Media writing student
SAN MARCOS— For the 16th consecutive year TexasState University’s enrollment has broken records with its most diverse population in the school’s history. The enrollment topped 35,568 in the 2013 fall semester, an increase from 2012 fall semester.
University President, Denise M. Trauth said she’s pleased with the growth and attributes the success of the university to their role in preparing the next generation to go out into the work force.
“We take our role in preparing the next-generation work force in Texas very seriously, so it is gratifying to see that so many incoming students are choosing to attend Texas State,” Trauth said. “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.”
The influx of students has also brought a record of 31,032 undergraduates with a large freshmen population of 5,181, a 22 percent increase from 2012. The school’s diversity also continues to grow, minorities make-up 42 percent of the student body with a 12 percent increase in the Hispanic population and a 14 percent increase in the African-American.
Texas State Provost Eugene Bourgeois said he is pleased with the diversity of the university.
“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, so we are most pleased that our efforts to recruit students from all backgrounds has led to a truly diverse population at Texas State,” Bourgeois said.
Similarly, some students agree and add that the growth of the student body will bring many opportunities.
Casey Robinson, a sophomore, said, “It [the school] should continue to grow because it’s easier to get involved in things. There’s more money and better resources for the school when more students come here.”
Junior, Isai Ramirez agreed and said he wouldn't have a job in the PACE program if the university hadn't continued to grow.
However, Texas State’s population influx has not come without its share of problems. Several students expressed parking frustrations on campus.
Public relations major Greg Arguello said, “There is never a parking spot, ever. Every time I am looking for one there is never one to be found.”
Student Grace Svoboda also has problems with commuting to school.
“When I got here almost four years ago, I don't remember parking and traffic to be that much of a problem,” Svoboda said. “Now, I have to plan for it every day when I commute to campus. It's a pain.”
Another problem seems to be the buses. With a higher student population the buses have become over-crowded, but student Tyler Patek said it’s a better alternative than finding parking.
“I don't like taking the bus, but it is better than worrying about being extra late to class just because you can't find a parking spot,” Patek said.
But despite commuter troubles some remain optimistic like Texas State graduate Dakota Colby.
“The growth was inevitable,” Colby said. “San Marcos is a beautiful city and we have a really nice campus. I would say that we are receiving the benefits more than the negative effects.”
And even though Arguello has trouble finding parking he said that his coming to Texas State was influenced by the size of the university.
“…. there is a lot of diversity [in Texas State] so there is always something to look for.” Arguello said. “There is not just this one group where you either fit in or you don't. There is just a place for everyone.”
Casey Robinson, sophomore
Isai Ramirez, junior
Greg Arguello, sophomore
Grace Svoboda, senior
Tyler Patek, junior
Dakota Colby, baker, musician
Dr. Denise Trauth, university president
Dr. Eugene Bourgeois, university provost