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Academics: Something new to learn every day.

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Academics: There are days im just like really, we actually went to class for this....

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Academics: There are lots of opportunities proved by Texas Tech!

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Academics: It's my job to do well.

3 College Junior

Academics: Some professors grade too easy and dont teach how you should be thinking and working in school as an interior design student

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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 50 responses

  • 19% Josh Abbott
  • 19% Kliff Kingsbury
  • 12% Michael Crabtree
  • 11% Wes Welker - record-breaking NFL wide receiver
  • 10% Pat Green - country music singer-songwriter
  • 6% Scott Pelley - journalist, "60 Minutes" correspondent
  • 6% Sheryl Swoopes - WNBA MVP, Olympic gold medalist
  • 6% Zach Thomas - star NFL linebacker
  • 5% Natalie Maines - lead singer of the Dixie Chicks
  • 3% Cory Morrow - country music singer-songwriter
  • 2% John Denver - folk music legend
  • 1% Josh Bard - catcher for the San Diego Padres
  • 1% Danny Amendola - New England Patriots

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?     Based on 127 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 127 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 44 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 44 responses

  • 27% This was my dream school.
  • 59% This was one of my top choices.
  • 14% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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