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:
- High school students wishing to enroll for dual credit courses.
- Students who have already been awarded a baccalaureate degree and who do not wish
to pursue another undergraduate degree.
- Students who attend another college or university as full-time students in good standing
and who intend to return to that college.
- Working professionals in the community who may not have a baccalaureate degree but
who wish to improve their skills.
Registration holds are placed on students' accounts each semester per University Advising
policy. If you have a hold as a Visiting student, please contact email@example.com
for assistance. Please make sure to include your name, Rnumber, and a brief explanation
(eg., "I am now in nursing school").
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:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Send a transcript or letter of good standing from your home institution to:
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-5005
- Pay the application fee at www.admissions.ttu.edu/index.php/application-fee
Click on "Pay Your Application Fee" – located on the left side of the web page.
- 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 email@example.com.
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.
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:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In your first email message, please copy, paste, and then answer the following questions:
- What is your full name, R-Number (Texas Tech Student ID), and birth date? (we need
this information to find you in the system)
- Are you currently attending school somewhere else? If so, where and what program?
- Will you be concurrently (simultaneously) enrolled at Texas Tech and another institution
of higher education?
- What class (es) are you seeking to take at Texas Tech and in which semester?
- What requirements will each one fill for your current program?
- Have you thoroughly reviewed all of the information online?
- Do you have any other questions with which I might be able to assist?
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.