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Texas Tech Makes Top 100 on Best Public Colleges Academic Rankings

Amanda Castro-Crist

April 7, 2017

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The university is one of only four Texas schools in the top 100 out of 499 public U.S. colleges listed by Buffalo Business First.

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Texas Tech University has been named one of the 2017 top 100 public colleges in the United States by Buffalo Business First, a publication of American City Business Journals (ACBJ).

The university jumped 35 spots from a 2016 ranking of No. 128 to make this year's list at No. 93. Texas Tech is one of only four Texas institutions to be listed in the top 100 this year.

"This ranking includes a number of measures that reflect on the educational experience and success of our students." said Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech president.  "Promoting student success is one of our top priorities, so it's gratifying to see that we rose 35 positions over the last year."

Schools ranked high on the list are those that offer the best educational experience for students based on data from the National Center for Education and the five-year version of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2015 American Community Survey.

Ranking eligibility was limited to institutions that awarded bachelor's degrees or higher for more than half the degrees granted in the most recent year; submitted the full range of 2015 data – including enrollments, program completions, graduation rates, faculty and staff, finances, institutional prices and student financial aid – to the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System; were not military academies, which are excluded because of their unique admissions processes; and are classified as a baccalaureate, master's or research institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Texas Tech achieved Tier One Carnegie designation in February 2016.

Factors in the publication's 22-part formula included rating the institutions on admissions selectivity; advancement and retention; career and earnings prospects; instructional spending and access to resources like library books and media; on- and off-campus costs; diversity, including the percentage of out-of-state students, and the racial diversity and gender balance of students and faculty; the community make-up, including employment status, education level and age; and the school's past performance in the rankings.

The University of Texas (No. 14), Texas A&M University (No. 36) and the University of Texas-Dallas (No. 44) were also included in the top 100.

See the full list here.

About American City Business Journals (ACBJ)
ACBJ was founded in 1985 and includes 40 weekly metropolitan publications and The Business Journals, which operates websites for each of the 40 print business journals throughout the United States. The publications provide in-depth coverage of local business communities and breaking news, while also reporting on local and national issues that impact businesses.

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