Texas Tech University

2019 President's Report



Throughout its 97-year history, Texas Tech University has realized many defining moments that build on previous successes and further strengthen the foundation for future growth and accomplishments.

The many highlights of 2019 included the historic approval for the Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine by the state legislature and Governor Abbott. Several years of planning and exceptional civic and philanthropic support made possible the state's first new veterinary school in more than a century.

Texas Tech also added an important designation as the Department of Education named the university a Hispanic Serving Institution. This recognition reflects the commitment of the university to provide access for all students seeking a degree in higher education and helps us support enhanced educational opportunities for a more transformative experience.

We continued to strategically grow our student body for the 11th consecutive year. Our record enrollment included all-time highs in Presidential Scholars, National Merit Finalists and graduate students. Our continued focus on student success is reflected in attainment of record retention and graduation rates and degrees awarded.

I hope you enjoy learning more about these accomplishments and others that are part of this 2019 President's Report.


Lawrence Schovanec, President

Texas Tech Breaks Ground on the State's First Veterinary School in a Century


Student Investment at Record Levels

More than $24M Increase since 2016

Increased investment in need and merit-based scholarships

  • Presidential Scholars Record

3,370 — Presidential Scholars among first-year students.


Texas Tech University set an enrollment record for the 11th consecutive fall semester.



29% increase over 10 years

  • Retention record


1-year retention rate

6% increase over last 10 years
  • Degrees Conferred


Texas Tech bestowed a record number of degrees during the 2019 academic year

  • First-Generation Students

31.2% Increase Over the Last 10 Years

  • national merit finalists records

Four-fold Increase in National Merit Finalists

New Experimental Sciences Building II Expands University's Research Potential


  • Research Expenditures

$188.2 M

Total research expenditures

22.4% increase over five years, top 14% nationally



Record Doctorates Awarded

Top 50 Among Public Institutions

Center for Measuring University Performance
  • Innovation Hub

Texas Tech Research Inc.

Creation of New 501c3 Non-Profit Organization to Expand Entrepreneurial Activity

Inaugural Research Park Board Meeting Focuses on Progress, Future Goals

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Top 50

Endowment Among Public Institutions

Top 75 in Fundraising Activity

Center for Measuring University Performance


Best Value College, Forbes, 2019
Increase of 22 spots from 2018


Among the top 3% of the universities in the world

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

Top 100 Public Universities in the U.S.

  • U.S. News & World Report
  • Forbes Best Value Colleges
  • Times Higher Education World University Rankings (U.S.)
  • Athletics Department

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Sports competed in the NCAA postseason with one Final Four appearance, a trip to the Men's College World Series, and a National Champion!

Men's Basketball, Men's Track & Field, and Baseball Highlight Athletic Season

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