Thursday, March 3, 2016

Diverse Story Assignment

Increased enrollment raises concern throughout the community

By Avery Holley

SAN MARCOS- Students, teachers and locals are apprehensive about the universities recent increased enrollment policy. Issues such as parking, traffic and class size have raised awareness across town.

Texas State University has announced the most diverse student body in the school's history, part of a record-setting enrollment of 38,006 for the 2015 fall semester.
This is an increase from the enrollment of 36,764 for the 2014 fall semester. It marks the 18th consecutive year Texas State has set a new record for total enrollment, according to a university press release.

When students on campus were asked how they felt about the increased enrollment the answers were fairly similar.

According to junior Kross McCarty, 21, of San Marcos, “Parking is obviously out of control. I pay so much money to have a green pass and I can't even find a spot when I get here. I have to leave extremely early and end up circling the parking lot for half an hour before I finally find a spot."

Kylie Edmonds, 21, of San Marcos, agreed that parking and busses are the major issue.

"The buses are my main concern. Every time I try to get on the bus to go to school, I end up having to wait for the next one or always end up standing up in the middle of the crowd. Also, increased traffic at stoplights is so annoying. I have to leave 20 minutes early just to make sure I'm not late because the light by my house gets so backed up, Edmonds said.”

While the ratio of busses to students may be outnumbered, adding more routes is questionable. The company that Texas States acquires their bus system from also has other duties to accomplish in order to make more money in the community. But, at the same time they must serve the university.

In addition, class size and registration problems continue to grow. According to several students getting to class early is an essential. In order to sit somewhat close to the front or in a good seat you must arrive to class ahead of time. When registration time rolls around, students complained that the classes fill up so quickly requiring them to rearrange their schedule or left unable to register for the class of choice at all.

“When it’s time for registration, I feel like people are already so stressed out with whether or not they are going to get the classes they want, that they don’t need anymore students to compete with for spots available. Registration is such a nerve-racking time for students, nobody truly understands, McCarty said.”

In contrast, senior Zeriah Cortez, 22, of San Marcos likes the large number of students and the diversity that comes along with it.

“I have friends of all races that all go to Texas State. We are such a close friend group and I wouldn’t have it any other way. We all met at Texas State freshman year and we will probably remain friends for life, Cortez said.”

Texas State is a rapidly growing university that has a great future in store. According to a university press release, Texas State’s student body continues to diversify, with minorities making up 49 percent of the student body. Preliminary numbers indicate Hispanic enrollment increased approximately 9 percent to a record 12,629, and now comprises 33 percent of the student body. African-American enrollment increased more than 13 percent to 3,816 and accounts for 10 percent of the university population. 

In the future, San Marcos will continue to expand and allow many fortunate students to call home. For more information on Texas State's increased enrollment please visit 

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