Incoming First Year 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. 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 see below.
06.18.2020: As the College Board and ACT navigate the complications created by the COVID-19 virus pandemic, testing may be limited for the foreseeable future. Because of this, prospective applicants to the Honors College for spring/fall 2021 will NOT be required to submit an SAT or ACT score. Applicants will have the option within the application to apply test-optional.
Should a student choose to submit test scores, the application reviewer will have the ability to see and consider submitted scores
in addition to high school GPA, school records, essay responses, and recommendation
However, in concordance with the university, the Honors College strongly recommends that, if possible, a student have a standardized test on file before matriculation to TTU, as the absence of test scores may impact a student's eligibility for certain scholarships and for Texas Success Initiative exemption.
We begin rolling reviews on July 1, 2020 with priority consideration* given to applications submitted by December 1, 2020. The earlier you are invited to join the Honors College, the better your chances to take full advantage of the university's opportunities, such as assignments to May and June orientation sessions and Honors housing. Because invitations to join the Honors College are limited, some students will be placed on a waitlist and may be invited to join at a later date. All waitlist applicants will be notified of final decisions by June 1, 2021.
July 1 | Application opens for all students: high school seniors, current TTU students, and
*See Scholarships for Honors Incoming First Year Students
Eligibility & Requirements
Honors College applications are evaluated as a portfolio, meaning the reviewer will consider the following components before issuing a decision:
-Test scores (SAT/ACT) and class rank*
*While there are no minimum SAT or ACT scores required to apply, we recommend that applicants score a minimum of 1360 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT, and graduate in the top 10% of their high school class. However, these serve only as benchmarks and prospective students should not consider scores or class rank to be a barrier in their decision to apply.
For information on our test-optional alternative for the Spring/Fall 2021 admissions cycle due to COVID-19 complications, please see our note at the top of this webpage.
How to Apply
You may apply to the Honors College before you are accepted to the university; however,
a decision on your Honors application will not be finalized 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.
When applying, 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.
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:
*Application fees are updated manually. Your application fee will be processed and
updated within 48 hours of submission.
How can I see what is missing on my application?
When can I expect to hear back?
I have not heard back and it has been 3-4 weeks. What should I do?
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
I have been invited to join the Honors College. What should I do next?
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 May 1, 2021. After that date, the student's space may be offered to a waitlisted student.
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.
I have been waitlisted. What does this mean and what can I expect?
Why was I waitlisted?
When can I expect to hear back about a final decision?
Where am I on the waitlist?
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.
Paged updated: 07.01.2020