Texas Tech University

Compass Program

What is the Compass Program?

The Compass Program is designed to introduce academically gifted, intellectually curious, mature, and responsible high school students to the college curriculum at Texas Tech University. Selected high school candidates will be invited to enroll in Texas Tech University courses and to engage with college-level coursework, to be mentored by TTU faculty, and to experience the university while still enrolled in high school.

  • There will be a limit of one class per semester and the student must earn a grade of C or better before being considered for renewal. Pre-requisites for each course must be met before enrollment in TTU courses.
  • Compass Program students may not enroll in remedial (zero-level) coursework offered by colleges and universities that are designed to remediate high school deficiencies.
  • In special cases of evidenced extraordinarily high academic, intellectual, or artistic achievement, some Compass Program students may be invited to enroll in Honors sections of courses. These decisions will be reserved for the dean of the Honors College.

Compass Program Admissions Requirements

High School Juniors and Seniors

  • Revised SAT score of 1360 or higher.
  • 3.6 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Affidavit by high school counselor that student is ready to engage in college-level work.

High School Sophomores

  • Must score in the 90th percentile or above on the PSAT 8/9.
  • 3.6 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Affidavit by high school counselor that student is ready to engage in college-level work.

How to Apply

LINK TO ONLINE APPLICATION THAT WILL INCLUDE: short essay, 2 academic letters of recommendation, official transcript, affidavit from high school counselor, test scores.

Application Process

First, apply to Texas Tech University using the application link at Undergraduate Admissions Compass Program.

Once the applications are reviewed, students will be contacted for an in-person interview by the Honors College.

Students selected for the Compass Program are invited to return to the Honors College for a personal advising session to discuss course options and enrollment.

Compass Program Brochure

Enhanced Experiences

Mentoring Program

Students must participate in a mentoring program through the Honors College while taking courses at the university.

Additional Opportunities

Students are encouraged to participate in the Honors College Book Club and Lunch Discussion. See Honors College Website for details.


Please send your questions to the Honors College.