Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Lubbock, TX, Texas Tech University is a comprehensive research university that offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is Texas Tech University the School For You?

Texas Tech University (TTU) is a public research university located less than 2 miles from downtown Lubbock. TTU is part of a university system that includes Angelo State University and TTU Health Sciences Center. TTU awards bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees as well as certificates. Check out the facts below to find out if TTU is the right school for you.


  • Total cost (including tuition, fees and living expenses) is lower than the national average for both in-state and out-of-state students
  • High number of academic programs
  • Average student debt following graduation is $8,364 less than the national average
  • Accepts IB, CLEP, AP and dual credit
  • Offers remedial services, employment services, career/academic counseling and placement services
  • Endowment grew by 14.9% between 2010 and 2011


  • Student-to-faculty ratio is 24:1, which is higher than average
  • Graduation rate is 5 percentage points lower than the national average
  • High number of TAs teaching classes

Rankings and School Analysis

For the 2012-2013 academic year, the total cost to attend TTU was $15,981 for in-state students, according to data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This was $1,879 less than the national average. Additionally, NCES reported that out-of-state students paid $24,405 that same year, which was $6,506 less than the national average. 2011 graduates of the university had average student debt of $18,211, which was $8,364 less than the national average, based on U.S. News & World Report statistics.

In 2012, TTU's acceptance rate was 64%, which was about average. NCES also reported that the 4-year graduation rate for TTU students who started school in 2005 was 35%, which was 5% less than the national average. After 6 years, the graduation rate for the same class increased to 61%. NCES reported that 81% of first-time students who began their bachelor's degree program in 2010 returned for a second year.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Texas Tech University #165 among the nation's top universities in 2013. NCES reported that the university had a student-to-faculty ratio of 24:1, which was higher than the national average. Additionally, the high number of teaching assistants (47%, according to NCES) means that you could spend less time working with professors.

TTU focuses on research and provides students with a choice of 150 undergraduate programs and more than 100 master's and 50 doctoral degree programs. The university consists of 11 colleges, a graduate school and a law school.

Getting in & Financial Aid at TTU

You can contact the admissions office at TTU by phone, online chat or email. TTU gives you the option to apply online or fill out a paper application. You must include your high school transcript, application fee and ACT or SAT scores.

TTU offers financial aid for students who qualify. To receive financial aid in the form of grants, loans or work-study programs, you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You also might qualify for college-based grants or scholarships.

Application & Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) August 1*
Priority Financial Aid Deadline (2013-2014) April 1*
Application Fee (2012-2013) $60**
Acceptance Rate (2012-2013) 64%**
Tuition and Living Expenses (2012-2013) $15,981 (in-state), $24,405 (out-of-state)**
Average Financial Aid Package (2011) $11,184***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 7.5%***

Life at TTU

Texas Tech University operates 14 residence halls, 3 suite halls and an apartment complex. As a first-year student, you're required to purchase a meal plan and live on-campus, but you can file an exemption in certain circumstances. If you want to pursue your interests or take advantage of social opportunities, TTU offers more than 450 clubs and organizations, including 50 fraternities and sororities. If you're interested in sports, you can participate in recreational, club or varsity sports. The Texas Tech Red Raiders compete in NCAA Division I.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Midsize city**
Student Population (Fall 2011) 26,063 undergraduates, 6264 graduate students**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (Fall 2011) 45% to 55%**
% of Full-Time Students (Fall 2011) 90%**
% of In-State Students (Fall 2011) 94%**
% of International Students (Fall 2011) 3%*
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 82% for full-time students, 58% for part-time students**
Campus Housing Available Yes
% of Students Living in College-Owned or Operated Housing 24%*
Number of Libraries 4****
Extracurricular Activities 453 clubs and organizations***
Noteworthy Vietnam Center and Archive preserves records and supports research related to the Vietnam War; Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) coordinates college chess tournaments and offers undergraduate and graduate scholarships****

Article sources: *College Board, **NCES College Navigator, ***U.S. News & World Report, ****Texas Tech University

School Contact Information

  • Address: 2500 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79409
  • Phone: (806) 742-2011