TTU Enrollment Hits All-Time High for Fifth Consecutive Year

For the fifth year in a row, Tennessee Tech University's enrollment increased, reaching another all-time high.

This fall, enrollment stands at 9,313, up about 1 percent from last fall's 9,217, according to the final census. The total includes 7,255 undergraduates and 2,058 graduate students.

Total enrollment grew about 1 percent from last year's 9,217, while graduate enrollment grew more than 3 percent. The Tennessee Board of Regents' preliminary census shows TBR schools averaged 1.1 percent enrollment growth overall.

"We are quite pleased with the enrollment increase and the increase in both undergraduate and graduate international students," said Rebecca Tolbert, associate vice president for academic affairs and enrollment management.

Francis Otuonye, TTU's associate vice president for research and graduate studies, pointed out that total graduate enrollment increased by approximately 3.3 percent and enrollment of international graduate students increased by 3.2 percent.

"We are elated by the trends in graduate enrollment," said Otuonye,

This fall's entering freshman class of 1,424 is the second largest freshman class of the past decade, and the combined number of new freshmen and new transfer students (2,065) is the second largest group of new undergraduate students in the past decade.
Enrollment exclusively in extended education courses has increased notably at both the undergraduate and graduate levels during the past five years. Extended Education includes web courses, Regents Online Degree Program courses, courses at off-campus sites, the 2+2 Program, and the Distance MBA and HPE Programs.

"By reaching out to students with offerings at convenient times and locations, including the 'anytime, anyplace' virtual world of distance learning, enrollment in Extended Education courses has experienced significant growth," said Susan Elkins, dean of TTU's School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Extended Education.