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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are important. Recreational athletic opportunities are available for a very reasonable price for graduate students and the equipment is new and/or well maintained.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports are big part of the school. Everybody supports all sports. I'm actually apart of the track team and I can honestly say I'm a proud red raider.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Everyone is very involved with all of the school's sports, especially football! There are so many different traditions and so much school spirit here. Everyone is all about Tech! Wreck 'em!

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The athletics play a big part of the making of TTU and everyone supports every team on campus! The town is considered a college town so even off campus are the sports pretty famous amongst everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Intramural are a big part of the student life, especially when involved in student organizations because they are constantly promoting teams.


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Texas Tech is located in Texas, so football season is huge. Spirit is shown in the windows of buildings around town, and on game days the town is desolate because everybody is on the Tech campus tailgating. By not getting outside during a game day in Lubbock, you will be missing out on so much more than a football game. If the smell of the barbecue doesn't get you out and about, the tailgates and the sounds of the Goin' Band have to be incentive. When it comes to basketball games, "Bobby Knight" is all that needs to be said. Although his son Pat Knight is sitting on the bench these days, Bobby Knight made the Tech basketball program one to watch. As for women's basketball, Tech has one of the top teams in the nation. The Lady Raiders are as closely followed as the men's team. The arena in which both teams play is large and therefore rarely sold out for either team's home games.

During each athletic season, students can work off their tailgating festivities by getting involved in one of the many intramural sports competitions. Football is the biggest intramural sport played and watched, followed closely by basketball. Even though teams are only playing for bragging rights, these competitions have been known to get intense. Tech sports are ones that people will follow and cheer for long after graduation day. The fact that Tech is a Big 12 school is a big deal. Being a part of such a popular conference makes the games that much more fun to watch, and it makes the students' love for Tech that much stronger.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Twelve Conference
Basketball: Big Twelve Conference
School Colors
Red and black
School Nickname
The Masked Rider
Men Playing Varsity Sports
319 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
234 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 85
Basketball: 28
Baseball: 34
Cross Country/Track: 70
Other Sports: 99
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 59%
Basketball: 60%
Baseball: 33%
Cross Country/Track: 46%
Other Sports: 57%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Bowling
  • Climbing
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Inline hockey
  • Judo
  • Lacrosse
  • Paintball
  • Powerlifting
  • Quidditch
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Waterski/wakeboarding
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Net Fest
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Athletic training center
  • Athletic training facilities
  • East Side Club & Suites
  • Football training facility
  • Fuller Track
  • John Walker Soccer Complex
  • Jones AT&T Stadium
  • Marsha Sharp Center
  • McLeod Tennis Center
  • The Rawls Course
  • Rip Griffin Park
  • Rocky Johnson Field
  • Strength training facilities
  • United Spirit Arena
  • West Side Club & Suites
Most Popular Sports
Football, men's basketball, and women's basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
The Tech Rodeo Team
School Spirit
"We will hit `em, we will wreck `em, we will @#&*ing kick their *@&!" Texas Tech students and alumni have a ton of school spirit, but students have a problem keeping traditions intact. When alumni come to the games and listen for the school songs they sang as students, they find that they have all been butchered by student fans and filled with curse words. This, alongside many of the vulgar T-shirt designs students come up with, brands Tech fans to be anything but classy at varsity sporting events. Although the alumni and student fans may not agree on the proper way to express school spirit, there is definitely an abundance of it.
Getting Tickets
Students can swipe their student ID card at any Texas Tech field, arena, or stadium and enjoy the sporting event for free.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Take a walk around campus. Lubbock gets cool at night, even on the hottest days, and a walk around campus is relaxing. Tech Terrace is filled with parks to run around and through.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 411 responses

  • 24% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 68% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 6% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 412 responses

  • 23% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 52% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 25% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 410 responses

  • 31% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 62% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 5% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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