Texas Tech University

Early Acceptance: TTU-HSC School of Medicine

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The joint TTU-TTUHSC Early Acceptance Program offers an exciting opportunity to select Honors College students by allowing them to waive the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) and to apply early to the TTUHSC's School of Medicine (SOM), typically in the junior year. Successful Early Acceptance applicants are notified of their acceptance to the SOM in February and complete their baccalaureate degrees prior to admission to the SOM.

The primary goal of this special program is to encourage Honors students to broaden their educational experiences before they enroll in their professional studies. The waiver of the MCAT allows students to become actively involved in the Honors College and to include coursework or other experiences in areas such as languages, the humanities, mathematics, and business, enabling them to become more well-rounded professionals. This is not an accelerated program. Therefore, the School of Medicine reserves the right to deny acceptance through this program to students who may contemplate early graduation.

MD/MBA (Heath Organization Management) Program

JD/MD (TTU Law/TTUHSC) Program

Honors Arts and Letters (HAL) Health and Humanities Track

Eligibility to Apply

General Requirements for Application: Early acceptance is available to Honors College students within any major, so long as the requirements for entry to the School of Medicine are met and the student is judged to be an exceptional candidate by the School of Medicine Admissions Committee in the circumstances under which she or he applies.

Students who

  • are officially enrolled in the Honors College,
  • enter Texas Tech University as incoming freshmen (students classified as transfer students upon entering TTU are ineligible),
  • have earned a composite score of 1360 on the SAT (verbal and math portions only) or a 29 on the ACT upon matriculation from high school (the composite score must be earned in one test administration),
  • are Texas residents,
  • are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents,
  • submit a "checklist" form to Honors during semester of application, and
  • meet all of the following criteria are eligible to apply.

Coursework Requirements

The Texas Tech University/Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Early Acceptance Program (TTU/TTUHSC EAP) is NOT an accelerated program. Students are required to attend four academic years at Texas Tech University. The Early Acceptance Program does not require applicants to submit an MCAT score for admission to the TTUHSC Medical School. The TTUHSC Medical School Admissions Committee instead relies upon science coursework and GPA to discern a student's academic capabilities. Therefore, coursework requirements are specific and taken very seriously. Though a student may meet the initial eligibility requirements, if the necessary coursework is not completed by the time of matriculation to the School of Medicine, the student will not be allowed to matriculate.

Students must complete all science courses with a grade of B or better, and have a minimum science GPA of 3.6 and a minimum overall GPA of at 3.7. Students that receive a "C" in any of the required science courses may retake the course once to maintain eligibility. All grades (even from courses that have been taken again to improve the grade) will be used in calculating the BCPM GPA and Overall GPA.

Science Requirements for Application

38 hours of prerequisite science coursework is required of all students before matriculation to the School of Medicine. This consists of 8 hours of General Chemistry, 8 hours of Organic Chemistry, 8 hours of Introductory Biology, 6 hours of upper-level Biology, and 8 hours of General Physics. Using Texas Tech course listings, these courses are:

  • CHEM 1307/1107
  • CHEM 1308/1108
  • CHEM 3305/3105
  • CHEM 3306/3106
  • BIOL 1403
  • BIOL 1404
  • PHYS 1403
  • PHYS 1404
  • BIOL 3/4—
  • BIOL 3/4—
  • Biochemistry, listed as CHEM 3310, may count as an upper-level Biology.

Early Acceptance candidates must have 32 of the 38 prerequisite hours either complete or in progress as students in the Honors College by the time of their interview in the fall of their junior year, with at least one semester of Organic Chemistry (CHEM 3305/3105) either complete or in progress.

ALL coursework must be taken at Texas Tech University through the Honors College. Students who have come in with AP, IB, or dual credit for any specific course within the required coursework may take upper-level credit within that specific discipline to avoid retaking the course. For example, a student may take an additional 8 hours of upper-level biology coursework if he or she received college credit for both Introductory Biology courses, with the alternative option of retaking both Introductory Biology courses.

Credits earned through Texas Tech University and Reciprocal international study programs are allowed (when grades contribute toward to the student's TTU GPA are earned on a TTU transcript and the student is continuously enrolled at TTU). Credits earned through non-affiliated international study programs are NOT allowed (if grades from these programs do not contribute toward the student's TTU GPA.)

Volunteer Requirements for Application

Students wishing to apply to the Early Acceptance Program must maintain 100 hours of community service per academic year. Volunteer service completed during the summer months may be applied to the following academic year. Hours are submitted to and recorded by the Honors College office. Students who fail to submit their volunteer hours will not be eligible to apply.

The Application and Interview Process

Students begin their application following their second year as Honors College students at Texas Tech. The application opens annually on May 1st and closes on October 1st. Students must return an eligibility checklist to the Honors College by September 15th to indicate that they are participating in the Early Acceptance application process. Interviews will take place in December (fall semester of 3rd year) for those selected, and students will be notified of final decisions at the beginning of February of the subsequent year.

Students are expected to complete their bachelor's degrees in the Honors College in the spring of their 4th academic year at TTU, and begin medical school the following fall.

After Acceptance

If granted acceptance, a student may waive the MCAT requirement. If a student elects to take the MCAT for any reason, he or she MUST score at or above the mean of the current freshman class in the SOM to maintain Early Acceptance status. Because the School of Medicine is granting a substantial privilege to Early Acceptance students, the School expects that students who accept the Early Acceptance opportunity to be a full-time enrolled student in their senior year following their medical school acceptance and commit themselves to matriculation at the TTUHSC School of Medicine in the fall following graduation. If a student subsequently chooses to apply to other medical schools, he or she must notify the TTUHSC SOM prior to applying to other schools and must surrender his/her Early Acceptance seat.

After graduation in May, submission of final transcripts MUST be sent to TTUHSC School of Medicine, Registrar's Office and TMDSAS for final verification of grades and eligibility in the summer before matriculation to medical school.

After transcripts are submitted and verified by TMDSAS, if the cumulative and/or science GPA falls below the required 3.7 and 3.6, the medical school will review the student's ability to raise and maintain his or her GPA and Early Acceptance seat.

To Apply

Students who are approaching the semester of application (May 1-October 1 with 32 science hours) should meet with an Honors College advisor prior to submitting their applications. Appointments with advisors can be made by e-mailing honors@ttu.edu.

Primary application materials are available at Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service and required secondary materials are available at TTUHSC SOM Admissions. Please note “TTU/TTUHSC Honors Early Acceptance Program" on the primary application. Students interested in the MD/MBA program will instead choose the appropriate box for that program.

Program Timeline

Freshman Classification
  Meet all entrance criteria of program
  All coursework MUST be taken at Texas Tech University as students in the Honors College
  Develop a 4-yr plan of both patient care experiences and extracurricular activities including active
involvement in the Honors College
4 long semesters (fall/spring) prior to graduation
(32 hours of science have been completed  with "B" or better)
May 1-Oct 1 Medical school applications (primary and secondary) due
  (TTUHSC som admissions-- links to TMDSAS application)
  Notify the Honors College of your intent to apply & submit checklist for approval
December Complete Organic Chemistry with "B" or higher if in progress
  Interviews held
February Applicant Notified
Year of Graduation  
  Maintain active status with Honors College and complete Honors requirements by graduation
  Maintain GPA requirements
  Submit final transcripts to TTUHSC Registrar's Office and TMDSAS for final verification of grades and eligibility before matriculation.
  Apply to MD/MBA program, if interested (summer prior to graduation)
  Complete undergraduate degree in May