Started in 1927 by the first graduating class, the Texas Tech Alumni Association has grown to a membership of more than 25,000 alumni, current students, and friends of Texas Tech.
Located in the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center, which is part of the original President’s Home, the Alumni Association provides academic support to the university through scholarships, professorships, and faculty and staff awards, as well as by sponsoring Red Raider Orientation for entering freshmen. In addition, the organization sponsors many on-campus activities, including the Texas Tech Official Class Ring program, class reunions, homecoming events, and pregame parties at the Frazier Alumni Pavilion.
A national and international alumni chapter network helps members stay in touch with the university. The association also publishes the bimonthly Texas Techsan magazine, hosts ceremonies for The Official Texas Tech Class Ring, and provides lapel pins to all graduates at commencement.
The campus bus system, funded by the Student Transportation Fee, provides transportation throughout the campus and to nearby off-campus residential areas. On-campus routes provide service from the residence halls and commuter parking lots to the interior of the campus. Off-campus service runs from 7 a.m. until 6:45 p.m. Students can access the Citibus Nite Ride shuttle service from 7 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. by calling 806.742.NITE (6483). Students also can ride any Citibus route in Lubbock using their Texas Tech ID.
Contact information: Student Government Association, 806.742.3631
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The Center for Campus Life promotes each student’s learning experience by offering programs and services that focus on student transitions, connecting students to the university and campus traditions, establishing positive relationships with students and families, and maintaining collaborative partnerships. The center offers services related to the following areas:
- Red Raider Orientation and Admitted Student Services
- Student Organizations
- Greek Life
- Texas Tech Spirit Squads
- First Year and Sophomore Raider Experiences
- Transfer Connection
- Raiders Off-Campus Student Services
- Student Emergency and Crisis
- General Student Services
TTexas Tech Federal Credit Union has free checking, low-cost consumer loans, low-rate credit cards, and mobile banking for anyone who wants to become a member of the credit union. There are two on-campus locations: 1802 Texas Tech Parkway and room 1A-98 at the Health Sciences Center. ATMs are available at the main office on Texas Tech Parkway, the Administration Building, Student Recreation Center, and United Spirit Arena. For more information, visit www.TexasTechFCU.org
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Students attending Texas Tech have an endless array of experiential opportunities. The Student Union and Activities office and the Center for Campus Life boast nearly 450 registered student organizations representing academic, professional, honorary, graduate, religious, service, athletic, and special interest groups. Additionally, students can gain volunteer leadership experience through involvement in the Tech Activities Board where they can plan events like Texas Tech’s Homecoming Week and the Annual Arbor Day Celebration. Students can enroll in leadership programs, participate in Greek letter organizations, and experience multicultural programs through the Center for Campus Life. The value of these experiences is immeasurable as students enjoy the luxury of having a practical forum in which to cultivate leadership skills and develop peer and faculty staff/networks.
Student participation in an off-campus activity is strictly voluntary. Students are responsible for their own safety and welfare. Participation in off-campus activities is at the student’s own risk and the university assumes no responsibility. Students are responsible for making their own individual arrangements with instructors for class work missed while participating in an on-campus or off-campus activity. For students involved in Big 12 sports, eligibility rules for the Big 12 Conference are administered by the Texas Tech Athletics Council.
Contact information: Student Union and Activities Office, 203 Student Union, 806.742.3636 (Student Union), 806.742.4708 (Activities); Center for Campus Life, 201 Student Union, 806.742.5433
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Fraternities and sororities have been an active part of university life since 1952 by complementing the academic and cocurricular activities of the university’s community life. With almost 50 chapters recognized at Texas Tech University, more than 3,800 students are involved in Greek life at Texas Tech. The university promotes a self-governing community, reaffirming an attitude of cooperation, support, and encouragement. The Center for Campus Life is the liaison between Greek-letter organizations, their alumni, and the university administration..
Opportunities are available to students for redress of grievances. Generally, students wishing to review the action of a faculty or staff member or a department should direct their questions to the supervisor responsible for the department in the university organizational structure. Procedures for handling specific problems have been established to expedite the filing and hearing of student concerns. Questions involving academic matters should first be directed to the appropriate academic college or department office. Grievance procedures are described in the Student Handbook and questions may be directed to the Student Resolution Center,, 232E Student Union Building, 806.742.SAFE(7233), 806.743.SAFE(7233), www.studentresolutioncenter.ttu.edu.
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The Red Raider debate team historically ranks among the top teams in the nation. In 2010, the team won its second national debate championship in three years, one of only four schools nationwide to ever do so. Students who meet general eligibility requirements may participate in intramural and intercollegiate debate. Both contest and noncontest events are held on campus and at other colleges. The Forensics Union (administered in the Communication Studies Department) is also active in sponsoring campus-wide speech activities. Texas Tech teams actively compete in debate competitions across the country.. Contact information: Director of Forensics, 806.742.1328
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The university is represented by the following official touring musical organizations: University Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Music Theatre, and Symphony Orchestra. Students may also participate in the University Singers, Chamber Singers, Women’s Chorale, Matador Singers, Lubbock Chorale, Court Jesters, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, University Band, Jazz Bands and Combos, Chamber Ensembles, University Strings Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Woodwind Ensemble, Woodwind Quintet, String Ensemble, String Quintet, Harp Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, Horn Ensemble, Trombone Ensemble, Trumpet Choir, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, Brass Quintet, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Drum Bands, Early Music Ensemble, Celtic Ensemble, Tzumba World Music Ensemble, Mariachi Ensemble, and piano accompanying. Each group studies a broad and representative repertoire and maintains an annual public performance calendar. Participation is open to any university student who meets audition requirements.
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Parent and Family Relations, in collaboration with the Texas Tech Parents Association (Tech Parents), promotes each student’s learning experience by engaging parents and families as active partners in supporting student success at Texas Tech University. This partnership provides a variety of programs and services to parents, family members, and students. Programs provided include “Road Raiders” Safe Travel Parent Network, Raider Relief Fund, Sibling Weekend, Family Weekend, Tech Parents chapters, student scholarships, faculty recognition, Parent and Family Guide, programs for parents and family members during Red Raider Orientation, electronic newsletters and e-lerts.
Tech Parents, an incorporated non-profit organization, was established in 1956 to provide a network of parents and family members as well as support programs and services offered in collaboration with Parent and Family Relations. Member contributions enable the awarding of student scholarships annually and program support.
The Office of Student Conduct is responsible for maintaining and adjudicating alleged violations of the "Code of Student Conduct" as it is found in the Student Handbook. It is the responsibility of this office to ensure that student rights are afforded to all students and that due process is part of every judicial hearing. In addition to adjudicating alleged violations of university policy, this office also serves as the clearinghouse for academic integrity issues at Texas Tech.
The Office of Student Conduct works in conjunction with the Texas Tech Police Department and University Student Housing to provide accurate information for the Jeanne Clery Disclosures of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act reporting. The office provides background checks for current and previous students.
Sponsored by the Tech Activities Board and Student Union and Activities, RaiderGate is the university’s premier student tailgating event. For students it is the most exciting on-campus pregame entertainment of the football season.
Contact information: Tech Activities Board, 806.742.4708; Student Union and Activities, 806.742.3636
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The Student Financial Aid Office administers a student part-time employment service to assist students in financing their education. This service is available to currently enrolled students at Texas Tech and provides a listing of on- and off-campus employment opportunities available to students. Students seeking employment through this service are encouraged to check openings at www.rrsec.ttu.edu, then select Federal Work Study Program or Part-Time Employment. To learn more about other forms of financial assistance, see “Student Financial Assistance” in the Finances section of this catalog.
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Red to Black® is a service of the Department of Personal Financial Planning that offers free and confidential financial coaching to Texas Tech students. Volunteer coaches are available to meet with students one-on-one to discuss a variety of financial issues, such as creating a budget, managing debt, establishing and building credit, and comparing job benefits. Coaches are also available to make presentations in classrooms or workshops and at student organization events. For more information, including valuable financial education resources, visit the website www.r2b.ttu.edu.
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The Student Counseling Center (SCC) provides professional psychological services in a beautiful and welcoming environment to address the variety of concerns affecting a college student’s personal life and academic performance. Services are provided by doctoral-level psychologists who are licensed to practice psychology in the state of Texas and by their supervisees.
College life is brimming with new challenges and choices. Counseling focuses on the common issues students frequently encounter in this process. This can involve relationship loss, coping with grief, body image concerns, depression, anxiety, stress/time management, alcohol or other substance abuse, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender identity concerns, communication skills, general adjustment to college, or simply help in understanding oneself better.
Counseling can be conducted on an individual, couple, or group basis. The SCC offers a variety of topic-specific groups (e.g., grief support, social coaching, sexual assault survivors) as well as general counseling groups called Understanding Self and Others. Relationship counseling for students and their partners or family is available during select evening hours as well as the daytime. SCC therapists also educate the campus community about strategies for positive mental health through educational outreach presentations to classes, residence halls, and on-campus organizations. Topics of these presentations span the wide range of issues that students experience.
Student Counseling Center services are available to enrolled students who have paid the student services fee. All information is strictly confidential within limits of the law. The SCC is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. During these times, a walk-in clinic is available to initiate counseling services from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
The Student Government Association (SGA) provides students with opportunities to excel through their participation in leadership activities and university-wide committees. Students can get involved through Freshmen Council, Freshman Leadership Association, Transfer Council, Student Senate, and executive offices. The SGA also provides many services to students, including SafeRide (806.742.7433), Nite Ride (806.742.6483), housing guides, the WORD magazine, new student guide, information maps about Citibus routes, and other programs and publications.
The Student Government Association also supports student organizations through a funding process that allocates a portion of student services fees to registered student groups. The four executive officers—President, Internal Vice President, External Vice President, and Grad President—work to represent the views and needs of students to the administration as well as local and state governments. The SGA is always receptive to new programs and practices that can benefit students.
Contact information: Student Government Association, 302 Student Union, 806.742.3631, www.sga.ttu.edu
Optional student health insurance is available for all students registered at Texas Tech University. For information contact Student Health Services, 210 Student Wellness Center, 806.743.2843.
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Student Health Services is the primary care clinic for students at Texas Tech University. The clinic is staffed with board certified physicians, nurse practitioners, nursing staff, a dietician, and support staff to provide high-quality care for illnesses and injuries, as well as mental health issues.
Student Health Services is located in the Student Wellness Center at the corner of Main and Flint on the west side of the campus. Services are available by appointment Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Student Health Services includes a primary health care clinic and several sub-specialty clinics, including a sports medicine clinic. Students who pay a medical services fee are entitled to access to the clinic. All major health insurance carriers are accepted and a copy of the insurance card is required at the time of the visit. Access to the clinic is available to students without insurance at a discounted rate. A valid Texas Tech ID is required to access the clinic services. More than 200 primary care appointments are available each day. The nursing staff provides blood pressure checks, immunizations, and advice about self-care. Lab tests and x-rays ordered by Student Health Services providers may be performed at Student Health Services. A student who is unsure about a medical issue or problem can visit the clinic and speak confidentially to the triage nurse. The triage nurse does not give notes verifying that a student has been seen at Student Health Services. Providers are able to give verification that a student has been seen at Student Health Services, but faculty members use their own judgment about excusing absences for class or exams missed due to illness or injury. Students experiencing a lengthy illness that may affect their academic performance can consult their Student Health Services physician about obtaining a letter of explanation.
Preventative services include comprehensive alcohol, tobacco, and other drug assessment, education, and referral.
Pharmacy services are also conveniently located in the Student Wellness Center (806.743.2636). The pharmacy can fill most prescriptions, including those written by an outside physician or transferred from another pharmacy. Over-the-counter medications are available at reduced prices. Pharmacy purchases may be charged to major credit cards. The pharmacy accepts most prescription insurance cards.
The medical services fee does not cover after-hours care, hospital emergency room visits, hospitalization, or referrals to providers outside of Student Health Services. Students who are between semesters in the summer and want to continue to use Student Health Services may be eligible for services. Please contact Student Health Services at 806.743.2860 for more information.
Insurance. Student Health Services is not a substitute for major medical insurance. Students should have their own insurance policies or coverage on their parents’ insurance. Students who are thus covered should carry an insurance card to present at any medical facility. Student Health Services now accepts commercial insurance for visits to the clinic. Students who do not have insurance or who are not covered by a family policy may purchase student health insurance through a plan endorsed by Texas Tech University. Contact Student Health Services at 806.743.2866, ext. 287 or visit www.ahpcare.com/ttu for enrollment information.
MMR Immunization. The university requires that all students born after December 31, 1956, provide proof of two MMR immunizations in their lifetime. The first immunization must have been received on or after the first birthday. The two immunizations must have been received at least 30 days apart. Students must meet this requirement by providing documentation of the immunization by the fifth week of the first semester of enrollment. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in a hold being placed on the student’s records. Documentation may be mailed to Student Health Services, 1003 Flint Ave., Box 43095, Lubbock TX 79409-3095 or faxed to 806.743.1071. Students must include their Texas Tech "R" number and date of birth on all documentation. Students may obtain the immunization by appointment at Student Health Services. Questions regarding MMR status should be directed to Student Health Services at 806.743.2860.
Tuberculosis Screening. The university requires that non-U.S. residents from countries with a high prevalence of tuberculosis receive a T-spot test for tuberculosis screening. This requirement is in accordance with recommendations from the American College Health Association and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The tuberculosis screening test must be administered by either Student Health Services or a U.S. health care provider. The test will be at the student’s expense. Required students should provide documentation of the test and results or receive the test at Student Health Services by the fifth week of the first semester of enrollment. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in a hold being placed on the student’s records. Non-U.S. residents from the following countries are exempt from this requirement: American Region–Canada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Virgin Islands; European Region– Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom; Western Pacific Region–American Samoa, Australia, and New Zealand. Non-U.S. residents from any country not listed above are required to have a T-spot test.
Hepatitis B Vaccinations. In recent years, Hepatitis B vaccinations have been added to required childhood immunizations. Many young adults missed receiving this vaccination. Hepatitis B is a chronic infection of the liver transmitted through sex and/or contact with blood and/or body fluids. Students can obtain this immunization through Student Health Services.
Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine Requirements for Entering Students. Texas Senate Bill 1107, passed in May 2011, requires all students entering a public, private, or independent institution of higher education in Texas as of January 2012 and thereafter to provide documentation that they have had a meningococcal (bacterial meningitis) vaccine or "booster" dose during the five-year period prior to but no later than 10 days before the first day of the first semester they will enter that institution. This requirement is not part of the admission process, but non-compliance will prevent students from registering for classes. Students must submit their documentation to Student Health Services as soon as they are admitted and have decided to attend Texas Tech. This submission mut be at least two weeks before their intended registration date, even if that date is during Red Raider Orientation. Students should send vaccination records to Student Health Services by one of the following: faxing to 806.743.1071, emailing email@example.com, or submitting by mail or in person to Student Wellness Center, 1003 Flint Ave., Box 43095, Lubbock, TX 79409-3095. Students should include their Texas Tech "R" number, date of birth, and semester of entry on all documentation. For more information, refer to www.ttuhsc.edu/studenthealth.
In accordance with state law, a student’s medical information is kept completely confidential and cannot be released to anyone, including parents and/or guardians, without the student’s written permission unless otherwise authorized by law.
Contact information: www.ttuhsc.edu/studenthealth, 806.743.2860.
Student Legal Services is designed to bring legal advice and guidance within the reach of students. It was inaugurated at Texas Tech in 1973 and is staffed by three licensed attorneys, an administrative business assistant, law clerks, and student interns from the Texas Tech School of Law. Appointments are necessary to ensure correct placement with the appropriate attorney.
The primary objectives of the program are to provide students with confidential legal advice on individual problems and to establish an educational office designed to inform students of their obligation, duties, and rights as defined by a system of law. Informal lectures on legal topics of concern are conducted on request. Mediation services are also available.
The attorneys for students are able to represent students in court under limited circumstances; however, most cases are resolved through negotiation, advice, and proper direction. The office is dedicated to the concept of preventive law.
Contact information: 307 Student Union, 806.742.3289
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The Daily Toreador, the university student newspaper, and the website www.dailytoreador.com are published daily, Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters and on Tuesday and Fridays during the summer sessions. La Ventana, the university yearbook, is published annually. The publications are produced by students and are staffed with paid personnel from the student body. The Student Media Committee, a student-faculty-staff committee, selects the student editors and reviews the annual budgets.
The Student Organization Representative Council (SORC) includes all registered student organizations separated into councils based on their area of interest. These councils include a SORC representative from each organization and Student Government Senators to facilitate the agenda. It allows the opportunity for students to have a fair and equal say in university-related matters, to promote the events of their organization, to educate and diversify the campus, and to promote events sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA).
Contact information: SGA, 806.742.3631
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The Student Resolution Center (formerly the Ombuds Office) is a safe place to bring concerns and find solutions. The center provides informal, neutral, and confidential dispute resolution services and assists visitors with any student-related concern. The staff works with prospective, current, and former students and their families as well as any staff or faculty member who may have a student-related concern.
The goal of the center is to help individuals resolve their concerns fairly and, if possible, informally. Staff members do not act as advocates for either side in a dispute but rather as advocates for fairness for all parties involved. Options are given as they relate to concerns presented, but the center has no formal decision-making authority. The final decision regarding any option resides with the visitor.
Confidentiality is preserved in all cases except for the following:
- When an individual expresses the intent for self harm or harm to another person.
- When the potential exists for injury or harm to a child or protected adult.
- When a crime is witnessed by a Student Resolution Center staff member.
- As otherwise required by law.
Contact information: 232E Student Union Building, 806.742.SAFE(7233), 806.743.SAFE(7233), www.safeplace.ttu.edu. Services are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and at other times by appointment. Walk-in visitors are welcome.
The Texas Tech Chess Program was developed following the university’s commencement of May 2007. Its motto is “Academic Excellence through Chess.” The program’s mission is to promote chess as a vehicle for enriching education, to serve as a unit for the development of advanced chess education, to support and promote competitive collegiate chess, and to recruit outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to the university.
In collaboration with the university’s student chess club, the Texas Tech Chess Program offers a variety of services and opportunities related to chess, including regular meetings, tournaments, after-school programs, workshops for teachers, and chess camps for kids.
The Texas Tech Chess Program resources include chess sets, chess clocks, demonstration boards, chess game analysis programs, and tournament management. Many of these resources are shared with the university’s student chess club. The Texas Tech Chess Program also offers chess scholarships to qualified applicants at either the undergraduate or graduate level. In the past three years, the Texas Tech Chess Program has captured one regional, two state, and eleven national chess titles. The Texas Tech Chess Program has produced three grandmasters, the highest designation in chess.
Copies of a student’s transcript are available for a fee of $5 pre transcript. Please allow 72 hours for transcript processing. Order online at www.depts.ttu.edu/registrar (additional fees may apply) or visit the Office of the Registrar, 103 West Hall.
Official transcripts may be withheld from students who have administrative holds on their records until the holds have been released. For information about administrative holds and the status of holds on students’ records, refer to “Administrative Holds” in the Undergraduate Academics section of this catalog. Transcripts furnished from other institutions become the property of Texas Tech University.
University Career Center provides a number of services designed to assist all Texas Tech students and alumni with their career development and job search efforts. Representatives from hundreds of organizations visit University Career Center each year to conduct employment interviews with students in an effort to fill internship, Co-Op, and full-time positions. To obtain interviews and submit a resume, students may register at www.careercenter.ttu.edu. To assist students who are undecided about their majors or career plans, University Career Center offers career assessment inventories which include Strong Interest Inventory, MBTI, and Strengths Quest Program.
University Career Center also sponsors various job fairs that include graduate and professional schools, school districts, summer camps, and two large career expos. Resources include job listings, internship information, mock interviews, resume assistance, and an extensive career library. Counselors are available to meet individually with students to discuss job-related topics (resumes, cover letters, etc.).
Contact information: University Career Services, 150 Wiggins Complex, 806.742.2210
The Department of Military and Veterans Programs assists veterans and their families in achieving academic and personal success by helping provide a seamless transition from military to civilian life, supporting and encouraging campus and community engagement, and helping provide a positive experience through degree completion.
The department embraces the following values:
- Motivation – Provides an encouraging environment focused on the student’s success.
- Value – Appreciates service and understands the diversity of thought and experience that veterans bring to the university.
- Performance – Connects students to campus and community resources that will enhance their overall college experience and provide a greater opportunity for successful academic achievement and degree completion.
Exemptions for Texas Veterans Under the Hazlewood Act. The purpose of the Hazlewood Exemption (Hazlewood Act) for Texas veterans is to provide an education benefit to honorably discharged or separated Texas veterans and to eligible dependent children and spouses of Texas veterans. Eligible students may receive an exemption from payment of all tuition, dues, fees, and other required charges, including fees for undergraduate, graduate, law, nursing, medical school for up to 150 credit hours maximum. For more information see www.mvp.ttu.edu.
Veterans’ Certification. Each student using federal VA Educational Assistance is responsible for providing accurate information to the Department of Military and Veterans Programs. Because the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs requires updated information concerning any changes, students must report all changes of status in their academic schedule or address.
- Undergraduate students who have accumulated 64 or more credit hours must file a copy of their official degree plan or teacher certification plan with the Veterans Coordinator or enrollment certification will be canceled.
- Graduate students must be admitted into an approved program and provide a degree plan as soon as possible after enrollment in Texas Tech.
- All veterans using federal benefits must submit military transcripts for evaluation no later than the end of their second semester of enrollment or enrollment certification will be canceled.
All students using federal or state benefits must be certified immediately after registration each semester through the Department of Military and Veterans Programs, 147 Drane Hall, 806.742.6877, www.mvp.ttu.edu.
Any student using the federal or state Tuition Assistance Program through the Department of Defense should provide documentation to Student Business Services, 301 West Hall, 806.742.3272,
Table of Contents
- Academic Calendar
- About the University
- Regents / Administration
- Academic Programs
Arts & Sciences
Media and Communication
Visual & Performing Arts
- Graduate School
- School of Law
- Admissions, Undergraduate
- Financial Information
- Housing and Hospitality
- Undergraduate Academics
- All-University Programs
- Pre-Professional Programs
- TTU Regional Sites
- eLearning at Texas Tech
- Student Services
- Academic Advising and Support
- Resources and Facilities
- Health Sciences Center
- Residency Status
- Faculty Directory
- Course Descriptions
- Glossary of Catalog Terms
- Subject Index