Texas Tech University

International Admission Requirements and Steps

Apply as an International First-Time Freshman

You will apply as an International Freshman (also referred to as a new or first-time student) if:

  • You are NOT a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident (pending or approved)
  • You have earned no more than the equivalent of 12 hours of credit at the college level (post-secondary) after graduation from high school (secondary)

Admission Requirements for International Freshman Students:

  • Create an account through Texas Tech University's International Undergraduate Admissions department at applyug.intl.ttu.edu
  • Complete the Apply Texas: International Freshman Application online at www.applytexas.org
  • Pay the $75 application fee (Nonrefundable and Non-waivable)
  • Submit original or attested copies of high school transcripts and any exit examinations taken. Documents may be sent electronically for admission, but if you are admitted to Texas Tech University, you must submit OFFICIAL, FINAL TRANSCRIPTS upon arrival.
    • If your documents are in a language other than English, please submit complete and official English translations together with the original language records. The translation must be from an American Translators Association-certified translator/translation service or the academic institution.
  • Proof of English proficiency must be submitted through one of the following ways. Please see “English Language Proficiency – Requirements and Waivers” below.
  • SAT I or ACT test scores are required for students that are graduating from a high school within the U.S. These scores are NOT required for students graduating from a high school OUTSIDE of the U.S., but can be used as proof of English Proficiency and are required for scholarship consideration.
    • SAT: TTU Code: 6859
    • ACT: TTU Code: 4220
  • Documents for the creation of your I-20 are not required as part of the admissions process. Please check your International Undergraduate Admissions account for more information on the documents needed.

Apply as an International Transfer Student

  • You are NOT a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident (pending or approved)
  • You have earned the equivalent of 12 or more hours of credit at the college level (post-secondary) from an accredited or recognized College or University after graduation from high school (secondary)

Requirements for Admission as an International Transfer Student:

  • Create an account through Texas Tech University's International Undergraduate Admissions department at applyug.intl.ttu.edu
  • Complete the Apply Texas: International Transfer Application online at www.applytexas.org
  • Pay the $75 application fee (Nonrefundable and Non-waivable)
  • Submit original or attested copies of ALL College or University transcripts and coursework. Documents may be sent electronically for admission, but if you are admitted to Texas Tech University you must submit OFFICIAL, FINAL TRANSCRIPTS upon arrival.
    • If your documents are in a language other than English, please submit complete and official English translations together with the original language records. The translation must be from an American Translators Association-certified translator/translation service or the academic institution.
  • Submit documentation showing completion of High School (secondary school) through transcripts, diploma, exit examinations, etc. This can be sent electronically.
  • Proof of English proficiency must be submitted through one of the following ways. Please see “English Language Proficiency – Requirements and Waivers” below.
  • Documents for the creation of your I-20 are not required as part of the admissions process. Please check your International Undergraduate Admissions account for more information on the documents needed.

Apply as an International Graduate Student

Students who have already earned a bachelor's degree and wish to continue their education at the Master's or Doctoral level should apply for admission through the Office of Graduate Admissions.


Conditional Admissions for International Students

Texas Tech partners with ELS Education Services to provide conditional admission to undergraduate applicants and graduate applicants to select programs who are academically qualified but do not meet our English language proficiency requirements. Please send inquires to internationals@ttu.edu using the subject “Conditional Admission”.

Prospective international students who meet the minimum academic requirements for admission consideration except for proof of English proficiency may apply for conditional admission through ELS University Admissions (www.els.edu/en/UniversityAdmissions). International undergraduate students admitted conditionally must complete Level 112 of ELS English for Academic Purposes program before beginning an academic program at Texas Tech University. An official copy of the ELS transcript and certificate of completion must be submitted before registration for Texas Tech coursework will be allowed.


English Language Proficiency– Requirements and Waivers


Admissions Appeal Information and Process

Reasons for admission denial:

  • Cumulative GPA below requirements
  • Transferable credit hours below requirements
  • Lack of English Proficiency (as indicated by TOEFL, IELTS, or other accepted documentation)

Students who are denied admission because of the reasons listed above have the option to file for an appeal. The procedures for filing an appeal are listed below and in the current TTU catalog.

    1. In the case of an admission denial based on both insufficient prior academic performance and lack of English proficiency, separate appeals must be submitted. The appeal of the academic performance decision will be considered first by the International Admissions Appeals Committee. An unsuccessful appeal of the academic performance decision preempts an appeal of the English proficiency decision.
      • For applicants deemed ineligible for admission, the applicant or the TTU unit representing the applicant may appeal the decision. For an appeal to have merit, it should present new academic and/or personal information, as well as details pertaining to extenuating circumstances that were not addressed in the initial application. The appeal will be reviewed by the International Admissions Appeals Committee. Applicants may be required to participate in a Skype interview, specifically for an evaluation of English proficiency or other testing such as Duolingo or proficiency tests developed by the Office of International Affairs (OIA), as part of the appeals process. Following review of the appeal, the International Admissions Appeals Committee will make a final decision concerning the eligibility of the applicant for admission. The decision is conclusive and may not be further appealed.

For ineligible applicants, the International Admissions Appeals Committee may recommend remediation pathways that could lead to admission.

  1. Submission of Appeal Letters: Appeal letters must be written and submitted by the international undergraduate applicant or the TTU unit representing the applicant to the Director for International Enrollment Development and Outreach in the Office of International Affairs within thirty (30) days of the denial notification. Email is also an acceptable format for submission. Application fees are non-refundable regardless of the result of an appeal. Appeals must be sent directly to the Office of International Affairs (mailing address below) or by email to: kelley.coleman@ttu.edu

    Regular Airmail
    Office of International Affairs
    Attn: Director for International Enrollment Development and Outreach
    Texas Tech University
    PO Box 45004
    Lubbock, TX 79409-5004 USA

    Express Airmail
    Office of International Affairs
    Attn: Director for International Enrollment Development and Outreach
    Texas Tech University
    601 Indiana Ave., PO Box 45004
    Lubbock, TX 79409-5004 USA

  2. Admission Alternatives. Students who are denied admission can also consider the following options:
    1. Admission applications can be re-evaluated for the term applied for if a student can provide additional documentation indicating an increase in GPA after attending an intersession at another institution. If a student were able to increase their GPA during the intersession and provide updated transcripts, their original application would then be re-evaluated for an admission decision.
    2. If a student were re-applying for a different term with updated documentation indicating an increase in their GPA or English proficiency, this would be considered as a new application. Students may have only one active application per term.