Fall Enrollment Outlook Favorable

Record spring enrollment could mean higher fall enrollment numbers.

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The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents Aug. 7 heard a report on increasing enrollment at Texas Tech and that the outlook for growth in the fall semester is good.

Final second summer session enrollment stands at 7,852 up from 7,745 this time last year. That news, coupled with a record spring enrollment, has university officials optimistic for a good fall enrollment.

“A strong spring enrollment is often a good predictor of what we can expect in the fall semester,” said President Guy Bailey. “Enrollment growth is imperative for the university as we work to achieve national research university status.”

Spring enrollment was 26,528, the largest in the history of the university. The total represents an increase of 516 students over spring 08.

Very early indicators are that the university is seeing a slight increase in admitted freshman, and a greater increase in admitted transfer students and graduate students who have been accepted for the fall semester. The final fall enrollment numbers will be available on the 20th class day of the fall semester.

“Another indicator is that our summer orientation numbers are up. We have had more 650 new freshmen and transfer students register for Red Raider Orientation this summer over last year,” said Michael Shonrock, senior vice president for student affairs and enrollment management.

Texas Tech fall 2008 enrollment was 28,422, the second highest in the school’s history. The university’s enrollment record is 28,549 set in the fall 2003 semester.

The fall 2009 semester begins Aug. 27.