Source: Robert Poland
Identifying information about source: Senior, Business Major, from Kilgore, TX.
Q1: Texas State has reached record-setting enrollment for 18 consecutive years. How have you been affected by the increased enrollment?
A1: Traffic has really been an issue, it is inevitable wherever you go. Especially near campus. Except during the holidays and summer the traffic is really not that bad and tolerable, due to all the freshman having to go back home.
Q2: Do you think a lot of the increasing enrollment is due to freshman?
Q2: How was the increased enrollment impacted growth at the city-level?
A2: Well you see construction everywhere; more and more apartments are being built, and dorms so they can house all the freshman.
Q4: Does this construction affect you in not wanting to go anywhere or do anything?
A4: At times I try to avoid driving around during peak traffic times like 5:00 pm or anytime throughout the day when classes are switching.
Q3: What do you think the university should do to address the growth in population?
A3: I'm not sure, I guess try to acquire more land for expanding school buildings and parking garages. They should increase the acceptance rate, that should slow down enrollment quite a bit. I feel like it is just an easy college to get into.
Q4: What changes have you seen in your classes or job?
A4: Registration is a lot harder, and in class every seat is full. So if someone needed to enroll in the class, it'll be filled up after 2 days max.
Q5: Do you think the university should continue to grow? Why, and do you think the increase is good or bad for San Marcos?
A5: No, because it is already too big, there's already not enough parking, there's already not enough housing for freshman and other students. The increase is good economically, business are expanding and getting more money, but the traffic and living purposes it has become a hassle.