Texas Tech University


The Honors College asks that all of you - students, faculty, and staff - open your minds to ideas, to learning, to creativity, to engagement. We offer you, within our College, the opportunity to explore your curiosities, to change the world with wisdom and intelligence, but to retain your humility and your humanity as you illuminate the world with your dreams and your inspirations.



Dr. Gary Bell

About Our Namesake 

Gary Bell

Dr. Gary Bell, Honors College Dean Emeritus, has been at Texas Tech for over 22 years. A professor of History, he earned his B.A. degree from Brigham Young University and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of California at Los Angeles. Before coming to TTU, he served as the Director and Dean of the Honors program at Sam Houston State University. In 1993, he was chosen as Director of the Honors Program at Texas Tech University which at that time had only 4 students. With the support of the President, Provost, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and a good deal of ingenuity and hard work, the program grew into a College. He became the founding Dean of the Honors College in 1999. He stepped down from the deanship in 2009. During the decade of his deanship, Dr. Bell established the Honors College as one of the few comprehensive honors colleges in the nation with its own faculty. The stature of the College as it is today is in large measure a legacy of Dr. Gary Bell.

Dr. Gary Bell's background in Honors Programs, and the experience and knowledge that he brought to bear on the growth of the Honors College is why the Honors College House of KNOWLEDGE bears the name BELL.




About our Leadership




House Captains


  • House Captains: Samira Michelson and Sophia Thompson


House Mentors



Submit House Points


Individual accomplishments can earn anywhere from 5 to 250 points for your house! You will be notified with an owl email should your submission be accepted. Accomplishments that earn house points include:


  • Holding a leadership position in a student organization
  • Volunteering in any capacity
  • Holding active membership in an Honors organization
  • Completing a senior thesis
  • Earning recognition in another department on campus
  • Extraordinary acts of whimsy


Application for House Points




Explore the Other Houses



Winer House

Winer House of Courage

Dr. Jane Winer joined the Texas Tech faculty in the Department of Psychology in 1975. Dr. Winer earned a B.A. in English and a M.A. in Library Science from the State University of New York at Albany and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Ohio State University.


Haragan House

Haragan House of Service

Dr. Donald Haragan has been associated with Texas Tech University for over 44 years. He earned his B.S. and Ph.D from the University of Texas in Austin.                


Lawless House

Lawless House of Integrity

Dr. Bob Lawless' academic career spanned 32 years as a faculty member and administrator. He was on the faculty at Texas A&M University, the University of Houston, and Texas Tech University.