The Ivy Scholars guide to Texas Tech’s culture, admissions, and other essential information for prospective students and their families.
Location: Lubbock, Texas
Mascot: The Masked Rider
Type: Public Research Institution
Population: 38,000 (32,000 undergrads)
Year Founded: 1923
4 Year Graduation Rate: 35%
Gender Distribution: 55% male, 45% female
Acceptance Rate: 71%
Residency: 91% in state, 1% out of state, 8% international
Location Type: Urban
Schedule System: Semesters
Student/Faculty Ratio: 20:1
Average Class Size: 30
Demographics: 56% Caucasian, 28% Hispanic, 7% Other or Unknown, 6% Black, 3% Asian
US News Rankings:
Average Applicant Pool: 25,200
Average Number of Applicants Accepted: 17,400
Average Number Enrolled: 5,900
Application Systems: Apply Texas, Common App
Average GPA: 3.57 weighted
SAT Scores: 25th percentile – 1070, 75th percentile – 1240
ACT Scores: 25th percentile – 22, 75th percentile – 27
*Test mandatory. Writing sections optional.
Demonstrated Interest: Texas Tech considers demonstrated interest.
Read more about demonstrating interest.
Recommendation Letter Policies: While no letters are required, up to three letters (2 teachers and 1 counselor) are suggested for students who do not meet the cutoff for automatic admission.
Texas Tech Essay Prompts:
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School Motto: From here, it’s possible.
Mission and Values:
Freshmen are required to live on campus, although they may apply for an exemption. The school offers traditional dormitories, and an Honors College-specific residence hall. The halls also offer optional learning communities for students who want to socialize with students of similar academic interests. There are both apartment-style and traditional residence halls available.
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Greek Life: 20% of undergraduates participate in greek life, including social, academic, and service organizations.
Yearly Cost of Attendance:
The Red Raider Guarantee is a program which guarantees students meeting the given criteria will have their education funded by a variety of grants, without needing to take out loans. All students are considered for the program once they submit their financial aid paperwork. Students who apply and submit paperwork by the priority deadline are given first consideration for financial aid.
57% of students receive some form of grant aid or scholarships. There are a number of merit based and competitive scholarships available. Students are automatically considered for scholarships when they apply. The school stops giving awards when funding runs out, so students are encouraged to apply early for the best possible aid package.