Transfer Evaluation Frequently Asked Questions
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- How do I transfer my credit to Texas Tech?
- How can I find course from other institutions that will transfer to Texas Tech?
- Will Texas Tech transfer my hours earned through credit-by-exam?
- What is the maximum number of hours I can transfer?
- Does Texas Tech award credit for military educational experiences?
- What is the minimum grade that will transfer for credit?
- Can I replace a grade in a course completed at Texas Tech with the grade from my transfer credit?
- Does TechPrep credit earned while in high school transfer to TTU?
- Can I receive transfer credit for hours earned from a non-accredited institution?
- How do I go about getting transfer credit for work completed through affiliated studies abroad?
- I attended the Texas Tech School of Allied Health, but I took some of my courses on the Texas Tech University campus. Now I am enrolled as a TTU student, but my credit not show up on my TTU transcript?
- Can I choose not to transfer my credit to Texas Tech?
- Will my transfer credit be automatically applied towards my TTU degree program?
In order to receive transfer credit, you must first submit official copies of your final transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. All transferable credit will be included in your total earned hours at Texas Tech; however, the GPA from your transfer credit is not calculated into your TTU GPA.
There are several ways of determining if the credit from other institutions will transfer for credit to TTU.
- If the institution is a Texas public institution, you can search for Texas Common Courses that will be acceptable for transfer at TTU. 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.
- You can search for equivalencies online for all Texas institutions using the Automated Transfer Equivalency Search .
- You can submit a pre-evaluation request available in the Transfer Evaluation Office (West Hall, Room 110). A Pre-Evaluation Request form is also available for submission online.
Credit awarded for credit-by-exam (CLEP, AP, SAT, ACT, IB, etc.) is not considered transfer credit and will not be posted to the record as transfer hours. Students must submit copies of the official score report to the Admissions Office before TTU will award credit based on the score earned on the examination. Course credit earned by examination is recorded by the Registrar on the student's transcript as "(Number) hours of credit via credit by examination program in (course equivalent)." Like transfer credit, no grade points are awarded.
If the credit is used by a Texas public institution for Core Curriculum requirements as designated by the numeric core code on the sending institutions transcript, the credit WILL be entered as transfer credit regardless of the score earned on the examination.
Please contact the Testing, Evaluation, Assessment, and Measurement Center (West Hall, Room 213) for more information.
ALL transferable hours earned from an accredited institution will transfer for earned hours at Texas Tech.
The only limitations are:
- A maximum of 66 hours from a junior college (two-year institution) may be used to fulfill degree requirements at Texas Tech. This does not mean that only 66 hours will transfer for credit; rather, your college of enrollment will only apply 66 hours earned from a junior college toward degree requirements at TTU. This rule DOES NOT apply to credit earned from a 4-year/senior level institution.
- If you are within 30 hours of graduating, you must have academic dean approval before transferring credit back to TTU.
- You also must have academic dean approval before enrolling concurrently at another institution. Therefore, you cannot attend Texas Tech AND another institution at the same time without prior approval from your college of enrollment.
Texas Tech will award credit hours for military educational experiences while in the armed forces based on the recommendations of the American Council on Education. The following documentation is required before applicable credit can be determined:
- Army/American Council on Education Transcripts (AARTS)
- Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART)
- A copy of your DD214
- Any certificates or documentation describing the course content or objectives.
In order to be eligible for transfer. you must have earned a minimum grade of "D" or above at the sending institution. However, most degree programs require at least a grade of "C" or above in all courses applicable for your degree.
The only way to replace a grade is to repeat that same course at TTU. You cannot replace a grade earned at TTU with a grade earned for an equivalent course at another institution. If you repeat the credit at another institution, the higher grade may be counted instead of the TTU course, but your GPA will remain the same.
NO, Texas Tech University does not accept TechPrep credit earned while in high school.
Students wishing to transfer credit to Texas Tech from a non-accredited institution must:
- Complete 30 semester credit hours of work in residence at Texas Tech with at least a 2.0 GPA
- Receive approval from the academic dean in order to validate credits for transfer.
You first must attend exit counseling and submit official transcripts in the Office of International Affairs (OIA). Once you have completed the exit counseling, the OIA will then forward your official transcripts to the Registrar's Office where they will be filed in your permanent record. Obtaining course equivalency approval is primarily the responsibility of the student . All credit must be evaluated by each applicable academic department. For example, if you completed a program in art history, the Art Department must determine what credit would be applicable at TTU. All course approvals must be in writing and have the signature of the faculty member who approved the credit. Finally, all credit must be approved by your academic dean before the Transfer Office may apply the credit to your record.
The Transfer Evaluation Office can assist the transfer process by acting as an intermediary between the student and the departmental contacts. You must supply all course information (course descriptions, course syllabus, textbooks, etc.) to the Transfer Office so that the information may be forwarded for evaluation. Evaluation of foreign credit may sometimes take months to complete; therefore, the sooner you can begin the process, the sooner your credit will be posted.
For more information about Affiliated Studies Abroad programs offered at Texas Tech, visit: http://www.studyabroad.ttu.edu/
I attended the Texas Tech School of Allied Health, but I took some of my courses on the Texas Tech University campus. Now I am enrolled as a TTU student. Why does this credit not show up on my TTU transcript?
The Texas Tech School of Allied Health is considered a separate entity apart from Texas Tech University. While many students may take classes on both campuses during the same semester, the student only has one enrollment status in either institution.
All credit earned while enrolled in the Texas Tech School of Allied Health is posted on the TTUHSC transcript, even if the credit was actually completed on the TTU campus. If you enroll as a student pursuing a degree on the TTU campus, you must request that the hours earned in your previous career be included on the TTU transcript from your academic dean or advisor. The Office of the Registrar must receive the request from the student's college of enrollment before any changes will be made to the permanent record. Many times, only credit directly applicable to the students TTU degree will be transferred.
You must submit transcripts for every institution you have previously attended before being admitted to Texas Tech University. All transferable credit hours are applied at TTU to calculate your classification.
The only exception to this rule is "Fresh Start Admission" which allows student's the option of discounting all hours earned ten or more years prior to their first enrollment at TTU. For more information on Fresh Start, contact the Office of Admission & School Relations .
Evaluation of course credit earned at other institutions by the Transfer Evaluation Office does not decree approval of the credit for use toward 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 (p. 17, 2006-07 TTU Catalog).