By: Dean Garcia
SAN MARCOS - For the 16th consecutive year the university has set an enrollment record. Up from 35,568 for the 2013 fall semester to the preliminary enrollment figures this fall topped 36,700 students, roughly 3.5 percent increase from a year ago.
“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.
If these numbers hold up Texas State would be the fourth largest university in the state only behind Texas A&M University, The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston.
Although this is great for the status of the university, the growth has also created problems for not only current students but also future students. Dorms are becoming crowded and parking lots don't have enough spaces.
"The dorm I'm living in right now is supposed to be a room for 2, but they put 3 of us in there,” Esperanza Estrada a freshman said.
According to Jessica Jimenez the increased traffic causes her to be late to class.
"Traffic greatly effects how I get to and from classes. I have evening classes which I am late too because the bus I take is slowed down by the evening traffic that happens as most classes are let out." Jimenez said.
Its not just the traffic and congestion of the tram system. A lot of students complain about parking and how parking needs to be expanded. Some students think that it’s a problem that will never be fixed.
"I don't think I've ever been to a college that has the parking situation under control." Wes Clary said.
In 2013 parking services sold 23,940 permits and only 13,670 spaces available with a total population of faculty and students at 38,225, according to Texas State’s parking comparison chart.
Kelly Phan a junior from Houston thinks the university should continue to grow, but should give the city time to catch up.
"Larger enrollment numbers will increase the universities’ national profile, but I think the community should have some time to adjust." Phan said.
Given that the university has not had time to grow with it’s enrollment it has led to overcrowding. Students are forced to get to campus or to the tram extremely early. “You lose like a good hour trying to get to school. I have 8 a.m. classes and have to wake up extra early,” senior Megan McCann said. “I’ve lived off campus the past three years and every year I’ve moved closer and closer to campus.”
To get more information regarding parking or the university tram system you can contact parking services via their email firstname.lastname@example.org or number 512.245.2887.