About Texas Tech
In 2009 Texas Tech set two goals that would change the face of the university and the lives of its faculty, staff and students.
The first goal was to receive state designation as a National Research University (NRU).
Check that one off the list. In 2011, Texas Tech become one of the first two state universities to meet the legislatively set criteria to receive NRU status and earn the millions of dollars in state funding that come with the designation to enhance the research mission of the university.
The NRU designation is the foundation for launching the effort to achieve goal No. 2, becoming a true Tier One research university with the characteristics of the elite institutions making up the Association of American Universities (AAU).
We talk a lot about research because those numbers are the means by which universities are measured. But at Texas Tech be assured that teaching, scholarship and creative activity are valued just as highly as research activity. Texas Tech has top flight programs in the humanities, social sciences and the visual and performing arts. And we know that our classroom teaching is the heart of our success in other areas. Texas Tech is nationally recognized for the well-prepared graduates we produce. A number of publications have listed us among the best in that area.
There are programs to help faculty, especially junior faculty members, strengthen their teaching and research. The Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, the Ethics Center, and other groups, provide teaching resources to all faculty members. The Faculty Proposal Development Program offers assistance in writing successful grant proposals.
Texas Tech takes its mission of service, outreach and engagement seriously. The university offers its students outstanding study abroad and service learning opportunities to broaden their world view. The university provides a multitude of programs designed to entertain, educate and enhance the Lubbock community and our region.
At Texas Tech, the tagline, “From Here it’s Possible,” is not just an advertising slogan—it’s true.
More about the Texas Tech University System
Texas Tech is the flagship of the Texas Tech University System (TTUS). TTUS was founded in 1996, and is made up of four universities: Texas Tech; Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas; and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, based in Lubbock with campuses in Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas, the Permian Basin, and the newly established location in El Paso. Kent R. Hance is chancellor of the university system.
More about Texas Tech
Texas Tech in the Rankings
- Texas Tech is tied for first in the nation with the most Fulbright scholars in 2013, with 10 awards. Texas Tech tied with Ohio State and Illinois.
- Texas Tech has been named the No. 1 university to work for in the nation in a Glassdoor report released in September 2013.
- CareerBliss ranked the university third nationally for having the "happiest employees."
- Texas Tech was named to the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools by G.I. Jobs Magazine. This is the fifth straight year the university has received the designation. Also, Texas Tech ranked 31st among 650 four-year colleges in the Military Times' 2014 Best for Vets list.
- Texas Tech was once again named "Best in the West" by the Princeton Review, which recognizes the top institutions in the country by region.
- The National Wind Institute (NWI) was listed among Popular Science magazine’s "10 Most Awesome College Labs of 2013." NWI has been among the leaders nationally in wind research.
- Texas Tech was the highest-ranking Big 12 member institution on Sierra Magazine’s list of "Cool Schools," which rates universities on their overall sustainability efforts.
- The university ranked 28th out of 875 institutions on the "Affordable Colleges with High Returns" by AffordableCollegesOnline.org. Texas Tech continues as an affordable option for students with a four-year tuition of less than $40,000.
- The 2013-14 edition of “The Alumni Factor,” a college guidebook ranking colleges and university based on graduates’ experiences, ranked Texas Tech 35th among all national universities and ninth among “very large schools,” which includes schools with more than 20,000 undergraduate students.
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