Bragging Points & Rankings

About Texas Tech

Academic

  • Texas Tech conferred more than 7,000 degrees for the first time in 2012 and set another standard with 7,398 in 2016.
  • In the most recent Center for Measuring University Performance rankings, Texas Tech is listed No. 65 overall and No. 46 among public research institutions with 317 doctoral degrees conferred in 2014. The number increased to 330 in 2016.
  • 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 women's basketball coach Marsha Sharp is a member 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 eight years, including 36,551 in fall 2016.
  • Graduate enrollment also experienced a record with 6,058 students enrolled in fall 2016.
  • Hispanic students make up 24.2 percent of the undergraduate class, which reflects an increase of 54 percent since 2011.
  • A record 2,186 African-American students were enrolled in fall 2016. This represents an increase of 61 percent since 2010.
  • Each year since 2007, transfer enrollment has increased, including 3,070 transfer students in fall 2016.
  • Texas Tech's one-year retention rate of 84 percent from 2015-16 is the highest in 10 years, while the two-year rate of 74 percent is a record.
  • Texas Tech was named a Diversity Champion by INSIGHT Into Diversity in 2016. 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 $166,494,038 in fiscal year 2016, which represents a 20.4 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 the Vice President for Research 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

#21

Ranking among Carnegie “Highest Activity Research” institutions in terms of return on investment, per Payscale.com, 2017; #46 among all public institutions.

#46

Return on investment ranking among all public institutions, per Payscale.com, 2017.

#61

Return on Investment ranking among Carnegie “Highest Research Activity” public institutions, per Forbes Best Value College Rankings, 2017.

#95

Top public universities in the U.S., per U.S. News & World Report, 2017.

#101

Top Research Universities in the U.S., per Washington Monthly, 2017.

#115

Top Colleges among all public institutions, per Forbes Best Value College Rankings, 2017.

#126

Times Higher Education Top Universities in the U.S., 2017.

#142

Top National Universities, per Washington Monthly, 2017.

#146

Ranking among all institutions in terms of return on investment, per Payscale.com, 2017.

#176

National Universities, per U.S. News & World Report, 2017.

#261

Best Colleges for Your Money, per Money Magazine, 2017.

#298

Best Value Colleges, per Forbes Best Value College Rankings, 2017.

#314

Ranking among America's Top Colleges, per Forbes, 2017.

Global Rankings

#487

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

#500

Top ranked universities in the world, per Center for World University Rankings, 2017.

#501-600

Top Ranked Universities in the World, per Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai), 2017.

#501-600

Top Ranked Universities in the World, per Times Higher Education, 2017.

#701-750

Top ranked universities in the world, per QS World University Rankings, 2017.

Program Rankings

#1

Best Value ranking of Agricultural Economics and Business program, per College Factual, 2017.

#2

Best Value ranking of Architecture program, per College Factual, 2017.

#2

Best Value ranking of Hospitality Management program, per College Factual, 2017.

#3

Best Value ranking of Animal Science Program, per College Factual, 2017.

#3

Highest Paid Graduates ranking of Horticulture graduates, per College Factual, 2017.

#3

Highest Paid Graduates ranking of Marketing program, per College Factual, 2017.

#3

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

#4

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

#4

Best Value ranking of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology programs, per College Factual, 2017.

#4

Best Value ranking of Industrial Engineering program, per College Factual, 2017.

#4

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

#4

Online Programs/ELearning, per TheBestSchools.org, 2016.

#5

Most Popular ranking of Petroleum Engineering program, per College Factual, 2017.

#6

Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs, per U.S. News & World Report, 2016.

#6

Online Doctoral Degrees, per AffordableCollegeOnline.org, 2016.

#6

Best Value ranking of Engineering program, per College Factual, 2017.

#6

Best Value ranking of Mechanical Engineering program, per College Factual, 2017.

#6

Highest Paid Graduates ranking of Agricultural Economics and Business graduates, per College Factual, 2017.

#7

Best Value ranking of Architecture program, per College Factual, 2017.

#7

Best Value ranking of Chemical Engineering program, per College Factual, 2017.

#7

Best Value ranking of Civil Engineering program, per College Factual, 2017.

#7

Best Value ranking of Construction Engineering program, per College Factual, 2017.

#7

Best Value ranking of Landscape Architecture program, per College Factual, 2017.

#7

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

#7

Engineering Distance Learning Program, per Gradsource.com, 2017.

#9

Best Value ranking of Electrical Engineering program, per College Factual, 2017.

#9

Highest Paid Graduates ranking of Landscape Architecture graduates, per College Factual, 2017.

#10

Best Value ranking of Biology program, per College Factual, 2017.

#10

Online Special Education Master's Program, per Best Choice Schools, 2016.

#11

Top Online Graduate Computer Information Technology programs, per U.S. News & World Report, 2016.

#11

Best Value ranking of English Language and Literature programs, per College Factual, 2017.

#11

Highest Paid Graduates ranking of Public Relations and Advertising graduates, per College Factual, 2017.

#12

Best Value ranking of Accounting program, per College Factual, 2017.

#12

High Paid Graduates ranking of Zoology program graduates, per College Factual, 2017.

#13

Best Value of Business Administration & Management program, per College Factual, 2017.

#16

Top Online Graduate Engineering program, per U.S. News & World Report, 2016.

#16

Highest Paid Graduates ranking of Animal Science graduates, per College Factual, 2017.

#17

Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs, per U.S. News & World Report, 2016.

#82

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

#89

Best Political Science program, per U.S. News & World Report, 2016.

#94

Best Engineering Schools, per U.S. News & World Report, 2016.

#109

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

#109

Best Online Graduate Education Programs, per U.S. News & World Report, 2016.

#110

Best Online Bachelor's Programs, per U.S. News & World Report, 2016.

#112

Best Education Schools, per U.S. News & World Report, 2016.

#196

Top ranked Agricultural Sciences program, per U.S. News & World Report Global Rankings, 2016.

Miscellaneous Rankings

#78

Top public universities in the U.S., per Niche, 2017.