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Apply to the Honors College: Current & Transfer

Please Note:

Due to the high volume of applicants, we ask that applicants send questions regarding applications and their status via email to

The application process will re-open on September 1, 2014, and close on April 15, 2015.

All students who desire to be admitted to the Honors College are invited to apply during this time period.

The deadline for Current and Transfer students applying to be admitted in time for Spring 2015 classes is November 1, 2014 at 12-midnight.

The deadline for all other Current and Transfer students is April 15 , 2015 at 12-midnight. 

All applications received after April 15, 2015 will not be processed.


Apply to Texas Tech:

Transfer Students must apply separately to Texas Tech University. Application and admittance to the university are completely separate from the Honors College application process. Once students apply to the university on ApplyTexas, please know that it could take up to 5 days for that application to be received and processed by Texas Tech before you receive your eRaider information via email.

Choosing a Major: It is not necessary to 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 which you choose to pursue.


Honors College Application Process:

For admission to the Honors College current and transfer students must:

fill out the online application,

submit letters of recommendation,

pay the $25 application fee online

submit a plan with regards to how they will complete the Honors program (page 3 of the online application)

Information regarding how to complete each of these steps is in included below.


Tips for Completing Your Application

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, superficial answers typically are not helpful to the admissions committee.

Regarding the TTU ID Number, the Honors College application asks for your TTU ID number, also called an "R number". To get this number, students should apply to Texas Tech University via the ApplyTexas Application in order to receive their eRaider username. Students can then login to Raiderlink to see their TTU ID number, which will be listed underneath their name in the top right corner of the screen.


Letters of Recommendation:

The application for the Honors College requires two letters of recommendation. The review committee would like for those letters to come from academic sources. These letters are separate from the letters that the university requests. Please provide your recommender with the Recommendation Letter Guide, the link is below. Applications without two letters of recommendation will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

  • Recommendation Letter Guidelines

    Letters of recommendation must be sent to the Honors College via email to Letters should by emailed by the recommender. The letters must be sent from an official school/company email address and must include the mailing address of the recommender.


    Submitting Your Honors Plan:

    One of the things that we ask of students who apply to enter the college after already having been enrolled at the college level, is to provide an “Honors Plan” – a tentative progression and coursework outline which helps both you and us to better understand how you intend to complete the Honors program prior to your expected graduation date.

    Successful completion (with a grade of B- or better) of 24 Honors credit hours (or 8 Honors courses) is required to earn the Honors designation upon graduation. Please email an outline of the eight Honors courses you may take, specified by the semester in which you plan to take them, in order to complete the program.  The selection of eight tentative course options will be influenced by your chosen major and by the core curriculum credits you may already have fulfilled. 

    How to Choose Courses

    In order to choose your tentative courses, it will be helpful for you to look back at past Honors course listings to see what courses we’ve recently offered on a regular or rotating basis (see past listing links at the top of the current Honors course listings page at, and it may also be helpful for you, in evaluating where you stand with degree and core curriculum requirements, to examine your degree plan in the TTU Undergraduate Catalog, located at Another resource that we can provide for you is a form called a Tracking Sheet, specific to the college of your major, which will provide you with suggestions for possible Honors courses that may be applicable to your major requirements.  You will find the Tracking Sheets at; just choose the appropriate one for the college of your major.

    Why Create an Honors Plan

    We ask you to provide this Honors Plan as part of the application process because it enables us to make certain that you have enough time and coursework options remaining before your graduation to allow you to feasibly complete Honors program requirements.  You may send your Plan to in the body of an email, or alternatively, you may use the Tracking Sheet to fill out your plan – just be sure to indicate the semester in which you intend to take each course you specify as well.

     If you have any questions about this information, about Honors policies, or about your Honors Plan, feel free to let contact us.


    Application Fee:

    The application fee for the Honors College is $25.

    The fee is part of the online application process online and is non-refundable.



    Because this is a rolling admission process and there are limited spaces in the Honors College, students who wait until the final deadline to send an application reduce their chances of being admitted.

    We begin rolling review and admission September 1st with priority consideration given to applications postmarked by February 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.  You may apply to the Honors College before you are accepted to the university.

    Only complete packets will be reviewed.

    Spring Admittance Deadline

    The application deadline for spring admittance is December 31st.  The spring applications may be held until Fall semester grades are posted (current TTU students) or sent to us in an official transcript (transfer students). Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.400 or better to apply to the Honors College.



    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 signing 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

  • CURRENT & Transfer applicants

    current and transfer Applications for 2014


    The minimum requirement for current and transfer students:

    Current TTU students and students transferring to TTU must have a 3.400 or better GPA to be eligible to apply to the Honors College

    incoming freshmen applicants

    Incoming Freshmen Information

    Scholarship Information

    Visit the scholarships page for all incoming freshman, transfer student, and current student Honors College scholarships.

    Scholarship Information

    New for 2013-2014 the Terry Foundation is offering a transfer scholarship of $12,000 per year.

    Terry Transfer Scholarship Information

    Need Help?

    If you have questions about the application process, please email  the Honors College at

    If you have questions for a current Honors student, please email an Honors Ambassador.