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Texas Tech University Admission Essay Requirements

Transfer Admission

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We have a wide range of academic programs for you to explore. Texas Tech is a place where great things are happening inside the classroom and out – where you can play as hard as you study. Whoever you want to become, from here, it's possible. 

Pre-Transfer Advising

Start working with our pre-transfer advisors even before you get here! We help you research your academic options and guide you through a variety of decisions while you attend your current institution. Whether you plan to transfer from a two-year or four-year institution, we'll help make your transition to Texas Tech a success.

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Required Documentation

Individuals who have earned college credit after high school graduation should follow the transfer application process.

  • Official transcripts (college). We require official transcripts from every college you have attended. Students must submit high school transcripts and ACT/SAT scores for acceptance if they have completed less than 12 transferable hours after graduating from high school. If the transcript service you use is requesting an email address to deliver your document to Texas Tech, please have it sent to: admissions.transcripts@ttu.edu

If you are completing a domestic admissions application but have international credential, required documents must be provided in English. If official English translations are not supplied by the applicant's institution(s), the applicant must provide a translation done by an American Translators Association-certified translator. A list of ATA-certified translators is available online here.

If you are a veteran or active duty military, please submit your Joint Service Transcript so that your military experience and training can be evaluated and credit awarded.

Assured Admission

If you present the required combination of transferable hours and GPA below, you are assured admission. GPA is cumulative for all transferable courses (including dual credit) from all schools attended. Courses taken for grade replacement are used for GPA calculation only if the same course is repeated at the same institution where it was originally taken.

Transferable HoursGPA Requirements
12-23 hours2.50 cumulative                                 
24 or more hours2.25 cumulative

Admission Requirements for Specific Colleges

Some academic colleges and departments at Texas Tech only accept students who meet assured admission requirements. College entrance requirements are subject to change and are listed in the . 

  • Architecture 3.0 GPA
  • Biology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Microbiology 2.5 GPA
  • Business 18 hours + 3.0 GPA
  • Community, Family & Addiction Sciences 2.5 GPA
  • Engineering 24 hours + 3.0 GPA
  • Honors College 3.5 GPA
  • Human Development & Family Studies 2.5 GPA
  • Interior Design 2.7 GPA
  • Kinesiology/Sport Management 2.5 GPA

Admission Review

If you do not meet assured admission requirements but have at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA, an admissions committee will evaluate your potential based on other criteria:

Academics – types of courses taken and pattern of progress, as well as coursework taken leading toward major

Student-submitted essay – explanation of the decision to transfer to Texas Tech, reasons for past academic performance and plans to ensure future academic success

Extracurricular activities/employment/Texas Tech affiliation – leadership and work experience, special talents or awards, other information relevant to the admission decision

Students with a cumulative GPA or transferable credit hours below requirements or who haven't taken college coursework in the past two or more semesters are encouraged to explain circumstances that have impacted their past academic performance and to submit an essay.

Additional Information

We strongly recommend that you provide a high school transcript for your file. This will be used for advising and for satisfying foreign language requirements in some majors. This is only a mandatory admissions requirement if you have completed fewer than 12 transferable hours after graduating from high school.

International applicants have additional requirements. Call the International Admissions office at 806.742.3667.

Every student attending Texas Tech for the first time must show proof of a meningitis vaccination.

Decisions

Although applications will be accepted beginning July 1, initial decision letters will be released in mid-October for fall entry terms. Decisions beyond this time usually take 2-4 weeks.

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FERPA Policy (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

First-Time Freshmen

Choose Texas Tech.

We have a wide range of academic programs for you to explore. Texas Tech is a place where great things are happening inside the classroom and out – where you can play as hard as you study. Whoever you want to become, from here, it's possible.

Required Documents

 

  • ApplyTexas Application (www.applytexas.org)
  • $75 Application Fee or Fee Waiver
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Official SAT and/or *ACT Scores (Test scores sent from the high school are considered official if they are included on the transcript or sent from the school registrar.)

 

If you are completing a domestic admissions application but have international credentials, required documents must be provided in English. If official English translations are not supplied by the applicant's institution(s), the applicant must provide a translation done by an American Translators Association-certified translator. A list of ATA-certified translators is available online here.

Request Scores

SAT
ACT

College Board Code (Domestic): 6827
College Board Code (International): 6859

Recommended High School Credentials

Texas Tech University applies consistent admissions standards for all high school applicants. Under the provisions of Texas House Bill 5 (83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session), students with a minimum of a Foundation level of high school diploma are eligible to apply for admission to Texas public institutions for higher education. To this end, Texas Tech University will accept applications for admission from students who have achieved a Foundation level high school diploma.

Texas Tech University recommends that applicants have a minimum of a Distinguished diploma type (or Distinguished with Endorsements) in order to demonstrate the highest level of college preparation and to be the most competitive in the applicant pool.

The recommended curriculum includes:

4 units of English
4 units of Math
4 units of Science
2 units of Foreign Language

Please refer to the Graduation Program Options located here for the complete curriculum of the Distinguished Achievement Program (*DAP).

Assured Admission

You are assured admission if you are graduating from an accredited high school and present the required combination of high school class rank and college entrance test scores indicated below.

Class RankTest Scores* 
 ACTSAT
Top 10%No minimum 
First Quarter
(excluding top 10%)
241180                                        
Second Quarter261260
Third Quarter271290
Fourth QuarterApplication Review 
*ACT composite score; SAT reflects evidence-based reading and writing, and math; The highest section scores from multiple tests on the ACT and SAT will be used to maximize score. Assured admission is granted to all students who hold competitive scholarships awarded by an official Texas Tech University scholarship committee.

Admission Review

We expect students to be academically prepared for success as students at Texas Tech; therefore, we specifically consider academic performance, standardized test scores and educational preparation. Additional information used to evaluate a student's potential for success includes:

Extracurricular activities
Leadership experiences
Civic or other service activities
Socioeconomic background
Family educational background
Special talents or awards
Diversity of experience and background

If you do not meet the assured admission requirements, we strongly encourage you to respond to essay topics A, B and/or C on the ApplyTexas application and submit up to three letters of recommendation. Click here for tips on writing your essay. *ZeeMee profiles are also considered. See details below.

*Transcripts and test scores don't tell the whole story! We want to learn more about you. That's why we've partnered with www.zeemee.com, a free platform where you can share short videos and photos that help us get to know you better. It's easy, fun, and open to all students. Sign up at ZeeMee.com and then simply copy and paste your link into the ApplyTexas application. Submitting a ZeeMee profile is completely optional and evaluation of your admissions application will not be delayed as long as all materials are received by the stated deadlines.

Decisions

Although applications will be accepted beginning July 1, initial decision letters will be released in mid-September. Decisions beyond this time usually take 2-4 weeks.

Check Your Application Status

Special Requirements by College

Some academic colleges and departments at Texas Tech only accept students who meet assured admission requirements:

Arts & Sciences - Biology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Microbiology
Human Sciences – Interior Design
Rawls College of Business – All majors
Whitacre College of Engineering – All majors
Honors Arts and Letters – Honors College admission required

Immunization Requirements

Admissions Alternatives

Students not initially admitted as first-year students have the opportunity to gain admission through these alternative programs. Click on the links below to learn more about these programs.

Re-Evaluation

Gateway Program

Tech Transfer Acceleration Program

Transfer

 

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