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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.

Applying

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 https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX
    Once you have set up your Apply Texas account, complete the Texas Tech Transient application.
  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 www.admissions.ttu.edu/index.php/application-fee
    Click on "Pay Your Application Fee" – located on the left side of the web page.

The complete application process is detailed on the TTU Admissions web site at http://www.admissions.ttu.edu/index.php/non-degree-seeking.  For more information email admissions@ttu.edu

Qualifying students will be admitted under the curriculum code labeled UN-NDUG-UNVS.

Those who wish to continue from semester to semester as a Visiting Student must reapply each term or communicate their intent to continue to their assigned advisor.  Students will only be billed the application fee the first time they apply as a visiting student (exception: unless student exchange agreements between Texas Tech University and other institutions contain different provisions regarding credit hours and reapplication).  Students who are not enrolled for consecutive semesters and wish to return will have to reapply through the Apply Texas application and pay the associated fee.  

Email

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 at: http://j.mp/techmailsetup.  Please check this email daily for updates from Texas Tech, University Advising, and your professors.

Funding

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 at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/financialaid/eligibilityrequirements.asp or email sbs@ttu.edu.

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 advising@ttu.edu.  

    In your first email message, please copy, paste, and then answer the following questions:
    1. What is your full name, RNumber (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 at http://advising.ttu.edu/visiting?
    7. Do you have any other questions with which I might be able to assist?
  2. 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 at http://j.mp/ttutransfercredit
  3. 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.
  4. Once the advisor verifies your enrollment and your academic plans, she 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 at http://advising.ttu.edu/12steps.  There are also some helpful videos available online at http://www.youtube.com/user/ttuadvising .
  5. 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 http://www.depts.ttu.edu/registrar/tsi/TSIhome.asp.
  6. 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 at https://apps.texastech.edu/sections/.
  7. 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 (http://j.mp/ttucatalog).  Before you enroll, please note these dates are binding and are interpreted firmly.
  8. 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: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/registrar/default.asp.

Courses Not Open to Visiting (Transient) Students

There are a number of restrictions that may prevent you from registering for particular courses at Texas Tech.  Besides pre-requisite restrictions and major-specific coursework, there are also courses that are not offered to non-degree students, and some that are only released to non-degree students after degree-seekers have had the first opportunity to register.  The tables below provide details on these restricted offerings.

SUBJECT PREFIX COURSE NUMBER SECTION
NUMBER
COMMENTS
College of Arts & Sciences
ATMO all 5000 ALL
ATMO 6000 ALL
ATMO 7000 ALL
BIOL ALL   Except BIOL 3301 (Intro to Pathophysiology)
COMS 2350 ALL
COMS 4300 ALL
COMS 4304 ALL
COMS 6000 ALL
COMS 7000 ALL
ECO 4300 ALL Independent study: prior working relationship with the instructor in an organized course
ECO 5325 ALL Special Topics Course offered on an ad hoc basis
ECO 6000 ALL Thesis: prior working relationship with the instructor in an organized course
ECO 7000 ALL Independent study: prior working relationship with the instructor in an organized course
ECO 8000 ALL Dissertation: prior working relationship with the instructor in an organized course
ENGL 4300 ALL Independent study: prior working relationship with the instructor in an organized course
ENGL 5300 ALL Independent study: prior working relationship with the instructor in an organized course
ENGL 6000 ALL Thesis: prior working relationship with the instructor in an organized course
ENGL 7000 ALL Independent study: prior working relationship with the instructor in an organized course
ENGL 8000 ALL Dissertation: prior working relationship with the instructor in an organized course
ENTX ALL ALL
ESS 4000 ALL Independent study: prior working relationship with the instructor in an organized course
ESS 6000 ALL Thesis: prior working relationship with the instructor in an organized course
ESS 7000 ALL Independent study: prior working relationship with the instructor in an organized course
GCH all 5000 ALL
GEOG 4369 ALL Independent research: prior working relationship with the instructor in an organized course
GEOG 5310 ALL Readings in Geography: prior working relationship with the instructor in an organized course
GEOG 7000 ALL Independent study: prior working relationship with the instructor in an organized course
GEOL 4312 ALL
GEOL all 5000 ALL
GEOL 6000 ALL
GEOL 7000 ALL
GEOL 8000 ALL
HLTH 4300 ALL Independent study: prior working relationship with the instructor in an organized course
PSY 4302 ALL
PSY 4321 ALL
SASW ALL ALL All courses offered by the Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work (SASW) department are restricted to degree-seeking students.
SPAN 1507 ALL Sections taught on the TTU Campus
SPAN 2301 ALL Sections taught on the TTU Campus
SPAN 2302 ALL Sections taught on the TTU Campus
SPAN 2607 ALL Sections taught on the TTU Campus
Honors College
All sections available to visiting students if they meet the criteria, i.e., space available and students have a minimum of 3.0 grade point average.
College of Human Sciences
ADM 3325 001/ Study Tour in Apparel Design
ADM 4310 001/501 Apparel Product Development (ADM major only).
ADM 4350 001/501 Apparel Portfolio Development (ADM major only).
ADM 4389 001/501 002/502 Professional Practice for ADM senior students. (ADM major only)
ADM 4390 001/501 Summer Internship (ADM major only)
ADM 4391 001/501 Summer Internship (ADM major only)
CFAS 4000 ALL Individual Study
CFAS 4314 ALL Community Practicum
CFAS 4320 ALL Independent Research
FCSE 4000 D01/D02/D03 Requires admission to Teacher Education Program
FCSE 3301 ALL Requires admission to Teacher Education Program
FCSE 4301 ALL Requires admission to Teacher Education Program
FCSE 4302 ALL Requires admission to Teacher Education Program
FCSE 4304 ALL Requires admission to Teacher Education Program
FCSE 4306 ALL Requires admission to Teacher Education Program
FCSE 4308 ALL Requires admission to Teacher Education Program
FCSE 4601 ALL Requires admission to Teacher Education Program
HDFS 3411 001/002
HDFS 3413 001/002
HDFS 4314 001/002
ID 3190 001 Pre-Internship Seminar
ID 4307 ALL Internship in Interior Design
ID 4104 ALL Senior Portfolio Seminar
ID 3325 001 Study Tour in Interior Design
NS 3310 001
NS 3411 001
NS 3470 001
NS 4120 001
NS 4320 001
NS 4340 001
NS 4341 001
NS 4350 001
NS 4380 001
RHIM 3000 001
RHIM 3100 001
RHIM 3341 001
RHIM 3460 001
RHIM 3470 001
RHIM 4313 001
RHIM 4316 001
RHIM 4360 001
RHIM 4415 001, 002, 003
RTL 3380 001
RTL 3389 001
RTL 4320 001
RTL 4330 001
RTL 4360 001
School of Law
Legal Practice I 5306 NOTE: The School of Law only accepts visits by law students from other American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited law schools; they do not accept visiting undergraduate or graduate students or students who are enrolled in non-ABA-accredited law schools).
Legal Practice II 5307
College of Mass Communications
ADV 3390 All Internship in Advertising
ADV 4300 All Individual Study in Advertising
ADV 7000 All Independent Studies classes for students in program
EM&C 3390 All Internship in Electronic Media
EM&C 4300 All Individual Study in Electronic Media
EM&C 4390 All Electronic Mediaand Communication Practicum
EM&C 7000 All Independent Studies classes for students in program
JOUR 3390 All Internship in Journalism
JOUR 4300 All Individual Study in Journalism
JOUR 4390 All Journalism Practicum
JOUR 7000 All Independent Studies classes for students in program
MCOM 6000 All Thesis hours for students in program
MCOM 7000 All Independent Studies classes for students in program
MCOM 8000 All Dissertation hours for students in program
PHOT 3390 All Internship in Photocommunications
PHOT 4300 All Special Problems in Photocommunications
PHOT 4312 001 Portfolio class for graduating seniors
PR 3390 All Internship in Public Relations
PR 4300 All Individual Study in Public Relations
PR 7000 All Independent Studies classes for students in program
College of Visual & Performing Arts
TH A 2312 001 Requires Th A 2302 as a pre-requisite.
TH A 3302 001 Requires Th A 2312 as a pre-requisite.
TH A 3322 001 Requires Th A 2312 as a pre-requisite.
TH A 3332 001 Requires Th A 2312 as a pre-requisite.
TH A 5329 001
TH A 6000 all
TH A 7000 all
TH A 8000 all
TH A 5311 001 Requires previous Directing Experience and TH A 4302.
TH A 5314 001
TH A 5310 001
TH A 5327 001 For students who are directing a production during the semester.
TH A 5334 001 Requires previous Acting experience.
TH A 5327 001