Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Texas State reaches Highest Enrollment

For 16 consecutive years Texas State University has experienced record setting enrollment and the 2013 fall semester marked the institution's highest enrollment of 35,568 students.

“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,” said President Denise M. Trauth in a statement.

As enrollment continues to grow and benefit the school’s reputation, many Texas State students fear the growth is happening too rapidly for the university to accommodate demands.

“I have attended Texas State for four years and in this time the campus and the city of San Marcos has flourished. Driving around the town, you can’t help but notice the amount of traffic and finding parking on or near campus is practically impossible,” said senior Clint Krehmeier.

Crystal Flores, a junior at Texas State, commutes from Austin and faces problems similar to Krehmeier.

“I do have trouble with parking. I think they should build more parking spaces,” said Flores.

Due to the rise in enrollment, heavy traffic and limited parking has effected the numerous drivers and students using the Bobcat Tram system.

“I take the LBJ route and many times I have been late to class because the bus has been full and I have had to wait for the next one,” said junior Christina Drifka.

Not only are the buses at maximum capacity, the construction throughout San Marcos is delaying traffic.

"The university should focus on finishing construction on campus and it should also allow the road construction to be complete before the university continues to grow,” said Drifka.

While Texas State students experience the negative effects, student Colby Gober manages to look past it to see the positive attributes of new growth.

“The increase in number of students will set the standards higher and Texas State can become a better school,” said Gober. “Things are changing and we are no longer quite the party school that Texas State has been known for since it was Southwest Texas.”

Sophomore Shannon Quay sees the positivity the growth has brought to Texas State and to the city.

“The population is growing, but it is benefiting the town of San Marcos and helping build the diversity Texas State is so proud of,” said Quay.

Texas State Provost Eugene Bourgeois is also pleased with the diversity on campus from recent enrollment.

“As the demographics of Texas continue to shift, it is important that our institutions of higher learning adequately reflect the growing diversity of this state,” said Bourgeois in a statement. “So we are most pleased that our efforts to recruit students from all backgrounds has led to a truly diverse population at Texas State.”

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