Thursday, February 27, 2014

Texas State University: A Leader In Diversity

Ashley Malcom

SAN MARCOS- As Texas State University’s student population continues to grow with record-breaking numbers so does the diversity on campus.

With new construction underway and a mass of students walking through the Quad it would be difficult not to notice a population growth at the university. For the 16th consecutive year Texas State has broken its enrollment record. The university news service announced that a total of 35,568 students enrolled last semester compared to last fall’s enrollment of 34,225 students.

“I think it’s good for (Texas State) to grow because it gives it a more diverse community,” said Crystal Flores, a junior and fashion merchandising major at Texas State University.

Along with a steady increase, the school has seen a rise in the diversity of the student population on campus. The current student body is the most diverse in the school’s history.

“... We are most pleased that our efforts to recruit students from all backgrounds has led to a truly diverse population at Texas State,” said Texas State University Provost Eugene Bourgeois in a statement.

Minorities now make up 42 percent of the student body. This includes a 26-percent increase in the enrollment of both Hispanic and African American students.  With the increase in diversity many students are voicing their support.

“…The population growth is benefiting local businesses and helping build the diversity Texas State is proud of,” said Shannon Quay, sophomore at Texas State University.

Texas State is not only welcoming its most diverse student body but it is also enrolling students with higher rankings in their high school classes. More incoming freshman this year were ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class than in previous years. Fourty-nine percent ranked at the top 25 percent of their high school class.

“Things are changing and we are no longer quite the party school that Texas State has been known for since it was Southwest Texas,” said Colby Gober, a student at Texas State University.

Texas State has a statistically more diverse, intelligent student population than ever before giving current students even more of a reason to be proud of their school. With this, the school is on its way to becoming a top contender with the major public universities in Texas, such as The University of Texas and Texas A&M University.

“Texas State continues to be a leading university in the state,” said University president Denise M. Trauth in a statement.

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