Texas Tech University

Incoming Freshmen


Message from Dr. Susan Tomlinson, Assistant Dean:

The application opens on July 17th, 2017 and closes on March 1st, 2018.
Applications received after March 1st, 2018 will not be processed.

We begin rolling reviews July 17th, with priority consideration given to applications submitted by December 1st. The earlier you are accepted to the Honors College, the better your chances to take full advantage of the university's opportunities, such as assignments to June orientation sessions and Honors residence halls. Deadline for an early decision (and admission to the following fall semester) is December 1st. Students who apply by this date are guaranteed a decision by February 1st. Because there are limited spaces available, some students may be placed on a waitlist, pending a final count of signed and returned contracts. You may apply to the Honors College before you are accepted to the university. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Due to the high volume of applications, we ask that applicants email all questions to Honors Admissions.

Honors College Application

Important Dates:

July 17 | Application opens

December 1 | Deadline for applicants desiring an early decision

December 1 | Deadline for UMSI applicants.

  • You must have your Honors application in by December 1st, or your UMSI application will not be reviewed by the School of Medicine. While still able to apply to Honors after the December 1st deadline (our application stays open until March 1st), you will no longer be eligible for the UMSI program.

February 1 | Notification of early decision

March 1 | Application closes for Fall, 2018 admission

April 15 | Final notification of admission status for all non-waitlisted students

May 1 | Contracts signed and returned (contracts not returned by this date will be null and void)

June 1 | Final notification for waitlisted students

Apply to Texas Tech

Students must apply separately to Texas Tech University. Application and admittance to the university are completely separate from the Honors College application process.

Choosing a Major: It is not necessary to choose the in-house Honors major, Honors Arts & Letters, on the Texas Common Application in order to be admitted into the Honors College. Please select the major that you choose to pursue.

Honors College Application Process

To be considered for admission, all Incoming Freshmen must:

  • Complete the Honors College online application, including two electronic recommendations
  • Pay the non-refundable $25 application fee online

Honors College Application Tips

Confine your answers to the space allotted. Please do not send resumes or other materials. Remember that the number of activities listed is generally less important than the quality. Consider listing those activities that show leadership, creativity, or a sense of responsibility in the community.

Answer the essay questions carefully and thoughtfully. The essay questions allow the admissions committee to gauge your critical thinking and writing skills. This is a portfolio application process. Your answers to the essay questions weigh heavily in the admissions decision. Please proofread your work.

Read all the instructions, as well as the application, and think about your answers. Remember that the admissions committee reviews hundreds of applications each year. Because our application process is competitive, thoughtful answers are helpful to the admissions committee.


Please note: Students must be accepted to TTU before they will be able to sign up for a room and dining plan.

Sign up for Housing

Priority Room Selection is the system University Student Housing uses to guide students through the process of choosing their own bed space and dining plan. It allows you to select your own bed space in a particular room and hall; it does not allow you to select a particular roommate. On campus housing is in high demand. There is no deadline for signing up, but all rooms are selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Students accepted to the Honors College can sign up to live in the Honors Learning Community in either Honors Hall or Murray Hall (for returning Honors students only). The Honors Learning Community provides a unique experience for students accepted to the Honors College to live together in an environment supporting their academic, personal and professional success through the enriched learning experiences provided by the Honors College. If you don't yet qualify for the Honors LC, but believe you will in the future, you should go ahead and complete the room selection process while you wait for qualification. Once qualified, you may have the opportunity to change your room assignment over to the Honors LC. Watch our Priority Room Selection Walkthrough video to see the basic steps to sign up.

If you have any questions about signing up for a room and dining plan, you can contact University Student Housing directly by phone at 806-742-2661 or email them at housing@ttu.edu.

New Honors Residence Hall for Honors College Students

We are thrilled to announce the commitment of the university to building a brand new Honors College residence hall. The building will house over 300 students. Each floor has multiple group study spaces and a lounge. A space for conference use that can be expanded in the evenings to host college activities is available on the first floor. The dormitory will be located west of Murray Hall and will be open for the fall term of 2017. We are immensely grateful to the university administration and Board of Regents for their support in this endeavor.

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Application F.A.Q.

What are the minimum SAT and ACT scores that I need in order to apply?

We recommend the applicants have a minimum 1300 SAT or 1360 Revised SAT, 29 on the ACT and/or be in the top 10% of your graduating class. However, these are only recommendations. The Honors College application will be evaluated as a portfolio and your scores and/or class rank are not a guarantee that you will be invited to join the College, nor should they necessarily be a barrier in your decision to apply.

How do I access the Honors College application?

You may access the application from the Honors College website:
Incoming Freshmen

Where do I mail my recommendation letters?

We do not accept hard copy recommendation letters. All your recommendations should be submitted through the online application. Please send the recommendation requests through your online application under "Supplemental Items".

I submitted my application and have not heard anything. What should I do?

Please contact the Honors College at 806-742-1828.

Honors College