Prospective Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate students with less than 30 credit hours at the time they enroll must live on campus. This policy is based upon the university’s philosophy that the student will receive a more complete educational experience by living in a residential community. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, and we realize that your individual circumstances matter. There are several exemptions under which a student may qualify to live off-campus, including: married, over age 21, military service/discharge, living with parents, and financial hardships. To find out more about application deadlines, housing policies, and to just get a feel for the dorm life, check out the Texas Tech Housing Page.
Sports and Recreation
When you’re not studying or working, the Texas Tech Recreation Center is a great place to relax and have fun. We host several Intramural Sports including football, soccer, tennis, and 9–ball. The Rec Center also has a brand new Leisure Pool complete with a water slide and a lap swimming area. You can even get a Therapeutic Massage. Of course, as a member of the Big 12, Texas Tech has several top-notch sports teams as well. Our men’s and women’s football, basketball, baseball/softball, and football teams have enjoyed national recognition. We have some of the most modern sports facilities in the nation and admission is free to all Texas Tech students.
The Night Life
Hungry for a great meal at a good price? Lubbock has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the US. Steaks, Cajun, Southern Comfort, Asian, French, and much more are readily available in the “Hub City.” The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and live performances at the Cactus Theatre provide entertainment for you through the night. Lubbock also has a vibrant music scene, with something for everyone. Many artists have called west Texas home, including Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Roy Orbison, Pat Green, Bobby Keys (saxophone player for the Rolling Stones), and the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines. Most are memorialized on the West Texas Walk of Fame, and in the Buddy Holly Center. Live Bands play Rock & Roll, Blues, Country, Jazz, Piano, and many other styles of music in Lubbock’s bars and in the Depot District. National bands also come to Lubbock to play for all west Texas residents. To see a listing of who’s playing soon, check out eventful.com.
Science and History in Lubbock
Lubbock hosts many museums which celebrate the history of west Texas culture, and blend it with the modern world. Lubbock is home to the National Ranching Heritage Center which hosts artifacts and events related to Texas’ rich ranching history, The Museum of Texas Tech University which also hosts Moody Planetarium, and the Silent Wings Museum which preserves the promotes the World War II military glider program. If you’re looking for something a bit more interactive, the Science Spectrum has over 250 hands-on exhibits and a giant OMNI theatre which explore our world in fun and exciting ways.
There are numerous professional and volunteer–based student organizations at Texas Tech including several which are specific to the engineering disciplines. We also host chapters of the Society of Hispanic Engineers, The Society of Chemical Engineers, Association for Computing Machinery, and many more. Check out our Student Organizations page to see all the opportunities to get involved in the community.