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Texas Tech University is a public institution that was founded in 1923. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 26,481, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,839 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Texas Tech University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 161. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,942 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,562 (2013-14).
Texas Tech University is a large research institution in the college town of Lubbock. Students are required to live on campus until they have completed 30 hours of coursework. The Texas Tech Red Raiders sports teams compete in the NCAA Big 12 Conference and are particularly competitive in football and basketball. Texas Tech has a large Greek community with about 50 fraternities and sororities, among the more than 450 student organizations to get involved in. The university also runs unique centers and institutes, including the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE), which coordinates chess tournaments, workshops, classes, and more.
The school offers a wide variety of graduate programs, including degrees through the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration, the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, and the School of Law. Notable alumni of Texas Tech University include Ed Whitacre, former chairman and CEO of both AT&T and General Motors and the namesake of the engineering school; Grammy-nominated country singer Pat Green; and actor Brad Leland, who appeared in both the feature film and television series Friday Night Lights.
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There is no better place to be right now than Texas Tech University. Not since the university was founded in 1923 has there been such opportunity or momentum. Graduate and undergraduate enrollments are at record levels. Total research expenditures topped $100 million this year. Our faculty and students are winning international acclaim. We are recruiting and hiring top-flight faculty in a variety of disciplines. Our goal is simple: become one of the nation's great research universities.
In 2009, the Texas Legislature established the National Research University Fund (NRUF) to aid seven designated universities, including Texas Tech, in improving their presence as nationally recognized research universities. The universities were required to meet specific criteria to receive research funding from NRUF. Texas Tech met the criteria during each qualifying year and received the designation in 2012.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to Texas Tech University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Texas Tech University is $60. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 64.3 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||64.3%|
|Application deadline||August 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Texas Tech University is 24:1, and the school has 22.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Texas Tech University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 81.5 percent.
Texas Tech University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 26,481, with a gender distribution of 54.9 percent male students and 45.1 percent female students. At this school, 25 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 75 percent of students live off campus. Texas Tech University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Texas Tech University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Texas Tech University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Texas Tech University, 45 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Texas Tech University.
|Students who have cars on campus||45%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At Texas Tech University, 49.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $10,757.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$8,942 (2013-14)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$19,562 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$8,275 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data