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Apply to the Honors College: Incoming Freshmen


Message from Dr. Susan Tomlinson, Director of Admissions:

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

The application opens on September 1, 2014 and closes on March 1, 2015.

Applications received after March 1, 2015 will not be processed.



We begin rolling review September 1st, 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 Incoming Freshmen applications to be considered for admittance to the following spring semester is October1st. 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.

Important Dates:

  • September 1 Application opens
  • October 1     Deadline for applicants desiring admission in the upcoming spring semester
  • December 1  Deadline for applicants desiring an early decision
  • December 1  Deadline for UMSI applicants, please see additional information below.
  • February 1    Notification of early decision
  • March 1        Application closes
  • 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

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.


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 Gordon Hall or Murray Hall. 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