Texas Tech University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University is a public research institution with an acceptance rate of 71% in Lubbock, Texas. Across all its colleges, Texas Tech offers undergraduate degrees in 150 majors. A robust student/faculty ratio backs students, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. In athletics, the Texas Tech Red Raiders play in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 38,209 (31,957 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 53 percent male/47 percent female
  • 87 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,320 (in-state); $23,770 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200
  • Room and Board: $9,772
  • Other Expenses: $4,420
  • Total Cost: $26,712 (in-state); $39,162 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 78 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 57 percent
    • Loans: 44 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,182
    • Loans: $8,649

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 85 percent
  • Transfer-Out Rate: 27 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 34 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 60 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Texas Tech University Admissions

Texas Tech University, which accepts nearly three-quarters of applicants, has a slightly selective admissions process. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the next steps of the application process. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data             

During 2018-19, Texas Tech had an acceptance rate of 71%. For every 100 students who submitted applications, 71 gained admission, making Texas Tech’s admissions process less competitive.

SAT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 59% of students provided SAT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Texas Tech’s students score within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. On the evidence-based reading and writing part, 50% of students scored between 540 and 620, while 25% scored under 540, and 25% scored over 620. On the math part, 50% of students scored between 530 and 620, while 25% scored under 530, and 25% scored over 620. Applicants with a cumulative SAT score of 1240 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Texas Tech University.

ACT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 40% of students provided ACT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Texas Tech’s students score within the top 37% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Tech received a cumulative ACT score between 22 and 27, while 25% scored over 27, and 25% scored under 22.


In 2019, the mean high school GPA for  Texas Tech freshman was 3.57, and nearly 90% of students had a mean high school GPA of 3.25 and over. Successful applicants to Texas Tech University have primarily A and B grades.

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Texas Tech, then it should be easy for you to gain admissions to the schools below. If Texas Tech is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

East Carolina University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Texas State University, Georgia State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Liberty University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Texas Tech, then you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, California State University Long Beach, Pace University, Florida Gulf Coast University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Texas Tech. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

United States Military Academy, Penn State University Park, University of Cincinnati, Hofstra University, Temple University, Auburn University, Seton Hall University

Applying to Texas Tech

Application Deadline: August 1

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