December 9, 2010
Texas Tech is amending its application process to give students who don’t quite meet admissions standards a window of opportunity to improve their academic and personal profiles for further consideration, the university announced Wednesday.
Beginning with undergraduate applicants for next fall’s semester, the university is implementing a deferral program for borderline applicants who under the current system would have been denied admission.
Its current system either accepts or denies students based on an initial round of application documents. Tech’s admission’s office makes an immediate decision based on students’ class rank, exam scores, high school grades and other optional documents like admissions essays.
But now those who don’t quite qualify will be informed they’ve been entered into the deferral program, where they will be given an extended time frame to give admissions officials -- for instance -- newer test scores or a an updated set of grades.
Ethan Logan, Tech’s director of undergraduate admissions, said Wednesday evening the new program is geared to give students “on the cusp” of acceptance standards a chance to augment their applications, whereas the current system usually offers little more than an initial yes-or-no decision.
It also gives Tech a more flexible mechanism to regulate enrollment, which has grown significantly in recent years alongside application numbers. Officials have also worked to improve the academic profile of its newly enrolled students, a tenet of its push to achieve a higher tier.
“We want to make sure we are optimizing people’s opportunity for consideration,” Logan said in a university statement. “Competition for admission to Texas Tech has increased in recent years to the point that we need to take steps to ensure that everyone is getting the best chance at consideration for our limited class space.”