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Purpose of the House System



The four houses of the Honors College recognize the support, vision, and persistence of four administrators who helped to found the Honors College on the Texas Tech campus. The Dr. Gary Bell House of Knowledge, the Dr. Robert Lawless House of Integrity, the Dr. Donald Haragan House of Service, and the Dr. Jane Winer House of Courage represent the four pillars of the Honors College by which we educate, learn, live, dream, and innovate together as a community.


The four house system, seeking to welcome first year and inspire community, hearkens back to Dean San Francisco's primary education in India. "When I attended St. Joseph's Boys High School in Bangalore, students were placed into one of four houses. Everything we did from academic performance to the sports field to theatre and behavior counted towards the house. This sense of 'belonging' taught me not to work just for myself but also for a 'greater good.'"



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How are Students Sorted into Houses?



Newly admitted first year students are automatically sorted into a house once they have registered for the First-Year Experience Program. These students will find out which house they belong to at our annual Honors Convocation at the beginning of each fall semester. If a student is unable to attend Honors Convocation, the student will be contacted via email with the results of the sorting.


Students already enrolled in college-level courses entering the Honors College are sorted and notified of their selection via email before the term in which they take their first Honors course.


If you are unsure of which house you belong, email the Honors College at Honors@ttu.edu.




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Explore the Other Houses




Bell House

Bell House of Knowledge

Dr. Gary Bell, Honors College Dean Emeritus, has been at Texas Tech for over 22 years. A professor of History...                                                            




Kelsey Frazier

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.                




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.....


Lawless House

Lawless House of Integrity

Dr. Bob Lawless' academic career spanned 32 years as a faculty member and administrator ...