Texas State’s consistent growth contributes to diversity in San Marcos
San Marcos – Alexx Ward
Texas State’s increased enrollment has set records for 18 consecutive years, contributing to a diverse student body with minorities making up 49 percent of the student body.
Enrollment reached 38,006 students in the fall 2015 semester, according to a university pressrelease. The growth among the student population is exciting for some, especially school officials who may now modify and expand the campus because of increased enrollment.
New buildings, parking lots and living facilities being constructed are a direct result of increased enrollment.
“Not only does the university have more students than ever before, we have more students taking more hours,” said Texas State President, Denise Trauth.
“That reflects strongly on our students’ success, and our students earning their degrees in a timely manner.”
Texas State has resources to accommodate the many needs of different students from all over the world. Texas State’s Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion (SDI) offers diversity conferences, personal and academic support for underrepresented students, plus more services. SDI is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. located on the fifth floor of LBJ Student Center, suite 5-2.1.
Hispanic enrollment increased approximately 9 percent and African-American enrollment increased more than 13 percent from 2014, according to university officials.
"This fall's freshman class is the largest in Texas State's history,” said Texas State Provost, Eugene Bourgeois.
Students at Texas State have multiple outlets to explore many cultures and ethnic groups with over 300 registered student organizations. Organizations range from Archery Club, Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), Bangladesh Student Association (BSA), to Hip Hop Congress (HHC) and hundreds more.
Elizabeth Gonzales, 18, of Dallas, said there is always room to grow but also recognizes there are a ton of organizations for students to check out and join.
"I think there are plenty of organizations that appeal to different people. Some seem to be less diverse in regards to race but there are a few that have diversity among their members. I honestly think the organizations on campus could be more diverse but it all depends on what people appeal to the most," said Gonzales.
HHC is an organization of hip-hop music lovers and artists that come together and assist the city of San Marcos whether by means of education programs or community service.
Students join HHC every semester for numerous reasons and find comfort in meetings conversing with people from all over the world about the music industry, playing new music and discussing current topics in hip-hop.
“We really open up our arms to everybody, everyone’s welcomed,” said V.P. of Events & Marketing, Eric Rabara. “It’s a safe environment and I think a lot of people can relate.”
HHC meets every Tuesday at 6p.m. in LBJ Student Center room 4-1.6; follow HHC on twitter for more updates.