Texas Tech University is a public, 4-year school located in Lubbock, TX, in the northern portion of the state just below the panhandle. The school was founded in 1923 as Texas Technological College with four schools: Agriculture, Engineering, Home Economics and Liberal Arts. Over its history, the school has nearly become part of Texas A&M, but has staunchly maintained its independence, becoming Texas Tech University in 1969. The picturesque 1,800 acre campus features Spanish Renaissance architecture and many buildings are included on the National Register of Historic Places. The campus also boasts multiple quads and open areas. Notable alumni include astronaut Rick Husband, singer John Denver and actor Barry Corbin.