Guaranteed Admission to Medical School | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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About the Program

The Honors College of Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine offer an exhilarating, competitive undergraduate medical school program designed for motivated, academically talented students interested in pursuing an M.D. degree in Texas. Medical School is one of the most difficult graduate programs to attain, so TTUHSC designed an initiative that would guarantee admission for a selection of driven, academic undergraduates.
UMSI is not an accelerated 6-year, 7-year, or other type of fast-track program to medical school. After meeting the special medical school requirements and deadlines set by this joint program, a select group of entering freshmen are guaranteed admission to medical school at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine after completion of a Bachelor's Degree at TTU. Combined with undergraduate coursework and medical school, the student is looking at 8 years of study. 

Primary Qualifications

Undergraduate Medical School Requirements
  • Student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S at the time of application.
  • Student must be a Texas resident.
  • High School Senior classification from a Texas high school is required.
  • Must achieve a minimum score of 30 ACT or 1360 SAT. These test scores need to be achieved from a singular testing date. SAT exams consider math and critical reading sections only.
  • SAT or ACT "Superscores" will not be accepted.
  • Preference is given to candidates ranked in the top 10% of their class 




How to apply to the Undergraduate to Medical School Initiative

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
  • Additionally, apply to the Honors College through Honors College Application
  • Certain documents will be reviewed when applying to the UMSI program. The following items must be submitted to Texas Tech University-Undergraduate Admissions at the time of application. 
    • 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. Transcripts should indicate:
      • Class rank
      • Courses in progress
    • Letters of evaluation:
      • 2 letters of evaluation are required. These letters should address both the academic and the leadership potential of the student.

TTU application processing notes

Within 4-6 weeks, submitted applications are processed, completed, and students are informed of admission status. Contact TTU admissions for any questions regarding undergraduate degrees.

Application to Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine

How to apply to medical school at TTU HSC School of Medicine:

  • Complete and submit the UMSI application online.
  • One letter of evaluation is required as a part ofyourUMSI application, which must be submitted within the online application. This letter should address your readiness and preparation to pursue medicine and completeboththe UMSI and medical school programs.
    • The School of Medicine will also use these letters of evaluation for 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 are important for medical students and graduates.
    • Complete and submit a CASPer test by the application deadline in order 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. This may include:
    • Proof of acceptance to TTU
    • Proof of pending application to Honors College

 CASPer test dates for the 2020 application year:

  • Sep 13, 2020 
  • Oct 13, 2020 
  • Nov 19, 2020 
  • Dec 10, 2020

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UMSI application notes

Successful and timely completion of the UMSI application, 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




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