Advising for Visiting (Transient) Students

Why Am I Here?

Texas Tech recognizes that not all students can enroll as full time students. Many just want to take a few classes here and there, and some are working on pre-requisites while applying for professional schools.

Regardless of what brings you here, there are a number of important details you'll want to know. Rest assured that Texas Tech has a place for everyone, even those students who want to take classes but who aren't pursuing a TTU undergraduate degree.

The Designation: Visiting (Transient) Students

Undergraduate applicants who want to attend the University on a temporary basis (such as summer sessions) and who are not seeking a degree can engage with Texas Tech as non-degree Visiting (Transient) Students. International students applying for undergraduate transient admission must be concurrently enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution.

Per Texas Tech Operating Policy 34.01, Visiting (Transient) Students are those who are not seeking a degree from Texas Tech University but who wish to take classes here. Examples of students considered visiting students include:

  1. High school students wishing to enroll for dual credit courses.
  2. Students who have already been awarded a baccalaureate degree and who do not wish to pursue another undergraduate degree.
  3. Students who attend another college or university as full-time students in good standing and who intend to return to that college.
  4. Working professionals in the community who may not have a baccalaureate degree but who wish to improve their skills.

Removing Holds

Registration holds are placed on students' accounts each semester per University Advising policy. If you have a hold as a Visiting student, please contact for assistance.  Please make sure to include your name, Rnumber, and a brief explanation (eg., "I am now in nursing school").

The Process


Visiting (Transient) Students apply through the Texas Common Application and are required to submit transcripts from all former higher education institutions.

To begin the process:

  1. Complete Transient student application on the Apply Texas web site.
    Once you have set up your Apply Texas account, complete the Texas Tech Transient application. The complete application process is detailed on the TTU Admissions web site. For more information email
  2. Send a transcript or letter of good standing from your home institution to:
    Undergraduate Admissions
    Texas Tech University
    Box 45005
    Lubbock, TX 79409-5005
  3. Pay the application fee at
    Click on "Pay Your Application Fee" – located on the left side of the web page.
  4. Following your acceptance you will receive an email from Admissions instructing you on the necessary steps to take in order to receive a time ticked needed for registration. The email will contain instructions requiring you to return to this website and complete the steps under the "Advising Information" portion.
    Qualifying students will be admitted under the curriculum code labeled UN-NDUG-UNVS.


Transient students are not eligible for financial aid as funds are only available for degree-seeking students. Those who wish to continue from semester to semester as a transient student must reapply each term. Students will only be billed the application fee the first time they apply as a transient student, unless student exchange agreements between Texas Tech University and other institutions contain different provisions regarding credit hours and reapplication. Transient students are limited to enrollment in two consecutive long semesters. If you wish to continue as a Visiting student after two consecutive semesters you must reapply to Texas Tech University as a Visiting students. (see "Applying" section above).


Following your acceptance to Texas Tech as a Visiting Student all communications will go through your Texas Tech email account. You can find directions on setting this up online. Please check this email daily for updates from Texas Tech, University Advising, and your professors.


Because financial aid funds are only available for degree-seeking students, there is NO FINANCIAL AID for Visiting (Transient) Students. For more information on this please read the details online or email

Maximum Course Load

At the discretion of the assigned academic advisor, Visiting (Transient) students may be allowed to take a full load of courses while enrolled at Texas Tech. Students taking courses at an international location of Texas Tech University will be allowed to enroll in a maximum of 18 hours per term.

Becoming a Degree-Seeking Red Raider

Visiting (Transient) Students frequently enjoy and benefit so much from the Red Raider experience that they decide to pursue a degree from Texas Tech University. To do this they must apply as degree-seeking students and meet all applicable admission criteria.
Although healthy advising interactions between academic advisors and visiting students should facilitate the selection of courses that will apply to Texas Tech degrees, this is no guarantee that courses taken as a Visiting (Transient) Student will apply toward a degree program selected after the fact.

Advising Information

If the designation "Visiting (Transient) Student" applies to you then it is likely you are ready to select classes and prepare for registration. There are a few steps involved in the processes of preparation and registration:

  1. Make contact with the designated academic advisor for all Visiting (Transient) Students. In order to help all our new Visiting Students in a timely and thorough fashion, we require this be handled via email at
    In your first email message, please copy, paste, and then answer the following questions:
    1. What is your full name, R-Number (Texas Tech Student ID), and birth date? (we need this information to find you in the system)
    2. Are you currently attending school somewhere else? If so, where and what program?
    3. Will you be concurrently (simultaneously) enrolled at Texas Tech and another institution of higher education?
    4. What class (es) are you seeking to take at Texas Tech and in which semester?
    5. What requirements will each one fill for your current program?
    6. Have you thoroughly reviewed all of the information online?
    7. Do you have any other questions with which I might be able to assist?
  2. ACTIVATE YOUR TTU EMAIL! Any important correspondence from Texas Tech University will automatically be sent to your TTU email. This includes emails from professors and advisors. Make sure you have your TTU email set up. Follow this link for assistance (set up TTU email).
  3. As a Visiting Student it is your responsibility to ensure that the course you are taking at Texas Tech will apply towards your future academic or career plans. For information on transfer equivalencies into Texas Tech you can use the TTU Registrar's Transfer Credit database located online.
  4. We recommend that you consider your home institution's policies on concurrent enrollment (which is when you take classes during one semester from two different institutions). This may impact Financial Aid, transfer credit, or student status at your home institution.
  5. Once the advisor verifies your enrollment and your academic plans, they will enable your registration by issuing an electronic 'time ticket.' You will then be directed to register online through Raiderlink. It may be helpful for you to follow the standard 12 Step Registration Process as detailed online. There are also some helpful videos available online.
  6. By state law, all students are subject to applicable TSI rules (TAC Title 19, Part 1, Chapter 4, Subchapter C). More information on the Texas Success Initiative at Texas Tech is available online.
  7. At Texas Tech, classes offered at a distance are identified at the section level with the letter 'D.' For example, a distance section of Math Analysis would be indicated as MATH 1330-D01. Even before being admitted to Texas Tech you can view course availability by looking online.
  8. Remember that, for your TTU classes, you will be subject to the policies and relevant dates (add, drop, withdrawal, and payment) of the appropriate University Catalog. Before you enroll, please note these dates are binding and are interpreted firmly.
  9. For all courses requiring prerequisites, official transcripts must be on file at the University showing this completed work. Transcripts should be sent to the Registrar's Office.