Texas Tech recognized as a top university in the nation for Hispanic students


In 2019, Texas Tech University earned its designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), making the university eligible for up to $10 million in additional funding from the U.S. Department of Education to support the enhancement of educational opportunities for all students. Reaching this milestone was the culmination of the efforts of the entire university community to serve the needs of a diverse and growing campus community.

Since earning the official designation as an HSI, the faculty and staff at the university have continued to expand on this work, securing funding for new and continuing initiatives that support students as they complete their academic goals and prepare for their careers. For these efforts, Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine has recognized Texas Tech on its 2020 list of Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics.

The magazine rankings, released this month, list Texas Tech as a top institution in the nation in several categories for educating and graduating Hispanic students, including No. 33 among the top 100 for total Hispanic enrollment at four-year schools. Of the institutions ranked, Texas Tech is listed in three top-10 categories by major: architecture (No. 3), human sciences (No. 5) and agriculture (No. 9).

“It’s important that we provide an atmosphere conducive to the success of our diverse student population,” said Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec. “Our students are a great source of pride for Texas Tech University, and we are proud to be recognized as an institution that fosters a supportive environment for Hispanic students.”

Texas Tech also ranked in the top 100 schools total bachelor’s degrees awarded (No. 36) and total master’s degrees granted (No. 58).

“The demographic composition of the Texas Tech University community has changed dramatically in the past 20 years,” said Carol A. Sumner, chief diversity officer and vice president of the Texas Tech Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. “Many people across the university have contributed to this. That change is the result of a coordinated effort across many different departments by thousands of individuals committed to a common goal – holding true to the humility, hard work and tenacity that is the West Texas way, while intentionally working to increase the diversity of our student population. We are proud to be a university recognized as a leader in educating and graduating Hispanic students and know that the work continues, and we remain committed to it.”

The current rankings are based on 2019 data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), which is analyzed by those at the magazine to determine the institutions with the greatest Hispanic student enrollment or number of degree earners in particular areas of studies during a given academic year at an institution.

Fall 2017 was the first time Texas Tech met the DOE enrollment criteria to be recognized as an HSI, with Hispanic students comprising 27.8% of the undergraduate student body that semester. Of the 131 Carnegie Tier One research institutions, Texas Tech is one of just 14 to earn the HSI designation.

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