Texas Tech University

Advising for Visiting (Transient) Students

Why Am I Here?

Texas Tech recognizes that not all students want to enroll full-time. Many just want to take a few classes here and there, and some are working on pre-requisites while applying for professional schools. Undergraduate applicants who want to attend the University on a temporary basis (such as summer sessions) and who are not seeking a degree can engage with Texas Tech as Visiting Students.

The Designation: Visiting Students

Visiting Students are not seeking a degree of any kind, only academic credit for particular courses and on a temporary basis.  International students applying for undergraduate Visiting admission must be concurrently enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution.

Per Texas Tech Operating Policy 34.01 , Visiting students are those who are not seeking a degree from Texas Tech University, but who wish to take classes here. Examples of students considered visiting students include:

  •  High school students wishing to enroll for dual credit courses.

      Students who have already been awarded an undergraduate degree and wish to take additional courses without pursuing another degree.

     Students who attend another college or university as full-time students in good standing and intend to return to that college.

     Working professionals in the community (with or without an undergraduate degree) who wish to improve their skills and earn academic credit.

The Process: Next Steps

If the designation "Visiting student" applies to you, then you are ready to research courses and apply. There are a few steps involved to facilitate a smooth registration process:

           Find Sections!

Even before being admitted to Texas Tech you can view courses at https://ssb.texastech.edu/pls/TTUSPRD/bwckschd.p_disp_dyn_sched. (Note: TTU classes offered online are identified with the letter 'D.' Example, distance section of Math Analysis would be MATH 1330-D01.)

           Check For Prerequisities!

Use the online catalog at catalog.ttu.edu to search for your course and find any prerequisites for those classes. Be sure to use the LATEST catalog. For all courses requiring prerequisites, official transcripts must be on file at the University showing this completed work. Transcripts should be sent to the Registrar's Office.

           Check Your Transfer Equivalencies!

It is your responsibility to ensure that the course you are taking at Texas Tech will apply towards your future plans. Use the Transfer Equivalency Tool at depts.ttu.edu/registrar/private/transfer/ to determine how your credits will transfer TO Texas Tech; for information about transferring credit elsewhere, contact the destination institution.

           Check With Your Home Institution!

We recommend that you consider your home institution's policies on concurrent enrollment (taking classes two different institutions during the same term). This may impact financial aid, transfer credit, and/or student status at your home institution.


Visiting students must apply to Texas Tech University through the Texas Common Application and are required to submit transcripts from all former higher education institutions.

Visiting students must apply to Texas Tech University through the Texas Common Application (ApplyTexas) and are required to submit transcripts from all former institutions of higher education.

1. Visit depts.ttu.edu/admissions/admissions-finaid/returning_other/nondegree/ and follow the steps to complete the Visiting student application on the Apply Texas website. For more information, email admissions@ttu.edu.

*Make certain that you apply as a Visiting student!*

2. Send official transcripts from previous institutions to:

Undergraduate Admissions

Texas Tech University Box 45005

Lubbock, TX 79409-5005

*To transfer credit to Texas Tech, you will need to send your most recent, official transcripts.*

3. Pay the application fee. Your application will not be processed until you have paid this fee.

4. Watch your personal email.  Following your acceptance, you will receive an email from Admissions about next steps. The email will contain instructions requiring you to return to this website and complete the steps under the "Advising Information" portion.


Advising Information

The 7 Questions

1) What is your R number (Texas Tech Student ID)? If you don’t know it, please provide your full name and birth date so we can find you in the system.

2) Are you currently attending school somewhere else? If so, where and what are you studying?

3) Will you be taking courses at Texas Tech and another school at the same time?

4) Please list the course(s) that you are seeking to take at Texas Tech. IMPORTANT: include academic semester for each.

5) What goal do these courses help you to reach? (i.e. professional or graduate program, enrichment, preparation for application to a new program, graduation elsewhere)

6) Have you thoroughly reviewed all of the relevant information available at advising.ttu.edu/visiting?

7) Do you have any questions that our academic advisors can help you with?

Send your answers to advising@ttu.edu

How to Activate Your TTU Email

Per TTU policy, any important correspondence from Texas Tech University will automatically be sent to your TTU email. This includes emails from professors and advisors. Please check this email daily.

To set up your TTU email, contact TTU IT at (806) 742-HELP. You can also visit http://www.ttu.edu/it4students/email.php for assistance.

Registration Process

Once the advisor verifies your enrollment and your academic plans, they will enable your registration by issuing an electronic 'time ticket.' You will then be directed to register online through Raiderlink. Helpful videos available at www.youtube.com/user/ttuadvising.

Maximum Course Load

Per University practice, Visiting students (including those taking courses at an international TTU location) will be allowed to enroll in a maximum of 18 hours per term.

Texas Success Initiative

By state law, all students are subject to applicable TSI rules (TAC Title 19, Part 1, Chapter 4, Subchapter C). More information on the Texas Success Initiative at Texas Tech is available at https://www.depts.ttu.edu/registrar/tsi/.

Add/Drop Policy

Visiting students will be subject to the policies and relevant dates (add, drop, withdrawal, and payment) of the appropriate University Catalog. Before you enroll, please note that these dates are binding and are interpreted firmly, which will impact a possible tuition refund if you choose to drop a course.

Important Notes

1. Our team processes emails in the order they are received.  Following up repeatedly will only slow response time.

2. TTUA is unable to guarantee that seats (in person OR online) will be available at the time of registration.

3. Registration is affected by processing of admissions and holds.

4. Degree-seeking students are able to enroll prior to open registration for visiting students, which could impact the availability of courses.

5. International students applying for undergraduate Visiting admission must be concurrently enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution.

6. Visiting students are not eligible for federal financial aid, as funds are only available for degree-seeking students. For more information, please visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/financialaid/ or email sbs@ttu.edu.

7. Visiting students are limited to enrollment in two consecutive long semesters. (Example: spring + summer.)   Those who wish to continue must reapply to Texas Tech University as a Visiting student. (see Apply! under “Next Steps” above) Students will only pay the application fee the first time they apply as a Visiting student, unless student exchange agreements between Texas Tech University and other institutions contain different provisions regarding credit hours and reapplication.

8. Although advising interactions should facilitate the selection of courses that will apply to Texas Tech degrees, this is no guarantee that courses taken as a Visiting student will apply toward a degree program selected after the fact. 

Frequently Asked Questions

• I have a hold!

Registration holds are placed on students' accounts each semester per University Advising policy. If you are a new Visiting student and have sent in the 7 questions, your holds will be removed when you are processed. If this is NOT your first term as a Visiting student, please contact advising@ttu.edu for assistance. Please make sure to include your name, R#, and a brief explanation.

•How do I set up my TTU account??

An activation code is needed to set-up your TTU email. You will need to contact TTU IT for an activation code at (806) 742-HELP. Follow this link for assistance (set up TTU email).

•  I love Texas Tech; how do I become a full-time student here??

Visiting students frequently enjoy being a Red Raider so much that they wish to extend there time here and many decide to pursue a degree from Texas Tech University. To do this they must apply as degree-seeking students and meet all applicable admission criteria. There are different criteria for the different student types, so please select the option that is right for you!

• How do I apply??

Complete Visiting student application on the Apply Texas web site. Once you have set up your Apply Texas account, complete the Texas Tech Visiting application. The complete application process is detailed on the TTU Admissions web site.

•What if I’m a visiting graduate student?

Contact the TTU Graduate School: Admin Building 328, 806.742.2787, or info.gradschool@ttu.edu


Have more questions?  Let us know!  Email advising@ttu.edu or call us at 806-742-2189.



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