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Admission Requirements for
International Students

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The applications of prospective students from countries other than the United States are reviewed on an individual basis, and admission may not be offered to every applicant who meets the minimum requirements. Academic background and curriculum are important considerations in decisions on admissibility. Prospective students who have an application pending for permanent residency as well as undocumented illegal aliens should apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. All other applicants, including those international applicants attending high school in the United States, must apply through the Office of Graduate and International Admissions.

Applications for international undergraduate admission must be submitted by the following deadlines:

  • Admission for Fall and Summer Semesters — April 1 deadline
  • Admission for Spring Semester — October 1 deadline for international freshmen and November 1 for international transfer

Applicants may still apply after the application deadline. However, they must submit the PDF version of the application since international undergraduate applications on ApplyTexas will not be available after the deadline. Also, the Office of Graduate and International Admissions cannot guarantee that applications submitted after the deadline will be evaluated by our office in enough time for any necessary visa or travel arrangements to be made if the applicant is admitted.

The procedures stated below should be followed carefully for international applicants to be considered for freshman or transfer admission to Texas Tech University. Applications will not be evaluated until all admission requirements have been met. All materials become the property of Texas Tech University and are not returnable or refundable.

  1. Application—Prospective international undergraduate applicants may apply for admission to Texas Tech University by submitting either the electronic application available at www.ApplyTexas.org or by requesting an application from the Office of Graduate and International Admissions. All institutions (including name and location) attended must be included on the application. Falsification of application information will void admission to Texas Tech University.
  2. Nonrefundable Application Fee— for any subsequent application ($50). Acceptable methods of payment are checks drawn on a U.S. bank, cashier's checks, U.S. or international postal money orders, international money orders, traveler's checks, or credit cards. The application fee may be paid either through the ApplyTexas application (www.ApplyTexas.org) or on the Office of Graduate and International Admissions website (https://secure.touchnet.net/C20210_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=5&SINGLESTORE=true). Waiver of the application fee is not available.
  3. Official Transcripts and Related Documents
    • For Freshman Admission – The applicant must submit an official documentation (transcripts, school leaving examinations, school leaving certificates, etc.) showing completion of a secondary school equivalent to that of a U.S. high school. Applicants must submit official transcripts of all secondary schoolwork, including subjects taken and grades/marks earned, starting with the ninth grade and continuing through at least the eleventh and twelfth grades, in addition to secondary school leave examinations. A list of acceptable secondary school credentials is available on the Graduate and International Admissions website. Unofficial copies are acceptable for evaluation purposes, but official documentation is required upon admission.
    • For Transfer Admission –In addition to the required secondary school documents (see above), the applicant must submit an official record of all post-secondary schoolwork, including subjects taken and grades earned. Unofficial copies are acceptable for evaluation purposes, but official documentation is required upon admission. International transfer students will not be allowed to register for classes without providing all secondary and post-secondary credentials.
    • International applicants must also provide an official English translation of all transcripts or marksheets if the documents are not provided in English. Public notary certifications are not considered official. If official English translations are not supplied by the applicant’s institution(s), the applicant must provide a translation done by an American Translators Association-certified translator. A list of ATA-certified translators is available online at www.atanet.org/onlinedirectories.
    • The applicant who, because of current enrollment, cannot provide final transcripts at the time of application must submit transcripts of all completed study. Consideration may then be given for tentative admission upon the condition that final transcripts are provided within the initial semester of enrollment at Texas Tech University.
  4. Official Diploma/Degree Certificates—The applicant must submit an official copy of any secondary school completion/leaving certificates and any post-secondary diplomas/degree certificates earned. An official English translation of all diplomas/degree certificates must be provided if the documents are not provided in English. Public notary certificates are not considered official. If official English translations are not supplied by the applicant’s institution(s), the applicant must provide a translation done by an American Translators Association-certified translator. A list of ATA-certified translators is available online at www.atanet.org/onlinedirectories.
  5. Official Proof of English Proficiency—All international applicants must provide proof of English proficiency before their applications can be considered for admission. This test is waived only for citizens of an English proficiency-exempt country, for graduates of U.S. high schools, or for those applicants who have completed at least two consecutive years at a high school or college/university in the U.S. or in an English proficiency-exempt country. Texas Tech University considers the following countries to have English as their native language: Australia, Canada (except the Province of Québec), Commonwealth Caribbean countries (Anguilla, Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos Islands), Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales), and the United States. Applicants may submit one of the following measures of English proficiency:
    • TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language; www.toefl.org). The minimum TOEFL score required is 550 (paper-based version) or 79 (internet-based version). The TOEFL score must be received directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Texas Tech University’s institutional code is 6827. TOEFL scores are valid for only two (2) years. Applicants may provide a copy of their Examinee Score Report for application evaluation purposes; screenshots of the TOEFL results from the ETS website are not acceptable.
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service; www.ielts.org). The minimum IELTS required score is an overall band score of 6.5 on the academic version. IELTS General Training results are not acceptable. There is no IELTS institution code for Texas Tech University. IELTS scores are valid for only two (2) years.
    • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic; www.pearsonpte.com/pteacademic). The minimum required PTE Academic score is 60. PTE General and PTE Young Learners results are not acceptable. There is no PTE Academic institution code for Texas Tech University. PTE Academic scores are valid for only two (2) years.
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (Cambridge CPE; www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/proficiency/). The minimum required Cambridge CPE grade is C. There is no institutional code for the Cambridge CPE. The Cambridge CPE is valid for life.
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (Cambridge CAE; www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/advanced/). The minimum required Cambridge CAE grade is B. There is no institutional code for the Cambridge CAE. The Cambridge CAE is valid for life.
    • ELS Intensive English Program (www.els.edu). Texas Tech will accept completion of Level 112 of ELS’ English for Academic Purposes program. An official copy of the ELS transcript and certificate of completion must be submitted to meet this requirement.
    • SAT I –a minimum of at least 500 on BOTH the critical reading and writing sections
    • ACT – a minimum score of 21 on the English section
    • AP English Language and Composition Exams – 3.0 or higher on BOTH sections\
    • For applicants transferring from a U.S. college or university – completion of the equivalent to Texas Tech’s ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 with a grade of C or better. Applicants currently enrolled in ENGL 1302 (or its equivalent) may apply for admission but will not be allowed to register if admitted until providing a final transcript reflecting the required grade.
  6. SAT/ACT Scores—International applicants applying for freshman admission must submit either SAT or ACT scores if they have completed secondary school in the United States. While SAT or ACT scores are not required for international applicants who completed secondary school outside the United States, SAT or ACT scores may assist in admission review. Official SAT or ACT scores are also used for awarding merit-based scholarships.
  7. Passport Bio Page (Optional)—This page will be used only if an international applicant is admitted and an I-20 needs to be issued. This document is not necessary for application evaluation purposes
  8. Proof of Financial Support (Optional)—Applicants may provide proof of financial support as part of their application materials or they may provide proof upon learning of their admission decision. Proof of financial support is not necessary for application evaluation purposes.

Conditional Admission for English Proficiency. 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). If an international undergraduate student is admitted conditionally, the student 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.

Submitting Applications and Required Application Documents. Applicants should be certain to give their full names on the envelope return address. An application Document Cover Sheet is available at www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/internatlUGAdmiss/appProc_UGInternat.php. Correspondence should include the applicant’s full name and date of birth. All entries into the records system are made by family name (last name), first name(s), middle name(s; if any). Send all official documents to the following address:

    Regular Airmail
    Office of Graduate and International Admissions
    Texas Tech University
    PO Box 41030
    Lubbock, TX 79409-1030 USA

    Express Mail
    Office of Graduate and International Admissions
    Boston Ave. at Akron Ave.
    Administration Room 328
    Lubbock, TX 79409-1030 USA

Evaluating Applications.Applications will not be evaluated until all of the above requirements have been met. Applicants will be notified by the Office of Graduate and International Admissions via the Raiderlink portal when an admissions decision has been made.

Acts of Dishonesty. All international undergraduate prospective students applying to Texas Tech University are expected to adhere to the university’s Statement of Academic Integrity (www.depts.ttu.edu/studentconduct/academicinteg.php). This includes entering all secondary and post-secondary institutions attended on your application for admission as well as submitting official academic credentials from all secondary and post-secondary institutions attended. Not providing that information on your application or not submitting all academic credentials is considered falsification of academic records and will result in the voiding of your application or to other disciplinary action.

Application Appeals.International undergraduate applicants whose applications have been denied may submit an appeal to be reconsidered. Every application denied has already been through an extensive review. For an appeal to have merit, it must present new compelling academic and/or personal information, as well as details pertaining to extenuating circumstances that were not addressed in the initial application. Appeal letters must be written and submitted by the international undergraduate applicant to the Director of Graduate and International Admissions within thirty (30) days of the denial decision. Email is an acceptable format for submission. Please clearly outline the reasons for the appeal and present new and compelling information. At the time of appeal, the letter should accompany any other appropriate documentation as needed, such as a new written statement, new test scores, or new recommendation letters. Applicants can only appeal once, and decisions resulting from an appeal are final. Decisions on appeals are typically issued within two to four weeks of the appeal’s submission. Application fees are non-refundable regardless of the result of an appeal. Appeals must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate and International Admissions (mailing address above) or by email to shelby.l.cearley@ttu.edu.Back to Top