Transfer Credit Guidelines
Transfer of Credits from other Colleges and Universities
Evaluation of course credit earned at other institutions by the Transfer Evaluation Office does not decree approval of the credit for use towards degree requirements. Only the academic dean of the college offering the program in which a student is enrolled has authority for determining which courses will be applied toward any specific program. The only exception to this rule is that no transferred course completed with a grade below C- may be applied to fulfill course requirements in majors, minors, or specializations.
Applicants must submit official records from all accredited institutions attended. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions and School Relations. All college-level, non-vocational courses completed with a passing grade at regionally accredited colleges and universities (not including trade or technical schools) will be evaluated for acceptance of transfer credit by the Transfer Evaluation Office. The Transfer Evaluation Office determines acceptable transfer credit on the basis of an evaluation of course content as described from the sending institutions catalog and in consultation with the appropriate academic units at Texas Tech University as necessary for clarification. While all credit hours presented on the sending institution's transcripts will be evaluated, and equivalent college-level courses posted to the student's academic record, a maximum of 66 semester credit hours from two-year colleges may be applied towards degree requirements.
Students are encouraged to meet with the academic advisors of the college in which they plan to enroll to discuss that college’s policies on applicability of transfer credit for degree purposes. Credit hours will be applied to degree programs and majors when courses are deemed equivalent to the Texas Tech courses that satisfy various program requirements by the college in which the student is seeking a degree.
Students wishing to transfer credit to Texas Tech from a non-accredited institution must:
The following guidelines apply to the transfer of college credit:
Application of Transfer Work to Academic Programs
The academic dean of the college in which a student is enrolled has authority for determining which courses will be applied toward any specific degree program. Credit hours will be applied to the various degree programs and majors when courses are deemed equivalent to the Texas Tech courses the satisfy program requirements. Academic advisors have access to electronic degree audit which will identify how transfer credits apply to specific degree program requirements. A transferred course completed with a grade below C- may not be applied to fulfill course requirements in majors, minors, or specialization's. While all credit hours presented on the sending institution's transcripts will be evaluated and equivalent college level courses posted to the student's academic record, a maximum of 66 semester credit hours from two-year college may be applied towards degree requirements.
Texas Common Course Numbering System
The Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) has been designed to aid students in the transfer of general academic courses between Texas public colleges and universities throughout the state. The system insures students that courses designated as common will be accepted for transfer and the credit will be treated as if the courses had actually been taken on the receiving institution's campus. Texas Tech courses identified as common will have the Common Course Number listed in brackets at the end of each course description.
Click on the following link to learn more about the TCCNS: The Texas Common Course Numbering System.
Completion of Core Requirements at another Texas public Institution
In accordance to the rules mandated by the Texas legislature concerning the transfer of core curriculum:
"If a student successfully completes the 42 semester credit hour core curriculum at an institution of higher education, that block of courses may be transferred to any other institution of higher education and must be substituted for the receiving institution's core curriculum. A student shall receive academic credit for each of the courses transferred and may not be required to take additional core curriculum courses at the receiving institution unless the board has approved a larger core curriculum at that institution."
Click here for more information concerning the Texas Tech Core Curriculum
Educational Experience in the Armed Forces
Credit may be given for formal service school courses completed in the armed services after evaluation of official documents by the Transfer Evaluation Office. The student's academic dean decides if credit awarded for such courses will be applied toward requirements for the bachelor's degree.