Diversity

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

Diversity: Every one in the school is grouped by race. When you come to Texas Tech its like going back to Jim Crow times.

4 College Junior

Diversity: There are many different groups and organizations to be a part of and everyone is accepted with open arms and welcome.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Texas Tech is very good at including everyone.

College Freshman

Diversity: Honestly, I don't really pay attention to those types of things. If you're nice and fun, you're my friend. None of that stuff is a problem for me.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Being primarily in West Texas the diversity of students and beliefs are low because many people here have grown up on the farm and/or work in the cotton fields while going to school.

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  • 45th
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  • 1303rd
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  • 1351st
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Abby Stone
Major
Journalism
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Texas Tech has a diverse campus with a mix of blondes and brunettes, big city kids and small town folks, and men and women. However, Tech is lacking when it comes to ethnic diversity. Nearly 70 percent of the new freshman in 2011 were Caucasian. However, this stat is down more than 10 percent from 2006, allowing room for other ethnicities and making ethnic diversity on the Tech campus a trend that's starting to catch on.

Having a mix of students from different parts of the U.S. brings different ideas and cultures to a campus. This diversity adds more to the college learning experience than does ethnic diversity alone, but sadly, Tech seems to be lacking in this area, as well. In 2011, the number of enrolled Tech students who were from Texas was 94 percent of the population. On the other hand, with all of these Texans comes a lot of Texas pride, and that pride does help to create a more unified campus.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
18%
International
3%
Native American
1%
White
67%
Unknown
1%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
7%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New Mexico
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 26%
20-21: 33%
22-24: 25%
25+: 15%
Female Faculty
35%
Male Faculty
65%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 6%
International: 1%
Native American: 0%
White: 79%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Lubbock does have a gay community with a few gay nightclubs/bars, but for the most part, the gay community doesn't make a big statement around town.
Political Activity
Most students are conservative because their parents are conservative. Students will wear cotton T-shirts showing their political stance, but there is little knowledge or action that backs up these bold claims.
Economic Status
Tech students predominantly come from middle-class backgrounds.

Most Common Religions
Christianity and Judaism are the most popular religions.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Organizations can claim the multicultural classification when they register their group with Texas Tech. Out of the over 400 student organizations on the Tech campus, a little over 30 groups have this multicultural or international classification.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 125 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure
  • 7% Very conservative
  • 27% Conservative
  • 26% Moderate
  • 20% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 125 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 8% Very conservative
  • 40% Conservative
  • 25% Moderate
  • 18% Not sure
  • 10% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 126 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 125 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 125 responses

  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 10% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 45% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 42% Very accepting.

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