Texas Tech University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Texas Tech University is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 69%. Located in Lubbock, Texas, the 1,839 acre Texas Tech campus is one of the largest in the country. Texas Tech's name can be misleading—while the university does offer many programs in engineering and the applied sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences is the school's largest unit. Across all of its colleges, Texas Tech offers 150 undergraduate degrees, 100 graduate degrees, and 50 doctoral degrees. In athletics, the Texas Tech Red Raiders compete in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference.

Considering applying to Texas Tech? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During 2018-19, Texas Tech had an acceptance rate of 69%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 69 student were admitted, making Texas Tech's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 25,384
Percent Admitted 69%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 35%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Texas Tech requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 61% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 540 630
Math 530 630
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Texas Tech's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Texas Tech scored between 540 and 630, while 25% scored below 540 and 25% scored above 630. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 530 and 630, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 630. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1260 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Texas Tech University.

Requirements

Texas Tech does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Texas Tech University participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Texas Tech University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 39% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 21 26
Math 20 26
Composite 22 27

This admissions data tells us that most of Texas Tech's admitted students fall within the top 36% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Tech received a composite ACT score between 22 and 27, while 25% scored above 27 and 25% scored below 22.

Requirements

Texas Tech does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Tech superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA for incoming Texas Tech freshmen was 3.61, and 73% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Texas Tech University have primarily A and high B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Texas Tech University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Texas Tech University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Texas Tech University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Texas Tech University, which accepts more than two-thirds of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, Texas Tech is interested in more than test scores and GPAs. The university uses the ApplyTexas application which requires information about your high school coursework, leadership, special talents, and extracurricular activities. The admissions office wants to see that you have taken challenging college preparatory classes and have an upward trend in grades. Applicants should also consider including an optional essay, letters of recommendation, and resume to boost their application.

The university offers "Assured Admission" to students who meet certain criteria. Students who attend an accredited public or private high school and rank in the top 10% of their class will be admitted to Texas Tech with no minimum SAT or ACT score requirements. Those students who rank in the top 25% of their class and achieve a minimum composite SAT score of 1180 or ACT score of 24 are also offered assured admission at Texas Tech. Applicants with a lower class rank can also be admitted under this program if they have slightly higher composite SAT or ACT scores.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of students admitted to Texas Tech had high school GPAs in the "A" and "B" range, combined SAT scores of about 1000 or higher (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 20 or higher.

All admissions data has been sourced form the National Center for Education Statistics and Texas Tech University's Undergraduate Admissions Office.