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Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX

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About Texas Tech University

Founded as Texas Technological College in 1923, Texas Tech University (TTU) has grown from a campus of six buildings to the only campus in Texas that houses a major university, medical school, and law school. Located in Lubbock, on West Texas' southern plains, TTU is a public school that had an enrollment of approximately 32,000 students in the fall semester of 2011. TTU offers a distance learning program through online course options and five regional sites.


Texas Tech University offers 118 undergraduate, 107 master's, and 60 doctoral degree programs through 13 colleges and schools. The university has more than 1,000 faculty members, and in May 2012, it received the designation of National Research University from the Texas state legislature.

The College of Arts and Sciences has the highest student enrollment, representing 32% of the student body. Programs and courses in this college include humanities, communication, behavioral and social sciences, and natural sciences.

The distance learning program offered by TTU includes approximately 40 degrees and programs available through online courses and five regional sites within Texas: El Paso, Fredericksburg, Highland Lakes, Junction, and Waco. More online options are available through the university's two affiliate schools, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Angelo State University, including programs focused on criminal justice, curriculum and instruction, nursing, and psychology.


Prospective undergraduates should complete and submit their admissions application in November of the current year for enrollment in the following spring semester; this includes completing a housing application because students with fewer than 30 hours of college credit are expected to live on campus. Application requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent and either an ACT or SAT score.

TTU has an assured admission policy; qualification for assured admission is based on three criteria: graduation from an accredited high school, high school class rank, and ACT or SAT scores. In 2011, TTU had 17,569 undergraduate applications. Approximately 66% of these students were granted admission. The undergraduate population in 2010 was almost evenly divided between male and female, with 47.95% being female and 51.86% being male.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Similar to other schools, the cost of attending TTU varies by degree level and according to a student's residency. There are three groups of tuition and fee cost structures based on residency. For Texas residents and residents of qualifying border counties in New Mexico and Oklahoma, the estimated cost of tuition and fees for the 2012-2013 year is $9,242 for undergraduates. For residents of Oklahoma and New Mexico not residing in qualifying border counties, the cost is approximately $10,142. Finally, for non-residents, the estimated cost per academic year for tuition and fees is $19,772. Additional costs to consider include room and board, books and supplies, and transportation.

TTU offers three payment plan options for students and their families. Financial aid resources include grants, work-study programs, loans, and scholarships.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Midsize city**
Student Body 2011 student population: 32,327 total, with 26,063 of these being undergraduates**
Student Housing 13 residence halls, 2 suite-style halls, 1 apartment complex
Students with fewer than 30 college hours, excluding dual credit or credit by exam, are required to live on campus unless they qualify for exemption.
Students attending TTU for the first time must show proof of a meningitis vaccination.*
Schools and Programs 13 colleges and schools with approximately 280 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 24 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) 2010-2011 Academic Year
Bachelor's: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (992)
Master's: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (341)
PhDs: Legal Professions and Studies (197)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Overall graduation rate: 61% as of 2011**
Admission Rate 66% in 2011-2012**
Entering Class Size Approximately 4,400 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 82% (full-time students)
58% (part-time students)**
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students 1104 (SAT Composite) in 2010
24 (ACT Composite) in 2010*
Undergraduate Application Due Date November 12th for 2013 spring semester*
Decision Notification Date 2-4 weeks after application submission*
Tuition 2012-2013 academic year undergraduate tuition and fees are approximately $9,242 for TX residents and an estimated $19,772 for non-residents.*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011:
Federal grants (26%), Pell grants (26%), other federal grants (14%), state and local grants/scholarships (26%), institutional grants/scholarships (33%), federal loans (48%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 72% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Texas Tech University, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Texas Tech University, Undergraduate Admissions, Box 45005, Lubbock, TX 79409-5005
  • Phone: (806) 742-1480
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