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Texas Tech Receives High Marks from Alumni

The results are included in “The Alumni Factor,” a guidebook ranking colleges and universities.

Written by Callie Jones

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Texas Tech University recently was included in the 2013-14 edition of “The Alumni Factor,” a college guidebook ranking colleges and universities based on graduates’ experiences.

Texas Tech is ranked 35th among all national universities and ninth among “very large schools,” which include schools with more than 20,000 undergraduate students.

Significant attribute categories ranked highly by Texas Tech among the schools selected were as follows:

  • Overall Happiness: 2nd among national universities; 2nd among very large schools
  • Financial Success: 23rd among national universities; 2nd among very large schools
  • Overall Assessment: 50th among national universities; 22nd among very large schools
  • College Experience: 54th among national universities; 16th among very large schools
  • Alumni Giving: 73rd among national universities; 24th among very large schools

Among the Financial Success category, Texas Tech alumni fared well, especially among very large schools. Texas Tech is ranked first among very large schools for “Household Net Worth” (ninth among national universities) as well as percentage of households whose net worth exceeds $1 million (15th among national universities). Texas Tech ranked eighth for “Income per Household” among very large schools (43rd among national universities) and ninth for percentage of households with an income of more than $150,000.

“Texas Tech alumni not only achieve significant financial successes upon graduation, but, as is shown with the overall happiness level, they carry the Red Raider spirit with them throughout their lives,” said Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis. “Our graduates offer examples for every current and future Texas Tech student that ‘From Here, It’s Possible.’”

Bill Dean, executive vice president and CEO of the Texas Tech Alumni Association, said he is not surprised by the ranking and alumni feedback.

“I think Texas Tech provides our students with a quality education and I also believe most of our students feel good about their experience here, which includes experiences with professors and their overall experience with fellow students,” said Dean, also an associate professor in the College of Media and Communication.

Rankings were developed by inquiring alumni about their school experiences and post-graduate outcomes.

The guidebook, which is the only ranking system based on real-world successes by graduates, is available at alumnifactor.com.

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