Texas Tech University

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Texas Tech University (TTU) is a research and liberal arts university in Lubbock, Texas, offering 150 undergraduate degree programs, 100 master's degree programs, and 50 doctoral degree programs.  It has 11 colleges, a graduate school and a school of law.

Texas Tech has a fine faculty and its alumni include astronauts, governors, ambassadors, Olympic Gold Medallists, Pulitzer Prize winners, and prominent actors.


Texas Tech was founded on the South Plains of West Texas in 1923 as Texas Technological College. It opened in 1925 with 914 students.  It became Texas Tech University in 1969.


Texas Tech follows the semester system, with fall and spring semesters, as well as two summer sessions.  The academic calendar for the School of Law varies slightly from the academic calendar of Texas Tech University's other schools and programs.

Colleges and Schools

Texas Tech University has 11 colleges, in addition to its Graduate School and School of Law.  Texas Tech has several institutes and centers that conduct scholarly work from within each of its schools and colleges.

Texas Tech University's colleges are:

  • College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
  • College of Architecture
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering
  • Honors College
  • College of Human Sciences
  • College of Mass Communications
  • College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • University College

Student Life

There are many student services and programs available at TTU, including several available through its International Cultural Center that houses its Office of International Affairs.  Through this office, students can participate in the Study Abroad program, among others.

TTU also has hundreds of organizations and clubs available for students to become involved in, including several chapters of fraternities and sororities.

A main attraction on the Texas Tex University campus is the United Spirit Arena, a 15,000-seat facility that hosts a full calendar of arts and entertainment, including top-name concerts and exhibits. The TTU basketball and volleyball games are held in this arena, as well as the university's commencement ceremonies.


Texas Tech University has many traditions, and the Masked Rider may be its most well known tradition. The oldest and most popular mascot of TTU, the Masked Rider wears a red shirt and black cape, and rides a black horse to lead the athletic team out onto the field for all home games.  Other notable traditions at Texas Tech are its Matador Song, which is sung at many athletics events, and its Double T symbol, a logo that graces the school's jerseys.


The "Red Raiders" and the "Lady Raiders" athletics teams of Texas Tech University have won many championships, and are top competitors in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

The Texas Tech University System is made up of three institutions: Angelo State University, the Health Sciences Center, and Texas Tech University.  Each of these institutions has several locations throughout the southwest Texas area.  Angelo State also offers distance-learning programs.

Community Life

TTU is located in Lubbock, Texas, in the South Plains area south of the Texas Panhandle.  The city was named for Thomas S. Lubbock, a former Texas Ranger and Confederate Officer, whose brother was the governor of Texas during the Civil War.  The Lubbock area is host to thriving manufacturing and agricultural industries.  The TTU campus is noted for having the feeling of a small liberal arts college, though it boasts top-level research programs, an award-winning faculty, and an international student body.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may provide a better idea of the candidates Texas Tech University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at Texas Tech University is about 36,000, with undergraduate students making up about 82% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $15,000. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $60 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • In-State: $5,300-$6,300
    • Out-of-State: $15,000-$17,560
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $220-$260 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $610-$730 per credit unit
  • Some programs may have tuition rates that will remain the same as the first year for up to five years.

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid74%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships50%$6,698
Receiving Student Loans46%$8,550

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Texas Tech University may provide services like those listed below:

  • Distance learning
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Texas Tech University is approximately 59%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years33%
Graduating in 5 Years21%
Graduating in 6 Years5%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dance Program (more info)
  • Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Health Services Administration Program
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
  • Theatre Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

Texas Tech University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Big Twelve Conference)
  • Basketball (Big Twelve Conference)
  • Track and Field (Big Twelve Conference)
  • Football (Big Twelve Conference)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Military Technology

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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