TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY: AN OVERVIEW
Texas Tech University is a creative and complex hub of scholarship, research, and teaching, as well as the flagship institution of the four-institution Texas Tech University System. Founded in 1923, Texas Tech is the seventh largest university in Texas, with an enrollment of 38,209—31,957, undergraduate; 5,835, graduate; and 417 law students. Under the umbrella of the Texas Tech University System (TTUS), Texas Tech is one of four component institutions. The others are Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, and Angelo State University.
Texas Tech University is among 131 universities and colleges in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’s “Very High Research Activity” category. The University also is only one of 94 public institutions listed. The list is updated every three years and universities must maintain specific criteria to achieve designation. Texas Tech first made the list in 2015.
Texas Tech University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The organization reaffirmed the University’s accreditation for 10 years in 2015.
Texas Tech University was created by legislative action in 1923 and has the distinction of being the largest comprehensive higher education institution in the western two-thirds of the state of Texas. The university is the only major institution of higher education in a region larger than 46 of the nation’s 50 states and is the only campus in Texas that is home to a major university, law school, and medical school. Originally named Texas Technological College, the college opened in 1925 with six buildings and an enrollment of 914. Graduate instruction did not begin until 1927 within the school of Liberal Arts. A “Division of Graduate Studies” was established in 1935 and eventually became known as the Graduate School in 1954. By action of the Texas State Legislature, Texas Technological College formally became Texas Tech University on September 1, 1969.
The campus, which boasts Spanish Renaissance architecture, was described by American author James A. Michener as the “most beautiful west of the Mississippi until you get to Stanford” and by Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated as “easily one of the ten most beautiful campuses” he had seen. Many of the newly constructed buildings qualify for LEED certification, yet maintain the consistent Spanish theme throughout campus.
In fall 2018, 38,209 students were enrolled in the University. Of those, 31,957 were undergraduate, 5,835 graduate, and 417 law students.
Over the span of Texas Tech University’s history, 40 students have received the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship and 34 students have been named Fulbright Finalists in the last 10 years, including a record four in 2017.
Texas Tech University has 1,563 full-time and 199 part-time faculty.
Twelve colleges and schools make up the academic areas at Texas Tech University and offer more than 150 undergraduate degrees, 100 graduate degrees, and 50 doctoral degrees.
There are more than 450 organizations at Texas Tech University in which students can get involved.
More than 1,300 (1,348 to be exact) participated in Study Abroad by traveling to other countries and engaging in scholarship during the 2017-18 academic year.
Texas Tech University’s Service Learning Program is supported by The Center for Transformative Undergraduate Experiences (TrUE) and the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center (TLPDC) and provides information, support, and opportunities concerning service learning to students, faculty, and community members, fostering an appreciation of the academic and social values of community engagement.
Texas Tech University’s Red Raiders are members of the Big 12 Conference and compete in 17 varsity sports, including nine women’s and eight men’s programs.
Texas Tech University’s libraries include the University Library, Architecture Library, Law Library, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Vietnam Archive, and Health Sciences Center Library.
Tuition for the 2018-19 academic year is $10,835 for undergraduate in-state or bordering states students and $8,768 for graduate students.
Texas Tech University’s endowment in 2018 was $757 million (as of February 2018). In the latest Center for Measuring University Performance rankings (2016), the University’s endowment ranked 134 overall and 49 among all public institutions.