Texas Tech University

Current TTU Applicants 
& Transfer Applicants


The application for the 2023 Academic Year is now open.


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.

Important Dates

July 1 | Application opens for all students: high school seniors, current TTU students, and transfer students.
October 1 | Application for Spring Term closes (for current & transfer applications only).
January 1 | Invited Spring Term applicants must accept or decline a space in the Honors College.
March 1 | Application for fall term closes for all students.
May 1 | Invited Fall Term applicants must accept or decline a space in the Honors College.
June 1 | Final notifications for waitlisted students.

Eligibility & Requirements

Honors College applications are evaluated as a portfolio, meaning the reviewer will consider the following components before issuing a decision:

-College-level GPA*
-Student short and long essay responses
-Recommendation responses
-Ability to complete the Honors course requirements before graduation**

*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.
**See Honors Course Requirements for more information.

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 to TTU.

Apply to Texas Tech University

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.

Apply to the Honors College

Before beginning an application, please check your eligibility at Eligibility & Requirements and Honors Course Requirements.

  • When beginning an Honors application, you will select your student type. Please use the following as a guide:

    -Students currently enrolled in high school should select First Semester College Student, Entering TTU.
    -Students currently enrolled in college coursework at Texas Tech University should select Currently Enrolled at Texas Tech University.
    -Students currently attending another university, but who have graduated from high school, should select Transferring from another college or university.
  • The only application term available on the Honors application is "Fall 2023". If you are applying to the Spring 2023 semester, your application term will be updated manually by our office if your application is received by the Spring Term deadline of 11:59 PM on October 1, 2022.
  • An application to the Honors College cannot be reviewed until it has been marked “complete”. Students are notified by email when their application is completed and ready to be reviewed. Completed applications are those that meet the following criteria:

o   Shorter and longer essay responses are completed.

o   $35 non-refundable application fee is paid.*

o   Online application has been submitted.**

o   Student is admitted to Texas Tech University.

o   Two electronic recommendation responses are received.

*Application fees are updated manually. Your application fee will be processed and updated within 48 hours of submission.
**Once you save and submit your application, you will be redirected to the payment screen. After entering your payment information, you will then be asked to confirm your application submission. This final screen is confirmation that your application has been submitted.


How can I see what is missing on my application?
If your application has been submitted, you can access a checklist which will show you what items are missing from your application. To view the checklist, log in to the application website and select your Honors College application.

When can I expect to hear back?
You should receive a decision letter by email within 3-4 weeks from the date of completion. Students are notified by email when their application is complete.

I have not heard back and it has been 3-4 weeks. What should I do?
Please send your name, R# (if possible), and inquiry to Honors.Admissions@ttu.edu, and the Admissions Coordinator will check on your application status.

Recommendations & Recommenders

Where do I send my recommendation letters?
Applicants will list the names and e-mail addresses of two academic or teacher recommenders in the online application. We do not accept hard copies or traditional letters of recommendation. Instead, recommenders will receive an email with a link to complete the Honors College's online recommendation form.

Whom should I choose for my recommenders?
We highly recommend that you select individuals who can attest to your aptitude in the classroom, such as a teacher, professor, and/or a high school counselor. The electronic recommendation form is structured to identify your academic strengths, so please keep this in mind when selecting your two recommenders.

May I have more than two recommenders?
No. We only allow two recommendations per application.

May I change my recommender if I have already submitted my application?
To change your recommender, please email Honors.Admissions@ttu.edu with the following information: your name, the name of the recommender who will be removed, and the name and e-mail address of your new recommender.

My recommender did not receive the link to the recommendation form. How do I resend the link?
Please email Honors.Admissions@ttu.edu with your name and the name of the recommender who did not receive the link to the recommendation form.

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”:
-18 hours of lower/upper-level Honors coursework
-3 hours of a designated Honors Seminar
-4 hours of a designated Honors Summit
Total hours: 24

To graduate “with Highest Honors from the Honors College”:
-18 hours of lower/upper-level Honors coursework
-3 hours of a designated Honors Seminar
-4 hours of a designated Honors Summit
-6 hours of Honors thesis coursework
Total hours: 30

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.

Acceptance Information

For current TTU students:

  • Sign and return your Honors contract (see Honors Contract below).
  • Email Honors@ttu.edu for information on Spring/Fall Term Honors College advising.

 For transfer students:

  • Sign and return your Honors contract (see Honors Contract below.
  • Register for the earliest Red Raider Orientation possible to ensure better access to TTU and Honors College courses (see Red Raider Orientation below).
  • Select your dormitory (see Housing below).
  • Check your University Admitted Student Tasklist (see Admitted Student Tasklist below).

Honors Contract

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 1st for students entering the Spring 2023 term.
Contract decisions are due by 5:00 PM on May 1st for students entering the Fall 2023 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.

Housing exemption information for current and transfer students.

Questions related to housing should be directed to University Housing at (806)742.2661 or Housing@ttu.edu.

Honors Hall

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.

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Pictures provided by University Housing.

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.

o   A student must be accepted to TTU before they are able to select a dormitory room and dining plan.

o   Students are not able to select the Honors Hall until they have been invited to join the Honors College.

o   Waitlisted students are encouraged to select an alternate dorm option. If invited to join the Honors College at a later date, waitlisted students can then select the Honors Hall, depending availability.

Admitted Student Tasklist

Please see Texas Tech University Admitted Student Tasklist for more information.

Waitlist Information

Why was I waitlisted?
Applicants must have a college-level GPA of at least 3.5 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 upcoming term are released.

When can I expect to hear back about a final decision?
If you are a currently enrolled TTU student, you will be notified within 1-2 weeks of final grades posting.

Transfer students must submit their transcripts to Texas Tech. Once processed and the student's record is updated, the application can then be re-reviewed.



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