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.
students may not enroll in remedial (zero-level) coursework
offered by colleges and universities that are designed to
remove high school deficiencies.
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
each course must be attained before enrollment in those
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
First, apply to Texas Tech University using the Apply Texas application at http://www.admissions.ttu.edu/. 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.
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.
Students must participate in a mentoring program through the Honors College while taking courses at the university.
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.