Texas Tech University Top Questions

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

Tiffany

There are a lot of frat kids but I think Texas Tech has a great mix of all sorts of kids!

Katherine

Wild and crazy drinkers plus rampant drug use. Granted those people are the majority but i passed that phase a long time ago.

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Oludolapo

One stereotype about Texas Tech students is that all we do is study and nothing else or that we party just as hard as we study which i would consider true. Another is that all fraternity or Sorority members do is to party, neglecting the fact that they are largely involved in community service too.

Oludolapo

One stereotype about Texas Tech students is that all we do is study and nothing else or that we party just as hard as we study which i would consider true. Another is that all fraternity or Sorority members do is to party, neglecting the fact that they are largely involved in community service too.

Oludolapo

One stereotype about Texas Tech students is that all we do is study and nothing else or that we party just as hard as we study which i would consider true. Another is that all fraternity or Sorority members do is to party, neglecting the fact that they are largely involved in community service too.

Taylor

For the most part, Texas Tech thrives on sororities and fraternities. There is not one inch of campus that doesn't see a TriDelt shirt. It seems as though everyone is a member. Just because it's the stereotype, doesn't mean everyone truly is! It is quite easy to get plugged in and meet new people in one of the hundreds of student organizations on and off campus.

Chinwe

Three main stereotypes repeatedly come up in conversations about Texas Tech University. They include, Texas Tech is a party school, everyone is in a fraternity or sorority and all people have some form of a sexually transmitted disease (Raider Rash). College is a place where you go to get a higher level of education, but most people don’t spend all their time cooped up in the library studying. Yes, there are parties, lots and lots of parties, just as there are at other schools. The Princeton Review publishes an article each year listing the top party schools in the country. This is the link to the article http://www.thebestcolleges.org/2012-princeton-review-party-school-rankings/ It’s not surprising to me that Texas Tech doesn’t make it on the list. Although we have parties and people who attend those parties, it’s not to the extent people exaggerate. Second, Greek life is a major party of the Texas Tech culture. Yes, we do have a large number of students involved with Greek life. At times, it is overwhelming to see so many students dressed so alike, but that’s how they choose to advertise their involvement in a fraternity or sorority.Texas Tech has just over 30,000 students. 11.7 percent of the undergraduate males are involved in a fraternity and 17.9 percent of undergraduate females are involved in a sorority. Greek life is a major part, but with over 400 registered student organizations, it’s not the only way to get involved. http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/texas-tech-university-3644 Finally, it is not true that Texas Tech has its own form of an STD, Raider Rash. It’s true that Lubbock County has a very high STD rate among local residents. That doesn’t represent Texas Tech.

Chinwe

Three main stereotypes repeatedly come up in conversations about Texas Tech University. They include, Texas Tech is a party school, everyone is in a fraternity or sorority and all people have some form of a sexually transmitted disease (Raider Rash). College is a place where you go to get a higher level of education, but most people don’t spend all their time cooped up in the library studying. Yes, there are parties, lots and lots of parties, just as there are at other schools. The Princeton Review publishes an article each year listing the top party schools in the country. This is the link to the article http://www.thebestcolleges.org/2012-princeton-review-party-school-rankings/ It’s not surprising to me that Texas Tech doesn’t make it on the list. Although we have parties and people who attend those parties, it’s not to the extent people exaggerate. Second, Greek life is a major party of the Texas Tech culture. Yes, we do have a large number of students involved with Greek life. At times, it is overwhelming to see so many students dressed so alike, but that’s how they choose to advertise their involvement in a fraternity or sorority. Tech Texas has just over 30,000 students. 11.7 percent of the undergraduate males are involved in a fraternity and 17.9 percent of undergraduate females are involved in a sorority. Greek life is a major part, but with over 400 registered student organizations, it’s not the only way to get involved. http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/texas-tech-university-3644 Finally, it is not true that Texas Tech has its own form of an STD, Raider Rash. It’s true that Lubbock County has a very high STD rate among local residents. That doesn’t represent Texas Tech.

Jacqueline

Surprisingly I cannot say that the University necessarily has a specific stereotype. Texas Tech has a very diverse group of students because of the many activities and of students the university admits. For the most part, Greek life makes up a large majority of the student body because Texas Tech fully supports and encourages students to get involved, There are so many organizations, clubs and activities to get involved in. Really, Texas Tech is what you make it!

Laekan

The most common misconception about Texas Tech University is that we are a party school that doesn’t care about academics, but the truth is Texas Tech has consistently been recognized by its peers, students, and alumni as an amazing and progressive University. Texas Tech’s Rawls College of Business was listed as one of the best business schools in the country by the Princeton Review, Tech’s School of Law was the only law school in Texas to be ranked in the top 20 this year by Prelaw magazine, and the University as a whole earned a top-tier ranking among national Universities in this year’s edition of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Now, don’t get me wrong, the student body at Texas Tech is every bit as passionate, rowdy, and fun-loving as you would expect, but it all stems from a deep rooted pride in our University and its traditions and it should be considered just one of the many things that makes Texas Tech such a great school.

Laekan

The most common misconception about Texas Tech University is that we are a party school that doesn’t care about academics, but the truth is Texas Tech has consistently been recognized by its peers, students, and alumni as an amazing and progressive University. Texas Tech’s Rawls College of Business was listed as one of the best business schools in the country by the Princeton Review, Tech’s School of Law was the only law school in Texas to be ranked in the top 20 this year by Prelaw magazine, and the University as a whole earned a top-tier ranking among national Universities in this year’s edition of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Now, don’t get me wrong, the student body at Texas Tech is every bit as passionate, rowdy, and fun-loving as you would expect, but it all stems from a deep rooted pride in our University and its traditions and it should be considered just one of the many things that makes Texas Tech such a great school.

Laekan

The most common misconception about Texas Tech University is that we are a party school that doesn’t care about academics, but the truth is Texas Tech has consistently been recognized by its peers, students, and alumni as an amazing and progressive University. Texas Tech’s Rawls College of Business was listed as one of the best business schools in the country by the Princeton Review, Tech’s School of Law was the only law school in Texas to be ranked in the top 20 this year by Prelaw magazine, and the University as a whole earned a top-tier ranking among national Universities in this year’s edition of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Now, don’t get me wrong, the student body at Texas Tech is every bit as passionate, rowdy, and fun-loving as you would expect, but it all stems from a deep rooted pride in our University and its traditions and it should be considered just one of the many things that makes Texas Tech such a great school.

Sarah

I think that students at Texas Tech are often stereotyped as frat guys or sorority girls, which tends to have a negative connotation among students that aren't involved in Greek life. There is a stigma surrounding students involved in Greek life that they are "paying for their friends" or that they are simply followers that dress and act a certain way to fit in, very much similar to the stereotypes surrounding high school students. However, this stereotype is not accurate. There are just as many students not involved with fraternities/sororities as there are involved, and the students affiliated with Greek life are just as diverse as the rest of the student body.

Cassidy

There is not one stereotype at Texas Tech University. I honestly see and experience every type of person around campus. When walking out of my all girls dorm, I see sorority girls in their oversized t-shirts, leggings, and New Balance shoes. Passing the music building, I see the typical "band nerds" overflowing the area. Going through the Student Union Building, tons of lunch tables are pushed together to form one long table as the frat guys join to eat and talk. And going to the Rec Center, I can guarantee anyone you see in that general vicinity will have their iPod in their ears and will be wearing athletic clothes to workout in! Always, there are people running on the trails, playing on the beach volleyball court outside, or tackling each other in a rugby game! The library is another place that is always swallowing kids to absorb knowledge and then spitting them out when it has had its fill. Between the Student Union Building (SUB) and the library, there's no doubt that any kind of person can be found. And, yes, there are the kids who walk around high and go to class high. It wasn't really noticeable, to me, unless they started talking about it. But overall, I see an even amount of every stereotype.

Jessica

Texas Tech University is often thought of as a party school. People think that the only students that attend Texas Tech are a bunch of Fraternity guys and Sorority girls. The truth is Texas Tech is made up of a wide range of people. It is true that we many of our students are Greek affiliated, yet there are many that are not At my time at Tech I have met people from all around the United States and the world. Everyone is unique. If you come to Texas Tech you are sure to find friends that match your personality! Also, it is true what they say about Lubbock... the nicest people live here :)

Ian

A typical student at Texas Tech is probably stereotyped as a partier. This stereotype does have some truth, but it might be exaggerated. Generally, students do go to a lot of bars, clubs and parties on the weekends, but this is for the most part only reserved for the weekend. When the week starts again, most students work reasonably hard to keep their grades up. Still, I'd be lying if I said the action doesn't get pretty crazy every once and a while. A lot of students are having wild sex and some are even doing drugs. However, I think it's unfair to generalize the entire student population as such. It's largely dependent on what group you choose to hang out with. There are a lot of introverts here too who hang among themselves.

Aric

I believe that the stereotypes at my school would be considered somewhat like jocks. Fraternities and sororities serve somewhat as the popular jock status at Texas Tech.

Lillia

A common stereotype of TTU students is that they like to drink and party. I believe this stereotype is accurate, but one can always find students who don't participate in these activities. Also, this stereotype only applies when students aren't busy with school and are looking to enjoy themselves. Then again, this stereotype is common for almost every college; it just depends on how each person chooses to spend their time that proves the value of this stereotype.

Emily

Texas Tech has many different stereotypes. About 14% of the student body is in a fraternity or sorority. Texas Tech has been dubbed a party school in the past. Texas Tech is also the only university in the state of Texas that has both a Law School and a Medical School along with its undergraduate schools. So Tech also has a strong academic student stereotype as well.

Alexander

What makes Texas Tech such a great institution is that there is not one specific stereotype that makes up the entire student body. It is such a welcoming and diversified campus which makes fitting in and making new friends extremely easy. Like any other school you will see different cliques and groups, but at the end of the day all students form one unified group of Red Raiders.

Alexander

What makes Texas Tech such a great institution is that there is not one specific stereotype that makes up the entire student body. It is such a welcoming and diversified campus which makes fitting in and making new friends extremely easy. Like any other school you will see different cliques and groups, but at the end of the day all students form one unified group of Red Raiders.

Rachel

There is such a huge range of people at Texas Tech and that creates a group of friends for every type of person. We have the typical sororities and fraternities that you would find at any large university, but we also have nerds, geeks, jocks (especially at the rec center and on our football team), etc. but everyone seems to get along quite well and the stereotypes don't really counter into who a person is or what defines them. Yes, there are typical stereotypes everywhere, that is inevitable, but at the same time there are unique, fascinating people that don't fit the mold of being your typical jock, stoner, or frat boy. Overall, Texas Tech has a vast array of people that attend where anyone can find their place.

Rachel

There is such a huge range of people at Texas Tech and that creates a group of friends for every type of person. We have the typical sororities and fraternities that you would find at any large university, but we also have nerds, geeks, jocks (especially at the rec center and on our football team), etc. but everyone seems to get along quite well and the stereotypes don't really counter into who a person is or what defines them. Yes, there are typical stereotypes everywhere, that is inevitable, but at the same time there are unique, fascinating people that don't fit the mold of being your typical jock, stoner, or frat boy. Overall, Texas Tech has a vast array of people that attend where anyone can find their place.

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