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SAN MARCOS—Texas State University’s student enrollment has been growing for the past consecutive 16 years. With the increased enrollment, great and new opportunities have been happening and so have some student struggles.
Texas State University has announced the most diverse student body in the school's history, part of a record-setting enrollment of 35,568 for the 2013 fall semester, said by university officials.
Jenae Rhoades, sophomore Education major, did not seem too concerned with the growth, but does not believe that the university should continue to grow without expansion.
“I haven’t really noticed that there are so many people. Parking sucks, I mean, but it always has. I am in my major classes and some are really big, some are really small. I am not in my basics anymore,” Rhoades said. “There are a lot of people that live here and they already have expanded so much, they have expanded apartments and dorms but they haven’t expanded buildings. It is really crowded and San Marcos can only grow so much.”
Grace Svoboda, senior Communication Design major, believes that the growth is good for the university and the town, but could be harmful for the vegetation and environment.
"Although it's good for the university and the San Marcos economy, I dread the day that our beautiful river and its resources show obvious negative signs of population growth. It's important that the San Marcos community keeps our environment a priority," Svoboda said.
As the university grows, so do the different demographics of the student population. University officials say that 42 percent of our student body is minorities.
Greg Arguello, sophomore Public Relations student, talked about the diversity of the university and finds it to be a positive for the university and the student body.
"There is a lot of diversity so there is always something to look for. There is not just this one group where you either fit in or you don't. There is just a place for everyone," Arguello said.
Parking and buses are a major concern for all students at Texas State. Casey Robinson, sophomore, was most concerned about these things with the increase in enrollment.
“There should be more buses going around, or cheaper parking permits. The prices of those things are too high for the few spots they have on campus. Building more parking garages would be helpful too,” Robinson said.
Isai Ramirez, junior, thinks positive things about the growth.
“I’m all for it, just because I've seen a lot of awesome opportunities come to Texas State since the growth … We get a lot more funding for programs at Texas State … The new res (sic) halls that are going up I think they’re pretty amazing too, and it’s about time because some of the of the ones that they have here are pretty old,” Ramirez said.
The university will continue to grow for years, and the school will continue to accommodate as best as possible.
“The school’s going to grow regardless, this is like the fastest growing city in the United States, so it’s inevitable. It would be nice to keep it like that small, close, like small town feel, but I just don’t think it’s possible,” said Carla Jara, senior Psychology major.
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