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Texas Tech University

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Committed to teaching and the advancement of knowledge, Texas Tech University, a comprehensive public research university, provides the highest standards of excellence in higher education, fosters intellectual and personal development, and stimulates meaningful research and service to humankind.

A History of Texas Tech

Texas Tech University was created by legislative action in 1923 and has the distinction of being the largest comprehensive higher education institution in the western two-thirds of the state of Texas.  The university is the major institution of higher education in a region larger than 46 of the nation’s 50 states and is the only campus in Texas that is home to a major university, law school and medical school.

Originally named Texas Technological College, the college opened in 1925 with six buildings and an enrollment of 914.  Graduate instruction did not begin until 1927 within the school of Liberal Arts. A “Division of Graduate Studies” was established in 1935 and eventually became known as the Graduate School in 1954.

By action of the Texas State Legislature, Texas Technological College formally became Texas Tech University on September 1, 1969.

University Strategic Plan

Texas Tech University's Strategic Plan, A Foundation for the Next Century | A Pathway to 2025, focuses on three primary, comprehensive areas of focus as the university nears completion of its first century of service. This plan will provide a framework for the university moving forward and support our efforts to solidify Texas Tech's position as a premier public research university.

Educate and empower a diverse student body

Student success will reflect the University's commitment to fostering an environment that promotes inclusive access while attracting committed and high-achieving students.

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Enable innovative research and creative activities

We will continue to expand research, scholarship and creative activity to discover and advance knowledge, to improve quality and sustainability of life for the citizens of our state, nation and world, and to support technology transfer and other activities that enhance economies.

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Transform lives and communities through strategic outreach and engaged scholarship

We will partner with our local, regional, national, and global communities to stimulate creativity, innovation, and social and economic development … working together to solve the complex problems facing people and communities.

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