Texas State: Can You See Us Now?
Fellow Bobcats agree that Texas State University is “The Rising Star of Texas” and the record-setting 35,568 students enrolled, made up of the most diverse student body in the school’s history gives proof to that statement.
With this being the 16th consecutive year that Texas State has had record enrollment, President Denise M. Trauth had this to say. “This new high in student enrollment demonstrates that Texas State continues to be a leading university in the state, and that students and their families recognize our institution offers both an outstanding educational experience as well as an exceptional value.”
Along with increasing enrollment, Texas State’s student body continues to diversify with minorities making up 42 percent of student population. Texas State Provost Eugene Bourgeois made comment that “it is important that our institutions of higher learning adequately reflect the growing diversity of this state, so we are most pleased that our efforts to recruit students from all backgrounds has led to a truly diverse population at Texas State.”
Student opinion on the university’s growth vary from person to person. James Ottoman, biology major at Texas State University feels that “growth is a positive thing for any university and that Texas State should be a competitive regional school. With more growth comes more funding and more events.” Similar thoughts were made by student Colby Gober who believes the school should continue to grow to gain credibility. "I think with the increase in number of students it will set the standards higher and Texas State can become a better school.”
On the other hand, Chelsey Kidder, Texas State student, spoke on one serious problem with the increasing size of the university. “You can’t find parking anywhere, and buying a parking permit is just pointless now.” As a fellow student I agree with Chelsey, noticing the parking problem three years ago during my freshman year and over this time the problem seems to have multiplied in severity. “I hate getting around campus,” stated Efrain Balderrama, a criminal justice major graduating in May, expressing that "this is my first semester with a parking pass but I can never find a spot."
Texas State’s increasing reputation will continue to draw potential students but with that increasing size it is expected that the university will run over a few speed bumps on the way to the top. “We take our role in preparing the next-generation work force in Texas very seriously, so it is gratifying to see that so many incoming students are choosing to attend Texas State,” President Denise M. Trauth said. “Go Bobcats!”