Current TTU & Transfer Applicants
[IMPORTANT UPDATE 2.26.2021]
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Students currently enrolled, or soon enrolling, in courses at Texas Tech and students transferring from another university or college are invited to apply to the Honors College. The Honors College utilizes a holistic review process in which all application materials are considered before a decision is awarded. For more information about eligibility and requirements, please refer to our webpage links.
Note for transfer applicants: Application to the Honors College is made separately from application to Texas Tech University. Students may apply to the university and Honors College simultaneously, but a decision will not be made on a student's Honors College application until the student has been admitted to Texas Tech University.
July 1 | Application opens for all students: high school seniors, current TTU students, and
Eligibility & Requirements
Honors College applications are evaluated as a portfolio, meaning the reviewer will consider the following components before issuing a decision:
*Applicants must have a college-level GPA of at least 3.50 to apply. Applicants without
a college-level GPA, such as students in their first semester of college, may still
apply but will be waitlisted until final grades for the in-progress term are released.
How to Apply
Transfer applicants: You may apply to the Honors College before you are accepted to the university; however,
a decision on your Honors application will not be given until you have been accepted
Note: When choosing a major, prospective students may select any major at Texas Tech University.
Interested students may also select the in-house Honors College major, Honors Science & the Humanities (HSH), on ApplyTexas or CommonApp, but they need not major in HSH in order to apply to
the Honors College. Selecting the HSH major does not guarantee admission to the Honors
College. For more information about Honors Sciences & the Humanities, contact Honors@ttu.edu.
*Application fees are updated manually. Your application fee will be processed and
updated within 48 hours of submission.
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Recommendations & Recommenders
Where do I send my recommendation letters?
Whom should I choose for my recommenders?
May I have more than two recommenders?
May I change my recommender if I have already submitted my application?
My recommender did not receive the link to the recommendation form. How do I resend
Honors Course Requirements
To complete the Honors College's requirements and earn the Honors designation on your diploma and transcript, Honors students must be admitted to the Honors College, be in good standing with the College in their semester of graduation, and complete the following requirements for with a grade of B- or better by the time of graduation for one of the following designations:
To graduate “with Honors from the Honors College”:
To graduate “with Highest Honors from the Honors College”:
Course information for applicants:
Honors students are required to complete 24-30 hours of Honors credits (above). To be considered for admission, applicants must have at least 4-6 consistently-offered Honors course options and be far enough away from graduation that completion of those 24 hours is possible.
To gauge your ability to complete the Honors requirements, we recommend using DegreeWorks to compare your remaining core, major, and minor requirements with our list of past and current Honors courses. If you need additional help, or have questions about courses, contact Honors.Admissions@ttu.edu.
Many students apply with the hope of taking Honors hard-science courses, such as CHEM and BIOL. These courses are in high demand by many Honors students, and space in these sections is limited. Consequently, hard-science courses should not be relied upon as a student's only Honors course options.
For current TTU students:
For transfer students:
Your Honors College contract is a form that indicates your understanding of the College's requirements and conveys your invitation decision to us. Students may accept, decline, or defer a space in the Honors College via the online form. The link to a student's online form is included in the FIRST paragraph of the emailed invitation letter.
Contract decisions are due by 5:00 PM on January 1, 2021 for students entering the Spring 2021 term.
Red Raider Orientation
All newly admitted students must register for and complete Red Raider Orientation. The Honors College hosts an Honors Welcome at each orientation session, so you may select your preferred date but please note that the earlier your orientation session, the better your access to both university and Honors College courses. Honors students are not given priority registration during orientation, but will have priority registration during their first semester at Texas Tech.
Priority Room Selection is the system University Housing uses to guide students through the process of choosing their bed space and dining plan. It allows you to select a space in a particular dormitory and hall, but it does not allow you to select a particular roommate. On-campus housing is in high demand. There is no deadline for signing-up, but all rooms are selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Honors College students are not required to select the Honors Hall and may choose the dormitory of their choice. For more information on the Honors Hall, please see below.
The Honors Hall opened in Fall 2017. A co-ed residence hall, the Honors Hall features pod-style rooms with movable furniture and a study lounge/common area on each floor. Each floor is dedicated to a Texas Tech faculty member and administrator who was essential in the founding and advancement of the Honors College: 1st floor - former Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Jane Winer; 2nd floor - former Dean of the Honors College, Dr. Gary Bell; 3rd floor - former President and Interim Chancellor of Texas Tech University, Dr. Donald Haragan; and 4th floor - former President of Texas Tech University, Dr. Bob Lawless. Each floor corresponds to one of our Honors Houses.
For more information about the Honors Hall, or to tour the facility, please contact Housing at (806)742.2661 or Housing@ttu.edu.
Honors College students have the opportunity to sign-up for an Honors Learning Community space in either the Honors Hall or Murray Hall (reserved for returning students only), pending availability.
Admitted Student Tasklist
Please see Texas Tech University Admitted Student Tasklist for more information.
Why was I waitlisted?
When can I expect to hear back about a final decision?
Due to the high number of inquiries that we receive, we are not able to take phone calls. We apologize for the inconvenience but will answer all emails within two business days and in the order in which they are received.
Page updated: 07.01.2020