Texas State University certainly is the rising star of Texas, setting a record-breaking student enrollment, and establishing the most diverse student population that the University has ever seen in the past year.
Being said this was the 16th consecutive year Texas State has set a new record for enrollment. In the fall of 2013, they gave 35,568 students the privilege to proudly call themself a Texas State Bobcat. This is an increase from the enrollment of 34,225 for the 2012 fall semester.
“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.
Everyone knows that along with all the pros always come the cons. When asked about the effects of the increased enrollment of students, we got to listen in on many students voicing their opinions first hand.
"I have made a lot more friends," said Shannon Quay, Education major at Texas State University.
"I hate getting around campus," said Efrain Balderrama, senior at Texas State University.
The problem most students seem to be facing after reading the interviews was not finding parking anywhere on campus, or even what a waste of money buying a parking pass is.
“…You can't find parking anywhere, and buying a parking permit is just pointless now," said Chelsey Kidder, criminal justice Major at Texas State University.
“Parking has become more difficult,” said James Ottoman, Biology major at Texas State University, “He mention an article in which he read that the school had over sold commuter parking permits by some 9,000 permits.”
However, the next question is should the University still continue to grow?
“Growth is a positive thing for any University he feels and says that Texas State "should be a competitive regional school. With more growth comes more funding and more events, things to do," said James Ottoman, Biology major at Texas State University.
Many are concerned that with the University continuing to grow that the registration process for signing up for classes is only going to get more difficult and strenuous. Being guaranteed that seat in a class is going to be more competitive.
"I have noticed when registering classes are difficult to get in because of the high demand for certain courses,” said Kelsie Frommel, Physical Therapy major at Texas State University.
Texas State University is rapidly on the rise, and the large enrollment is only making Texas State shine more.