Texas Tech University

Raider Welcome

Welcome to the Texas Tech Family! We're glad you're here!

Raider Welcome is a series of FUN and FREE events designed to welcome new and returning students to the Texas Tech campus. Raider Welcome occurs after Residence Hall move-in and throughout the first week of classes.

By the end of the week of activities, you'll have all the tools you need to start your first semester and make Texas Tech University your own. Among the activities are a few major events, some old-standing traditions, and some exciting new opportunities that you just cannot afford to miss!

"Raider Welcome was an awesome experience and I'm so glad that I am a Red Raider! At first I was nervous about college and being on my own, but now I feel like I belong here and Tech is a home away from home! Wreck Em!"

Get ready to become a member of the Texas Tech community!

Raider Welcome events are set to help you experience what services and programs are here for you! Whether you're new or returning to campus, these events - which begin the Monday before the start of fall classes - will help you prepare for a successful year and experience what it means to be a Texas Tech student.

I really liked how we got a full week before classes started, through these events it helped me learn my way around campus!"

Raider Welcome is designed to complement your Orientation experience. By the end of the week you'll have all the tools you need to start your first semester and make Texas Tech University your own.

At Red Raider Orientation you:

  • Met with an academic advisor
  • Met your classmates in small groups
  • Became familiar with campus
  • Learned the academic and social expectations of the University
  • Were introduced to involvement opportunities

At Red Raider Welcome you will:

  • Reconnect with your advisor and meet faculty members
  • Build friendships with your classmates
  • Become an expert in navigating campus
  • Demonstrate these expectations
  • Sign up for student groups and other engagement opportunities

Goals of Raider Welcome

Raider Welcome events allow students to learn about and experience the services available to them as members of the Texas Tech community. Programming is designed to help students transition to Texas Tech University while at the same time offering fun, engaging activities that allow them to make personal connections with faculty, staff, current, and new students.

"Raider Welcome was awesome. It felt like coming to new home with all the friendliness in the TTU environment."

All Raider Welcome Events:

  • Provide a place for students to meet other students and build a sense of community.
  • Offer a variety of programs that meet the diverse interests/needs of the student body.
  • Introduce students to the services and opportunities available to them at the University.
  • Engage students in the spirit and involvement that is Texas Tech University.

Event Tracks

All Raider Welcome events must fall under one of six event tracks: 

  • Academic Success
  • Social Connections
  • Culture & Diversity
  • Community Involvement
  • Tech Traditions

Raider Welcome Tracks: Academic Success, Wellness & Recreation, Social Connections, Culture & Diversity, Community Involvement, and Tech Traditions

History

What was originally called Welcome Week, but changed to Raider Welcome, Raider Welcome is a series of fun and free events designed to welcome new and returning students to the Texas Tech campus. Sponsored by Transition & Engagement and University Student Housing, it consists of a few major events, some old-standing traditions, and some exciting new opportunities students just can't afford to miss. Traditionally this event begins when the residence halls open and ends after classes have begun. In 2014, the fall event was expanded to include both the week before and the first week of classes. Raider Welcome occurs in August and Winter Raider Welcome happens in January.

Activities include ice cream socials, luncheons/dinners, games/activities, t-shirt give-a-ways, comedian nights, back-to-school shopping opportunity, parent/family reception, AlcoholEdu sessions, blood drives, and community service projects.

Raider Welcome Committee

A group of Texas Tech staff and students work to plan and implement welcoming, transition activities for students during the week before school begins in the fall semester and the first week of classes in the spring semester.

Committee members include representatives from Transition and Engagement, University Student Housing, Recreational Sports, Student Government Association, Parent & Family Relations, Hospitality Services, Student Disabilities Services, Career Services, Student Union & Activities, Student Health, as well as several student organizations that have had long lasting events associated with Raider Welcome.

Service Project

When you come to Texas Tech, you join a community that includes both the campus and the city of Lubbock. Raider Welcome provides several opportunities to connect with your new community by improving it. You'll help others, make new friends, and maybe even be inspired to volunteer more.

Read more about the Raider Welcome Service Projects

Want to help?

Howdy TECHsans and Red Raider Recyclers are students who volunteer to help students move in, assist with recycling and answer any questions. Click here for more information.