The Lubbock area is home to more than 54,000 college students and nearly 13,200 college graduates annually, a number that continues to grow each year. With three universities and one of the state’s strongest community colleges, there is a continual flow of eager and well-trained individuals entering the workforce. The labor force in Lubbock is distributed over a wide variety of industries and contains a diverse set of skills and knowledge. Click on the links below to find out more information about Lubbock’s educational community:
Colleges and Universities
|Name||Fall 2014 Enrollment|
|Texas Tech University||35,134|
|Texas Tech Health Sciences Center||4,500|
|Wayland Baptist University||2,236 (includes Planview campus)|
|Lubbock Christian University||1,902|
|South Plains College||9,018 (includes Levelland campus)|
Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University is on a path to become the state’s next Tier One university known nationally for its research endeavors. The university is home to more than 35,134 undergraduate and graduate students. New private and industry partnerships are offering unparalleled research opportunities in a variety of areas including sustainable energy, wind power, crop science and food safety. Texas Tech is world-renowned for its Wind Science and Engineering Research Center and currently offers the only Ph.D. program in Wind Science and Engineering in the U.S.
As Texas Tech moves toward its goal of becoming the state’s next national research university, the opportunities for students, faculty and research partners are endless. The Whitacre College of Engineering received two multi-million dollar donations from major oil & gas companies. The university was also awarded a National Research University Designation resulting in an additional $8 to $10 million in research funding annually.
The university is home to an award-winning chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national academic honorary society. From the arts to engineering, and the humanities to the physical sciences, Texas Tech offers 150 undergraduate majors, 100 Master’s Degrees and 50 Doctoral programs in 13 colleges and hosts 60 research centers and institutes. Texas Tech is also home to the Texas Tech University School of Law and a medical school, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, including groundbreaking research & clinical trials at the school’s state-of-the-art cancer center. Watch this video to learn more about the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.
Over the years, LEDA has partnered with Texas Tech University on a number of community and business related projects. Check out Workforce Programs to learn more.
Lubbock Christian University
Established in 1957 by members of the Churches of Christ, Lubbock Christian University’s (LCU) mission is to teach students the spiritual dimension of life, provide a quality education and to support a system of values for living and service to family, community and church. With more than 70 academic programs covering a broad spectrum of disciplines, including 55 undergraduate majors, more than 14 graduate degrees, a Scholars Colloquium and an Honors College, LCU has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Top 20 Comprehensive College in the Western Region. In addition to their on-campus curriculum, LCU caters to the digital student by offering a variety of online programs.
Wayland Baptist University
Wayland Baptist University (WBU) began in 1908 as the dream of pioneers who respected the life-altering value of education. Now the oldest university in continuous existence on the High Plains of Texas, WBU reaffirms that commitment every day through a distinctive combination of offerings. With four 11-week terms per year, classes are very flexible, including evening, weekend, online and hybrid instruction. WBU offers more than 40 undergraduate majors, more than 12 pre-professional programs and nine graduate programs.
South Plains College
Established in 1958, South Plains College (SPC) functions as a comprehensive, two-year community college that serves the greater South Plains area of Texas with innovative, educational programs that span the arts and sciences, technical education, continuing education and workforce development. SPC offers more than 100 programs of study and career programs.
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Lubbock Independent School District
Lubbock Independent School District (LISD) currently has 57 campuses in the Lubbock area and is built on a tradition of excellence. This includes the qualification of all four high schools for the State Academic Decathlon in 2009 as well as having 10 students named as National Merit Semifinalists in 2010. LISD recently invested more than $10 million in technology to augment all areas of instruction throughout all of its campuses. LISD also has the only orchestra program and International Baccalaureate Diploma programs on the South Plains.
Frenship Independent School District
Frenship Independent School District (FISD) currently has 11 campuses and boasts the highest graduation rate in the area with 97.6 percent. Frenship ISD also believes in preparing students to be competitive in post secondary education by giving them the skills needed to successfully complete college entrance exams. In fact, more than 106 hours of dual credit courses are currently offered at Frenship High School.
Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District
Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District (LCISD) currently has six campuses and is one of the fastest growing school districts within the Lubbock area. Despite this, Lubbock-Cooper prides itself on having one of the lowest teacher turnover rates in the area at 8.7 percent. The district is dedicated to maintaining a safe and orderly learning environment for all of its students. Lubbock-Cooper was also a recognized district by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) scores in 2011.
Shallowater Independent School District
Shallowater Independent School District (SISD) has six campuses in the surrounding Lubbock area. In 2011, SISD was proud to receive a bronze medal and be listed as a Top High School in U.S. News and World Report. High points for SISD include a student/teacher ratio of 10 to 1 as well as the highest teacher experience average in the area with 14.8 years. During the 2011-2012 school year, the Shallowater Elementary campus was named a “Texas Best Practices School” by TEA as well as nominated to be a “National Best Practices School.”
Roosevelt Independent School District
Roosevelt Independent School District (RISD) has three campuses and touts small school advantages that are not available in other districts. RISD boasts one of the lowest teacher to student percentages in the area with 11.3 percent as well as one of the lowest teacher turnover rates at 8.3 percent. All RISD students are encouraged to embrace excellence, character and wisdom in order to achieve all academic goals.
New Deal Independent School District
New Deal Independent School District (NDISD) has three campuses all of which are fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). NDISD curriculum includes advanced placement, dual credit classes and tech prep college courses among others and currently boasts a graduation rate of more than 95 percent. New Deal High School is also an accredited T-STEM Academy that has rigorous standards in the areas of math, science and technology. NDISD has invested heavily in the technology of their schools with 250 computers in daily use for grades K-12.
Idalou Independent School District
Five campuses make up the Idalou Independent School District (IISD) that currently boasts the highest experience of teachers with an average of 14.9 years. Idalou ISD also touts a low student to teacher ratio as well as a low teacher turnover rate so that students can get the one-on-one instruction they need from experienced teachers they know and trust. Idalou ISD also recently invested in its facilities with extensive remodeling projects.
Slaton Independent School District
Slaton Independent School District (SISD) has five campuses and boasts one of the highest percentages of teachers with master’s degrees in the area at 25.5 percent. Slaton ISD also offers a cohesive curriculum through the use of CSCOPE. This curriculum is a K-12 systemic model based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) that touts innovative technology as well as lessons in both English and Spanish. Slaton ISD is also one of only two ISDs in the area to have a 0 percent dropout rate.
The share of Lubbock population enrolled in some level of educational program is similar to the U.S., from preschoool through high school.
Because of the presence of Texas Tech University, Lubbock Christian University and other educational institutions, enrollment in higher education programs is roughly double the statewide and national rates.
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Current Enrollment Status of the Population
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Did you know almost a quarter of all educators in Lubbock have a master’s degree? Before choosing a school that’s right for you and your children, please download this spreadsheet for more information about our various school districts, student population and other key details about the education here in Lubbock and the surrounding communities.
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Nielsen 2016 Estimates