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I've been admitted – now what?

Now that you are a new graduate student at Texas Tech!

The Graduate School at Texas Tech University is proud to welcome you into our select group of scholars! Listed below is information that will help you as you begin your journey with us.

CURRENT PROCESS for Submitting Official Documents in Person to Grad School Office due to COVID-19

Due to the rising COVID-19 cases in the Lubbock area, we have decided to keep minimal staff in the Graduate School office.

If you come in-person to the Graduate School Office to provide your official documents to remove a hold, there will be a sign instructing you to complete a form, clip your original documents to the form, and place both inside a provided envelope.

We will notify you within 2 weeks when you can come to pick up your documents. We hope this situation changes soon so that we can meet you in person and provide more face-to-face service, but for now, in order to keep everyone safe, this will be our current process.

Requirement for Submitting Official Documents

All documents that were submitted with a student's application are considered unofficial, even if the student uploaded a copy of an official transcript to their application portal.

Once admitted, all students are required to submit the following by the twelfth (12th) class day of the term to which they were admitted:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting universities or institutions, as well as any institution(s) where post-bachelor credit was received 
  • Official test scores (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, etc.) sent directly from the testing agency
  • If the student received a degree or degrees from a foreign university or institution, they are required to submit their official diplomas or degree certificates in addition to their official transcripts

Official documents can be provided in the following ways:

  • Mailed using the below address based on the method of shipment you use. This can be from you or the institution.
  • Electronically directly from the institution if available-see below for options
  • Brought in to our office directly by you. You will meet with an evaluator in order for your documents to be reviewed and holds lifted. If you have foreign official credentials, the evaluator will make an official copy for our records and return the official documents to you during your office visit. This method is preferred for students with foreign credentials as many times this is the only original document that has been provided to you by your institution.

Please use the addresses listed below for whatever method of shipment you chose to send your materials:


Physical Mailing Address
(Express Mail Only)
Texas Tech University
Office of Graduate Admissions
2625 Memorial Circle
Administration 328
Lubbock, TX 79409-1030

Postal Mailing Address
(US Postal Service regular airmail)
Texas Tech University Office of Graduate Admissions
Box 41030 Lubbock, TX 79409-1030


Electronic Transcripts


Several US institutions offer electronic delivery of official transcripts. If your institution offers such a service, we encourage you to use it, as electronic transcripts typically arrive much sooner than those sent via regular airmail. For schools that use ANSI/ASC X12-formatted electronic transcripts, you should only have to indicate that you wish to send your transcripts to Texas Tech University; these types of transcripts are delivered directly to the TTU Registrar's office and uploaded into your file in our secure digital filing system. For institutions using a secure electronic transcript delivery service (such as the National Student Clearinghouse, e-Scrip Safe, or Parchment), please make sure that those are sent to graduate.admissions@ttu.edu rather than your prospective department.


Mailing Your Official Documents

If you are a distance student, you may not be able to provide these official documents in person or have official copies sent to our office. If not, you have two options:

1. Send your original transcripts/diplomas (and translations, if needed) to us via EXPRESS MAIL. Express mail delivery is recommended because it allows you to track your package. If you opt to mail your official documents to us and want us to return them to you, you must provide a PRE-PAID return label bought at your expense. You may only ship your official documents to the Graduate School through FedEx, UPS, USPS Priority, or DHL.

In addition to the return label and your official documents, you must also include a letter in the packet which states that these are the original documents and ask us to make an exact copy for our files and return the originals to you when we are done.

Texas Tech Graduate School WILL NOT be responsible for paying for shipping official documents to and from the student.

OR (Second option for International credentials ONLY)

2. Many, but not all, EducationUSA advising centers offer credential verification services. The advising center must provide a Standard or a Comprehensive level of service. If a center close to you offers such a service, you are welcome to use it. You would need to have the original language/translation stamped for the transcript and diploma and have a letter or memo attached to it from EducationUSA to meet our "Official" requirement.



Obtaining Official Translations

If your transcripts and degree certificates or diplomas are not in English, you are required to submit an official English translation in addition to your documents in the original language. Notary-signed copies are not considered official translations.

If you need to obtain official translations, here are some options:

RushTranslate Certified Translation Services -- Certified Translations Only

ImmiTranslate USCIS Certified Translations -- USCIS Certified Translations Only

DayTranslations -- USCIS Certified Translations Only

Tomedes Translations -- USCIS Translations Only

If you wish to use your own translator, they must be a member of the American Translators Association.

Immunization Requirements

Every student must meet the university's immunization requirements before they will be able to enroll in classes.

For more information on the immunization requirements, please visit the Immunization Requirements for New Students page on the Student Health Service website. 

The following ways you can submit your immunization records to Student Health Services.

Submit your records online 
By Fax | 806.743.2122
By Mail | Student Wellness Center 1003 Flint Ave. Lubbock, TX 79409
In Person at the Student Wellness Center 1003 Flint Ave. Lubbock, TX 79409

PLEASE NOTE: WRITE YOUR NAME, TEXAS TECH "R" NUMBER, DATE OF BIRTH AND THE SEMESTER YOU ARE ENTERING TEXAS TECH (eg FALL 2020) ON YOUR SHOT RECORD BEFORE SUBMITTING IT.

Registration

Visit with your advisor to determine what courses to take. Course schedules are available in the Raiderlink portal: http://portal.texastech.edu on the "MyTech" tab.

Tuition & Fee Payment Responsibility

Your tuition bill will be available in Raiderlink after you register for classes and your bill has been generated by Student Business Services. The preferred method of payment is eBill, and you can pay with electronic bank transfer, credit card, or debit card through eBill. International students can also make payments through peerTransfer. Visit the Student Business Services website: www.sbs.ttu.edu for more information.


FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL STUDENTS

All students should be prepared financially to cover any billed expenses. Please note that tuition, fees, living expenses, and insurance costs change from year to year.


If you have received an assistantship or a GPTI, the monthly payment will NOT happen right away. You will need to communicate with your department regarding the timing of your monthly income. You will be responsible for payment of your tuition and fees after you register for your classes.

We encourage ALL STUDENTS to sign up for the Emergency Payment Plan through Student Business Services once you have registered for classes. This allows you to pay your billed expenses in specified increments, which helps especially if you are waiting for any awarded funding to be applied. Payment of the required amount MUST BE PAID, or you will be dropped from your classes. For more information on payment plans, please visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/studentbusinessservices/payingBill/payOps.php

We also recommend you visit the Tuition Estimator on the Student Business Services website prior to each semester before you register for classes so you will be prepared for the possible costs: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/studentbusinessservices/feeInfo/tuition-estimator.php

Please visit the Graduate School "Funding Your Education" web page for additional financial support options: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/financial/index.php 

If you have already registered for classes and are not able to attend, you will need to officially withdraw from the university by completing the withdrawal form via the Registrar's Office. Information can be found by going to the Registrar's website and clicking on "Withdrawal Information" under the "Current Student" heading in the "Students" tab: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/registrar/.Depending on when you withdraw from the university, you may be responsible for a portion or all of your tuition & fee charges.



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS RECEIVING I-20s


Your I-20 reflects the estimated expenses for your first year ONLY and is based on 18 credit hours (9 hours for each long term). The actual amount of your expenses may be higher or lower than the amount on your I-20. The amount will depend on the specific courses you take and the number of credit hours you register for each term.

If you have received an assistantship or a GPTI, the monthly payment will NOT happen right away. You will need to communicate with your department regarding the timing of your monthly income. You will be responsible for payment of your tuition and fees after you register for your classes. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED you bring enough money with you to cover this cost.

If you have received enough funding to cover all of your expenses on the I-20, even though you did not need to provide proof of financial support, the monthly payment from your assistantship or other employment will NOT happen right away.

Student Identification Card

Once you are registered for classes, you can get your student identification card at the University ID Office, located in the Student Union Building in Room 103.

Housing

University Student Housing has The West Village, apartment-style residence hall offering one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and four-bedroom units. Students over 21 years of age may live in West Village B (West Village Graduate), and students of sophomore or higher classification may live in West Village A (West Village Upperclass). Amenities include washers and dryers in the one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, and limitless laundry lounges with free WiFi for the four-bedroom apartments.

Other off-campus housing information may be found at http://www.lubbockhospitality.net/apartments or at http://www.lubbockapartments.com.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Domestic graduate students in degree-seeking programs may be eligible for federal/state financial aid. Please contact the Student Financial Aid office, located in West Hall Room 310, for more information. They may be reached by telephone at (806) 742-3681, and their website is located here: www.financialaid.ttu.edu.

The Graduate School awards several scholarships and fellowships. Applications are available online here.

Additionally, we encourage you to contact your academic department for information about teaching/research assistantships and scholarships if you have not already done so.

Parking & Transportation

If you plan to park on campus, you will need to purchase a parking permit from University Parking Services, located in the Administrative Support Center in Room 145. They may be reached by telephone at (806) 742-3811, and their website is located here: www.parking.ttu.edu.

On-campus bus service is provided by Citibus, Lubbock's public bus system. These buses stop at several locations on both the university campus and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's campus. Additionally, students with valid student ID cards are able to ride Citibus off-campus for free. For additional information on Citibus services and routes, please call (806) 742-2000 or visit their website here: www.citibus.com.

Graduate Center

The Graduate Center is a facility dedicated to Texas Tech Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows. The Graduate Center is host to numerous academic support services and facilities that include a computer lab, meeting space, quiet study areas, and a dining facility. Access the Graduate Center with your Texas Tech ID or the Mobile ID app on your Android or iOS device. 

Graduate Writing Center

The Graduate Writing Center (GWC) is dedicated to developing graduate students' and postdoctoral fellows' writing and research skills. The GWC brings together scholars with disparate backgrounds, interests, and talents in order to foster the effective communication skills and spirit of intellectual inquiry that are central to graduate study.

International Student Life

The Texas Tech International Student Life unit plans activities for international students and coordinates with other offices on campus to provide services to all international students. See their web page for more information on their services, student organizations, student events and programs, FAQs, and more.

Currently Enrolled Graduate Student Information/Forms

For important information and forms for currently enrolled graduate students, please visit the Graduate School's Enrollment Services website here.

Helpful Contacts/Links

Office of Graduate Admissions

328 Administration (806) 742-2787 | www.gradschool.ttu.edu | mailto:graduate.admissions@ttu.edu

Student Business Services

163 Drane Hall | (806) 742-3272 | www.sbs.ttu.edu

TTU Campus Map

www.ttu.edu/map

Lubbock City Map

Lubbock Google Map

Lubbock Chamber of Commerce

1500 Broadway, 6th Floor, Lubbock, TX 79401 | 806-747-5232 | www.lubbockchamber.com

Lubbock City Guide

www.lubbockhospitality.com

Frequently Asked Questions for Admitted Students

I am an online international student and need to provide official documents to the Grad School. Where can I find more information?

Regarding Official Documents

You will be required to submit all final, official copies of all your academic transcripts and diplomas (in the original language and an official English translation), plus official test scores sent directly from the testing agency.

You must submit these documents by the twelfth (12th) class day of the term to which you were admitted. Graduate Admissions is located in the Administration building in room 327. The phone number is 806-742-2781.

If you are an online or distance student, you may not be able to provide these official documents in person. If not, you have two options:


1. Send your original transcripts/diplomas (and translations, if needed) to us via EXPRESS MAIL. Express mail delivery is recommended because it allows you to track your package. If you opt to mail your official documents to us and want us to return them to you, you must provide a PRE-PAID return label bought at your expense. You may only ship your official documents to the Graduate School through FedEx, UPS, USPS Priority, or DHL. 

In addition to the return label and your official documents, you must also include a letter in the packet which states that these are the original documents and ask us to make an exact copy for our files and return the originals to you when we are done.

Texas Tech Graduate School WILL NOT be responsible for paying for shipping official documents to and from the student.

OR

2. Many, but not all, EducationUSA advising centers offer credential verification services. The advising center must provide a Standard or a Comprehensive level of service. If a center close to you offers such a service, you are welcome to use it. You would need to have the original language/translation stamped for the transcript and diploma and have a letter or memo attached to it from EducationUSA to meet our "Official" requirement.

Translation Information

If your transcripts and degree certificates or diplomas are not in English, you are required to submit an official English translation in addition to your documents in the original language. Notary-signed copies are not considered official translations.

If you need to obtain official translations, here are some options:

RushTranslate Certified Translation Services -- Certified Translations Only

ImmiTranslate USCIS Certified Translations -- USCIS Certified Translations Only

DayTranslations -- USCIS Certified Translations Only

Tomedes Translations -- USCIS Translations Only

If you wish to use your own translator, they must be a member of the American Translators Association.

I have international credentials from Iran. What are the official transcript and diploma document requirements for me?

For our students with credentials from Iran: All supporting documents must be academic records issued in Farsi/Persian unless the language of the original/official transcript or diploma is English. In addition to your academic records in Farsi/Persian, we must have official English translations. English translations should be stamped and approved by the Ministry of Justice of Iran or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

After you are admitted, your original and official final Farsi documents with official English translations are due by the 12th class day.  

Please note that the documents stamped and approved by the Ministry of Justice of Iran or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are NOT considered official academic records and will only be accepted as official English translations. The translation packets include copies of the Farsi documents, but these copies will not be considered official and will not suffice for your admission requirement. We must see your original Farsi documents.   

I need to provide official English translations for my foreign credentials. What are my options? 

If your transcripts and degree certificates/diplomas are not in English, you are required to submit an official English translation in addition to your documents in the original language. Notary-signed copies are not considered official translations. If you wish to use your own translator, they must be an active member of the American Translators Association and complete a word-for-word translation of your document.

If you need to obtain official translations, here are some options we accept:

I'm arriving to the US from another country to attend on-campus classes. What requirements do I have regarding travel and arriving due to COVID-19?

To reduce the and spread of COVID-19, the CDC issued an order effective January 26, 2021.

This order requires all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country via plane to get tested for COVID-19 infection no more than 3 days before their flight departs. Passengers must provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. For more information on this testing requirement, see the CDC Frequently Asked Questions.

As of January 4, 2021, the CDC recommends that travelers get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home or otherwise self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days. If you don't get tested, it's safest to stay home for 10 days.

What if I decide not to attend the university but I have already registered for classes?

We sincerely would like for you to attend TTU and hope you reconsider deferring your application or re-applying in the future. However, should you need to withdraw from the university, you will need to do so officially by logging into your student dashboard and completing the withdrawal form request.

If you have registered for classes and have NOT officially withdrawn from the university, you may be financially responsible for the costs of your courses. You also might be graded on a course that you did not attend. It is critical that you withdraw from the university officially.