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Texas Tech University established record enrollment figures for the fourth-straight fall semester as 32,611 students are on campus for classes.
"More and more students from across the state and nation are choosing Texas Tech as the place to pursue their dreams in higher education," said Kent Hance, chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. "As enrollment continues to grow at Texas Tech, we remain focused on raising the academic quality of our student body, and it is rewarding to see this reflected in the improved test scores of our new freshman class."
Providing a boost to the number are more than 4,700 first-time students enrolled at the university this fall, the second-most in school history, while undergraduate enrollment set a new standard with 26,583 students. Even with the increased number of first-time students, the average SAT scores improved significantly, which reflects better college readiness and the university's commitment to admitting top high school students.
"Once again, a record number of students are attending Texas Tech University for their education," said Lawrence Schovanec, interim president at Texas Tech. "As someone who's been here for many years, I am proud to see our continued growth in enrollment and quality."
Texas Tech's enrollment, on the rise over the last decade with a 27 percent growth, places the school on course to reach an institutional goal of 40,000 by 2020. Additionally, more than 65 percent of the student body is from 300 miles away or further.
In addition, Texas Tech's graduation rates are higher than ever. Despite conferring a record 7,009 degrees during the 2011-12 academic year, an increase of 639 from the previous year, the university still reached the new enrollment benchmark after graduating its largest class.
"We have recruited the very best and brightest students from around the state and the country," Schovanec said. "Texas Tech University is proud to welcome these new students and welcome back all returning students. We are looking forward to a great year."