Texas Tech University
Established in 1923, TTU and the TTU Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) comprise one of the four major universities in Texas. Situated on a 1,839 acre campus, TTU houses several undergraduate colleges, a Graduate School, and a School of Law. The TTU Health Sciences Center (adjacent to the Main Campus) houses schools of Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health. Undergraduate degrees are offered in over 150 majors; more than 100 graduate degrees are offered in over 70 programs. Historically, TTU was nationally known for its academic programs in Engineering and Agriculture; however, within the past 40 years all academic programs have been developed and staffed to equal emphasis. Students represent every state in the nation and more than 90 foreign countries. TTU has been attracting increasing numbers of National Merit Scholars and is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and by numerous professional societies. The TTU Athletic program is part of the Big Twelve Conference.
The TTU Student Population
Texas Tech University's current enrollment is more than 35,000. Approximately 60%
of the student body is Caucasian, and 40% are from ethnically diverse populations.
Hispanic (20%) and African-American (5%) students comprise the largest ethnic populations
on campus. Approximately 8% of the student body is of foreign residency, and approximately
84% are Texas residents. The ethnic diversity of the Student Counseling Center clients
parallels the diversity of the university students.
Reflective of the national trend, the Student Counseling Center has experienced an increase in the severity of concerns in students seeking services. Clients are assigned to interns in such a way that allows exposure to a wide variety of diagnoses, degrees of severity, and demographic diversity. The age composition of our service population covers the life span beginning with late teens; however, our clientele is mostly traditional college-age students.
The SCC subscribes to a brief therapy model of services; currently students receive up to 12 sessions per academic year. For training purposes and to encourage student utilization, group therapy services are not currently subject to the session limit.
With a population of 229,000, Lubbock is located in the southern region of the West Texas panhandle. Lubbock has a moderate, fairly dry climate with an annual rainfall of only 18 inches. The city lies 320 miles west of Dallas, 375 miles northwest of Austin, and 320 miles southeast of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Several major airlines, an interstate highway and four U.S. highways make Lubbock easily accessible for travel. Lubbock and its surrounding area offer a rich, warm blend of hospitality and West Texas culture. The South Plains are the home of several wineries, including the internationally acclaimed Llano Estacado Winery. Regular regional events include rodeos, Mexican American and African American cultural events, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, country and western dancing and western art shows. The United Spirit Arena on Tech's campus hosts several top-selling performers in concert each year. Lubbock is also home to over 500 eating establishments serving both ethnic and regional cuisine. For the sports-minded, Lubbock offers a wide array of activities: tennis and racquetball facilities are plentiful; water skiers can enjoy Buffalo Springs Lake; the mountains of New Mexico, which offer skiing and hiking opportunities, are only 3-4 hours drive from Lubbock. Although it can get hot in the summer, the dry climate provides cool, pleasant evenings and beautiful sunsets.