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Texas Tech Nationally Ranked for Best Extras on Campus

K'Leigh Sims

February 20, 2015

The university was ranked for its recreational facilities.

Texas Tech Leisure Pool
Texas Tech Leisure Pool

In a recent ranking from OnlineSchoolsCenter.com, Texas Tech was recognized as one of the top schools in the nation for some of the best extras on campus, including the university's $8.4 million outdoor leisure pool. Texas Tech came in at No. 15 and was the highest-ranked school in Texas.

“In the last 40 years, Texas Tech Recreational Sports has worked with students to provide the facilities and programming students want and need,” said Peewee Roberson, managing director of Recreational Sports. “This student-driven process has created an exceptional facility with things students have asked for: the leisure pool, a 65,000 square-foot addition, turf fields and much more.

“Without direct student input, Texas Tech would not have the fine facilities and programs it offers.”

The list of the top 30 colleges with the best extras consisted of schools with availability of student programs, impressive on-campus facilities and exciting events on campus.

Texas Tech was included in the ranking for its recreational facilities such as:

  • The fitness and wellness program
  • Aquatics facilities (especially the leisure pool)
  • Bike shop and rental program
  • Athletic facilities

The Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center has more than 242,000 square feet of recreation space for students, including seven basketball courts, a rock wall, free-weight room, workout space, eight tennis courts, the brand new West Rec Turf Field Complex and the coveted leisure pool.

Texas Tech's student leisure pool features a 645-foot lazy river, an eight-lane lap pool, a 25-person hot tub, a diving well with a diving board and drop slide, a snack bar, water basketball, volleyball courts, wading pools and fountains.

“Here at Texas Tech, we not only focus on providing a top-notch education, but also the health and wellness of each and every student,” Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis said. “This ranking shows our dedication to a well-rounded experience both in and out of the classroom.”

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