Date: September 15, 2005
CONTACT: Sally Logue Post, sally.post@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK – Fall 2005 enrollment numbers reflect continued progress toward the goal of quality growth at Texas Tech University. Preliminary enrollment statistics show incoming freshman students have achieved higher SAT scores than their predecessors and that retention rates are up.

Fall 2005 enrollment numbers show that SAT scores for incoming freshman students have set a new record. This fall’s freshman class SAT average is 1131, up six points over last year’s average scores and up 19 points since fall 2002.

Texas Tech is also seeing higher retention rates, which indicates that more students are continuing their studies. Preliminary enrollment numbers show a retention rate of 84%, up two percentage points from last fall.

“When Texas Tech talks about growth, we’re not talking about a bottom line number,” said President Jon Whitmore. “We are interested in attracting quality students who stay and who graduate.”

Preliminary enrollment for the fall 2005 semester stands at 28,157 students on the 12th class day, as compared to 28,325 for a final enrollment for the fall 2004 semester. Enrollment is not final until the 20th class day.

Record numbers of students graduated in the 2004-2005 academic year, with 5,861 students receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees. In the 2003-2004 academic year, 5,347 degrees were awarded.

“Our growth has been tremendous over the past few years. In 2000 we enrolled 24,558 students. Texas Tech now needs time to concentrate on quality growth. We are seeing more students continue from one year to the next and we are seeing many more students graduate,” said Whitmore.

Texas Tech Provost William Marcy points to the university’s Graduate On Time program as an incentive for student to follow their degree plans and graduate in the prescribed time.

“If entering freshmen complete at least 30 hours of course work each calendar year, we guarantee that courses will be available in the sequence they need to graduate in the time prescribed,” said Marcy.