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Sports, Southern hospitality, and academic options
Techin’ Care of Business
At this large research university, students choose from over 150 majors, including some unusual offerings such as electronic media and communication, environmental toxicology, natural resource management, and plant and soil science. The most popular majors are health and physical education, mechanical engineering, and psychology. Among the ten schools and colleges, Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources takes the lions share of research dollars. The university maintains an active archeological site, Lubbock Lake Landmark, which is nationally recognized for its historic significance. The world’s largest collection of material on the Vietnam War is housed among the school’s massive library resources. While most courses have fewer than forty students, many are taught by TAs. And with an 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio, undergrads have to take some initiative, though professors are usually approachable. With Tech looking to rise in the ranks of global education and research institutions, the administration is investing more in quality professors, groundbreaking research, and renovations for many academic buildings, including a new English/Philosophy/Education complex and university center.
Where’s the Party?
Students are friendly and welcoming here, but those of a more liberal political stripe may have a tough time fitting in. All freshmen are required to live on campus, and students can choose from a number of themed learning communities, in addition to a number of halls and residential complexes. After first year, most students head off campus to escape the housing crunch. As a result, most of the weekend partying takes place away from the dry campus. For those interested in Greek life, the twenty-eight frats and twenty-one sororities have a big social presence. But although Tech has a reputation as a party school, alternative diversions are easy to find. There’s a real community atmosphere on campus, and students are active in the nearly four hundred organizations and clubs, which range from publications to the Fashion Board to volunteer service to intramural sports. And just about everyone comes together to cheer on Red Raiders football and basketball.
Lubbock Is Texas
To those who haven’t visited the state before, Lubbock may represent the quintessential Texas city. The region is vast and dry, and despite the size, it’s a bit removed from big-city life. Unlike many parts of the state, Lubbock does enjoy distinct seasons. It also provides a friendly atmosphere for Tech students, who enjoy easy access to the Depot District’s numerous bars and dance clubs. Meals at many of the restaurants here can also be charged to the Tech Express debit card. Students also take advantage of skiing opportunities in nearby New Mexico.