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We have a wide range of academic programs for you to explore. Texas Tech is a place where great things are happening inside the classroom and out – where you can play as hard as you study. Whoever you want to become, from here, it's possible.

Required Documents

 

  • ApplyTexas Application (www.applytexas.org)
  • $75 Application Fee or Fee Waiver
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Official SAT and/or *ACT Scores (Test scores sent from the high school are considered official if they are included on the transcript or sent from the school registrar.)

 

If you are completing a domestic admissions application but have international credentials, required documents must be provided in English. If official English translations are not supplied by the applicant's institution(s), the applicant must provide a translation done by an American Translators Association-certified translator. A list of ATA-certified translators is available online here.

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College Board Code (Domestic): 6827
College Board Code (International): 6859

Recommended High School Credentials

Texas Tech University applies consistent admissions standards for all high school applicants. Under the provisions of Texas House Bill 5 (83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session), students with a minimum of a Foundation level of high school diploma are eligible to apply for admission to Texas public institutions for higher education. To this end, Texas Tech University will accept applications for admission from students who have achieved a Foundation level high school diploma.

Texas Tech University recommends that applicants have a minimum of a Distinguished diploma type (or Distinguished with Endorsements) in order to demonstrate the highest level of college preparation and to be the most competitive in the applicant pool.

The recommended curriculum includes:

4 units of English
4 units of Math
4 units of Science
2 units of Foreign Language

Please refer to the Graduation Program Options located here for the complete curriculum of the Distinguished Achievement Program (*DAP).

Assured Admission

You are assured admission if you are graduating from an accredited high school and present the required combination of high school class rank and college entrance test scores indicated below.

Class RankTest Scores* 
 ACTSAT
Top 10%No minimum 
First Quarter
(excluding top 10%)
241180                                        
Second Quarter261260
Third Quarter271290
Fourth QuarterApplication Review 
*ACT composite score; SAT reflects evidence-based reading and writing, and math; The highest section scores from multiple tests on the ACT and SAT will be used to maximize score. Assured admission is granted to all students who hold competitive scholarships awarded by an official Texas Tech University scholarship committee.

Admission Review

We expect students to be academically prepared for success as students at Texas Tech; therefore, we specifically consider academic performance, standardized test scores and educational preparation. Additional information used to evaluate a student's potential for success includes:

Extracurricular activities
Leadership experiences
Civic or other service activities
Socioeconomic background
Family educational background
Special talents or awards
Diversity of experience and background

If you do not meet the assured admission requirements, we strongly encourage you to respond to essay topics A, B and/or C on the ApplyTexas application and submit up to three letters of recommendation. Click here for tips on writing your essay. *ZeeMee profiles are also considered. See details below.

*Transcripts and test scores don't tell the whole story! We want to learn more about you. That's why we've partnered with www.zeemee.com, a free platform where you can share short videos and photos that help us get to know you better. It's easy, fun, and open to all students. Sign up at ZeeMee.com and then simply copy and paste your link into the ApplyTexas application. Submitting a ZeeMee profile is completely optional and evaluation of your admissions application will not be delayed as long as all materials are received by the stated deadlines.

Decisions

Although applications will be accepted beginning July 1, initial decision letters will be released in mid-September. Decisions beyond this time usually take 2-4 weeks.

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Special Requirements by College

Some academic colleges and departments at Texas Tech only accept students who meet assured admission requirements:

Arts & Sciences - Biology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Microbiology
Human Sciences – Interior Design
Rawls College of Business – All majors
Whitacre College of Engineering – All majors
Honors Arts and Letters – Honors College admission required

Immunization Requirements

Admissions Alternatives

Students not initially admitted as first-year students have the opportunity to gain admission through these alternative programs. Click on the links below to learn more about these programs.

Re-Evaluation

Gateway Program

Tech Transfer Acceleration Program

Transfer

 

If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.

The acceptance rate at Texas Tech is 63%. For every 100 applicants, 63 are admitted.

This means the school is moderately selective. The school expects you to meet their requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores, but they're more flexible than other schools. If you exceed their requirements, you have an excellent chance of getting in. But if you don't, you might be one of the unlucky minority that gets a rejection letter.

Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.

The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.

The average GPA at Texas Tech is 3.44.

(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA. This school did not officially report its average GPA, but we've estimated it here using data from over 1,000 schools.)

With a GPA of 3.44, Texas Tech requires you to be around average in your high school class. You'll need a mix of A's and B's, and very few C's. If you have a lower GPA, you can compensate with harder courses like AP or IB classes. This will help boost your weighted GPA and show your ability to take college classes.

If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.44, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.

Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.

You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to Texas Tech. More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.

Texas Tech SAT Requirements

Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.

Average SAT: 1180 (Old: 1645)

The average SAT score composite at Texas Tech is a 1180 on the 1600 SAT scale.

On the old 2400 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 1645.

This score makes Texas Tech Competitive for SAT test scores.


Texas Tech SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1090, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1280. In other words, a 1090 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1280 will move you up to above average.

Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math590550640
Reading302832
Writing292732
Composite118010901280

Texas Tech SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)

The 25th percentile Old SAT score is 1500, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1790. In other words, a 1500 on the Old SAT places you below average, while a 1790 puts you well above average.

Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math572520620
Reading553510600
Writing520470570
Composite164515001790

SAT Score Choice Policy

The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.

Texas Tech has the Score Choice policy of "Highest Section."

This is also known as "superscoring." This means that you can choose which SAT tests you want to send to the school. Of all the scores they receive, your application readers will consider your highest section scores across all SAT test dates you submit.

Click below to learn more about how superscoring critically affects your test strategy.

How does superscoring change your test strategy? (Click to Learn)

For example, say you submit the following 3 test scores:

SectionR+WMathComposite
Test 17003001000
Test 23007001000
Test 3300300600
Superscore7007001400

Even though the highest total you scored on any one test date was 1000, Texas Tech will take your highest section score from all your test dates, then combine them to form your Superscore. You can raise your composite score from 1000 to 1400 in this example.

This is important for your testing strategy. Because you can choose which tests to send in, and Texas Tech forms your Superscore, you can take the SAT as many times as you want, then submit only the tests that give you the highest Superscore. Your application readers will only see that one score.

Therefore, if your SAT superscore is currently below a 1180, we strongly recommend that you consider prepping for the SAT and retaking it. You have a very good chance of raising your score, which will significantly boost your chances of getting in.

Even better, because of the Superscore, you can focus all your energy on a single section at a time. If your Reading score is lower than your other sections, prep only for the Reading section, then take the SAT. Then focus on Math for the next test, and so on. This will surely give you the highest Superscore possible.


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Texas Tech ACT Requirements

Just like for the SAT, Texas Tech likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.

Average ACT: 25

The average ACT score at Texas Tech is 25. This score makes Texas Tech Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.

The 25th percentile ACT score is 23, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 27.

Even though Texas Tech likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 23 or below, you'll have a harder time getting in, unless you have something else impressive in your application.

ACT Score Sending Policy

If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.

Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.

This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 25 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.

ACT Superscore Policy

By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.

We weren't able to find the school's exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to Texas Tech, so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 25.


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SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements

Both the SAT and ACT have a Writing section that includes an essay.

Texas Tech requires you to take the SAT/ACT Writing section. They'll use this as another factor in their admissions consideration.


SAT Subject Test Requirements

Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.

We did not find information that Texas Tech requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.


Our Expert's Notes

We did more detailed research into this school and found the following information.

Texas Tech has automatic admission based on class rank and SAT (Math and Critical Reading) or ACT score.

  • If you're in the top 10% of your class, you're automatically accepted.
  • If you're in the top 25% and have an ACT of at least 25 or an SAT of at least 1140, you're in.
  • If you're in the top half of our class and have an ACT of at least 28 or SAT of at least 1230, you're in.
  • If you're in the top 75%, and have an ACT of at least 29 or SAT of at least 1270, you're in.
  • If you don't meet any of these requirements, your application will be reviewed holistically.
The colleges of Business and Engineering, as well as the honors program, only accept students who meet the automatic admission requirements.

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