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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.

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

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

Your tuition bill is available in Raiderlink. 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.

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, and 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.

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

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

More Information

We are continuously updating our web pages with more information as we update current processes to better serve our students. Please check back for information frequently.

Online International Student 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

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