A local private university has reached record enrollment numbers for the Fall 2012 semester.

Lubbock Christian University announced on Thursday evening that the school reached 2,135 enrolled students, a record number for the university.

The previous high was in Fall of 2005 when the enrollment was 2,079 students and represents an increase of nearly 100 students to LCU since last Fall semester.

This is the third consecutive year that LCU has eclipsed the 2,000 student mark for the 55-year old institution in Lubbock.

In press release on Thursday, new LCU President Tim Perrin said, “We are very pleased by this year’s record enrollment at Lubbock Christian University.

It is a testament to the vitality of the LCU community and our growing reputation for providing a life-changing educational experience. We give thanks for the efforts of all those who had a hand in the admissions process.

Good things are happening at LCU—by God’s good grace there is a sense of real momentum—and we look to the future with confidence and hope as we seek to fulfill our distinctive mission."

One of the contributing factors to the record enrollment is the large freshman class at the university this fall, which is the fourth largest in the history of LCU. Another factor is the Master's of Nursing program and the enrollment of students from Estacado High School in Lubbock in a dual-credit program.

LCU was established in 1957 with 110 students.