About the Program

The Honors College of Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine offer an exciting and competitive program designed for academically talented and highly motivated students interested in pursuing a M.D. degree. UMSI is not an accelerated, 6, 7 year, or other type of fast-track program to medical school. By meeting the special requirements and deadlines of this joint program, a select group of entering freshmen are guaranteed admission to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine after completion of a Bachelor's Degree at Texas Tech University. Combined with undergraduate coursework and medical school, the student is looking at 8 years of study. 

Primary Qualifications


  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S at the time of application.
  • Must be a Texas resident.
  • High School Senior classification, from a Texas high school.
  • Achieve a minimum score of 30 ACT or 1360 SAT. Test scores must be achieved from a singular testing date. SAT exams include math and critical reading sections only.
  • SAT or ACT "Superscores" will not be accepted.
  • Preference will be given to candidates ranked in the top 10% of their class




UMSI applicants must apply to all the following:

Applications to Texas Tech University and Honors College

A complete application to Texas Tech University is comprised of the following:

  • Apply to Texas Tech University through ApplyTexas
  • Honors College Application
  • The following documents are submitted to Texas Tech University-Undergraduate Admissions at the time of application and will be reviewed when applying to the UMSI program.
    • Test scores
      • Either SAT or ACT scores are acceptable
      • Scores should be sent to Texas Tech by the testing service agency
    • Official copy of high school transcripts indicating
      • Class rank
      • Courses in progress
    • 2 letters of evaluation addressing academic and leadership potential

TTU application processing notes

Processing of submitted applications will be completed and students will be informed of admission status within 4-6 weeks. Contact TTU admissions for any questions regarding undergraduate degrees.

Application to Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine

A complete School of Medicine Application is comprised of the following:

  • The UMSI application must be completed and submitted online.
  • One letter of evaluation is required as a part of your UMSI application, which must be submitted within the online application. This letter should address your readiness and preparation to pursue medicine and complete both the UMSI and medical school programs.
    • The School of Medicine will also use the letters of evaluation you included in your application to the Honors College at Texas Tech University. 
  • A completed CASPer test
    • The CASPer test is an online screening tool designed to evaluate key personal and professional characteristics that TTUHSC School of Medicine feels is important for medical students and graduates. Three examples of CASPer scenarios.
    • A complete CASPer test taken and submitted by the application deadline is required to maintain admission eligibility. Without a complete CASPer test you will not be eligible for an interview or offer of acceptance to TTUHSC School of Medicine.
    • The CASPer test required for admission into UMSI is located under United States of America>BA/MD>Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Undergraduate to Medical School Initiative 
  • NOTE: Additional documents that were submitted to Texas Tech University at the time of application (see Step 1) will also be reviewed and may include
    • Proof of acceptance to TTU
    • Proof of pending application to Honors College


UMSI application notes

Successful and timely completion of the UMSI application, including any letters of recommendation, and CASPer test results are the sole responsibility of the applicant. Failing to submit any application materials or documents before the deadline may result in the withdrawal from consideration of said application.


Contact Information




Take CASPer

Applicants to the TTUHSC school of Medicine UMSI program must successfully complete the CASPer test to maintain interview and admission eligibility. LEARN MORE


Got Questions?

Ashley Hanson

Assistant Director of Recruitment and Special Programs

(806) 743 - 2297