Texas Tech University

U.S. News, World Report Recognizes Texas Tech in Annual Best Colleges Ranking

K’Leigh Sims

September 28, 2016

The Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering and the Rawls College of Business were ranked among the top 100 schools in the nation.

U.S. News and World Report released its annual Best Colleges rankings Tuesday (Sept. 13). Texas Tech was ranked No. 176 in the national universities category and No. 93 among public schools. Two colleges at Texas Tech were ranked in the top 100 of the Best Undergraduate Programs category: the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering (No. 84) and the Rawls College of Business (No. 94).

Other programs ranked:

  • Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs (No. 11)
  • Online Graduate Engineering Programs (No. 16)
  • Online Graduate Education Programs (No. 78)
  • Online Bachelor's Programs (No. 94)

Texas Tech's overall score improved from 27 to 32. It received its highest ranking in alumni giving (No. 79) and peer assessment (No. 123), which reflects how university and college presidents and provosts around the country view the university. Graduation rate performance was ranked No. 131 and student selectivity was No. 155.

"The U.S. News and World Report rankings are one of many rankings for institutions of higher education, and is one of the most publicized," said Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech University president. "We improved in certain categories that are particularly important to our mission. The results of these rankings and others are used to help us assess our progress and where we can improve Texas Tech as a great institution, as evident by our recent inclusion in the Carnegie Highest Research Activity category. Here at Texas Tech, we offer an exceptional education and overall experience with great value to our students."

All public universities within the Big 12 Conference and the state of Texas, except for Kansas State University, dropped in the overall national rankings.

The rankings are collected by using both quantitative and qualitative data from seven categories: graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.

To see the full list of rankings, visit U.S. News and World Report.