Texas Tech University

Texas Tech Ranks Among Top 1.7% Globally in Center for World University Rankings

George Watson

April 26, 2021

The university has improved its overall ranking among world universities 77 spots in the last five years.

Texas Tech University has been recognized among the top institutions of higher learning in the world based on the 2021-22 Global 2000 List by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), which ranks the top 2,000 of nearly 25,000 colleges and universities worldwide.

The CWUR has ranked Texas Tech among the top universities globally each of the last seven years, representing acknowledgment of the institution's mission as a top research university. In the last five years, Texas Tech has improved its ranking 77 spots to No. 423 in the latest rankings, which includes being No. 119 among all U.S. institutions.

The latest CWUR rankings also ranked Tech No. 407 in the world in research performance and No. 492 in alumni employment.

“The Center for World University Rankings is one of the leading evaluators of global research universities, and our inclusion at a high level represents our position as a world-class higher education research institution,” said Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech president. “Our commitment to elevating the institution's research profile has been supported and carried forward by many talented faculty, staff and students, whose efforts have directly contributed to our growth and stature.

The CWUR is a leading consulting organization providing policy advice, strategic insights and consulting services to governments and universities to improve educational and research outcomes. It publishes authoritative global university rankings, known for objectivity, transparency and consistency, which are trusted by students, academics, university administrators and government officials around the world.

The CWUR uses four objective indicators to rank the world's universities:

  • Quality of education, which is measured by the number of a university's alumni who have won major academic distinctions (25%)
  • Alumni employment, which is measured by the number of university alumni who have held top executive positions at the world's largest companies (25%)
  • Academic distinctions (10%)
  • Research performance:
    • Research output, which is measured by the total number of research papers published in the last 10 years (10%)
    • High-quality publications, which is measured by the number of research papers appearing in top-tier journals (10%)
    • Influence, which is measured by the number of research papers appearing in highly influential journals (10%)
    • Citations, which is measured by the number of highly cited research papers (10%)

Since 2016, the university has been recognized among 131 public and private U.S. research institutions in the “Very High Research Activity” category, also known as “Carnegie Tier One,” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.