Texas Tech University

Campus Facts & Figures

out of 5

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: Southwest
City/State: Lubbock, TX
Locale: Medium City (100,000 to 500,000)
Student Population (FTE): 40,322
In-State Tuition: $11,600.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $23,870.00
Institution Website: http://www.lgbtqia.ttu.edu
Institution Type:
Doctoral/Research University
Public/State University
Residential Campus
Hispanic Serving Institution

LGBTQ Student Opportunities


Colleges and universities want LGBTQ students, faculty and staff to be out and proud as part of the diversity of the campus community.  The Campus Pride Index provides campuses the opportunity to come out as LGBTQ-friendly and take responsibility for continually improving their LGBTQ campus climate. 
The Campus Pride Index features LGBTQ student opportunities by highlighting the positive work within higher education across the country. Prospective students and families may choose the best LGBTQ campuses searching the tool based on area of study, cost, location, type of campus and LGBTQ-inclusive policy, programs and practice for their college search.  
Reminder: Learn more by signing-up for FREE to participate in Campus Pride's LGBTQ-friendly National College Fair Program in eight different cities and the Campus Pride National Online College Fair.

Commitment to LGBTQ Issues

Texas Tech University is committed to strengthening the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) community, as well as serving our ally community.

Our Synopsis

The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement serves the Texas Tech University community through facilitation and leadership of programming and advocacy efforts aimed at strengthening the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) community. The Office also serves as a resource for members of the University community in their practice of 'allyship.'

Featured Quotes

Why you'll love Texas Tech University

"I was nervous to move to conservative West Texas. I feared that my students and colleagues would find my sexuality objectionable and that I would struggle to find LGBT+ friends and allies on campus. Fortunately, Texas Tech has proven far more welcoming to the LGBT+ community than I expected. Events like the Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit demonstrate that Texas Tech is committed to creating a safe and comfortable environment for our community and serves as an example for other colleges and universities."

— 38-year-old gay male, tenured faculty

"The Office of LGBTQIA has been a welcoming beckon of light, beaming thru the dust storms of our West Texas town. It has been a pleasure to witness a renewed enthusiastic energy with in our students, faculty and staff but also our alumni. I look forward to the calendar of events each semester, knowing that I will find a unique, exciting and educational experience."

— Queer female, staff

"Texas Tech has a support system that is larger than expected. We promote our students to be able to express themselves comfortably and happily. Whilst some may see certain aspects of it as a negative, the good outweighs the bad. Our campus is only as good as you make it, so if you come in with the positivity, it will always be reciprocated with smiles, open arms, and love."

— 20 year old, gay male, junior

"As an openly gay graduate student, I've found acceptance on and off campus. I can honestly say that I've never felt held back, or set apart from others, because of who I am. During undergrad at Tech, I was elected to be an officer for my student org; served in student government; and even went as a guy's date to his fraternity formal. Additionally, I'm pleased to report that this open-mindedness extends to the graduate level. The law school is sending three students to an LGBT conference this summer, and I've found professors and students alike to be very accepting."

— 22-year-old, gay male, 2nd-year law student

"Texas Tech has been very supportive. It is lovely to work somewhere where I can be myself without worrying. The opportunities to be part of the campus LGBTQIA community make me feel welcome and connected. The atmosphere on campus is inviting and supportive. I feel lucky to be a part of Texas Tech’s LGBTQIA community."

— 31 year old, queer nonbinary, staff member

Highlights & Organizations

Upcoming events


Rainbow Raider Welcome


Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit


Lavender Graduation




Trans Awareness Week


Admissions Office

Texas Tech University Admissions Office

Undergraduate Admissions
Texas Tech University
2500 Broadway

Lubbock, TX 79409

Phone: (806) 742-1480
Website: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/admissions/

Admission Application Deadline:

Email Campus Admissions

Overall Campus Pride Index Score

The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. 

The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life  and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

Note: Prospective students and families are strongly encouraged to research current state laws for any college/university you are considering. The Campus Pride Index is updated annually and only measures current campus policies, programs and practices. Find information about state laws targeting the LGBTQ+ population on the Movement Advancement Project’s Equality Maps at lgbtmap.org/equality-maps.

Texas Tech University
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
5 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
5 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
5 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
3 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
5 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
5 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
5 of 5
Sections greyed out mean the campus does not offer those services

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Counseling & Health

LGBTQ counseling/support groups
Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff
Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing
LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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