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Texas Tech Admission Requirements

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Your chances of getting into Texas Tech University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Texas Tech University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Texas Tech is 67.9%.  Its admission rate is the 28th lowest in Texas.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Texas Tech and can you get accepted?

Texas Tech is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 22,908 out of the 33,756 who applied were admitted.

The school has challenging admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 36 percent on standardized admission tests. Texas Tech University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.76. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 29% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Texas Tech?

68% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Texas Tech University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.76 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1200 on the SAT
  • Score 25 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Texas Tech GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Texas Tech University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Texas Tech are to have around a 3.76 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Texas Tech accepts 68% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Texas Tech is 3.76 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #6 in Texas for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Texas Tech is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.8 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Texas Tech University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 3.3% Good
3.75 to 3.99 37.6% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 33.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 15.2% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 6.4% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 4.1% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.4% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Texas Tech SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Texas Tech University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 31% of students submitted SAT scores and 16% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Texas Tech University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 560
Math 25th Percentile 550
Composite 25th Percentile 1110
SAT Scores for Texas Tech University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 640
Math 75th Percentile 640
Composite 75th Percentile 1280
Average SAT Score 1200

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Texas Tech University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Texas Tech is 1200 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1110-1280. Students who get into Texas Tech University score in the top 39 percent of all SAT test takers..  Texas Tech ranks #14 in the state of Texas for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1200 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Texas Tech regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1110 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1110, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1020, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Texas Tech University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1200 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1195, you have around a 68% chance of being admitted. A 1280 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 80% chance of getting in.

Texas Tech University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1280 and Above Good >80%
1195 to 1280 Avg + 68%-80%
1110 to 1195 Avg - 53%-68%
1025 to 1110 Reach 37%-53%
Less than 1025 Low <37%
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Texas Tech ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Texas Tech University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 21
Math 25th Percentile 22
Composite 25th Percentile 23
ACT Scores for Texas Tech University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 28
Math 75th Percentile 27
Composite 75th Percentile 28
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Texas Tech?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Texas Tech is 25, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 23 and 28.  The school ranks #15 in Texas for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 25. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 23 and score in the score in the top 32 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 20.

16 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Texas Tech University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Texas Tech University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Texas Tech for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 25 score has around 68% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 82% with a 28 ACT score.

Texas Tech University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
28 and Above Good >82%
25 to 28 Avg + 68%-82%
23 to 25 Avg - 56%-68%
21 to 23 Reach 43%-56%
Less than 21 Low <43%
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High School Class Rank

54% of Texas Tech University freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 24% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Texas Tech University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 24.5%
Top 25% of class 53.8%
Top 50% of class 85%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Texas Tech University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 18,078 15,678 33,756
Accepted 12,575 10,333 22,908
Acceptance Rate 70% 66% 68%
Enrolled 3,478 3,151 6,629
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 28% 30% 29%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Texas Tech University is $75.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Texas Tech University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Texas Tech University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Texas Tech University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Texas Tech is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.76 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 1200 on the SAT and 25 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Texas Tech University often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=229115 IPEDS survey data for Texas Tech University.


Does Texas Tech University prefer SAT or ACT?

31% of students submit their SAT scores to Texas Tech. 16% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Texas Tech University?

68% of those who apply are granted admission to Texas Tech. Admission competition is low and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Texas Tech University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1110 and 1280. The average SAT score is 1195. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Texas Tech University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 28. The average ACT score is 25. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.