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Required Documents

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.

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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

NOTE: The requirements below are revised for Fall 2017 applicants. Applicants for Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for requirements or questions.

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 Rank Test Scores*  
  ACT SAT
Top 10% No minimum  
First Quarter
(excluding top 10%)
24 1180                                        
Second Quarter 26 1260
Third Quarter 27 1290
Fourth Quarter Application 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.

*In an effort to get-to-know our applicants, we have partnered with ZeeMee, a free service that helps students bring their application to life. As part of the holistic review, we are committed to learning about you. Simply copy and paste your link into the ApplyTexas application. Sign up at ZeeMee.com. Please note, 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 August 1, initial decision letters will be released in mid-September. Decisions beyond this time usually take 2-4 weeks.

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Special Requirements by College

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

  • 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