We know that as new students you have lots of questions about attending orientation, signing up for classes and become a Texas Tech student. Take a few minutes browse through our list of FAQs. If you still have questions or need further clarification, then please feel free to contact us!
Red Raider Orientation (RRO) is an opportunity for new students to learn about Texas Tech University and the programs and services offered. Red Raider Orientation was designed to guide each new student at Texas Tech to success. While at RRO, students will get the chance to meet other new students, get advice from current students, meet with an advisor, register for classes, learn new Texas Tech traditions, and have fun!
ALL new undergraduate students are required to attend a Red Raider Orientation session. RRO is designed to help you become familiar with campus, learn campus resources, meet other new students, and register for class.
Visit our Sessions page to learn more about the type of session you are required to attend.
Yes. You must attend orientation and meet with your advisor during your assigned appointment time at RRO in order to register for classes. You may have received pre-advising during the admissions process; however, you will only receive your registration time ticket and be cleared to register by attending an orientation program.
We do understand this is not your first college experience, so we have designed a special One-Day RRO experience for transfer students with 24 or more earned credit hours.
Events through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions are designed to help students and guests become better acquainted with Texas Tech. In order to meet with an advisor and register for classes, students must attend Red Raider Orientation.
Distance Learning students (not taking any courses on the Lubbock campus) need to contact the primary academic advisor of the desired online program for assistance.
International students must attend Red Raider Orientation. Some students may also need to check-in with International Affairs. For more information, visit the Office of International Affairs site.
All portions of RRO are considered mandatory. Please plan to be on campus for RRO all day. You are required to attend the entire program. If you do not attend, arrive late, or leave during any portion of the event, you may be blocked from registering for classes. Visit our Schedule page for more information.
All incoming students are required to attend an orientation session to register for their first semester of classes. All of our sessions are on-campus in Lubbock and we do not offer online orientation. If it is absolutely impossible for you to attend a regularly scheduled RRO session, we offer last-minute sessions prior to each semester. However, it is in your best interest and we STRONGLY encourage you to attend a regular RRO session if possible. It is not possible to register for courses without attending an RRO session.
Yes. Registration for RRO is required to reserve a date. Please note, RRO sessions are capacity limited, meaning only a certain number of students are allowed to attend each session. Space for each RRO is available on a first-reserve basis and once an orientation session has filled, it will no longer appear online as an option. There is no wait list.
Once a student is accepted to Texas Tech, it can take up to 24 - 48 hours for the information to be imported to the RRO registration system. If you continue to see errors, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must be registered for an orientation session in order to meet with an academic advisor and register for classes. For available sessions, log on to the orientation registration system.
Red Raider Orientation must receive a cancellation form in order to cancel a reservation and issue any refunds attached to the reservation. This form can be faxed to 806-742-0138 or emailed to email@example.com. Refunds take 10 to 14 business days and will be refunded to the credit card used to make the payment.
The RRO fee is applied to your tuition bill and cannot be paid in advance. The only fees that are paid before orientation are guest fees or the fees associated with staying the night before or after RRO.
Due to the limited amount of seats per major in each of the sessions, students must log-in to the registration system to see available dates.
We will not add students to a full session, and we do not have a waitlist for any
session. Capacity is determined by how many students we can reasonably serve each
session. Our aim is to make sure each student has the best experience and gets as
much individualized attention possible.
Students can log in to check if any previously closed sessions have availability.
Transfer students with less than 24 hours on record cannot register for a One-Day Transfer session. To see how many credits we have on record for you, check the Questionnaire page of the RRO registration form. Once final transcripts are evaluated by the Registrar’s office and the credits are submitted to the RRO registration system, the One-Day Transfer session options will become available.
For questions regarding transfer hours contact the Transcript Evaluation Office at 806-742-3661.
Yes. To change an orientation date, log back into back into the RRO registration system, click on the "Dates" tab, and choose an available session. Be sure to click "Save and Continue" or "Save and Exit Reservation" so the changes are saved.
No, major changes do not require a session change. It may take up to 48 hours for the new major to appear in the system.
Students who are admitted for a Summer term will attend a special Summer RRO session immediately prior to the first day of their summer term. Log in to see available session dates.
You may view an outline of each session schedule by selecting from the appropriate session type on our Schedule page. Pay special attention to your program start and end times. You will receive a full printed schedule at RRO check-in.
For two-day sessions, check-in begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Hulen/Clement Residence Hall.
For one-day sessions, check-in is at 7:30 a.m. at the Student Union Building.
Red Raider Orientation will take place on the Texas Tech University campus, primarily in the Student Union Building (SUB). Students will also spend time at their respective academic colleges for advising. A complete schedule will be provided to students and guests at RRO.
There will be sessions for students only, for guests only, and some for both students and guests. Students and guests will be provided a schedule that outlines each session.
All portions of RRO are considered mandatory. Please plan to be on campus for RRO all day, for the duration of your scheduled session. See the Schedule Overview for more details.
You are required to attend the entire program. You don't want to miss important things like meeting your academic advisor and registering for classes. If you do not attend, arrive late or leave during any portion of the event, you may be blocked from registering for classes.
If you need to take the TSI assessment, we STRONGLY encourage you to test prior to RRO. This may mean you need to arrive a day before your scheduled RRO session.
If your travel arrangements require you to stay the night before, you can choose an early arrival for your on-campus accommodations. This selection can be made during your RRO registration under your selected session and can be modified up to one-week prior to your RRO session.
Yes, all of these departments will be at RRO during the Resource Fair. However, we suggest trying to take care of these items before arriving at RRO. Check the Admitted Student Tasklist for a list of all items to complete prior to attending RRO.
Yes. You can register your parent(s) for the concurrent parent program. There are some parts of the program that both students and parents attend together, and some sessions that are separate.
No, but we highly recommend they attend with you. Attending Parent/Family sessions
during RRO will help parents learn how to support you to be successful in college,
gain insight about campus services, discover how to become involved in the Texas Tech
family, and provide an opportunity for them to meet faculty, administrators, staff
and current students. Guest reservations should be completed at the same time students
complete student's online RRO Reservation.
Visit our Parent/Family Information page to learn more.
Log back into the RRO reservation system (the same way you registered for your session) and go the Guests tab. Hover the mouse over the area with the guest information and click in that area; it will open up that guest's information. Scroll to the bottom of this page and click the "Delete" button to remove this guest. Guest information can also be edited, if desired.
University Student Housing is providing an opportunity for guests to stay on campus during the two-day orientation sessions. Guests will be staying at Talkington Hall, which is located on 18th Street and Boston Avenue.
Student RRO Fees are charged to your tuition and fees, and cannot be paid in advance.
If you make any changes to your registration that results in a credit for optional fees paid in advance (early accommodations and/or guest fees):
Yes, it is necessary to arrive early to ensure ample time to complete required testing.
The Texas Success Initiative testing is vital in making sure you are able to register for classes at RRO. There
are a limited number of testing locations in Texas that will test for TSI. If students
identify a campus in the hometown area that will allow Texas Tech students to test
and send the scores to Texas Tech prior to the selected orientation date, this is
a recommended option.
Students and guests may select an early arrival for the residence halls in the orientation registration system. The fee for extra nights to stay in your assigned residence hall is $19 per night for students and $25 per night for guests.
TWO-DAY SESSIONS ONLY
Students and guests staying on campus are guaranteed one night's stay the evening of Day 1.
Students and guests staying on-campus may select an early arrive or late departure night for the residence halls in the orientation registration system. The fee for extra nights to stay in your assigned residence hall is $19 per night.
Students and guests are also free to stay in off-campus accommodations prior to or after RRO and can make those arrangements as needed with a local hotel.
All students attending a two-day orientation are required to stay on campus for the duration of the orientation program. Staying on campus provides you with an excellent opportunity to engage with your peers and become familiar with our community.
RRO will provide linens, a large blanket, a pillow, and towels for each student in the room. Students and guests are welcome to bring extra blankets or pillows for comfort. It is also recommended to bring a pool towel for the event at Student Recreation Center on the evening of Day 1.
The room assignments for orientation housing are randomly assigned and prepared before the start of orientation.
The room assignments for orientation housing are randomly assigned and prepared before the start of orientation.
Parents and guests that have chosen to stay on campus during RRO will have rooms prepared for them inTalkington Hall. Student rooms will be at Hulen/Clement. We recommend parents stay in their rooms at Talkington and students stay in their room at Hulen/Clement for the one evening spent in the residence halls during orientation.
No. Do not make flight arrangements until after you receive your confirmation email. We are unable to switch or add anyone into a full session. There is a limited number of spaces in each session because there are limited numbers of advising appointments we can make for each session. You will need to register for an open session and change your flight arrangements.
No, all students are required to arrive for check-in and participate on Day 1 of the selected session in order to meet the orientation requirement. If students arrive on Day 2, there will not be an opportunity to meet with an academic advisor and register for classes.
It is essential that you register for a session that you can attend in its entirety. Arriving late will cause you to miss mandatory parts of the program that cannot be made up during the session. If you arrive late you will be rescheduled for an orientation session that you can attend in its entirety.
Plan to be on campus for your entire RRO session. Leaving early may cause you to miss important information and events, like registering for classes.
Yes, guests and students can park in designated spaces on campus during orientation. All vehicles that will be on campus during RRO must be registered online. RRO will provide a link, via email, to the vehicle registration system a week prior to your session.
THIS IS NOT THE SAME AS REGISTERING YOUR VEHICLE FOR THE YEAR. THIS IS DONE Separately through Parking Services.
Students and guests with a handicap permit displayed in their vehicle's window, can park in any handicap space on campus. However, the vehicle needs to be registered through the orientation parking link that will be provided in an email before orientation.
If you are renting a car and do not know your license plate number, you can register for parking on-site. However, if you do know your license plate, it is STRONGLY encouraged that you register your vehicle before coming to campus.
Airport shuttles are not available during the one-day sessions.
Transfer students who have submitted transcripts and the RRO registration system does
not reflect the total number of credits expected should contact the Office of Admissions to check the status of transfer credit.
Once final transcripts are evaluated by the Registrar’s office and the credits are submitted to the RRO registration system, the One-Day Transfer session options will become available.
The 24-hour requirement to register for a One-Day session is based on hours earned POST-high school. If students are admitted to Texas Tech directly from high school, the Two-Day session is required. Although these hours won't meet the Red Raider Orientation requirement, these credits can still be applied toward your degree from Texas Tech University.
Students who do not meet the assured admission requirements but are still admitted to Texas Tech University are initially admitted to the Pre-Engineering Program.
While in pre-engineering, you will enroll in normal university core curriculum and engineering math courses. Pre-Engineering students benefit from the highly personal, success-oriented, and career-focused advising provided by University Advising during your first academic semesters at Texas Tech.
To change into Foundational Engineering after your first semester, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on at least 12 hours of Texas Tech coursework that is included in the foundational curriculum.
All new students who met assured admission requirements are admitted to the Whitacre College of Engineering. During your first year, you will initially work to complete a foundational engineering curriculum within your emphasis area.
Although your major will be listed as "Foundational Engineering" during your first year, you will still work toward your engineering emphasis area: Chemical, Civil, Computer, Construction, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial Mechanical, Petroleum Engineering or Computer Science.
Admission to Texas Tech University does not guarantee admission to the Rawls College of Business.
All business majors have enrollment restrictions for incoming first year students (see below). If you applied to a business major and did not meet the assured admission requirements, you were either admitted into your second major choice or as an undeclared student. And, if you still want to pursue a degree in business, don't worry; many TTU students apply to these restricted majors after their first year.
Students graduating from an accredited high school who have the required combination of high school class rank and college entrance test scores indicated below will be admitted into the COBA Pre-Business program.
|Top 10%||No Minimum|
|First Quarter (Excluding top 10%)||25||1140|
|ACT composite score; SAT sum of critical reading and math; writing portions of both tests are required, but not used in determining assured admission. We combine the highest SAT critical reading and math scores from multiple test dates.|
Students transferring into the Rawls College of Business from another institution must have taken a minimum of 18 credit hours and have a 3.0 transfer GPA.
In order to ensure student success, the Rawls College of Business Administration (COBA) has established minimum requirements and expectations for undergraduate business students. All students will be classified as COBA Pre-business students until they have successfully completed the Lower Division Coursework with a minimum cumulative 3.0 Texas Tech GPA. Students will then apply to a specific major within the Rawls College of Business.
Pre-Nursing is considered a designation at Texas Tech University; it is not a major. Students designated as Pre-Nursing are advised by Pre-Professional Health Careers and will take the prerequisite nursing courses at Texas Tech in order to apply for admission to the School of Nursing at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center (or other nursing program) to complete their degree.
All students interested in earning a bachelor's degree in the College of Media and Communication, including transfer students, are initially placed into pre-major status. The pre-major serves as an opportunity for students to gauge preparation for more advanced courses. You will work with your academic advisor to meet the requirements to be fully admitted into your major.
The College of Education is now offering three new programs for students interested in coaching careers. A degree in Multidisciplinary Studies with a Minor in Coaching prepares students to teach math or science at the middle school level, grades 4 – 8, and gain the skills necessary for coaching in all sports. Multidisciplinary Science with a Minor in Coaching prepares students to teach Biology at the secondary level, grades 8 – 12, while gaining necessary skills for coaching sports in high school.
**Prior to Red Raider Orientation, you will need to verify only your major. During RRO, you can work with your Academic Advisor to declare a minor.
A second major option is Exercise and Sport Science, through the College of Arts & Sciences. This degree prepares individuals for professional careers, advanced graduate study, and entry into allied health programs (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical school). Students majoring in Exercise & Sport Science may choose from one of four tracks: Exercise & Health Promotion, Exercise Science, Physical Education Teacher Education, or Sport Management.
The Honors College curriculum is completely independent of your major. The Honors College offers honors courses throughout the various academic colleges and majors at Texas Tech. Therefore, students of all majors can participate in the Honors program. If you are accepted into the Honors College, your College listed within the RRO Registration System and on the Admitted Student Dashboard will be associated with the academic major you chose on your ApplyTexas admissions application.
There is no "Honors" major. Students enroll in an academic program in a college of their choice AND they enroll in the Honors College at the same time; so most Honors students have dual enrollment in two colleges. The Honors College offers one major, Honors Arts & Letters (HAL) and one minor, Environment and the Humanities (EVHM). Students in the HAL program enroll only in the Honors College.
Students who apply to the Honors College at Texas Tech University will have a primary academic advisor in the College of the major they are pursuing, AND will also have an Honors College advisor who will help guide them in selecting courses to meet the Honors requirements. At Red Raider Orientation, you will meet with both your primary academic advisor and your Honors College advisor.
If you have questions about the Honors College, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (806) 742-1828.
To change your major:
An important part of Red Raider Orientation is meeting your academic advisor and registering for classes for the Fall semester. However, before you can register for classes during orientation, you must clear any registration holds. We STRONGLY encourage you to take care of any registration holds you have prior to your RRO session to help ensure a smooth advising and registration process. A hold is placed on your record to indicate that an action is needed. Academic and administrative offices can place holds on a student's account for many reasons. You can view your holds when you log into the RRO registration system. Your holds, if any, are listed under the Questionnaire page, in the Student Information section. Below, we have listed some common holds you may encounter as a new student and instructions on how to take care of these holds.
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state mandate that requires students to be assessed in reading, writing and math skills prior to enrolling in college, and to be advised based on the results of that assessment. The TSI Hold New Student is a temporary hold placed on a student account until the TSI Compliance Office has had a chance to review your files.
Action to take:
No action is required to remove this hold. Once your records have been reviewed by the TSI Compliance Office the hold will automatically be removed if you are considered TSI Complete or will be replaced with a TSI Testing Hold.
You should check back to see if testing is required, as indicated by a TSI Hold for a specific test (see below).
If you think you might be compliant, you can review the TSI Exemptions to find out if you will have to take the TSI Assessment test. If you are not exempt, you must take the TSI Assessment test.
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state mandate that requires students to be assessed in reading, writing and math skills prior to enrolling in college, and to be advised based on the results of that assessment. For students enrolling without a TSI Exemptions, they will be required to take the TSI Assessment, to measure proficiency in the basic areas of study for fulfillment of the TSI requirement.
The TSI Student Compliance Office will place a registration hold on any student who requires testing. A student may have one of several TSI Holds depending on which areas require testing:
Your hold might be followed by "em" and a date. This indicates that the Registrar's Office sent you an email on the date indicated to inform you about any required TSI testing.
Action to take:
The TSI Assessment exam is a state approved test for TSI compliance. This test is offered daily throughout orientation. You may come as a walk-in between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Seating is limited, but you will be worked into a testing lab as soon as a seat is available. You must take the exam before you can register for any classes.
All students needing to take the TSI Assessment are STRONGLY encouraged to test PRIOR to Red Raider Orientation. This may mean you need to arrive a day before your scheduled RRO session.
The TSI Assessment test is offered at the Academic Testing Services at TTU. Be sure you bring your driver's license and your payment with you to the test.
If you think you might be exempt, you can review the TSI Exemptions to find out if you will have to take the TSI Assessment test. If you are not exempt,
you must take the TSI Assessment test.
Steps to follow for TSI Assessment testing:
For more information, please visit the Texas Success Initiative website.
If you do not pass the Texas Success Initiative Assessment and do not meet one of the exemption requirements, the TSI Needs Advising Hold is placed to ensure students are registered in the appropriate developmental courses and that compliance with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is being met.
Action to take:
When you attend Red Raider Orientation, you will meet with a TSI Advisor. During check-in at your RRO session, you will receive information with an appointment to meet your TSI Advisor. You MUST attend this TSI Advising session, in addition to your academic advising session, in order to register for classes.
Every student must be immunized for Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) and Meningitis or qualify for an exemption.
Action to take:
Records can be submitted to Student Health Services by:
Mail: Student Wellness Center | 1003 Flint Ave. | Box 43095 | Lubbock, TX 79409
In Person: Student Wellness Center | 1003 Flint Ave. | Lubbock, TX 79409
PLEASE NOTE: WRITE YOUR TEXAS TECH "R" NUMBER AND THE SEMESTER YOU ARE ENTERING TEXAS TECH (FALL 2014) ON YOUR SHOT RECORD BEFORE SUBMITTING IT.
Students with fewer than 30 college hours, excluding dual credit or credit by exam, are required to live on campus unless exempted by University Student Housing. The "Housing Form E" registration and transcript hold is placed on a student's account when the student does not meet the criteria for an exemption from the residency requirement and has not yet signed up for on-campus housing.
Action to take:
To remove the hold, you must either show proof of your off-campus eligibility by fulfilling one of the exemption requirement categories listed in OP 30.25 OR sign up for a room on-campus using the Priority Room Selection system. To learn more, visit the University Student Housing website.
For questions, please contact TTU Housing at email@example.com.
Academic Advising Holds prevent the student from enrolling in classes until the student receives academic advising, and vary by major. Students must meet with their advisor prior to class registration so that the student's program can be discussed and course recommendations can be made.
Action to take:
Attend your scheduled Red Raider Orientation session to meet with your academic advisor. No action prior to RRO is required.
All incoming students will have an Academic Orientation Hold. This is the only hold that cannot be removed prior to your orientation session.
Action to take:
This hold will be removed when you attend a Red Raider Orientation session.
Your Rnumber is your official Texas Tech Student ID number. It is an 8-digit number, preceded by the letter "R". To find your Rnumber:
You can also find your Rnumber inside the Red Raider Orientation registration system on the "Personal Information" page.
Your eRaider account is your TTU electronic identification. Your eRaider is a single username and password that is required to access many resources at TTU.
Your eRaider account allows you to access your TechMail (e-mail), access the campus Wifi internet, access RaiderLink for class registration and information, download free software, and much more.
In accordance with University Policy and to protect your privacy, you should never divulge your eRaider Username and Password to anyone. No University Official or University sanctioned service provider will ever ask you for your eRaider password.
NOTE: Your eRaider account is different than the Raider Connect credentials you used during the Admissions process.
The Admitted Student Tasklist provides a comprehensive checklist of steps for a student to take prior to beginning classes at Texas Tech University. Within your custom Tasklist, you can check off each item when you have completed or finished reviewing.
Class registration takes place during a student's scheduled Red Raider Orientation (RRO). Red Raider Orientation (RRO) is mandatory for all new freshman and transfer students. Additional information and dates for RRO is available at www.redraiderorientation.ttu.edu.
For a list of important dates (like first day of class, Spring Break and more), view the complete academic calendar.
For information about Residence Hall Move In, visit http://housing.ttu.edu/movein/
Raider Welcome is a series of FUN and FREE events held prior to the first week of classes to help introduce you to campus and other students. More information is available at www.raiderwelcome.ttu.edu.
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If you still have questions, please contact us at:
Transition & Engagement
201 Student Union Building
Lubbock, TX 79409
Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm CST
Note: Our office follows the university closing/holiday schedule and TechAlert weather/operating status. To make sure you receive emergency alerts, update your contact information at www.ttu.edu/emergencyalert