education, 2018

20

Most Affordable Online Colleges & Degrees, 2018

23

Most Affordable Online Colleges Offering Master's Degrees, 2018

Online-Psychology-Degrees.org

5

Top Master's Degree Programs: Online Psychology Degrees, 2018

Zippia.com

2

The 5 Best Colleges for Human Development Majors in Texas, 2018

AffordableColleges.com

3

Affordable Online Master's in Engineering Degrees, 2018

17

Affordable Online Bachelor's Degrees in General Studies, 2018

20

Affordable Online Master's Degrees in Special Education, 2018

47

Affordable Online Master's Degree Programs, 2018

BestColleges.com

1

Best Online Colleges in Texas, 2018

12

Accredited Online Colleges, 2018

20

America's Most Military Friendly Colleges, 2018

OnlineCollegePlan.com

3

Top 20 Best Online Colleges in the State of Texas, 2018

9

Top 20 Online Colleges with the Best PhD in Psychology, 2018

9

Top 20 Best Online Colleges for Students with Autism, 2018

11

Top 20 Online Nutritionist Degree Programs, 2018

15

Top 20 Online Child Development Degrees, 2018

CollegeValuesOnline.com

1

Top Agriculture Degree Online, 2018

19

Top 30 Best Accredited Colleges Online, 2018

GradSchoolHub.com

3

Most Affordable Online Programs, Ph.D. in Engineering Management, 2018