First-Time Freshmen

Choose Texas Tech.

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.


  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of math
  • 4 units of science
  • 2 units of foreign language

Recommended High School Program

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. The required SAT scores for assured admission are based on the math and critical reading portions only.

Class Rank Test Scores*
Top 10% No Minimum
First Quarter (excluding top 10%) 25 1140
Second Quarter 28 1230
Third Quarter 29 1270
Fourth Quarter Application Review

*ACT composite score; SAT sum of critical reading and math; writing portions of both tests are required, but not used in determining assured admission. We combine the highest SAT critical reading and math scores from multiple test dates. We will grant assured admission 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:

  • Academic course selection (Honors, AP, Dual Credit, IB)
  • 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.

Special Requirements by College

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

  • Rawls College of Business – All majors
  • Whitacre College of Engineering – All majors Click here to see requirements
  • Honors Arts and Letters – Honors College admission required