Texas Tech University

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Due to the decision made by the College Board and ACT to suspend the availability of testing during the COVID-19 virus pandemic, prospective students applying for admission to Texas Tech University for the Fall 2020 term will not be required to submit an ACT or SAT score. Applicants who have completed all other application requirements, will be given special consideration for admission through a holistic review.

A student who has previously taken an ACT or SAT and has a score is strongly encouraged to submit them to us for evaluation. We also strongly recommend that all students have a standardized test on file prior to enrollment. Without a standardized test, a student will not be considered for scholarships. Lack of an SAT or ACT score may also affect meeting Texas Success Initiative exemptions and course placement. 

Required Documents

    • ApplyTexas Application (www.applytexas.org)
    • $75 Application Fee or Fee Waiver
    • Official High School Transcript, including rank and diploma type
      • Submit your high school transcript using the uploader in RaiderConnect or by US mail (Box 45005, Lubbock, TX 79409). You may request that your high school send it directly to us through TREx.
      • Applicants who complete a non-traditional secondary education (for example, those who are home-schooled or complete a GED) or who provide a transcript without a rank, will have a rank assigned in accordance with Texas Senate Bill 1543. [TX SB1543 | 2015-2016 | 84th Legislature (2015, June 19)]
      • Home school transcripts must have a notarized signature to be official.
      • A final high school transcript that is official and shows a graduation date will be required upon graduation. This transcript should be sent by your high school.
    • Official SAT and/or *ACT Scores (Test scores sent from the high school are considered official if they are included on the transcript or sent from the school registrar.)

If you are completing a domestic admissions application but have international credentials, required documents must be provided in English. 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 here.

Applicants to Texas Tech University must be in good standing and eligible to return to their most recent school. 

Assured Admission

You are assured admission if you are graduating from high school and present the required combination of high school class rank and college entrance test scores indicated below.

Class Rank Test Scores*  
Top 10% No minimum  
First Quarter
(excluding top 10%)
24 1180                                        
Second Quarter 26 1240
Third Quarter 27 1280
Fourth Quarter Application Review  

*ACT composite score; SAT reflects evidence-based reading and writing, and math; The highest section scores from multiple tests on the ACT and SAT will be used to maximize score. Assured admission is granted to all students who hold competitive scholarships awarded by an official Texas Tech University scholarship committee.

Admission Review

We expect students to be academically prepared for success as students at Texas Tech; therefore, we specifically consider academic performance, standardized test scores and educational preparation. Additional information used to evaluate a student's potential for success includes:

Academic Rigor*
Extracurricular activities
Leadership experiences
Civic or other service activities
Socioeconomic background
Family educational background
Special talents or awards
Diversity of experience and background

If you do not meet the assured admission requirements, we strongly encourage you to respond to essay topics A and/or B on the ApplyTexas application and submit up to three letters of recommendation. Click here for tips on writing your essay.

*Texas Tech University values high school students who push themselves, are intellectually curious and are interested in learning. We understand and appreciate that a greater number of students are engaged in rigorous, college-level coursework such as Honors, AP or IB courses. Because we believe that these experiences can elevate the high school experience, it is our policy to make academic rigor a factor in consideration for admission to Texas Tech. Students are expected to perform well in these and all other courses in high school in order to demonstrate their college readiness.

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College Board Code (Domestic): 6827
College Board Code (International): 6859


Although applications will be accepted beginning July 1, initial decision letters will be released in mid-September. Decisions beyond this time usually take 2-4 weeks.

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Special Requirements by College

Some academic colleges and departments at Texas Tech only accept students who meet assured admission requirements:

Arts & Sciences - Biology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Microbiology
Human Sciences – Interior Design
Rawls College of Business – All majors
Whitacre College of Engineering – All majors
Honors Arts and Letters – Honors College admission required

Recommended High School Curriculum

Per state law, TEC 51.803-51.809, Uniform Admissions Policy (UAP) requires applicants to four year public universities to meet college readiness standards through completion of a high school graduation program or equivalent or through SAT or ACT score benchmarks.

Texas Tech University applies consistent admissions standards for all high school applicants. Under the provisions of Texas Foundation High School Program, students with a minimum of a Foundation level of high school diploma are eligible to apply for admission to Texas public institutions for higher education. To this end, Texas Tech University will accept applications for admission from students who have achieved a Foundation level high school diploma.

In order to demonstrate the highest level of college preparation and to be the most competitive in the applicant pool, Texas Tech University recommends that applicants complete the Foundation Curriculum with the Distinguished level of achievement. The Distinguished diploma is required for Top 10% Automatic Admission. This recommended curriculum includes:

Language Arts (4 Credits)

English I, II & III
Advanced English Course
Options include English IV, Creative Writing, Humanities, & Advanced Journalism

Mathematics (4 Credits)

Algebra I
Algebra II
Advanced Math Course
Options include Precalculus, AQR, AP Statistics & Engineering Mathematics

Science (4 Credits)

IPC or Advanced Science
Two advanced Science Courses
Options include Chemistry, Physics, Forensic Science, & Astronomy

Social Studies (3 Credits)

U.S. History
U.S. Government (.5 credit)
Economics (.5 credit)
World Geography or World History

Foreign Language (2 Credits)

Both credits must be the same language
American Sign Language is accepted as a foreign language for admission purposes.
Some academic programs have different foreign language requirements; please refer to the catalog for information concerning your desired major.
Computer Science is acceptable for admission purposes, however, it does not satisfy the TTU graduation requirements for foreign language.

Physical Education (1 Credit)

Fine Arts (1 Credit)

Electives (6 Credits)

Automatic Admission Eligibility

You may qualify for automatic admission to Texas Tech University through the Top 10% Rule. To meet the requirements, you must graduate in the top 10% of your class at a recognized public or private high school. You will also need to complete one of the following:

Recommended or Distinguished High School Program, or Distinguished Level of Achievement under the Foundation High School Program, or Complete Coursework that is "Equal in Content & Rigor" If you provide a high school transcript that does not indicate you are graduating with the Distinguished diploma, your high school counselor should submit the Diploma Verification form to our office. Earn a score on the ACT or SAT that meets the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks. Your official SAT score must be at least 480 for EBRW and 530 for Math or your official ACT scores must be at least 18 English, 22 Reading, 22 Mathematics and 23 Science.

Immunization Requirements

Admissions Alternatives

Students not initially admitted as first-year students have the opportunity to gain admission through these alternative programs. Click on the links below to learn more about these programs.