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.
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 https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX
Once you have set up your Apply Texas account, complete the Texas Tech Transient application.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 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, RNumber (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 at http://advising.ttu.edu/visiting?
- Do you have any other questions with which I might be able to assist?
- 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.
- 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 at http://advising.ttu.edu/12steps. There are also some helpful videos available online at http://www.youtube.com/user/ttuadvising .
- 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.
- 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/.
- 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.
- 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
|College of Arts & Sciences|
|BIOL||ALL||Except BIOL 3301 (Intro to Pathophysiology)|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|HLTH||4300||ALL||Independent study: prior working relationship with the instructor in an organized course|
|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|
|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)|
|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|
|ID||4307||ALL||Internship in Interior Design|
|ID||4104||ALL||Senior Portfolio Seminar|
|ID||3325||001||Study Tour in Interior Design|
|RHIM||4415||001, 002, 003|
|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||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||5311||001||Requires previous Directing Experience and TH A 4302.|
|TH A||5327||001||For students who are directing a production during the semester.|
|TH A||5334||001||Requires previous Acting experience.|