LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas Tech is growing again as they break another enrollment record. There will be 29,604 students on campus for classes during the 2011 spring semester. That number is an increase of 1,598 students over the past record of 28,006 set in the spring of 2010.
"One of the measures of a healthy university is the growth of its student body," said Texas Tech President Guy Bailey, "We are encouraged at the direction we are heading and with the outstanding quality of our student population."
Normally the spring semester numbers are smaller than those in the fall due to graduation in December, but this spring's enrollment number is the third largest since Texas Tech has opened in 1925. The largest semesters are both in the fall of 2010 and 2009, respectively, coming in above 30,000.
"Growing enrollment is critical to our vision for the university," said Kent Hance, Texas Tech System Chancellor, "and thanks to the entire leadership team we are celebrating another spring enrollment record for Texas Tech in our journey to reach 40,000 students by 2020. As our student population reaches record levels, we are also working to accommodate this outstanding growth with the best services and facilities so we may continue to provide the highest quality education and college experience."
In January, the Texas Tech Board of Regents approved a plan for construction of a new suite-style residence facility to help meet the need of the growing student population.
"We appreciate the board's support of this project that will accommodate our ever-growing top-scholar freshman class," said Michael Shonrock, Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, "This support also helps us build greater capacity for retention of currently enrolled undergraduate students as we continue to grow our population here at Texas Tech University."
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