Texas Tech Makes List of Business Insider's Most Underrated Universities

The university is ranked No. 13 based on criteria including mid-career salaries.

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Texas Tech University picked up another ranking this week as Business Insider listed the university at No. 13 on a list of the 50 most underrated colleges in America.

Texas Tech was the highest rated of any of the schools listed in Texas, outpacing Houston (No. 14) and Texas A&M (No. 47). Texas Tech also was one of three Big 12 Conference schools listed, with West Virginia at No. 40 and Oklahoma State at No. 49.

“More and more students every year recognize the quality and value of a Texas Tech education,” Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis said. “It reflects in our annual record enrollment growth and increasing number of graduates. Students leave here well-prepared for the workforce.”

The website lauded Texas Tech’s business, consumer science and engineering departments, particularly its commitment to research with the $22 million Terry Fuller Petroleum Engineering Research Building, which opened in 2014 and was funded entirely by industry and private contributions.

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Terry Fuller Petroleum Engineering Research Building

The median mid-career salary of a Texas Tech graduate was listed at $87,700. The university set a new record for enrollment for the eighth straight year this fall with 35,893 students, growing 2.1 percent from the fall of 2014. That included a Hispanic enrollment of just over 23 percent.

The rankings were based on U.S. News and World Reports rankings of the top universities and liberal arts colleges in the country and PayScale’s 2015-16 College Salary Report, which rated colleges and universities based on mid-career salaries of its graduates.

“We considered two factors: reputation and future earnings, specifically looking for schools that had relatively low rankings on the U.S. News list but high mid-career salaries,” the website said.

Texas Tech also was recently ranked No. 60 in the U.S. and No. 3 in Texas by Niche, which provides reviews and insight from experts to help people choose the right college.

To see the Business Insider rankings, go to its website.


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