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Arkansas Tech greets 1,683 seniors for Time Out for Tech
Arkansas Tech greets 1,683 seniors for Time Out for Tech

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (Arkansas Tech University) - Arkansas Tech University welcomed the largest high school senior turnout in the 16-year history of its Time Out for Tech preview event on Thursday.

There were 1,683 high school seniors on hand for the opening session at Tucker Coliseum. Including parents and families, approximately 3,200 individuals attended Time Out for Tech 2015.

The opening session was followed by academic break-out sessions, campus tours, lunch at the various dining options on campus and a photo opportunity with Jerry the Bulldog, campus ambassador.

Hosted by the Arkansas Tech Office of Admissions, Time Out for Tech provides high school seniors and their families with a chance to learn more about the academic programs, student housing options and campus life opportunities available on the Russellville campus.

Brett Wilkins of Dardanelle was among the 1,683 high school seniors on hand for Time Out for Tech. Wilkins wants to study music education at Arkansas Tech.

“I’ve been around Tech a lot, and I really like the campus and everything it has,” said Wilkins. “It’s always good if you know someone who goes here. I’ve got all my friends here, and then all the people you get to meet once you get here, it’s a cool atmosphere. I’m looking forward to dorm life, going to class and everything that comes with the college experience. I really want to be a music teacher, and this is the first step to get there. I’m hoping what I learn here I can use for the rest of my life.”

Enrollment at Arkansas Tech has grown by 183 percent since 1997. The university has established a new record for enrollment in each of the last 16 years, including a school-record 12,003 students for fall 2014.

With a 5.6 percent enrollment increase from fall 2013 to fall 2014, Arkansas Tech became the third-largest institution of higher learning in the Natural State.

“I want to learn about the clubs and all of the activities they have here,” said Josey Acuff of Marshall. “I want to go into teaching, so I want to know more about that. Tech is close to home. I’ve heard that Tech is friendly and there are lots of groups that everybody likes. No one else in my family has really gone to college, so it’s important to me to be the first one to go.”

Ashton Gray of Sherwood came to learn more about both the academic and campus life sides of Arkansas Tech.

“I want to learn about the field of study I intend to pursue, and also look around to see what the school has to offer me,” said Gray. “Tech is a growing school that has good recommendations from many people that I know. And also, it has a good pre-law program. College gets me one step closer to reaching my goals in life.”

The “Almanac of Higher Education” published by The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Arkansas Tech one of the 10 fastest-growing master’s degree granting universities in the United States each of the last two years. The publication showed that enrollment at Arkansas Tech increased by 87 percent from 2002-2012, making it the fastest-growing university in Arkansas for that time frame. 

Growth at Arkansas Tech has included many enrollment milestones along the way. Arkansas Tech exceeded 5,000 students for the first time in 2000; 6,000 students in 2003; 7,000 students in 2006; 8,000 students in 2009; 9,000 students in 2010; 10,000 students in 2011; 11,000 students in 2013; and 12,000 students in 2014.

“I’m hoping to learn about the programs they have so I can learn more about what I might like to do in the future,” said Jennifer Mitchell of Dover, who intends to study nursing at Arkansas Tech. “I like how Tech is local. It looks like it will be a lot of fun. I’m in band in high school right now. I’d love to continue with it, and I know their band program is really good. College will help me get an advantage in getting a job so I can help support my future family one day.”

For information about applying to become a student at Arkansas Tech University, call (800) 582-6953 or (479) 968-0343. Learn more at www.atu.edu/admissions.