Texas Tech University

2018 In Review

Texas Tech University



As Texas Tech University approaches its centennial anniversary, our growth and achievements in the 96 years since our founding are highlighted in the remarkable accomplishments of the last year.

We closed the year with news from The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, which reaffirmed Texas Tech as one of 131 institutions in the “very high research activity” category. Texas Tech University Costa Rica, our first international campus, welcomed its first class to San Jose, while our efforts in international education were recognized by NAFSA with the Sen. Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.

Among the many outreach and engagement initiatives at the university, the East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood project, a multi-agency community effort led by the College of Education, received one of four W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Awards from APLU. We also added the university's first National Academy of Sciences member, Dr. Luis Rafael Herrera-Estrella, a plant stress researcher in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources.

Our enrollment numbers increased to record levels for the 10th-consecutive year, while new benchmarks were set in retention rates. Student success is reflected in a record number of degrees awarded, more than 8,000, which includes 349 doctorates.


Lawrence Schovanec, President

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The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education reaffirmed the university's standing as one of the nation's premier research universities.

1 of 131


1 of 95

Public Institutions

More than $8 Million

Increased investment in need- and merit-based scholarships
  • Presidential Scholars Record

2,933 — Presidential Scholars among first-year students, more than doubling the Fall of 2016.

$757 Million


Top 50 among public institutions


Best Value College, Forbes, 2018
Increase of 160 spots from 2017


Among the top 3% of the universities in the world

  • Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • Center for World University Rankings
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • Times Higher Education
  • QS World University Rankings

Top 100 Public Universities

  • U.S. News & World Report
  • Forbes Best Value Colleges
  • Forbes America's Top Colleges
  • Times Higher Education
    • Best Universities in the U.S.



35% increase over 10 years
6,173 — Record new first-year students


Texas Tech University set an enrollment record for the 10th consecutive fall semester.

  • Retention records


1-year rate
  • Degrees Conferred


Texas Tech bestowed a record number of degrees during the 2018 academic year

  • First-Generation Students

43% Increase Over the Last 10 Years

  • national merit finalists records

57 — On campus
26 — Among first-year students

  • Research Expenditures

$180.1 M

Total research expenditures

22.6% increase over five years, top 14% nationally



Record Doctorates Awarded

Top 50 Among Public Institutions

Center for Measuring University Performance
  • Innovation Hub

$1.26 Million

Innovation Hub Grant Funding Received

$3.5 Million

Federal & Internal Grants Awarded to Startups

$1.1 Million

Startup Capital Raised
  • Athletics Department

6 Programs Reach Elite Status

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