Texas Tech University

About the Honors College

Welcome from the Dean

The Honors College is truly unique. The very existence of the Honors College is a clear, significant demonstration of Texas Tech's commitment to academic excellence and to creating the best possible environment for living and learning.

I encourage you to peruse our Honors College website to find out more about what makes the Honors College at Texas Tech University one of the premier Honors programs in the country.

Please contact one of our Honors College Advisors or one of our Honors College Ambassadors to answer any questions you might have or for more information.

- Michael San Francisco, Ph.D.


San Francisco

Our History

The Honors Program was housed in the College of Arts and Sciences from its inception in the mid-1960s until 1993 when it was moved to the Office of the Provost. The Honors College was formed in 1999. Since that time the College has grown to include over 1300 students who represent majors from a broad cross section of undergraduate programs at Texas Tech University.

The Honors College administrative offices are now housed in historic McClellan Hall, directly east of the Student Union Building.

Our College

The Honors College at Texas Tech University proudly pursues its primary mission to provide an enriched learning experience for intellectually capable and curious undergraduate students while striving to replicate a small-college learning environment in a large state university setting.

The Honors College offers enriched and stimulating courses that are designed to encourage critical thinking, broaden students’ education, and examine interdisciplinary and international perspectives of different disciplines. In addition, the Honors College supports undergraduate research, study-abroad, academic scholarships, and a variety of academic and social activities for enrolled students.

The First-Year Experience courses offered each fall are designed to provide an introduction for new students to the Honors College and its courses and programs, as well as to help incoming students adapt to university life and to Texas Tech University.

Benefits to Honors membership include the ability to live in Gordon and Murray Halls, the Honors residence halls and learning communities, priority registration for classes, early admission programs at the TTU School of Medicine and TTU School of Law, and the ability to work with some of the best faculty and staff on campus.

For more information about these exciting opportunities, please look around our website and if you have any questions, Contact Us.