This past weekend we saw Texas Tech move up to second place in the BCS poll, but that's not the only number moving up for the university. Since Tech blacked out Texas, the admissions office says their phone hasn't stopped ringing with prospective students.
A little over 28,000 students walk the campus of Texas Tech University, and Chancellor Kent Hance says he wants to increase that number to 40,000. "That's our goal and we can do it in the next 12 years and we feel confident that we are going to do it and the winning football team and the excitement from the game the other night is probably one of the greatest college games ever played and certainly helps us," said Hance.
After the last second win over Texas on Saturday, the admissions office says the phone has been ringing off the hook. "This weekend really provided us a spike in excitement and contact with perspective students across the country. Events like our victory over UT are a great hook and then after that we've got the stuff of merit at this institution which will make them choose our institution," said Managing Director for Undergraduate Recruitment Ethan Logan.
Logan says although this time of year is when perspective students start to show interest in the university. But he says this year feels a bit different. "It feels busier, there is a lot of excitement that came from this event and this is just a wonderful opportunity that happened that allows Texas Tech to share a little more of our National spot light and to really draw a little more attention to our institution," said Logan.
Potential transfer student Stephen Gibson says he always wanted to go to Tech, but the big win really solidifies his decision. "I've got a lot of friends here, a great football team, so I really want to be a part of that if I do go to this university, ranked number two is exciting stuff hopefully they will be ranked next year when I come here as well," said Gibson.
Chancellor Hance says the Tech website is getting 10,000 more hits a day than it was two weeks ago, so the football generated publicity is a big positive for the university and its enrollment.
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