Graduate School Dean Mark Sheridan predicted enrollment would rise between 3 and 6 percent.

Graduate Enrollment Sees 8 Percent Increase

Dean Mark Sheridan attributes growth to increased visibility in globalized market.

Earlier this year, Dean Mark Sheridan predicted enrollment in Texas Tech University’s Graduate School would rise between 3 and 6 percent, but realistically expected about a 4 percent increase.

When enrollment numbers were released in late September, Sheridan was pleasantly surprised to find he was wrong. Enrollment in graduate programs is at 5,882 students, up 8.4 percent from fall 2013. The school also had a record number of applicants this year.

Sheridan attributed the growth both to the increasing need for a workforce with graduate degrees and Texas Tech’s growing visibility in the state and nationwide, due in large part to increased recruiting efforts both domestically and abroad, and more research opportunities for incoming students.

“They’re starting to hear about Texas Tech as a place on the move, a place in transition, a place with growth opportunity,” he said. “I think that has translated into greater interest from students.”