Texas Tech University

Test Optional Information

Effective through 2025 entry terms

Test Optional

Some applicants may feel that an SAT or ACT score does not fully reflect their academic preparedness or potential. If this is the case for you, Texas Tech University has enacted a test optional admission policy for students applying for admission effective through 2025 entry terms. This policy allows students the option to apply without consideration of SAT or ACT scores. At the time of application, students will share their plans regarding the submission or consideration of SAT or ACT as part of their application. Students selecting this option will have their application and supplemental information evaluated in a holistic manner. We welcome any student, regardless of testing plan, to submit additional material (detailed in the Supplemental Application Items) that they feel best highlights their skills, talents, and potential contributions to Texas Tech. This policy has been approved by the Texas Tech University System Chancellor (January 2022).


Students who choose to have their application evaluated without an exam should follow the steps outlined below.

Students who did not originally apply as test-optional, but would like to have their file reviewed without a test score should complete the request found here. Note that this option is only available when no admission decision has been determined for the application. If the file has already been reviewed and a decision made by the admissions committee, this request will not be processed.

Required Application Items

 Supplemental Application Items

  • Essays using prompts from ApplyTexas, Common App, or Coalition
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation
  • College Transcripts for Dual Credit
  • IB, AP or any other test scores
  • Resume

Evaluation for Admission

If a student wishes to be evaluated under the test optional policy, their application and supplemental information will be evaluated holistically in the following manner:

  • Some applicants may feel the SAT or ACT does not fully reflect their academic performance. These students are strongly encouraged to submit additional documentation that would reflect the items listed above.
  • If a student previously supplied a test score prior to submitting the application and chooses on the application to be reviewed test optional, the test score will not be visible to those reviewing the file for admission.
  • A review committee will examine each applicant's file to identify their achievements and the challenges they faced, hoping to identify the way they took advantage of the opportunities presented to them.
  • The file will be evaluated for intellectual curiosity and academic rigor, demonstrated leadership and problem-solving ability, contributions to community, socioeconomic background and family responsibilities, special talents and awards, and diversity of experience and background.
  • After the holistic review, a decision will be rendered by the review committee for test optional students.
  • If a student was evaluated test optional and denied, the student may choose to submit a test score and request a re-evaluation with the score being considered. Students may review additional admission alternatives here.

Scholarship Consideration 

Texas Tech University is proud to offer a high quality education at an affordable cost. We continue to be recognized as a best value university for your return on investment. Students who apply test-optional will be evaluated holistically for merit scholarships.

While students may be test optional for admissions, students still have the opportunity to submit test scores for scholarship consideration. We will continue to monitor the ability of SAT and ACT to administer their exams which can be used for merit scholarship consideration but not always required for competitive-based scholarships. Students are able to submit scores until May 1 of their senior year to qualify for merit scholarships. After that, merit scholarships are available based on availability of funding. Students are considered for competitive-based scholarships with their application for admission.


Have questions? Our staff is here to help.

Undergraduate Admissions
2500 Broadway, West Hall Room 100
Lubbock, TX 79409-5005
Phone: 806.742.1480