Texas Tech University System Sets New Enrollment Record
All four institutions of the TTU System combined for an enrollment of over 57,000 students for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Dec. 22, 2020 | Contact: Katelynn Butler
The Texas Tech University System set a new student enrollment record with 57,146 students for the 2020-21 academic year. Three of the TTU System’s component universities marked new student enrollment records this fall semester.
Texas Tech University (TTU) set yet another enrollment record with 40,322 students; Angelo State University (ASU) climbed to a record of 10,775 students; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) enrolled 5,274 students; and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) enrolled a record 775 students.
“Congratulations to each of the universities and their respective recruitment and retention teams for a job well done despite the challenging circumstances this year,” said Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., chancellor of the TTU System. “Our System has seen consistent strategic growth and continues to focus on our mission of providing access to a world-class, affordable education for our students. It remains our goal to recruit, retain and educate students who will change the world, and I’d like to thank the university presidents, administrations, faculty members and staff for making that goal a reality.”
Texas Tech University
TTU, the flagship institution of the TTU System, set a student enrollment record for the 12th consecutive year. Its enrollment figure increased by 1,519 students from last year’s previous school record of 38,803 students enrolled. TTU’s enrollment has climbed from 27,996 students in fall 2006 to surpass its long-awaited goal of reaching the 40,000 mark by 2020.
TTU also set new records in graduate student enrollment (7,053 students), first-year student enrollment (6,522), first-generation college student enrollment (9,030), first-year retention rate (87.6%), 6-year graduate rate (63.3%), National Merit Finalists enrolled (72) and Presidential Scholarships awarded (3,966).
Angelo State University
For the second year in a row, ASU set an enrollment record by surpassing 10,700 students for the first time. ASU’s undergraduate retention rate has continued to increase, leading to more sophomores, juniors and seniors enrolled this semester. The academic areas with the most growth are the social work undergraduate degree program as well as the professional school counseling and Master of Business Administration online graduate programs.
ASU’s undergraduate Hispanic enrollment also reached another record of 46.2% this fall semester. That number has increased annually since ASU was designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education in 2010. ASU’s overall minority enrollment also reached a record of 52.9% this fall, topping 50% for the first time and making ASU an emerging Minority Serving Institution.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
TTUHSC saw 5,274 students enrolled this semester, marking the third year in a row the university has seen a student enrollment figure over 5,000.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso
TTUHSC El Paso once again posted a student enrollment record of 775. TTUHSC El Paso transitioned from a regional campus to a standalone institution in 2013.
About the Texas Tech University System
Established in 1996 and headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the Texas Tech University System is a $2 billion higher education enterprise focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and community outreach. Consisting of four universities – Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Angelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso – the TTU System collectively has approximately 55,000 students, 17 campuses statewide and internationally, more than 300,000 alumni and an endowment valued at over $1.3 billion.
During the 86th Texas Legislature under the leadership of Chancellor Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell, legislative funding and authority was provided to establish a new Texas Tech University veterinary school in Amarillo and a new dental school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. This will be the state’s first veterinary school in more than a century and first dental school in over 50 years. The addition of these two schools makes the Texas Tech University System one of only nine in the nation to offer programs for undergraduate, medical, law, nursing, pharmacy, dental and veterinary education, among other academic areas.