Texas Tech University originally opened in the fall of 1925 as Texas Technological College with four schools--Liberal Arts, Home Economics, Agriculture, and Engineering. By action of the Texas State Legislature, Texas Technological College became Texas Tech University on September 1, 1969. Today the University has an enrollment of almost 25,000 and consists of the instructional colleges--Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Human Sciencesthe Law School and the Graduate School. The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, a separate institution, opened in 1972.
Many special facilities for interdisciplinary research are available, such as the computer center, the Southwest Collection (a regional depository for historical information pertaining to West Texas and the near Southwest), and the University Library's expanding collection of material in the general areas of the humanities.
Located near the Law School, the Student Recreation Center and the Aquatic Center offer a wide variety of indoor sports facilities in addition to an Olympic-size indoor-outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, and ball fields.
Texas Tech University is located in Lubbock, a city of over 196,000 population with a variety of cultural and recreational opportunities and a dry and invigorating climate.
The city maintains more than sixty public parks for those interested in sailing, sailboarding, tennis, softball, golf, and soccer. Cultural events include performances by the Lubbock Symphony and Civic Ballet, while dramatic groups from the city, the Texas Tech theatre arts program, and occasional Broadway traveling companies present a broad selection of theatrical fare.
Texas Tech's campus of 1,839 acres is one of the largest in the nation, and with its attractive landscaping and unique Spanish Renaissance red-tile roofed buildings, is one of the most attractive.
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