Academics

Location
Lubbock, TX
Undergrads
24,338
Tuition (in-state)
$19,772 ($9,242)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Being a business major is tough, and very competitive. We also have very hard classes with some extremely hard teachers who are into themselves a little too much. As I am getting older it's getting harder to try and have a social life while also taking my business classes.

5 College Junior

Academics: Texas Tech is the leading school in my major and more than 25 other schools have copied what we are doing because we do what we do so well.

3 College Junior

Academics: Some are too into their own work to see they are here to educate students. Others want to but are unable to, no teaching skills. The good ones are great though.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are challenging. The professors are always willing to help and have a lot to offer. When registering for classes, the site crashes all of the time. The workload, for architecture at least, is 100+ hours a week; that is what one should expect.

3 College Freshman

Academics: It totally depends on your major in my opinion. But my major has a manageable academic level.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 74th
    Best Course Variety
  • 158th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 175th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 658th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 684th
    Best Academic Advisers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Abby Stone
Major
Journalism
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Teachers are all different, and you will undoubtedly run into some who don't fit your learning style. The rift can be found in anything—the way they present notes, the amount of in-class work they provide versus out-of-class work, or just the way they speak or wear their hair. What's important to figure out from the start is how that teacher is going to conduct class and how to mold yourself to it. These teachers are teaching 200 students at one time sometimes, and it is impossible for them to change to fit each student. Success will be found in your own flexibility.

Texas Tech is a resource. Lubbock is small, but it is packed full of experts in every department of Texas Tech. As you get deeper into any major, the teachers get better. Also, by junior year (well, OK, maybe senior year), most students start to get their partying under control and become better able to take on the heavier course loads. Tech understands progression. Your freshman year will be packed with classes that focus more on attendance and memorization than retaining concepts. Tech knows that many students won't become atmospheric scientists, but they still want you to be exposed to it. As long as you go to class and take notes, you'll be fine cramming the night before the exam, and it's kind of fun! If you don't attend class, though, you'll spend the majority of your cram sessions collecting other people's notes—and no one likes studying with note-moochers.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
24:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,150
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
217
Total FT Faculty
1,317
Faculty with Terminal Degree
86%
Average Faculty Salary
$75,643
Full-Time Retention Rate
81%
Part-Time Retention Rate
51%
Graduation Rate
62%
Programs/Majors Offered
138
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 25%
  • 20 to 49 students: 52%
  • 50 or more students: 23%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Architecture
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Honors College
  • Human Sciences
  • Mass Communications
  • Visual and Performing Arts
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 2%
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science: 2%
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Multicultural
  • Political science
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
  • Technology & applied science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
  • Weekend college
Best Places to Study
The upper levels of the University Library, study rooms on each floor of the dorms, Starbucks, J&B Coffee
Tips to Succeed
  • Go to class.
  • If you are going to go through sorority or fraternity rush at Tech, do it as a freshman, because it is much harder to get accepted as a sophomore.
  • Live near campus so it is easier for you to go to class.
Did You Know?
  • TECHniques is an academic support system that Tech offers to students in all majors who are suffering from attention deficit disorder and other documented learning disabilities. Students must pay for this service, but it is one of the leading academic support programs in Texas. Visit their website at www.depts.ttu.edu/techniques for more info.
  • The University Writing Center (http://uwc.ttu.edu/) is a place where undergraduate and graduate students can schedule an appointment to meet with a tutor for one-on-one writing support. This is a free service that will prove to be especially helpful for students writing multiple papers in one of the two required introductory English courses.
  • Texas Tech is the only campus in Texas with both a law school and a medical school.
  • At 1,839 acres, Texas Tech is the second-largest contiguous campus in the United States.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 24 responses

  • 19% Josh Abbott
  • 16% Wes Welker - record-breaking NFL wide receiver
  • 14% Michael Crabtree
  • 12% Kliff Kingsbury
  • 9% Pat Green - country music singer-songwriter
  • 8% Scott Pelley - journalist, "60 Minutes" correspondent
  • 7% Zach Thomas - star NFL linebacker
  • 4% Sheryl Swoopes - WNBA MVP, Olympic gold medalist
  • 4% John Denver - folk music legend
  • 3% Natalie Maines - lead singer of the Dixie Chicks
  • 3% Cory Morrow - country music singer-songwriter
  • 1% Josh Bard - catcher for the San Diego Padres

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 123 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 124 responses

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Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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