University enrollment through the roof
By Sarah Haley
The increase of enrollment for the past several years continues to effect undergraduates on and off campus, specifically traffic concerns.
For the 18th consecutive year student enrollment has continued to grow making fall semester of 2015 a record-setting semester of 38,006 according to University Press Release. While the large amount of students flocking to the university has a positive impact many students are being affected by the overpopulation on campus and within the town.
The issue for most students like junior Jessica Tavera, 21, of Luling occurs within transportation and the traffic around the campus.
“It usually takes me 2-3 times to get on the bus during certain hours,” Tavera said.
While Tavera is not the only one having trouble with large amount of students in San Marcos senior Jose Velez, 23, of Pflugerville acknowledges the overcrowded parking garages on campus.
“I don't even try to park here anymore,” Velez said. “I actually park at my church it's in front of the quad and it's really nice.”
While trying to accommodate large amount of students who live off-campus with multiple buses and parking garages around the university that does not seem to be cutting it. Velez said that the main campus could find some relief if the university makes more off-site locations where classes can be offered.
“They do not have many classes offered at Round Rock so if they increased the course load there and at other locations that could possibly help them as well," Velez said.
Although there is overcrowding Tavera acknowledges that the influx of students coming to San Marcos benefits the towns recognition.
“When you go to other places we’re like Go Bobcats and they’re like who?” Tavera said. “I feel like we should definitely grow to represent our name and get our name out there.”
Recognition for the university is happening slowly but surely with a growing number of students coming each year.
"This fall's freshman class is the largest in Texas State's history, and included more of the top students in the state," Texas State Provost Eugene Bourgeois said. "Nearly half of the entering freshmen ranked in the top quarter of their high school class. That’s a significant increase over last year."
Senior Jose Velez acknowledges that the large amount of students that continue to grow each year benefits the local businesses by fueling their companies and creating more jobs.
“I actually used to work at a H-E-B in Austin and that H-E-B was the highest volume store in the entire company,” Velez said. “So H-E-B and other companies probably thrive off the large amount of students here."
For more information on the growth of the university visit the University Press Relsease, http://www.txstate.edu/news/news_releases/news_archive/2015/ September-2015/Enrollment091015.html.