Texas Tech University

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.

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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 Rank Test Scores*  
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.

*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.


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.

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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.


Gateway Program

Tech Transfer Acceleration Program