In 2003, a third-year student at the Texas Tech School of Law filed suit against the university over its policy on free speech zones, which restricted student speech to a single "free speech gazebo".To meet the demands of its increased enrollment and expanding research, the university has invested more than 8 million in new construction since 2000.It has locations in four Texas cities in addition to the main campus in Lubbock.
In 1923, the legislature decided, rather than a branch campus, a new university would better serve the region's needs under legislation co-authored by State Senator William H. A proposed $80,000 allocation for a football stadium was shelved. By 1939, the school's enrollment had grown to 3,890.
Bledsoe of Lubbock and State Representative Roy Alvin Baldwin of Slaton in southern Lubbock County. Though enrollment declined during World War II, Texas Tech trained 4,747 men in its armed forces training detachments.
The university shares its campus with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, making it the only campus in Texas to house an undergraduate university, law school, and medical school.
The university offers degrees in more than 150 courses of study through 13 colleges and hosts 60 research centers and institutes.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders are charter members of the Big 12 Conference and compete in Division I for all varsity sports.
The Red Raiders football team has made 36 bowl appearances, which is 17th most of any university.
The Texas Tech University system originally included Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
On November 6, 2007, the voters of Texas approved an amendment to the Texas Constitution realigning Angelo State University with the Texas Tech University System.
Though the majority of the university's students are from the southwestern United States, the school has served students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.
Texas Tech University alumni and former students have gone on to prominent careers in government, business, science, medicine, education, sports, and entertainment.
Ten days later, the cornerstone of the Administration Building was laid in front of 20,000 people. but the Board of Directors chose Texas Tech University, submitting it to the state legislature in 1964.