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 71%. 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 undergraduate degrees in 150 majors. 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 2017-18, Texas Tech had an acceptance rate of 71%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 71 were admitted, making Texas Tech's admissions process less competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 24,452
Percent Admitted 71%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 36%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Texas Tech requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 59% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 540 620
Math 530 620
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 620, while 25% scored below 540 and 25% scored above 620. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 530 and 620, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 620. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1240 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 2017-18 admissions cycle, 40% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

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

This admissions data tells us that most of Texas Tech's admitted students fall within the top 37% 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 2018, the average high school GPA for incoming Texas Tech freshman was 3.57, and nearly 90% of admitted students had average high school GPAs of 3.25 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Texas Tech University have primarily A and 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 nearly three-quarters of applicants, has a slightly 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 who got in 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. Clearly the higher your grades and standardized test scores, the better your chances are of receiving an acceptance letter.