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"Every thing that is done on these West Texas Plains ought to be on a big scale... Let us make the work of our college fit with the scope of our country. Let our thoughts be big thoughts and broad thoughts. Let our thinking be in worldwide terms."
Texas Tech President Paul Horn at the university's first convocation

Thirty-six towns in West Texas originally competed to be the home of Texas Tech. In 1923, Lubbock came out on top, and Governor Pat Neff signed the bill that created Texas Technological College. Two years later, Texas Tech opened its doors to 910 students enrolled in just four schools.

In 1969, the Texas Legislature passed the bill that changed the name to Texas Tech University. Today, enrollment is estimated at just under 32,000, and the university now consists of 10 academic colleges.

Texas Tech serves a region larger than 46 of the nation's 50 states and is the only campus in Texas that is home to a major university, law school and medical school. Our university also prides itself on its many rich traditions.

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