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

Facilities: Second largest campus in the nation but so easy to get around to classes. Beautiful campus. over 100 organizations to where you can be social. Plenty of activities on the weekends. Rec is great.

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5 College Senior

Facilities: The campus is beautiful with a spanish architecture theme. So many organizations it is easy to find your place on campus. Everyone is so nice and helpful.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The rec is awesome. the food here is amazing and affordable. The students are great with amazing tradition and spirit, I love going to Tech

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The business school at Texas Tech is one of the nicest school buildings I have ever been in. It is top of the line and has state of the art equipment.

4 College Student

Facilities: The library is massive and has everything you could ever need. The school is very big on tradition and is a lot of fun. Tech has many activities for games and traditions.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 10th
    Best Student Centers
  • 17th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 100th
    Best Library
  • 310th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 335th
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Abby Stone
Major
Journalism
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The architecture of buildings around Lubbock is anything but new. However, the architecture of the English building and many others on campus is anything but old. Walking into the United Spirit Arena is like walking into a professional basketball venue. Any Spur, Rocket, or Maverick would feel right at home on the Tech basketball court. The other newcomer to the Tech campus is the Student Union. The major renovations included a facelift to the walls, floors and furniture, updated restaurants, a bank, a post office, and a ticket office. This facility, which was at one time used solely to block the wind for students waiting for the bus, now receives the most foot traffic on campus.

Tech also does its best to help you keep off those extra college pounds by giving all students free access to the Robert H. Ewalt Recreation Center. This place may look small on the outside, but within, there are seas of treadmills and other cardio machines everywhere you turn, and in the past couple of years, the TVs that your eyes once shared with others up on a wall are now attached to each individual piece of equipment. If machines are not your thing, this facility is equipped with a two-story climbing wall and two state-of-the-art weight rooms. The town of Lubbock might not be aging gracefully, but Texas Tech realizes this and works hard to draw attention to its own wonderful facilities

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
397
Campus Size
1,839 acres
Student Centers
Texas Tech Student Union
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Architecture Library
  • Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
  • TTU Health Sciences Center Library
  • TTU Law School Library
  • University Library
Popular Places to Chill
The Student Union, the University Library, outside of the residence halls, the Market, off-campus
Bar on Campus
None
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
Yes. There is a Starbucks located in the Barnes & Noble in the Student Union.
Movie Theater on Campus
No, but movies are shown occasionally in the Allen Theater on a large pull-down projection screen.
"Green" Initiatives
The Office of Sustainability was created in August 2010 to coordinate sustainability efforts on campus. Among some of the initiatives is Murray Hall, the "green" residence hall. It includes automatic flushers and faucets, automatic towel dispensers, EPA-compliant towels and tissue, among other "green" amenities.
School Slang
  • BA : The business building
  • The DT: The Daily Toreador, the daily campus newspaper
  • Elite: Very cool
  • eRaider: The electronic ID system students access through a user name and password
  • Fratty : Doing things that would be considered not cool if they weren't being done by a boy in a fraternity (e.g., wearing a pink shirt, short shorts, and an ugly `80s hat)
  • Guns up : Making gun signs with one's hands; a signal raised high in the air by fans at all Tech sporting events
  • Lady Raiders: Members of the Texas Tech women's basketball team
  • Meat out : When a person, usually a guy, explodes in fury or excitement and raises his voice to the point of obnoxiousness
  • Munsen: Platonic group napping
  • Party Pics: Professional pictures that are taken during parties by hired photographers
  • Raider Card : This is like a debit card you can use anywhere on campus, including the Rec Center, the Rawls Golf Course, and Student Health Services.
  • RaiderGate: Tech-sponsored tailgate outside of the Stangel/Murdough Complex
  • Raiderland: Lubbock
  • Rec : Robert H. Ewalt Recreation Center
  • SGA: Student Government Association. This is like student council or government in high school, but they have a lot more pull around campus, and they must go through a tough recruiting process.
  • Shack: To spend the night with someone (happens a lot in the dorms)
  • Stacks: The top floors of the library where books are stored in large stacks and students can study in quiet cubicles
  • USA: The United Spirit Arena
  • Victory Lap : A student's fifth year in college
  • Walk: To attend graduation and walk across the stage to receive your diploma
  • Walk of Shame: Walking across the lobby in your outfit from the night before. A great walk of shame is from Weymouth to Chitwood, or even better, Murdough to Stangel—that way you get to walk through the market when everyone is eating lunch.
  • Wells : The cheapest hard liquor that is served at a bar. These are the ones that are usually on special.
Traditions
  • Arbor Day: This is a new tradition at Tech which celebrates National Arbor Day. During the final weeks of the spring semester, students meet at Memorial Circle in the center of campus to enjoy nature. Everyone helps plant trees and greenery around campus while listening to a band, enjoying refreshments, and appreciating Lubbock's underappreciated landscape.
  • Carol of Lights: This tradition, which has been in existence since 1959, takes place each year during the entire month of December. A lighting ceremony brings thousands of students and people from the Lubbock community out to listen to carols, a band, and most importantly, to see the entire campus light up with red, white, and yellow Christmas lights.
  • The Goin' Band from Raiderland: The Goin' Band from Raiderland took the field back in 1925 at the first football game Tech ever played. This band doesn't just walk onto the field, they march in a way that looks like they are running. The band travels to all of the games with the team and brings a ton of team spirit with them.
  • Guns Up: This is the Tech hand sign that students raise high into the air to show their loyalty and love for the school.
  • Homecoming: This is a big event every fall during football season that is celebrated with a bonfire, a parade, a pep rally, the crowning of a Homecoming queen and king, and of course, a football game. Fraternities, sororities, and other campus organizations prepare for Homecoming by building floats, hosting events, and raising support for their king and queen nominees. Homecoming is primarily a tradition for alumni to enjoy, but current students have no problem celebrating with them.
  • RaiderGate: This is a huge tailgate for which a band is hired to play, and it is held in a parking lot on campus. Trucks buy tickets to the lot, set up grills and kegs, and everyone hangs around for about three to four hours before the game. There are a lot of Greek-affiliated tailgates at RaiderGate, but they are not the only ones present.
  • Saddle Tramps: This is a student spirit organization at Tech that has been a part of the University since 1936. It is traditionally an all-male group that takes the field to ring bells before the players come out.
  • Tortilla Tossing: During football games, students, although they are not supposed to, will throw tortillas onto the field. The connection between tortilla-tossers and Texas Tech comes down to the school's "Double T" logo.
Urban Legends
  • If a girl leaves Tech a virgin, Roy Rogers (the statue in the front of campus) will get off of his horse.
  • The only thing to do in Lubbock is drink and party.
Favorite Things To Do
Besides going to class, there are plenty of other activities to get involved with on the Tech campus. Texas Tech hosts a variety of competitive varsity sports programs, and students get free access to games with their student IDs. You can also head over to the Allen Theatre to watch various stage productions the Tech drama department puts on throughout the year. If you are more of a mover than a watcher, go join one of the many intramural sports teams at the Rec. Playing golf at the Rawls course, watching movies, or hearing speakers in the Allen Theatre are just a few other activities that will get you out of that shoebox they call a dorm room. Football season is the best time to hang out on campus on a weekend. The whole campus smells of barbecue, and friends and rivals gather at the SBC Jones Stadium to watch a great game of football. In the spring, Arbor Day brings out the little treehugger in everyone. The event takes place in the middle of the Tech campus, allowing students to stop by and appreciate it while enjoying free food and music and planting flowers and trees.
Student Organizations Web Site
www.ttu.edu/campus/stuorgs.php
Student Newspaper
The Daily Toreador
www.dailytoreador.com
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 127 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 10 responses

  • 23% Carol of Lights
  • 19% Guns Up
  • 16% Homecoming
  • 13% The Goin' Band from Raiderland
  • 13% RaiderGate
  • 10% Tortilla Tossing
  • 3% Arbor Day
  • 3% Basketball games are good, BIG10 competetion
  • 0% Saddle Tramps

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 8 responses

  • 31% Rec center
  • 25% Sam's place Cashier
  • 19% Library assistant
  • 19% Student/teaching assistant
  • 6% Undergraduate Admissions Office

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 131 responses

  • 2% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 8% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 26% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 65% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 124 responses

  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 6% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 37% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 56% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 44% Raider Rash
  • 33% Haunted Dorm (Weeks)
  • 11% The Ghost of Hemmle Hall
  • 11% Someone was found dead in the underground tunnels

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 29% Play sports at the rec
  • 24% Going out
  • 24% Go swimming/babe watching at the leisure pool
  • 24% Hang out in the dorms

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 10 responses

  • 33% The rec
  • 33% SUB
  • 28% Leisure Pool
  • 6% BA

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 7 responses

  • 44% Cleaning
  • 33% Food industry
  • 22% Parking services

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