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TTU System Sets Enrollment Record with More Than 63,000 Students

Multiple institutions achieved record enrollments for the 2021-22 academic year.

Dec. 17, 2021 | Contact: Scott Lacefield

Tedd L. MitchellTedd L. Mitchell, M.D.

The Texas Tech University System (TTU System) celebrated numerous achievements and milestones in 2021, including the addition of its fifth member institution and the system’s 25th anniversary of its founding in 1996.

The 2021-22 academic year also marks the first time the TTU System has eclipsed 60,000 students across its five institutions while four of the system’s universities achieved record enrollment. This academic year, the TTU System has set a new enrollment record with 63,498 students.

Texas Tech University (TTU) reached a record 40,666 students; Angelo State University (ASU) enrolled a record 10,826 students; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) achieved a record enrollment with 5,423 students; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso also attained a record enrollment with 786 students; and Midwestern State University (MSU Texas), the TTU System’s newest institution, enrolled 5,797 students for the academic year.

“I want to congratulate our universities and leadership teams for the continued success in strategically growing our system and providing students with an affordable and world-class education,” said Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., chancellor of the TTU System. “We have recently seen higher education institutions across the country struggle with declining enrollment figures, which emphasizes our universities and the high-quality education and experience we provide.”

Texas Tech University

TTU, the flagship institution of the TTU System, set a record enrollment figure for the 13th consecutive year. TTU’s enrollment has climbed from 27,996 students in fall 2006 to 40,666 this fall – a 45 percent increase during that period. The university has been one of the fastest-growing institutions of higher education in the country during the past decade. TTU also experienced a record enrollment of first-year students (6,677) and graduate students (6,917). In addition, this fall, TTU welcomed its inaugural class of 64 students for its School of Veterinary Medicine, the state’s first new vet school in more than a century.

Angelo State University

For the third consecutive year, ASU set an enrollment record and surpassed 10,800 students for the first time. ASU had an enrollment of 6,239 students when it joined the TTU System in 2007, then reached 7,000 students for the first time in 2011 and enrolled 10,000 students for the first time in 2017.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

TTUHSC, the state’s leader in graduating health care providers, marked its fourth consecutive year with more than 5,000 students and achieved a record enrollment for the first time since 2019. This fall, TTUHSC expanded its School of Nursing with an instructional site opening in Mansfield, Texas, providing a resource for new nurses critical to the operation of hospitals and clinics.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

TTUHSC El Paso, the nation’s only health-related institution along the U.S.-Mexico border, continued its trend of achieving record enrollments – a yearly occurrence since transitioning from a regional campus to a standalone institution in 2013. In addition, this fall TTUHSC El Paso added 40 students to the campus with the inaugural class for its Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine, the state’s first new dental school in more than 50 years.

Midwestern State University

MSU Texas, a liberal arts leader on the cusp of its centennial anniversary, became the fifth member institution of the TTU System on Sept. 1, 2021. The university is headquartered in Wichita Falls and has a student learning center in Flower Mound, Texas. MSU Texas enrolled 5,041 undergraduate students and 756 graduate students. Its student population represents 44 states and 54 foreign countries. This fall, the university experienced an 8 percent increase in total undergraduate enrollment and a 47 percent increase in undergraduate international enrollment.

About the Texas Tech University System 
Established in 1996, the Texas Tech University System is one of the top public university systems in the nation, consisting of five universities – Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Angelo State University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso and Midwestern State University.

Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the TTU System is a $2.5 billion enterprise focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and outreach with approximately 21,000 employees, more than 63,000 students, nearly 370,000 alumni and an endowment valued at $1.7 billion. In its short history, the TTU System has grown tremendously and is nationally acclaimed, operating at 24 academic locations in 21 cities (19 in Texas, 2 international).

During the 87th Texas Legislature under the leadership of Chancellor Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., the TTU System welcomed MSU Texas as its fifth member institution during the 25-year anniversary of the system. MSU Texas is the only Texas university to become a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Students at MSU Texas choose from more than 60 majors and several pre-professional programs, are active in more than 100 student organizations and bring a spirit of competition to 13 NCAA Division II athletics programs.

In addition, the TTU System is one of only nine in the nation to offer programs for undergraduate, medical, law, nursing, pharmacy, dental and veterinary education, among other academic areas.