Texas Tech University

K-12 Programs

Creating a college achieving culture begins with the educators in schools and classrooms across the nation. As part of our shared effort to encourage higher education among students, the Office of K-12 & IDEAL offers a variety of programs directed toward K-12 students, which are available upon request. Listed below are the brief summaries of each program we offer. For more information contact the Office of K-12 & IDEAL at (806) 742-2420.

Elementary Program Highlights

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College BINGO
(K – 5th grade)

This program is designed to introduce college terminology and descriptions to elementary students. The terminology of higher education can be as daunting as the buildings themselves, this interactive activity, patterned after the actual game. Also, the students will be engaged in discussing college terms such as majors, the cost of attending college, dormitories, and sports. IDEAL staff will award students who answer questions relating to college with Texas Tech University promotional items.

Sights of Texas Tech
(K – 5th grade)

The objective of this program is to enable students to become familiar with the Texas Tech University by learning about campus landmarks. Each tour lasts from 45 minutes to an hour. By participating, students will learn facts, tradition, and history about Raiderland.

Mini University
(K – 5th grade)

Mini University is designed to introduce college to elementary school students. This program plants the seed of possibility into the minds of young children. Through an interactive presentation about Texas Tech University. The program aims to get children excited about attending college by discussing what college is.


Middle School Program Highlights

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College 101
(6th - 8th grade)

College 101 provides insight on what to expect in college and how to prepare for admission. This program is offered to each grade level, from any school once a year. The program is facilitated and coordinated for specific grade levels. Lastly, each student will create an action plan to go to college.

Red Raider Campus Tours
(6th - 8th grade)

Our tours are a first-hand look at college life on Texas Tech University's campus. Students will walk along the campus, have the opportunity to take pictures, and learn about their historical significance. Upon request and if available, tours may include the REC, Residential Halls, and the Student Union Building.

College Jeopardy!
(6th - 8th grade)

College Jeopardy is an interactive trivia game designed to introduce students to college terminology and issues. This game is structured by grade level. Students are presented with clues in the form of an answer and must phrase their response in question form.

Reality Check
(6th - 8th grade)

The objective of this program is to outline the financial and social benefits of higher education by using real-life scenarios introduced in a game format. The program is similar to the Game of Life™, where the students choose a career, a budget, and a family. Each student has the opportunity to buy child care, food, clothes, transportation, creature comforts, on a budget of their chosen occupation. Students will learn how their chosen occupation will affect their livelihood in the future.

Social Media Etiquette: 40-45 Minutes
(6th - 8th grade)

Students use technology more than ever and have taken it beyond its original use of communication. Proper use of the internet is an issue that needs to be addressed. This program illustrates examples and explanations of appropriate and inappropriate posts on social media. The program also explains the tone and negative body language we portray in a professional environment.


High School Program Highlights

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Admissions Workshop
(9th - 11th grade)

The focus of this program is to provide students with information about college admissions and expectations. The program is offered once a year to each grade level and held at Texas Tech University. The students will learn how to become adept applicants. The session will also include the importance of academic achievement and community involvement during the admissions process.

College 101
(9th - 11th grade)

College 101 provides insight into the expectations in college, to prepare for admissions and Move-In Day. This program is offered to each grade level, from any school once a year. The program is structured to accommodate each grade level, and each student creates an action plan for going to college. College 101 prepares students with general knowledge regarding Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Financial Aid Workshop
(9th - 11th grade)

The Financial Aid Workshop aims to educate and engage students in preparing for the cost of attendance. Students will obtain a better understanding of the terminology and needed documents to complete the FAFSA application. Additionally, students will learn what options are available when it comes to paying for college, the differences between each type of financial aid, the importance of academics in the financial aid process and scholarships. The program will be presented by IDEAL staff and the Financial Aid Office.

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