Texas Tech Recognized as 'Best for Vets' for Second Consecutive Year

The university is ranked No. 32 in the nation for four-year higher institutions.


For the second consecutive year, Texas Tech University recently was ranked as a “Best for Vets” college by Military Times out of 125 four-year higher education institutions, coming in No. 32.

“Congratulations to the Texas Tech University community for earning the Military Times ‘Best for Vets’ recognition for outstanding commitment to our military and veteran students,” said Lou Ortiz, Military and Veterans Programs (MVP) director.

The rankings are based on a rigorous survey and public data provided to evaluate each school.


For the first time, according to Military Times, about 57 percent of the schools were able to provide at least one type of veteran-specific academic outcome data metric, such as retention, graduation or course completion rate.

At Texas Tech, the retention rate for military and veterans is 81 percent, with 91 percent of students succeeding in course completion.

Texas Tech’s Military and Veterans Programs office is solely dedicated to helping these students and their families succeed. Before military personnel, veterans and their families set foot on campus, MVP helps them with the application process. On campus, the MCP staff processes each student’s G.I. Bill or Hazlewood exemption, registers them for classes and ultimately helps them transition from military to civilian life.


Texas Tech has more than 250 faculty and staff members in each college and department on campus to provide assistance, support and help provide a positive experience for all military and veteran students.

“Our military and veteran student population is more than 2,000 and growing, and our first priority is that they earn their degree,” Ortiz said. “The ‘Best for Vets’ recognition shows how our campus has embraced those who have served our nation by providing education service, support and resources.”

Texas Tech has received numerous rankings and recognitions for its effort in helping military personnel and their families succeed, such as a “Military Friendly” school by G.I. Jobs, a top 10 college for veterans by USA Today, a military friendly employer by the Military Officers Association of America and becoming the first Purple Heart University in Texas.

For more information about MVP and the services it offers, visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/diversity/mvp/index.php.

Military and Veterans Program

The mission is to provide exceptional support and facilitation to students, faculty and staff for all issues related to the military and veterans. We are a support agency committed to enabling students to achieve their academic goals through campus and community wide resources with a one-stop problem resolution philosophy. Our success is measured by degree completion. We are dedicated to serving those who served.



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Texas Tech Vietnam Center and Archive

Founded in 1989, the Texas Tech Vietnam Center and Archive houses the largest collection of materials related to the Vietnam conflict outside of the U.S. National Archives. Its mission is to support and encourage research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam experience.

In 2017, the archive was renamed the Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive to honor U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, a former prisoner of war who worked as an advocate for troops and veterans following his 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force.


The Archive of
Modern American Warfare

The mission of the Archive of Modern American Warfare is to encourage, promote, support and enhance the long term study and preservation of all aspects of America's diplomatic and military experiences and involvements on a global scale, beginning in 1975 and continuing to the present. Through this, the Archive strives to help researchers develop a better understanding of America’s modern military experiences.


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