Texas Tech University

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.

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:

  • 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.

Removing Holds

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 advising@ttu.edu for assistance. Please make sure to include your name, Rnumber, and a brief explanation (eg., "I am now in nursing school").

The Process


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:

  1. Complete Visiting student application on the Apply Texas web site.
    Once you have set up your Apply Texas account, complete the Texas Tech Visiting application. The complete application process is detailed on the TTU Admissions web site. For more information email admissions@ttu.edu.
    *make certain that you apply as a Visiting student, rather than anything else!
  2. Send a transcript from your home institution to:
    • Undergraduate Admissions
      Texas Tech University Box 45005
      Lubbock, TX 79409-5005

      *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!
  3. Pay the application fee HERE!
    Click on "Pay Your Application Fee" – located on the left side of the web page. Your application will not be processed until you have paid this fee.
  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.


As a Visiting student, there are a few things you need to be aware of. Please read the following statements carefully.

  • Visiting students are not eligible for federal financial aid, as funds are only available for degree-seeking students.
  • Visiting students are limited to enrollment in two consecutive long semesters. Students will only be billed the application fee the first time they apply as a Visiting student, unless student exchange agreements between Texas Tech University and other institutions contain different provisions regarding credit hours and reapplication.
  • Those who wish to continue as a Visiting student beyond two consecutive semesters 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. 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 sbs@ttu.edu.

Maximum Course Load

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.

Becoming a Degree-Seeking Red Raider

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.

Advising Information

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 advising@ttu.edu. Here are the steps you will need to take to help facilitate a smooth registration process:

Check For Prerequisities!

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 those classes.

Check Your Transfer Equivalencies!

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.

Check With Your Home Institution!

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.

Find Online Sections!

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.

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. 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).

Send The 7 Questions Below To

    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?

Watch Your Email!

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.

TSI Laws!

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.

Review TTU Policies!

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.


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