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Compass Program

What is the Compass Program?

The Compass Program is designed for high school students who want an enhanced educational experience, are prepared for college curriculum, and desire to start achieving more academically. Students who are interested must apply to Texas Tech and interview with representatives of the Honors College.


Compass Program Admissions Requirements

A high school junior or senior may be enrolled in collegiate-level courses provided he or she meets both the admissions and the curricular requirements set by the Honors College, including admissions to Texas Tech University. Compass Program students must be able to satisfy all curricular requirements for graduation from high school (including curricular requirements for college admission) no later than the spring semester of their senior year. All Compass Program students are required to submit an official high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores along with the signed Compass Program Application.

Seniors: Minimum composite score of 1300 SAT or 29 composite ACT and a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Transcript must show strong GPA in the area(s) in which they want to enroll.

Juniors:  Minimum composite score of 1200 SAT or equivalent ACT, rank in the top 10% of their class, and have a 3.4 GPA on a 4.0 scale.  Transcript must show strong GPA in the area(s) in which they want to enroll.

Home Study or Unaccredited High School Students

Compass Program students who are receiving instruction at home or from an unaccredited high school must be 17 years of age and meet the requirements for high school seniors as listed above or be 16 years of age and meet the requirements for high school juniors as listed above.



A high school student may enroll in a combined number of high school and college-level courses per semester, not to exceed a full-time college workload of 19 semester credit hours. For purposes of calculating workload, one-half high school unit shall be equivalent to three semester credit hours of college work. A student may enroll in a maximum of nine semester credit hours during a summer semester without being enrolled in high school classes during the summer term.

Compass Program students may not enroll in remedial (zero-level) coursework offered by colleges and universities that are designed to remove high school deficiencies.

Compass program students are not allowed to take Honors sections of courses until fully admitted into the university. To be fully admitted to the university. Compass Program students will need to submit a high school transcript stating they are a high school graduate and be in good standing with the university.

Pre-requisites for each course must be attained before enrollment in those courses.

Compass program students are encouraged to apply to the Honors College for full admission during their senior year. The application cycle typically begins in September. See an Honors College Advisors for details


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First, apply to Texas Tech University using the Apply Texas application at Apply as a regular undergraduate student.

Once the applications are reviewed, students will be contacted for an in-person interview by the Honors College.

Students selected for the Compass Program are invited to return to the Honors College for a personal advising session to discuss course options and enrollment.

 Compass Program Brochure


Student must maintain a 3.0 GPA at Texas Tech and make a B- or better in each course taken at the university. Earning a C in a course will warrant probation.


Mentoring Program

Students must participate in a mentoring program through the Honors College while taking courses at the university.

Additional Opportunities

Students are encouraged to participate in the Honors College Book Club and Lunch Discussion. See Honors College Website for details.



Please send your questions to the Compass Program Director, Heather Medley.