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As you get ready to start your college days at Texas Tech University, you probably know that you’ll be in a fairly large city. Once you’ve spent a few days on-campus, getting to know your roommates and how to get around campus, you might want to make some time to go into Lubbock so you can learn your way around. Lubbock is located in the panhandle of Texas, on its far northwest edge. As you look around you’ll see. . . lots of flat expanse. You may not see more than a few small hills as you drive in and around the city. Still, you’ll be able to stop in at restaurants and stores so you can enjoy a meal away from the student dining center and buy things you need. Lubbock is one of the largest cities in this part of Texas—other nearby communities are even smaller. Texas Tech is also a large university. If you have a car, you may even want to drive from your dorm to some of your classes.

Overview of Texas Tech University

If you took AP classes and passed your exams, you’ll be able to submit these scores for credit, putting you ahead of other freshmen who start school at the same time as you.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 20:1
Graduation Rate 61%
Year Founded 1923

Student Enrollment

Total Students38,209


Undergraduate Student

Male 16,937
Female 15,020

Graduate Student

Male 3,314
Female 2,938

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Male 12,065
Female 13,319


Male 8,325
Female 9,190

Acceptance Rate69%

Male 69%
Female 69%

Enrollment 6,130

Male 2,207
Female 2,146
Application Fee $75
High School GPA Recommended
High School Rank Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Recommended
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline August 1
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The total price includes tuition (in- or out-of-state), books, supplies, room and board, and other various charges. For Texas Tech University, this price is $23,590 on average.

The average net price is the amount remaining after financial aid has paid for a large portion of tuition and other fees. The average net price for Texas Tech in a recent school year was $16,463. Even so, some families may find it difficult to pay for this along with all their other financial commitments. Luckily, because financial aid is provided based on family income, what lower income families pay is usually significantly lower than the amount that higher income families pay.

  • Families earning up to $30,000 pay around $12,317
  • Families earning between $30,001 and $48,000 pay around $13,326
  • Families earning between $48,001 and $75,000 pay around $17,421
  • Families earning between $75,001 and $100,000 pay around $21,305
  • Families earning more than $110,001 pay around $22,270

Freshmen students who apply for financial aid number about 4,756. About 61%, or 3,706, received grants or scholarships averaging $7,529. Students who applied for institutional grants and scholarships numbered about 3,139 and they received an average of $4,901.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $16,463
Average Total Aid $7,529
Students Receiving Financial Aid 78%
Room & Board $8,670

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $9,300
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $19,260
  • Books and Supplies - $1,200
  • Room & Board - $8,670
  • Other - $4,420


You’ll be one of 38,200+ students on the Texas Tech campus. As a new student here, you’ll spend much of your first year getting used to being a college student and adjusting to new expectations from your professors. Not that homework will be anything new to you, but you’ll also be getting together with fellow students to study and work on group projects. At the end of your freshman year, you may find yourself deciding whether to stay at Texas Tech or try another school. The rest of your freshman class is doing the same thing. The retention rate is the percentage of first-year students who decide to remain at the school. At Texas Tech, the retention rate is quite high at 85%.

The 4-year graduation rate is 36%. Some students may decide, or need to, stay in school for another year or two so they can earn high grades and complete their degree programs. The 6-year graduation rate is higher and closer to average at 61%.

Since Texas Tech is a large school, you may wonder about the student-to-faculty ratio. This is a bit high at 20 to 1. If you need to talk to your professor, you’ll need to make sure to get on it as soon as you realize you’re having a problem with one of your classes. It’s unlikely you’ll catch them after a class session without sharing that time with several other students looking for help.

Student Population Total

Student Population 38,209

Evening Classes : Yes
Distance Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 1,066 Total Graduates / 17%
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 230 Graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 226 Graduates
Accounting 219 Graduates
Finance, General 185 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 879 Total Graduates / 14%
Mechanical Engineering 356 Graduates
Civil Engineering, General 130 Graduates
Chemical Engineering 83 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 76 Graduates
Petroleum Engineering 76 Graduates
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 614 Total Graduates / 10%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 479 Graduates
Nutrition Sciences 57 Graduates
Science, Technology and Society 56 Graduates
International/Global Studies 21 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 478 Total Graduates / 7%
Public Relations/Image Management 165 Graduates
Advertising 113 Graduates
Radio and Television 92 Graduates
Mass Communication/Media Studies 73 Graduates
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 466 Total Graduates / 7%
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 188 Graduates
Human Development and Family Studies, General 175 Graduates
Family Resource Management Studies, General 47 Graduates
Family and Community Services 30 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 59%

Outcome & Salary

After graduation, your earnings should pass the amount you and your family paid for your average net price while you were in school. This is your return on investment (ROI).

Your early-career salary should average around $56,800 after graduating from Texas Tech. A graduate’s average salary after being on the job for a few years rises to $68,187 and their mid-career salary takes a good jump up to $106,500.

Their 10-year salary earnings potential is about $681,870; ten years down the road, it is $1,746,870. Your 10-year projected ROI is $616,018 and your 20-year projected ROI is $1,681,018.

High school graduates who don’t go to college earn an average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $56,800
College Grads Average Salary $68,187
College Grads Mid Career Salary $106,500
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $681,870
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,746,870
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $65,852
10 Year Projected ROI $616,018
20 Year Projected ROI $1,681,018
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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