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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I wish there was a QUIET zone in the library!

1 College Senior

Campus Quality: Very clean (apart from the harrowing duststorm) and open campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The facilities on campus have been amazing and many students take the opportunity to use them.

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: Tech has a pretty decent variety of activities available on its campus. Ranging from the rec center all the way to quiet galleries and museums, tech will likely have something that you can appreciate on campus

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: The facilities are old but they are well kept.


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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
Campus Size
1,839 acres
Student Centers
Texas Tech Student Union
Campus Library?
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
Bowling on Campus
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.
  • 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
Student Newspaper
The Daily Toreador
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
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 235 responses

Very poor
  • 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 115 responses

  • 17% Tortilla Tossing
  • 16% Carol of Lights
  • 15% Guns Up
  • 13% The Goin' Band from Raiderland
  • 11% Football games and tailgates are the best
  • 7% Homecoming
  • 6% Basketball games are good, BIG10 competetion
  • 4% Will Rodgers statue wrapped
  • 3% Arbor Day
  • 3% RaiderGate
  • 3% Football is where its at. The basketball is bad
  • 1% Saddle Tramps
  • 0% Fight Song
  • 0% I mainly kept to myself during the year

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 112 responses

  • 15% Attending sporting events and games
  • 14% Going to the rec center
  • 13% Going out
  • 9% Play sports at the rec
  • 9% Hang out in the dorms
  • 7% Hanging out in my apartment
  • 6% Go swimming/babe watching at the leisure pool
  • 6% People watching in the SUB
  • 5% Going for walks around campus
  • 5% I enjoy videogames with my friends
  • 5% Go to the music & theater events & the museums.
  • 0% Band practice during Goin' Band season!
  • 0% I enjoy keeping to myself.

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 123 responses

  • 50% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 44% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 6% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 223 responses

  • 54% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 39% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 7% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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