Texas Tech University

Broadway and University Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79409-5005
(806) 742-1480
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

A bill introduced by Texas Senator W.H. Bledsoe and Representatives Lewis Carpenter and Richard Chitwood, and signed by Governor Pat Neff, created Texas Technological College in 1923. The school opened in 1925 with six buildings and 914 students. Texas Technological College became Texas Tech University in 1969 with the establishment of the School of Law in 1968 and School of Medicine in 1969. U.S. News & World Report‘s 2012 “Best Colleges” ranks Texas Tech No. 160 in National Universities.

Programs Offered

Texas Tech University is composed of 11 departments: agricultural sciences and natural resources, architecture, arts and sciences, business, education, engineering, honors, human sciences, mass communications, university college, and visual performing arts. Students choose from more than 80 majors including accounting, advertising, animal science, apparel design and manufacturing, civil engineering, computer science, conservation law enforcement, early childhood, food science, geography, geosciences, international business, management, microbiology, and social work. Texas Tech offers six baccalaureate dual degree programs and 22 professional dual-degree programs. Dual degrees with international partners through exchange programs are offered in several departments and colleges, allowing students to study in China, Denmark, France, Germany, Mexico, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Texas Tech University since January 1, 1928. Texas Tech University has also been specifically accredited by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy since January 31, 2004, the American Bar Association since January 1, 1969, the American Dietetic Association since March 1, 1971, the American Psychological Association in Counseling Psychology and Clinical Psychology since April 24, 1964, and March 1, 1972, respectively, the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education since July 1, 1994, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since September 1, 1978, the National Association of Schools of Music since September 1, 1957, the National Association of Schools of Theatre since March 1, 2004, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education since January 1, 1963.


Undergraduate applicants ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class, and who have submitted the application requirements by the undergraduate deadline, are assured admission to Texas Tech University. Applicants are also assured admission if they are within the first quarter of their high school graduating class and have submitted either a minimum ACT score of 25 or SAT score of 1140; within the second quarter of their high school graduating class and have submitted either a minimum ACT score of 28 or SAT score of 1230; or within the third quarter of their high school graduating class and have submitted either a minimum ACT score of 29 or SAT score of 1270. All applicants must submit an ApplyTexas application with a $60 application fee, official ACT or SAT scores, and an official high school transcript with class rank and senior course progress. Letters of recommendation, an essay, and a list of extracurricular activities are optional. The fall priority application deadline is March 1; the spring priority application deadline is November 12. Texas Tech graduate programs admit applicants through individual department requirements. The graduate admissions deadline for the fall and summer semesters is January 15; the spring semester deadline is June 15.

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