SAN MARCOS—–Texas State University-San Marcos has experienced a consecutive record-setting year in enrollment. Michael Heintze, associate vice president for enrollment management, reported that Texas State's total enrollment reached 27,171 compared to a previous record of 26,783 set last fall.
"Texas State continues to grow in popularity," said Heintze. "We currently have students from 226 of the 254 counties in Texas, as well as 49 states and 78 countries."
Hispanic enrollment increased from 4,980 to 5,405 and now represents 20 percent of the student body. The total number of master's and doctoral students decreased slightly from 3,396 to 3,367. Enrollment at the Round Rock campus totaled 1,289.
"This fall's freshman class of 3,076 was the second largest in Texas State's history, and included some of the top students in the state" Heintze said. "Fifty percent of entering freshmen ranked in the top quarter of their high school class."
The average SAT score was 1,072. Diversity among entering freshmen reached a record 28 percent, with 22 percent of the class being Hispanic students.
"We are pleased about this improvement and it demonstrates that we are making steady progress towards Hispanic-Serving Institute status," Heintze said.
The number of new transfer students also reached an all-time record of 2,996. The largest sources of these students were from Austin Community College, San Antonio College, Blinn College and the North Harris Montgomery County College District. Diverse students made up 30 percent of entering transfer students, another institutional record.
"We are pleased to be making progress in these important areas as we work toward our strategic enrollment goals" said Perry Moore, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "One of our immediate goals is to increase our graduate enrollment from 16 percent of the total student body to approximately 18 percent. We feel that achieving this mix of students will allow us to accelerate the development of our graduate research efforts and provide additional instructional resources for our undergraduates."
The six-year graduation rate for Texas State also reached an all-time high, placing Texas State fifth among the state's 30 four-year institutions.
"As we complete the first year of our new strategic plan, I am pleased that so many students have chosen Texas State as their academic home," said President Denise Trauth. "In the coming year, we will work with our students, faculty and staff to meet the challenges of a growing enrollment, by adding faculty, expanding our classroom and laboratory space and improving services that enhance student outcomes."