Texas Tech University

International Admission Requirements and Steps

Apply as an International First-Time Student

You will apply as an International First-Time Student if:

  • You are NOT a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident (pending or approved)
  • You have not attended college after graduation from secondary school with 12 or more credit hours

Apply Now: (You may select any of the applications below to begin your Red Raider journey!  Only one application is needed per student.)

Admission Requirements for International Undergraduate First-Time Students:

  • Create an international undergraduate student account for uploading unofficial documentation and checking application status (www.raiderconnect.ttu.edu).  Unofficial documentation can be used for evaluation purposes only. For admission, students are required to submit official documentation before the start of their first semester.
  • Submit an International First-Time Student application through one of the following:
  • Pay a $75 non-refundable application fee. We are unable to accept fee waivers.
  • Official documentation may be submitted by your institution's counselor directly to the TTU Counselor Portal. Students can request this process by having their school counselor contact our office (international.admissions@ttu.edu) for access to the portal. Institution officials/counselors should provide official high school transcript(s) in original language and certified English translations for all secondary school levels showing GPA and class rank. Applicants that provide a transcript without a rank will have a rank assigned in accordance with Texas Senate Bill 1543.
  • Submit proof of English proficiency directly from the testing agency to TTU.
  • Students are encouraged to submit SAT or ACT scores directly from the testing agency to TTU.  These test scores are required for merit scholarship consideration and for admission into some restricted majors.
    • SAT: TTU Code: 6859
    • ACT: TTU Code: 4220
  • Students are required to submit official transcripts from all institutions attended. Falsification or omission of information during the application/admission process may result in denial of admission to the university or admission being rescinded.
  • If admitted, students will receive additional information concerning I-2o documentation requirements.

Apply as an International Transfer Student

  • You are NOT a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident (pending or approved)
  • You have attended an accredited or recognized College or University (post-secondary institution) after graduation from high school (secondary)

Apply Now: (You may select any of the applications below to begin your Red Raider journey! Only one application is needed per student.)

Admission Requirements for International Transfer Students:

  • Create an international undergraduate student account for uploading unofficial documentation and checking application status (www.raiderconnect.ttu.edu). Unofficial documentation can be used for evaluation purposes only. For admission, students are required to submit official documentation before the start of their first semester.
  • Submit an International Transfer Student application through one of the following:
  • Pay a $75 non-refundable application fee. We are unable to accept fee waivers.
  • Provide official college transcript(s) in original language and certified English translations from all institutions in which the applicant has been or is currently enrolled. Official documentation may be submitted by your institution's counselor directly to the TTU Counselor Portal. Students can request this process by having their school counselor contact our office (international.admissions@ttu.edu) for access to the portal.
  • Submit documentation showing completion of high school (secondary school) through transcripts, diploma, exit examinations, etc. Official documentation may be submitted by your institution's counselor directly to the TTU Counselor Portal. Students can request this process by having their school counselor contact our office (international.admissions@ttu.edu) for access to the portal.
  • Submit proof of English proficiency from the testing agency (or through coursework shown on University/College transcript) directly to TTU.
  • Students are required to submit official transcripts from all institutions attended. Falsification or omission of information during the application/admission process may result in denial of admission to the university or admission being rescinded.
  • If admitted, students will receive additional information concerning I-2o documentation requirements as an international transfer student to TTU.

Test Optional Policy

Texas Tech University has enacted a test optional admission policy for students applying for the Fall 2021 term. This policy allows students the option to apply without consideration of SAT or ACT scores. At the time of application, students will share their plans regarding the submission or consideration of SAT or ACT as part of their application. Students selecting this option will have their application and supplemental information evaluated in a holistic manner. In lieu of these test scores, students are encouraged to submit additional material (detailed in the Supplemental Application Items below) that they feel best highlights their skills, talents, and potential contributions to Texas Tech.

Supplemental Application Items

  • Essays using prompts from ApplyTexas or Common App
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation
  • College Transcripts for Dual Credit, AP Exams
  • IB, Exit Exams, any other test scores or certificates
  • Resume

Evaluation for Admission

If a student wishes to be evaluated under the test optional policy, their application and supplemental information will be evaluated holistically in the following manner:

  • Some applicants may feel the SAT or ACT does not fully reflect their academic performance. These students are strongly encouraged to submit additional documentation that would reflect the items listed above.
  • If a student previously supplied a test score prior to submitting the application and chooses on the application to be reviewed test optional, the test score will not be visible to those reviewing the file for admission.
  • A review committee will examine each applicant's file to identify their achievements and the challenges they faced, hoping to identify the way they took advantage of the opportunities presented to them.
  • The file will be evaluated for intellectual curiosity and academic rigor, demonstrated leadership and problem-solving ability, contributions to community, socioeconomic background and family responsibilities, special talents and awards, and diversity of experience and background.
  • After the holistic review, a decision will be rendered by the review committee for test optional students.
  • If a student was evaluated test optional and denied, the student may choose to submit a test score and request a re-evaluation with the score being considered. Students should contact their International Undergraduate Admissions counselor for information.

Test Optional: Scholarship Consideration

Texas Tech University is proud to offer a high quality education at an affordable cost. TTU continues to be recognized as a best value university for your return on investment. Students who apply test-optional will be evaluated holistically for merit scholarships.

While students may be test optional for admissions, students still have the opportunity to submit test scores for scholarship consideration. We will continue to monitor the ability of SAT and ACT to administer their exams, which can be used for merit scholarship consideration but not always required for competitive-based scholarships. Students are able to submit scores until June 1 of their senior year to qualify for merit scholarships. After that, merit scholarships are available based on availability of funding. Students are considered for competitive-based scholarships with their application for admission.

This policy has been approved by the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents (May 2020).


International Undergraduate Admissions Counseling

Visit with our International Undergraduate Admissions Counseling team and schedule a virtual appointment.


Pre-Transfer Advising for International Student

For additional information regarding transfer advising, please contact International Undergraduate Admissions in the Office of International Affairs @ 806-742-3667.

Apply as an International Graduate Student

Students who have already earned a bachelor's degree and wish to continue their education at the Master's or Doctoral level should apply for admission through the Office of Graduate Admissions.


Conditional Admissions for International Undergraduate Students

Conditional Admission for English Proficiency

Texas Tech partners with ELS Education Services to provide conditional admission to undergraduate applicants and graduate applicants to select programs who are academically qualified but do not meet our English language proficiency requirements. Please send inquires to internationals@ttu.edu using the subject “Conditional Admission”.

Prospective international students who meet the minimum academic requirements for admission consideration except for proof of English proficiency may apply for conditional admission through ELS University Admissions (www.els.edu). International undergraduate students admitted conditionally must complete Level 112 of ELS English for Academic Purposes program before beginning an academic program at Texas Tech University. An official copy of the ELS transcript and certificate of completion must be submitted before registration for Texas Tech coursework will be allowed.


English Language Proficiency– Requirements and Waivers


Re-Evaluation

International undergraduate applicants who are not admitted to the university can request re-evaluation once per application term. The following is a list of reasons why students may be denied admission:

Reasons for admission denial:

  • Cumulative GPA below requirements
  • Transferable credit hours below requirements
  • Lack of English Proficiency

The request for re-evaluation can be submitted once per semester through the TTU international student portal. One of the following items are required in order to submit a re-evaluation request:

First Time Freshmen Applicants

  • Official score report with increase in test scores
  • Official transcript with increase in class rank and GPA

Transfer Applicants

  • Updated (official) college transcript with additional coursework indicating increase in GPA and/or transferrable credit hours