February 14, 2011
Texas Tech is breaking records and growing in numbers as the university hopes to reach 40,000 students by 2020.
Texas Tech eclipsed another enrollment record as 29,604 students are on campus for classes during the 2011 spring semester. The number reflects an increase of 1,598 students over the previous record of 28,006 in spring 2010.
"One of the measures of a healthy university is the growth of its student body," said Guy Bailey, Texas Tech president. "We are encouraged at the direction we are heading and with the outstanding quality of our student population."
Spring semester numbers are traditionally smaller than those in the previous fall due to December graduation, but this spring's total ranks as the third overall largest enrollment by semester since the university opened its doors in 1925. The fall semesters in 2010 and 2009 rank first and second, respectively, both coming in above 30,000.
Increases are reflected in each of the three areas that make up the final number – undergraduate, graduate and Law School. Graduate enrollment climbed to 5,404, up from 5,097 in the spring 2010 semester. Undergraduate enrollment is 23,550, up from 22,320 last year, while the Law School increased to 650 students.
“Growing enrollment is critical to our vision for the university,” said Kent Hance, Texas Tech System chancellor, “and thanks to the entire leadership team we are celebrating another spring enrollment record for Texas Tech in our journey to reach 40,000 students by 2020. As our student population reaches record levels, we are also working to accommodate this outstanding growth with the best services and facilities so we may continue to provide the highest quality education and college experience.”
In a specially called meeting of the Board of Regents in January, the board approved a plan for construction of a new suite-style residence facility to help meet the need of the growing student population.
"We appreciate the board's support of this project that will accommodate our ever-growing top-scholar freshman class," said Michael Shonrock, senior vice president for enrollment management and student affairs. "This support also helps us build greater capacity for retention of currently enrolled undergraduate students as we continue to grow our population here at Texas Tech University."