Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University Continues to Set Records with Fall Enrollment

George Watson

September 16, 2019

The number of National Merit Finalists and Presidential Scholarship recipients sets new marks.

Texas Tech University's growth and popularity on the national stage continue to be reflected in its enrollment numbers.

According to figures released today (Sept. 16), Texas Tech set new records not only in total enrollment, but also in graduate enrollment, graduation rates, National Merit Finalists and Presidential Scholarships awarded.

At a glance, here are the notable numbers from 2019:

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  • Overall enrollment – 38,803 students, the 11th straight year of record enrollment.

  • Graduate enrollment – 6,241 students, record

  • National Merit Finalists – 67, an increase of 15 percent from 2018, record total

  • Overall Presidential Scholarship recipients, all classes – 2,510 freshmen (up 7.9 percent from 2018) and 860 transfer students (up 27.5 percent from 2018)

  • First-year retention rate: 87 percent, school record

  • Five-year graduation rate – 58 percent, highest in school history

  • Six-year graduating rate – 61 percent, second highest in school history

  • Degrees conferred - 8,480 degrees, highest in school history

  • The average SAT score also increased to 1,171 for 2019.