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A new year brings a record-breaking freshman class at Texas Tech University.

Opportunity. Affordability. Live. Family. House.

All of these words were used by new students in 2022 about Texas Tech University. Those words also translated into more strategic milestones for enrollment this fall.

On September 23, Texas Tech announced it had hit a new freshman enrollment record of 6,850 students, a 2.6% increase from fall 2021.

“I think what excites me is not necessarily numbers, but the makeup of the class and how the student population has really changed over the last 10 years,” said Jamie Hansard, vice president of the registration management.

Texas Tech has grown significantly over the past decade among its traditionally underrepresented populations. According to the Office of Institutional Research, from fall 2012 to fall 2022, Hispanic enrollment doubled while black and African American enrollment increased by more than 50%.

In addition to diversifying the class, the quality of Texas Tech students has improved. This fall, 23% of freshmen graduated from the top 10% of their high school class. More than 4,400 new Presidential Merit Scholars have enrolled and the number of National Merit Finalists has grown from just 7 in 2016 to 97 in 2022.

“I’m proud of our efforts to attract academically talented students while creating access and opportunities for all students, which reflects our state’s changing demographics,” Hansard added. “Together, we will continue to work on implementing strategies to ensure that we continue to enroll and retain students at Texas Tech.”

Those attending Texas Tech on student loans have seen a 5% reduction in average student loan debt over the past five years. This had a particular impact on the demographics of the student population.

“While student population growth among diverse students reflects the changing demographics of the state, Texas Tech has also implemented several strategies to ensure that we continue to enroll and retain underrepresented students,” Hansard said.

What makes Hansard and most of the administration optimistic about the future is the growth in first-generation registrations. Over a 10-year period, the number of students who identify as first-generation has more than doubled.

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While Hansard and his team report record growth in freshman enrollment and scholarships, the Graduate School also saw an increase in enrollment in 2022 following a 4% increase the previous year.

“We have applications from every state in the United States and about 100 different countries,” boasted Mark Sheridan, vice provost for graduate and postgraduate studies and dean of the Graduate School. “Texas Tech’s appeal, both nationally and internationally, is clearly tied to our continued emergence as a nationally leading research university.”

Graduate School enrollment for fall 2022 also set a new record, surpassing the previous mark of more than 6,900 students set in fall 2021.

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“Growth is more than just a number,” Sheridan emphasized. “The enrollment growth is intentional. This is part of the university’s strategy to develop research and innovation that have lasting impacts on society and meet the demand for highly skilled labor needed to ensure the economic vitality of the region. , state and nation.

Whether it’s overall undergraduate or graduate enrollment growth, Texas Tech’s goal remains the same: to ensure the success of our students by providing them with the tools they need to complete their education in timely and position them to realize their potential. in their careers and as thoughtful citizens.


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