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Texas Tech University Overview

Texas Tech University is a public institution located 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?

6,592 Undergraduate Awards
$31,369 Avg Cost After Aid
70% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Texas Tech.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 87% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech makes roughly $51,400 a year. This is 26% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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Texas Tech University Rankings

According to our 2022 analysis, Texas Tech is ranked #410 out of 2,587 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. Texas Tech also holds the #10 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.

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 Wildlife Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Housing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Family & Consumer Economics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Dietetics & Nutrition Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Agricultural Economics Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Animal Services Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Mental & Social Health Services Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Master’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
#2 Best Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services Schools College Factual
#12 Best Healthcare Schools Healthcare Degree Search
#12 Best Mental & Social Health Services Schools College Factual
#22 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Schools College Factual
#45 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools College Factual
#67 Best Health Professions Schools College Factual

Where Is Texas Tech University?

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Contact details for Texas Tech are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Broadway And University Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79409-5005
Phone: 806-742-2011
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 recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Texas Tech?

70% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
62% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Texas Tech University is 70%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 47% of accepted students are men and 53% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 71%, and the acceptance rate for women is 69%.

Average Test Scores

About 62% 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 37% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 26. Math scores were between 20 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  ( 20 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Texas Tech University  ( 22 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford Texas Tech University?

$31,369 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
6.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Texas Tech is $31,369. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Texas Tech, approximately 43% of students took out student loans averaging $7,949 a year. That adds up to $31,796 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Texas Tech is 6.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Texas Tech University Undergraduate Student Diversity

29,010 Full-Time Undergraduates
49% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 33,269 undergraduate students at Texas Tech, with 29,010 being full-time and 4,259 being part-time.

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There are also 7,053 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 29,010 full-time undergraduates at Texas Tech, 51% are male and 49% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 843
Black or African American 1,757
Hispanic or Latino 8,463
White 15,892
International Students 704
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,351

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

4,027 Took All Classes Online
21,751 Took At Least One Class Online
10.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 21,751 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 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Texas Tech

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Texas Tech University was $8,028 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $17,388. The following table shows how Texas Tech is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Biological & Physical Science #1 #3
Plant Sciences #1 #1
Science, Technology & Society #3 #3
Agricultural Public Services #4 #4
Family & Consumer Economics #4 #4
Writing Studies #4 #10
Nutrition Science #4 #7
Educational Assessment #7 #13
Public Relations & Advertising #7 #4
Systems Engineering #7 #4
Natural Resource Management #10 #4
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #10 #4
General Engineering #13 #10
Civil Engineering #16 #4
General Family & Consumer Sciences #16 #7
Mechanical Engineering #19 #1
Human Development & Family Studies #19 #25
Natural Resources & Conservation #19 #13
Information Science #22 #22
Industrial Engineering #25 #4
Mathematics #25 #19
Computer Engineering #28 #10
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #31 #25
General Biology #31 #13
Mathematics & Statistics #31 #25
Visual & Performing Arts #31 #34
Communication & Media Studies #34 #46
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #34 #19
Political Science & Government #34 #25
General English Literature #46 #31
English Language & Literature #46 #28
Communication & Journalism #48 #42

Online Growth Rankings of Texas Tech

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Texas Tech University was 10.4%. This is the #1,368 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
Business, Management & Marketing 11%
Communication & Journalism 5%
Communication & Media Studies 13%
Computer Engineering 8%
Education 41%
English Language & Literature 11%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 9%
Finance & Financial Management 18%
Instructional Media Design 20%
Special Education 4%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 16%
Writing Studies 12%

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
Plant Sciences #24
Systems Engineering #26
General Engineering #52
Computer Engineering #52
Writing Studies #93
Finance & Financial Management #98
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #111
Communication & Media Studies #145
Engineering #156
English Language & Literature #174
Instructional Media Design #208
Human Development & Family Studies #214
Communication & Journalism #234
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #270
Special Education #273
Teacher Education Subject Specific #290

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 342 45 234 15 636
Mechanical Engineering 357 0 25 7 389
Health & Physical Education 349 0 39 0 388
Accounting 231 15 124 0 370
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 351 0 19 0 370
Public Relations & Advertising 262 36 54 0 352
Finance & Financial Management 204 38 21 8 271
General Psychology 251 0 6 0 257
Marketing 238 13 0 0 251
Liberal Arts General Studies 237 1 0 0 238
General Family & Consumer Sciences 232 0 0 0 232
Human Development & Family Studies 209 3 7 4 223
Writing Studies 157 3 27 10 197
Information Science 126 2 68 0 196
General Biology 163 0 8 12 183
Special Education 0 20 134 6 160
Animal Science 131 2 13 12 158
Mathematics 103 21 22 11 157
Computer Information Systems 119 0 26 7 152
General Architecture 113 3 33 0 149
Communication & Media Studies 77 14 46 10 147
Family & Consumer Economics 59 0 80 0 139
Civil Engineering 114 0 20 4 138
General Education 133 1 0 0 134
Law 0 0 0 127 127
Electrical Engineering 75 0 41 8 124
Agricultural Economics & Business 94 6 11 9 120
Chemical Engineering 98 0 5 15 118
Music 63 11 21 20 115
Political Science & Government 109 0 1 4 114
Economics 98 0 2 4 104
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 99 0 0 0 99
Curriculum & Instruction 0 25 34 37 96
Industrial Engineering 76 0 11 9 96
History 82 0 9 4 95
Nutrition Science 46 0 34 7 87
Hospitality Management 73 1 9 2 85
Sociology 75 0 10 0 85
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 78 0 4 0 82
General English Literature 52 0 20 7 79
Educational Administration 0 7 49 15 71
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 65 0 0 65
Petroleum Engineering 50 0 9 4 63
Agricultural Public Services 41 1 14 4 60
Plant Sciences 35 0 17 8 60
Chemistry 41 0 2 14 57
Natural Resources Conservation 56 0 0 0 56
Computer Engineering 47 1 3 0 51
Environmental Engineering 25 0 25 0 50
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 1 17 32 50
Science, Technology & Society 48 0 0 0 48
Geological & Earth Sciences 35 0 8 5 48
Fine & Studio Arts 39 0 6 0 45
Physics 31 0 6 7 44
Educational Assessment 0 0 29 14 43
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 36 7 43
Romance Languages 33 0 6 4 43
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 41 0 0 0 41
Social Work 20 0 15 0 35
General Business/Commerce 16 17 0 0 33
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 14 4 15 0 33
Landscape Architecture 31 0 0 0 31
Drama & Theater Arts 23 0 8 0 31
Construction Engineering 30 0 0 0 30
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 30 0 0 0 30
Interior Architecture 29 0 0 0 29
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 29 0 0 0 29
Student Counseling 0 0 21 7 28
Anthropology 25 0 2 0 27
Philosophy 15 1 9 0 25
Geography & Cartography 13 9 3 0 25
International Studies 22 0 0 0 22
Journalism 21 0 0 0 21
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 14 7 21
Food Science Technology 12 0 7 0 19
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 17 0 0 0 17
General Agriculture 16 0 0 0 16
Child Development & Psychology 0 6 7 3 16
Instructional Media Design 0 0 14 1 15
Systems Engineering 0 0 10 4 14
Biological & Physical Science 3 0 11 0 14
Public Administration 0 0 13 0 13
Design & Applied Arts 13 0 0 0 13
Urban & Regional Planning 0 11 0 0 11
Biotechnology 0 1 10 0 11
Human Resource Management 0 11 0 0 11
Natural Resource Management 5 0 3 2 10
General Visual & Performing Arts 2 0 0 8 10
Statistics 0 0 9 0 9
Wildlife Management 0 0 8 1 9
Animal Services 0 8 0 0 8
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 2 6 8
Museum Studies 0 0 8 0 8
General Engineering 0 1 5 0 6
Historic Preservation 0 6 0 0 6
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 5 0 5
Ethnic Studies 0 5 0 0 5
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 0 5 0 5
Dance 5 0 0 0 5
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 4 0 0 4
Housing 0 0 4 0 4
Public Health 0 4 0 0 4
Environmental Design 0 0 0 3 3
Zoology 3 0 0 0 3
Engineering Science 0 0 0 2 2
Agricultural Production 0 1 0 0 1
Teaching Assistants 0 1 0 0 1
Medieval Studies 0 1 0 0 1
International Relations & National Security 0 1 0 0 1
TOTAL 6,592 427 1,653 517 9,189

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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