Texas Tech University

Freshman National Merit Scholars


National Merit Semifinalist

Students named as semifinalist are encouraged to follow the directions set by the National Merit Corporation to apply for finalist standing. Additionally, we encourage you to make contact with Texas Tech University to begin a dialogue of your options as a student including your academic and extracurricular aspirations. We hope you'll plan to visit campus as soon as possible. To schedule your visit, please contact Jessica Cravens at the information found below.

Requirements and Instructions for Semifinalists

National Merit Finalist

Students that reach finalist standing will be notified in February by the National Merit Corporation. Qualifying students that designate Texas Tech University as their first choice institution are eligible to receive 100% of federally approved cost of attendance including tuition, fees, room, board, books, transportation and a personal/miscellaneous allowance. National merit awards are funded by a combination of federal, state and institutional gift aid funds including Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Opportunity Educational Grant, TEXAS Grant, Texas Public Education Grant, Texas Tech Grant and scholarships.

Qualifying students should make the designation no later than the deadline designated by the National Merit Corporation to maximize eligibility. Students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information or with questions.


Students that qualify for participation in this program will be eligible for 4 years of undergraduate studies. Students should enroll in 30 TTU hours per academic year (checked in May) and maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Non-resident Students

National Merit Finalists who select Texas Tech University and are not residents of the State of Texas, also qualify for Texas Tech's National Merit Scholars Program.

Campus Visits

One of the most important steps in the college selection process is to take a tour of the college or university of interest. We're happy to arrange personalized campus visit experiences for National Merit Semifinalists and National Merit Finalists upon request. Contact Jessica Cravens to plan your visit!

Jessica Cravens, National Merit Program Coordinator

Additional Consideration for National Merit Scholars

Frequently Asked Questions