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Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

The engineering degree programs consist of a freshman foundational curriculum followed by an upper-division program that includes courses taken in the sophomore, junior, and senior years. Effective January 2013, the criterion for admission to the Whitacre College Foundational Curriculum requires that a first-time freshman or transfer student with fewer than 12 hours of transfer credit must be accepted to the university with assured admission status. Admissions for transfer students and second-degree students are described below.
The criteria used to determine assured admission status are SAT/ACT scores and class rank as shown in the undergraduate admission section of this catalog. Students who do not meet the assured admissions requirements may enter the Pre-Engineering Program and then work to qualify as a Foundational Engineering Student. Students who are assured admit and not TSI compliant will be admitted to Texas Tech University (TTU) as a pre-engineering student. Upon completion of the foundational curriculum, a student must apply and be successfully admitted to a WCOE upper-division degree program. Students who are not successfully admitted to an upper-division degree program must transfer out of the college.

Freshman Admission to WCOE Foundational Curriculum: The criterion for admission to WCOE Foundational Curriculum requires that a first-time freshman or transfer student with fewer than 12 hours of transfer credit must be accepted to the university with assured admission status. The college recommends prospective students enroll in math each year in high school, including trigonometry, pre-calculus or calculus, and at least one year of physics with another science course. The criteria used to determine assured admission status are SAT/ACT scores and class rank as shown in the undergraduate admission section of this catalog.

Internal Transfer Admission to WCOE Foundational Curriculum: Students entering TTU and transferring to WCOE from other colleges within the university must have a minimum TTU cumulative GPA of 3.0 on at least 12 hours of TTU coursework that is included in the foundational curriculum.

Pre-Engineering: Students who do not meet the WCOE admission requirements are admitted initially to the TTU Pre-Engineering Program and may apply for admission to the WCOE foundational curriculum upon satisfaction of the college internal transfer admission standards.
WCOE has partnered with TTU Advising to create the Pre-Engineering Program. This student retention and success initiative provides intense academic advising and support as students build the requisite math and science skills to be successful in an engineering degree program. While in Pre-Engineering, students will enroll in typical university core curriculum and foundational curriculum courses.
Engineering presents an extremely challenging course of study. For students who determine that engineering is not an appropriate choice, the advisors in University Advising have the specialized training and tools necessary to assist students in finding a course of study that is best suited to their unique talents and interests. The ultimate priority is for every student to graduate successfully from a best-fit major.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

All newly admitted students work to complete a foundational curriculum consisting of English I, English II, Calculus I, Calculus II, Physics I (calculus-based) plus another science course and a first engineering course that vary among the engineering degree programs. The foundational curriculum is supplemented with courses from the university core curriculum and general engineering courses (statics, thermodynamics, circuits, and materials science) to provide the opportunity for full course loads and scheduling flexibility.
When the foundational curriculum has been completed, students apply for admission to the upper division of their degree program. The acceptance criterion is based exclusively on a Texas Tech University cumulative GPA that includes a minimum of 12 hours of coursework from the foundational curriculum. The specific GPA standard varies among the degree programs and may change from one academic year to the next as necessary to align enrollments with educational resources.
Students must be prepared to make an alternate choice of major if their foundational curriculum GPA does not qualify them for their preferred major. Students must make progress appropriate to their classification in their alternate choice of major as determined by each department for their degree programs. Students who are not admitted successfully to an upper-division degree program are not allowed to enroll in engineering courses and must transfer out of WCOE.
Refer to the program descriptions in this catalog for the specific foundational curriculum and upper-division GPA admission standards.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

The applications of prospective students from countries other than the United States (U.S.) are reviewed on an individual basis. Prospective students who have an application pending for permanent residency as well as prospective students who are undocumented should apply through www.applytexas.org and select the U.S. Freshman or Transfer option, as appropriate. These applications will be reviewed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. All other applicants, including international applicants attending high school in the U.S., must apply through www.applytexas.org and select the International Freshman or Transfer option, as appropriate. These applications will be reviewed by the Undergraduate International Admissions unit in the Office of International Affairs. Students who hold F-1 visas must use the International Student option even if they have already studied in the U.S.

The procedures stated below should be followed carefully for international applicants to be considered for freshman or transfer admission to Texas Tech University (TTU). Applications will not be evaluated until all admission requirements have been met. All materials become the property of TTU and are not returnable or refundable. 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. See www.atanet.org/onlinedirectories for a list of ATA-certified translators.

Official Transcripts and Related Documents:
For Freshman Admission: The applicant must submit documentation (transcripts, school leaving examinations, school leaving certificates, etc.) showing completion of a secondary school equivalent to that of a U.S. high school. Applicants must submit transcripts of all secondary schoolwork, including subjects taken and grades/marks earned, in addition to secondary school leaving examinations, if applicable. Applicants currently in secondary school should send transcripts from grade 9 " 11 for application consideration. Upon completion of grade 12, an additional transcript must be submitted. Unofficial copies are acceptable for evaluation purposes, but official documentation is required before registration for classes.
For Transfer Admission: In addition to the required secondary school documents (see above), the applicant must submit a record of all post-secondary schoolwork, including subjects taken and grades earned. Unofficial copies are acceptable for evaluation purposes, but official documentation is required upon admission. International transfer students will not be allowed to register for classes without providing all secondary and post-secondary credentials.

Official Diploma/Degree Certificates: The applicant must submit an official copy of any secondary school completion/leaving certificates and any post-secondary diplomas/degree certificates earned.

Official Proof of English Proficiency: All international applicants must provide proof of English proficiency before their applications can be considered for admission. This test is waived only for citizens of an English proficiency-exempt country, for graduates of U.S. high schools, or for those applicants who have completed at least two consecutive years at a high school or college/university in the U.S. or in an English proficiency-exempt country. TTU considers the following countries to have English as their native language: Australia, Canada (except the Province of Québec), Commonwealth Caribbean countries, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the U.S.. Applicants may submit one of the following measures of English proficiency:
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language; www.toefl.org): The minimum TOEFL score required is 550 (paper-based version) or 79 (internet-based version). The TOEFL score must be received directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). TTU's institutional code is 6827. TOEFL scores are valid for two (2) years. Applicants may provide a copy of their Examinee Score Report for application evaluation purposes; screenshots of the TOEFL results from the ETS website are not acceptable.
IELTS (International English Language Testing Service; www.ielts.org): The minimum IELTS required score is an overall band score of 6.5 on the academic version. IELTS General Training results are not acceptable. There is no IELTS institution code for TTU. IELTS scores are valid for two (2) years.
PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic; www.pearsonpte.com/pteacademic): The minimum required PTE Academic score is 60. PTE General and PTE Young Learners results are not acceptable. There is no PTE Academic institution code for TTU. PTE Academic scores are valid for only two (2) years.
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: The minimum required Cambridge CPE grade is C. There is no institutional code for the Cambridge CPE. The Cambridge CPE is valid for life. For more information visit the websitewww.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/proficiency/.
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: The minimum required Cambridge CAE grade is B. There is no institutional code for the Cambridge CAE. The Cambridge CAE is valid for life. For more information visit the website www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/advanced/.
ELS Intensive English Program (www.els.edu): TTU will accept completion of Level 112 of ELS' English for Academic Purposes program. An official copy of the ELS transcript and certificate of completion must be submitted to meet this requirement.
SAT I " A minimum of at least 500 on BOTH the critical reading and writing sections
ACT " A minimum score of 21 on the English section
AP English Language and Composition Exams: 3.0 or higher on BOTH sections.
For applicants transferring from a U.S. college or university " completion of the equivalent to TTU's ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 with a grade of C or better. Applicants currently enrolled in ENGL 1302 (or its equivalent) may apply for admission but will not be allowed to register if admitted until providing a final transcript reflecting the required grade.
SAT/ACT Scores: International applicants applying for freshman admission who have completed secondary school in the U.S. must submit either SAT or ACT scores. These scores are not required for international applicants who have completed secondary school outside the U.S., but are required for consideration for merit-based scholarships
Conditional Admission for English Proficiency: 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/en/UniversityAdmissions). International undergraduate students admitted conditionally must complete Level 112 of ELS English for Academic Purposes program before beginning an academic program at TTU. An official copy of the ELS transcript and certificate of completion must be submitted before registration for TTU coursework will be allowed.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

All students graduating from a High School located outside of the United States must meet the admission requirements of Foreign Students.

Residency Requirements

To obtain a degree from Texas Tech University, at least 25% of the total semester hours must be earned through the University. In addition, a maximum of 72 hours from two-year colleges may be applied towards a degree. The last 30 hours must be from Texas Tech University.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

A transfer student with fewer than 12 hours of transferable coursework must meet first-time freshmen assured admission standards. For admission to the foundational curriculum with an engineering degree program concentration, transfer students must have 24 or more hours of transferable coursework and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 that includes the work at all previous institutions. External transfer students must complete a minimum of 12 hours of TTU engineering degree program coursework before application to the upper division. Eligibility for admission to the upper division is based exclusively on the cumulative GPA earned at TTU (2.5 or higher). Students holding a bachelor's degree from another institution must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA from that institution to be admitted to the WCOE foundational curriculum.

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 250
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 79