Students and Faculty adapt as Texas State Reaches record Enrollment.
By Ryan Calvert
Texas State University student.
San Marcos – Texas State made history with a record enrollment of 35,568 students this past fall and the most diverse student body in school history.
These factors have helped expand the university, and also effected many students experience at Texas State. A 1,343 students increase from last spring semester to the fall semester of 2013 gave Texas State its sixteenth consecutive year of increased enrollment.
A large part of this increase was the record Incoming freshman class of 5,181, which was a 22 percent increase from 2012.
Faculty members of the university have found these statistics to be a positive sign. With more students attracted to Texas State people like President Denise M. Trauth believe that the influx of students is a credit to the university’s history of preparing students for their career after college.
“We take our role in preparing the next-generation work force in Texas very serious,” Trauth said. “ This new high in student enrollment demonstrates that Texas State continues to be the leading university in the state, and the students and their families recognize that our institution offers both an outstanding educational experience as well as an exceptional value.”
Another aspect of student enrollment growth benefiting Texas State positively is the increase in minorities to Texas State, which make up 42 percent of the university.
Texas State provost Eugene Bourgeois believes this is a credit to Texas State’s recruiting efforts.
“As the demographics of Texas continue to shift, it is important that our institutions of higher learning adequately reflect the growing diversity of the 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.”
Students also embrace the diversity on campus.
Greg Arguello, a sophomore from Houston, Texas, agrees.
“Yes, there is a lot of diversity, so there is always something to look for,” Arguello said. “There is not just one group where you either fit in or don’t. There is just a place for everyone.”
Despite the positives of diversity and the university being more recognizable outside of San Marcos; many students have expressed concerns with the rapid growth and whether or not it should continue.
Some believe there is limit to how much the university and city of San Marcos can grow.
Junior and education major Jenae Rhoads was skeptical when asked if she thought it should continue to grow.
“Probably not, because there are a lot of people that live here and they already have expanded apartments and dorms, but they haven’t expanded building,” Rhoads said “It is really crowded and San Marcos can only grow so much.
Some students understand that the growth is good for the university, but want to make sure it doesn’t have a negative effect on the campus and city.
“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,” Senior Grace Svobada said. “It’s important that the San Marcos community keeps our environment a priority.”
The overcrowding on campus coincides with another issue; parking spaces.
For the 35,568 students that attend there’s only about 11,000 parking spaces available to students. Although not all students have permits; the ratio needs to change according to students like Leah Perez.
“It’s crowded and San Marcos has turned into a congested area, and the town isn’t big enough to handle the growing number of students,” Perez said. “As for parking, you have to show up about an hour early to find a spot on campus, and even then you aren’t guaranteed a spot. Most of the time parking lots are full by 9:30 a.m.”
Sophomore Casey Robinson agrees, and has ideas on what the university should do.
“There should be more buses going around, or cheaper parking permits,” Robinson said. “The price of those things are too high for the few spots they have on campus. Building more parking garages would be helpful too.”
With all things come change and Texas State is no different. As the university continues to prosper the student body and faculty will continue to adapt to the changes as the last 16 years have shown that the growth will continue to steadily climb.
Leah Perez, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greg Arguello, email@example.com.
Casey Robinson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
University News Service,http://www.txstate.edu/news/news_releases/news_archive/2013/September-2013/Enrollment091613.html