International enrollment at the university has grown nearly 35 percent since 2013.
Texas Tech University is listed among the top 20 percent of nearly 1,200 universities in the latest rankings from College Factual Best U.S. College and Universities for International Students. The university is ranked No. 77 among all public institutions.
Since fall 2013, international student enrollment at Texas Tech has increased 35 percent to 3,103 last fall. More than 120 countries are represented. The university continued its standing as one of the best values for international students with a No. 11 ranking.
"Texas Tech's commitment to global engagement is reflected in our enhanced recruitment and increased enrollment of international students," said Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech president. "Our international students not only make important contributions to our Tier One research profile through their research and creative activities, but also enhance the cultural enrichment of our university and local community."
The ranking was created to assist international students with their higher education options by rating colleges and universities on factors important to international students. The methodology includes 11 factors, including student-body caliber, educational resources, degree completion and retention rates, and post-graduate earnings. Only four-year undergraduate institutions were ranked.
International students at Texas Tech have access to all services offered to every student, with specialized resources coordinated through the Office of International Affairs like assistance with immigration status, work permissions, financial aid, on- and off-campus housing and finding an insurance provider. An active event calendar and more than 40 international student organizations help students adjust to life in West Texas while making connections on campus and in the Lubbock community.
"We want to make sure all of our students have a family at Texas Tech," said Chris Lemmons, international student life coordinator. "Our Worldwide Showcase promotes international culture through music, dance and ceremonies, while the International Student Advisory Board allows students to serve and provide feedback about areas that need improvement."
International students also attend an orientation session designed to provide insight on topics like dealing with culture shock, health and safety issues and academics in the United States. Throughout the year, various departments and groups provide additional support, like career counseling at the University Career Center or help with necessities from the Wreck Hunger Graduate & International Food Pantry.
"We proactively seek to provide as welcoming an environment for our international students as possible," said Tibor Nagy, Texas Tech vice provost for International Affairs. "We genuinely value the tremendous contributions our international students, researchers and faculty make to our campus intellectually and culturally and in promoting Texas Tech as a truly globalized environment."
Twenty-five public institutions in the state of Texas were ranked.