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Enrollment Growth Continues with Record Spring Totals

Texas Tech University's enrollment is on course to reach an institutional goal of 40,000 by 2020.

Written by Chris Cook

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Preliminary spring enrollment totals at Texas Tech have topped the 30,000 mark for the third-straight spring semester as 30,864 students are enrolled as of the end of the 12th day of classes (Jan. 31).

The total is ahead of last spring’s record of 30,399 and reflects the university’s commitment to increasing enrollment with quality students and retaining those already enrolled. On the rise during the last decade with more than 27 percent growth, enrollment at the university is on course to reach an institutional goal of 40,000 by 2020.

“This is a testament to the many great attributes of Texas Tech University,” said M. Duane Nellis, Texas Tech University president. “Among those are talented faculty and staff to educate and encourage our students, and the diligent efforts of those who reach out and recruit some of the best and brightest students to our great university. We are proud that more students are choosing Texas Tech, and greatly appreciative of the dedication of our people that make this a great place.”

The overall spring total marks the largest spring enrollment since the university opened its doors in 1925 and the fifth largest semester total overall. The four largest enrollments occurred during the last four fall semesters, respectively. The undergraduate enrollment figure of 24,888 is the largest on record for a spring semester, while 5,976 graduate students reflects an increase over last spring’s graduate enrollment total.

“Texas Tech has once again surpassed enrollment records, showcasing our commitment to growing both our student enrollment and academic quality,” said Chancellor Kent Hance. “It is an exciting time to be a Red Raider, and we are thrilled that more and more students recognize that each year and choose our university to pursue their education.”

The Rawls College of Business, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Whitacre College of Engineering, Honor College and College and Media & Communication all surpassed undergraduate enrollment totals from the previous spring, while eight of 11 colleges increased graduate enrollment figures.

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