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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I think that all our facilities are amazing. We always get in free to sporting events, which I think is one of the reasons my school is almost like one big family. I love the gym as well.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The rowdiest and best athletic program to be a part of.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I've never been one to really get involved in a game as a fan but from what I can tell for the most part everyone is a big red raider fan! I love how loyal the fans can be to their team and encourage their team to move forward. This is a great quality to have in any University.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: the school spirit and fan support is of the best in the country.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Texas Tech athletics has an excellent fan base and the school definitely takes care of its athletes and its fans. The school spirit is out of this world! I certainly enjoy attending many of the Varsity athletic games and participate in intramurals at the university.


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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 392 responses

  • 25% 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 393 responses

  • 24% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 51% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 24% 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 391 responses

  • 32% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 61% 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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