2017Texas Tech UniversityYear in Review

Our new strategic plan, A Foundation for the Next Century, A Pathway to 2025, builds on the foundation of past successes, respecting the traditions and values that distinguish the Texas Tech experience for students and faculty. Yet, it challenges us to higher levels of productivity and accountability that will strengthen our reputation as an elite, but inclusive, university.”
    - President Lawrence Schovanec

President Lawrence Schovanec

Letter from the President

Texas Tech University began this academic year by welcoming our largest freshman class that was characterized by exceptional quality and diversity. Our continued focus on student success helped us attain our highest first-year retention rate and a ninth consecutive year of record enrollment. An increase of more than $8 million in scholarship support contributed to a record number of National Merit Finalists and helped to double the number of Presidential Scholarship recipients. Along with this increase in student quality, the diversity of our freshman class enabled Texas Tech to meet the benchmarks to be designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution. Texas Tech is among only 12 of the 115 universities recognized as a Carnegie Highest Research Activity institution to achieve status as a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Accreditation was approved for Texas Tech University Costa Rica (TTUCR) and our global outreach will be significantly advanced in the coming fall with the enrollment of our first class in San Jose. TTUCR, which has received wide support in Costa Rica, is a four-year institution and the first for the university on foreign soil. TTUCR will provide the Texas Tech educational experience for students in Costa Rica and Central America, as well as enhanced study abroad opportunities for students on our Lubbock campus.

The completion of a new strategic plan, A Foundation for the Next Century, A Pathway to 2025, will help guide us to the 100th anniversary of our first admitted class. The document represents the dedicated commitment and collective wisdom of a broad range of university, alumni, and community stakeholders over the past year. The plan provides recommendations and benchmarks that will measure our progress in becoming a world-class research university that is recognized for its educational programs and focus on student success.

Our foundation and successes over these nearly 100 years are due to the commitment of so many – faculty, staff, students, alumni and supporters – who have left their mark on Texas Tech. Achievements such as those highlighted in this year’s report are a tribute to their contributions and vision. I invite you to take a moment to review the information within this report and learn more about Texas Tech University, our accomplishments, and our many points of pride.


Lawrence Schovanec Signature

Lawrence Schovanec, President

University Highlights

Record Enrollment – 37,010

Record Freshman Enrollment – 5,885
– Record Numbers of National Merit Finalists, Presidential Scholars, and Diversity

Record 1-Year Retention – 84.1%

Record Degrees Conferred – 7,797

Record Total Research Expenditures - $185M
– 39% Increase Since 2012


U.S. Top 100 Public Institution Rankings:

  • Carnegie ‘Highest Research Activity’ Category of Institutions of Higher Learning
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • Washington Monthly
  • Forbes College Rankings
  • Forbes Best Value Colleges
  • Times Higher Education World University Rankings – U.S.
  • Payscale College Salary Report

Global Rankings:

  • #487 – U.S. News & World Report Global Rankings
  • #500 – Center for World University Rankings
  • #501-600 – Academic Rankings of World Universities
  • #501-600 – Times Higher Education Global Ranking

Texas Tech University2017 Accomplishments

Accreditation Affirmed For Texas Tech University Costa Rica

The university’s first international campus is now included in the accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Texas Tech Meets Enrollment Criteria To Qualify As Hispanic Serving Institution

University admits most diverse class in history of TTU; among limited number of Carnegie Highest Research Activity universities to achieve designation.

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Texas Tech Rolls Out New Plan as Centennial Nears

Lawrence Schovanec presented the university's top strategic goals in his annual state of the university address.

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Texas Tech University Remains a Tremendous Value to Students, Graduates

The university has been widely recognized as possessing a great return on investment in terms of cost of attendance and projected salaries for those earning a degree.

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Success2017 Accomplishments

Knight Raiders Place Second at Chess Final Four

After winning third place three years in a row, the Texas Tech chess team took second place at the 2017 President's Cup in New York City.

Four Texas Tech Students Earn Fulbright Grants

Students earn the opportunity to conduct research in foreign countries.

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Texas Tech Expands Undergraduate Research Options With Pi2 Program

The program began in the fall with its first 100 participants.

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Law Students Win American Bar Association National Championship

The arbitration team claims its fifth national title.

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Research & Creative Activity2017 Accomplishments

Abstract Art Meets Atmospheric Science

Professors of art and atmospheric science collaborate on a new project that illustrates the science of lightning.

Fishing for One Bad Cell Out of Trillions of Good Ones

A hollow glass bubble about half the width of a human hair could result in a major step forward in early cancer diagnosis.

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The Texas Liberator: Witness To The Holocaust

The project, led by a group of Texas Tech faculty and students, focuses on Texas veterans who participated in the liberation of Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

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From Field to Fabric

Cotton is still king in Texas, which produces the vast majority of the nation's cotton with about two-thirds of the production occurring in the High Plains area in the northern portion of the state.

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Outreach & Engagement2017 Accomplishments

Engineering Students Help Build a Better Life for Children

The engineering students designed and developed a robotic hand and a mobilized wheelchair for two kids at Bean Elementary.

Sea Turtles and Sandy Beaches: CALUE Completes First International Service Break Trip

Five Texas Tech University students and two staff members traveled to Costa Rica, where they served with Verdiazul’s Sea Turtle Conservation Project.

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Texas Tech Orchestra, Choir Paint the Town Red in New York City

Red Raiders spent Memorial Day weekend exploring the city and delivering two performances, including a Memorial Day concert in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.

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Student Spotlight: Anna Claire Beasley Leads Fight Against Human Trafficking

Texas Tech's Honors College and College of Media & Communication student Anna Claire Beasley uses her skills to increase awareness about all forms of trafficking.

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Expansion2017 Accomplishments

Texas Tech Unveils Honors College Residence Hall

As the newest addition to University Student Housing, the pod-style residence hall will house more than 300 students.

Officials Break Ground on Experimental Sciences Building II

The 117,000-square-foot facility will greatly expand the university’s research potential.

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Tech Celebrates Opening of Sports Performance Center

Texas Tech unveiled the donor-funded, $48 million Sports Performance Center in a ribbon cutting ceremony as part of The Campaign for Fearless Champions.

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Texas Tech Breaks Ground on School of Theatre and Dance Complex

The renovations and expansion will give students, faculty and staff access to innovative technology and updated learning, rehearsal and performance spaces.

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May 7, 2018