Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Texas State Faces Challenges as Population Continues to Grow

By: Hillary Barr

SAN MARCOS – While the number of students and residents of San Marcos continue to grow, conditions at Texas State continue to worsen.

According to a fall 2014 university press release, Texas State has broken it’s enrollment record for the 17th year in a row with 36,700 students. This continuous rapid growth has begun to make it difficult for students living off campus to get to class.

With limited parking options close to campus, many students are forced to take the Bobcat shuttle service, which can be prone to overcrowding and confusing route changes due to construction.

“I drive to school and have perimeter parking. I take the bus from there to campus.” Said junior Rachel Thigpen. “You have to wait and the bus is really full. Everyone is jammed together.”

This results in making the chances of getting to class on time difficult unless you leave substantially early. “I’ve lived off campus the past three years and every year I’ve moved closer and closer to campus” said senior Megan McCann. “You lose like a good hour trying to get to school. I have 8 a.m. classes and have to wake up extra early.”

The increase in the student body population not only affects how students get to and from class but where students are able to live in San Marcos. According to a Sept. 3 University Star article 21 freshman were forced to find alternative housing due to overpopulation in the student dorms.

The dorm I'm living in right now is supposed to be a room for 2, but they put 3 of us in there, so it's crowded.” said freshman Esperanza Estrada.

The university claims to be taking multiple steps to correct these issues in regards to overpopulation. According to an Oct. 1 University Star article, the university has considered capping enrollment and implementing a Pathway Program, which allows students to take both Texas State and Austin Community College classes. However, despite these implications, Texas State and San Marcos will continue to be a growing community that faces challenges until the population is under control.

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