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.
The Designation: Visiting 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 Students. International students applying for undergraduate Visiting admission must be concurrently enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution.
Per Texas Tech Operating Policy 34.01, Visiting 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:
Registration holds are placed on students' accounts each semester per University Advising policy. If you have a hold from being a Visiting student in the past, 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 students must apply to Texas Tech University through the Texas Common Application and are required to submit transcripts from all former higher education institutions.
To begin the process:
*If you need credits to transfer in to Texas Tech you will need to send a copy of your most recent, official transcript so we are able to do that!
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.
As a Visiting student, there are a few things you need to be aware of. Please read the following statements carefully.
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. Per TTU policy, all communication from Texas Tech will be sent to your Texas Tech email.
Because federal financial aid funds are only available for degree-seeking students, there is NO FINANCIAL AID for Visiting students. For more information on this please read the details online, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the discretion of the assigned academic advisor, Visiting 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.
Visiting students frequently enjoy being a Red Raider so much that they wish to extend there time here and many 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. There are different criteria for the different student types, so please select the option that is right for you!
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 student will apply toward a degree program selected after the fact.
If the designation "Visiting 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: You will want to Make contact with
the designated academic advisor for Visiting students. In order to help all our new
Visiting Students in a timely and thorough fashion, we require this be handled via
email at email@example.com.
Here are the steps you will need to take to help facilitate a smooth registration process:
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. Please view the online catalog and use the LATEST Catalog to search for your course and find any prerequisites for
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 to determine how your credits will transfer.
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.
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 courses by looking online.
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. An activation code is needed to set-up your TTU email.
You will need to contact TTU IT for an activation code at (806) 742-HELP. Follow this
link for assistance (set up TTU email).
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.
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, which
impact a possible tuition refund if you choose to drop a course.
Please contact University Advising if you have any further questions.