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Texas Tech University Overview

Texas Tech University is a public institution situated in Lubbock, Texas. The location of Texas Tech is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is Texas Tech University Known For?

6,599 Undergraduate Awards
$26,528 Avg Cost After Aid
69% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at Texas Tech is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 89% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Texas Tech bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $51,400 a year. That's about 26% more than their peers at other schools.

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Texas Tech University Rankings

Texas Tech landed the #411 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. Texas Tech also holds the #18 spot on the Best Colleges in Texas ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Texas Tech has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#53 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#118 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#129 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Texas Tech.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Mathematics Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Family & Consumer Economics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best General Family & Consumer Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Biological & Physical Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Music Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Public Administration & Social Service Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Best Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Texas Tech has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#6 Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences College Factual
#6 Best Colleges for Music College Factual
#44 Best Colleges for English Language & Literature College Factual
#54 Best Computer Science Schools Computer Science Degree
#61 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#139 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is Texas Tech University?

Location of Texas Tech University

Contact details for Texas Tech are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Broadway And University Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79409-5005
Phone: 806-742-2011
Website: www.ttu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TexasTechYou
Twitter: https://twitter.com/texastech

How Do I Get Into Texas Tech?

You can apply to Texas Tech online at: www.applytexas.org/

Admission Requirements for Texas Tech

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Texas Tech?

69% Acceptance Rate
52% Of Accepted Are Women
52% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 69%, Texas Tech does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 48% of accepted students are men and 52% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 69%, and the acceptance rate for women is 69%.

Average Test Scores

About 52% of students accepted to Texas Tech submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 620. Math scores were between 530 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Texas Tech University  ( 540 to 620 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Texas Tech University  ( 530 to 620 )
200
800
Texas Tech received ACT scores from 47% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 26. Math scores were between 21 and 26. Composite scores were between 22 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Texas Tech University  ( 21 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Texas Tech University  ( 21 to 26 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Texas Tech University  ( 22 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford Texas Tech University?

$26,528 Net Price
44% Take Out Loans
6.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Texas Tech is $26,528. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Texas Tech, approximately 44% of students took out student loans averaging $8,237 a year. That adds up to $32,948 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Texas Tech is 6.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Texas Tech University Undergraduate Student Diversity

28,062 Full-Time Undergraduates
48% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 32,125 undergraduate students at Texas Tech, with 28,062 being full-time and 4,063 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Texas Tech

There are also 6,617 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 28,062 full-time undergraduates at Texas Tech, 52% are male and 48% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Texas Tech

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Texas Tech University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Texas Tech Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 826
Black or African American 1,764
Hispanic or Latino 8,085
White 15,363
International Students 854
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,170

Geographic Diversity

Texas students aren't the only ones who study at Texas Tech University. At this time, 39 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 122 countries are represented at Texas Tech. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Bangladesh.

Online Learning at Texas Tech University

3,513 Took All Classes Online
19,021 Took At Least One Class Online
12.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 6 bachelor’s degree and 14 master’s degree programs available online at Texas Tech. In 2017-2018, 19,021 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Texas Tech has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 32nd most popular in Texas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Texas Tech

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Texas Tech University was 12.2%. This is the #1,205 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Texas Tech regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Texas Tech majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 7%
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 11%
Communication & Journalism 6%
Computer & Information Sciences 19%
Computer Engineering 47%
English Language & Literature 27%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 7%
General Biology 14%
General English Literature 3%
General Family & Consumer Sciences 26%
Information Science 10%
Political Science & Government 7%
Public Administration 20%
Public Administration & Social Service 4%
Public Relations & Advertising 2%
Social Sciences 3%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 22%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Texas Tech ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Texas Tech.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Science, Technology & Society #1
Family & Consumer Economics #1
Agricultural Public Services #2
Natural Resource Management #3
Plant Sciences #3
General Family & Consumer Sciences #4
Nutrition Science #6
Educational Assessment #7
Industrial Engineering #13
Computer Engineering #13
Natural Resources & Conservation #14
Mathematics #14
Systems Engineering #15
Mechanical Engineering #17
Civil Engineering #18
General English Literature #19
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #19
Public Relations & Advertising #20
Political Science & Government #21
Mathematics & Statistics #22
Information Science #22
Writing Studies #29
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #43
Public Administration #44
English Language & Literature #46
Human Development & Family Studies #47
Engineering #52
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #58
Instructional Media Design #60
Curriculum & Instruction #64
Communication & Journalism #69
Special Education #80
Social Sciences #82
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #88
Teacher Education Subject Specific #90
Public Administration & Social Service #99
Educational Administration #132
Computer & Information Sciences #161
Liberal Arts General Studies #193
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #193
Education #314

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Texas Tech University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 359 0 213 12 584
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 479 0 16 0 495
Health & Physical Education 363 0 34 0 397
Mechanical Engineering 358 0 9 16 383
Accounting 229 0 122 0 351
Public Relations & Advertising 280 0 50 0 330
General Psychology 233 0 13 0 246
Marketing 241 0 0 0 241
Human Development & Family Studies 231 0 4 4 239
Finance & Financial Management 199 0 17 6 222
Liberal Arts General Studies 202 0 0 0 202
General Family & Consumer Sciences 188 0 0 0 188
General Biology 163 0 7 6 176
Writing Studies 141 0 17 15 173
Information Science 120 0 46 0 166
Civil Engineering 130 0 20 11 161
Animal Science 131 0 18 10 159
Special Education 0 0 152 1 153
Mathematics 113 7 11 8 139
Computer Information Systems 113 0 17 5 135
Law 0 0 0 135 135
General Architecture 88 0 41 0 129
Communication & Media Studies 74 0 48 6 128
Economics 117 0 1 6 124
Music 74 0 24 18 116
Agricultural Economics & Business 86 0 23 6 115
Electrical Engineering 76 0 28 11 115
Family & Consumer Economics 47 0 63 0 110
Political Science & Government 104 0 2 0 106
Chemical Engineering 83 0 8 11 102
History 86 0 10 1 97
Hospitality Management 78 0 15 3 96
Industrial Engineering 72 0 18 4 94
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 92 0 0 0 92
Petroleum Engineering 77 0 10 5 92
Nutrition Science 57 0 24 8 89
Sociology 72 0 4 0 76
Plant Sciences 41 0 25 9 75
Natural Resources Conservation 73 0 1 0 74
General English Literature 49 0 10 13 72
Geological & Earth Sciences 59 0 9 3 71
Agricultural Public Services 47 0 14 7 68
Fine & Studio Arts 54 0 11 0 65
Science, Technology & Society 56 0 0 0 56
Chemistry 43 0 2 10 55
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 49 0 2 0 51
Romance Languages 37 0 9 2 48
Computer Engineering 40 0 7 0 47
Social Work 25 0 22 0 47
Environmental Engineering 22 0 22 0 44
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 21 21 42
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 41 0 0 0 41
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 40 0 0 0 40
Educational Administration 0 0 31 8 39
Physics 25 0 6 6 37
General Agriculture 36 0 0 0 36
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 24 12 36
Journalism 35 0 0 0 35
Student Counseling 0 0 30 5 35
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 35 0 0 0 35
Drama & Theater Arts 22 0 13 0 35
Educational Assessment 0 0 23 8 31
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 10 0 19 0 29
Construction Engineering 26 0 0 0 26
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 15 10 25
Systems Engineering 0 0 15 9 24
Anthropology 21 0 3 0 24
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 23 0 0 0 23
International Studies 22 0 0 0 22
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 5 17 22
Museum Studies 0 0 20 0 20
Public Administration 0 0 20 0 20
General Business/Commerce 19 0 0 0 19
Interior Architecture 18 0 0 0 18
Philosophy 10 0 8 0 18
Geography & Cartography 14 0 3 0 17
Landscape Architecture 15 0 1 0 16
Biological & Physical Science 1 0 14 0 15
Wildlife Management 0 0 10 4 14
Instructional Media Design 0 0 11 1 12
Food Science Technology 9 0 2 0 11
Natural Resource Management 8 0 3 0 11
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 3 7 10
Statistics 0 0 10 0 10
Dance 10 0 0 0 10
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 8 0 8
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 0 8 8
Housing 0 0 7 0 7
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 0 7 0 7
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 6 1 7
Design & Applied Arts 7 0 0 0 7
Biotechnology 0 0 6 0 6
Engineering Science 0 0 0 4 4
Environmental Design 0 0 0 2 2
Zoology 1 0 1 0 2
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 1 0 1
TOTAL 6,599 7 1,565 475 8,646

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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