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Texas State sets new enrollment record of 29,125

Posted by Mark Hendricks
University News Service
Sept. 16, 2008


Texas State University-San Marcos has experienced another record-setting year in terms of enrollment.

Michael Heintze, Texas State’s associate vice president for enrollment management and marketing, reported that Texas State’s 12th class day enrollment reached 29,125, an increase of more than 1,000 students compared to the previous record of 28,121 set last fall.

“We feel fortunate that Texas State continues to be a favorite destination of graduate and undergraduate students,” said Heintze. “This fall, we enrolled students from 226 of the 254 counties in Texas, as well as 46 states and 68 countries.”

Hispanic undergraduate enrollment increased from 5,332 to 5,815 and Hispanics represent 24 percent of the undergraduate student body.  The total number of master’s and doctoral students also increased 7 percent from 3,484 to 3,714, and enrollment at the Round Rock campus grew to 1,525, an increase of one percent.

“This fall’s freshman class of 3,338 is the largest and most diverse in Texas State’s history,” Heintze said.  

Diversity among entering freshmen reached a record 33 percent, with 25 percent of the class being Hispanic students.

“We are pleased about this improvement and it illustrates that the university is making steady progress in attracting a talented as well as diverse student body,” Heintze said.

A record 3,194 transfer students also enrolled.  The primary sources of these students were the Austin Community College District, the Alamo Community College District, Blinn College, and the North Harris Montgomery County College District.

“We are certainly pleased with this year’s record enrollment and the progress it represents in achieving our strategic enrollment goals and supporting our state's Closing the Gaps initiative.” said Perry Moore, provost and vice president for academic affairs.  “I am particularly proud of our deans, department heads and faculty, who provided sufficient classes to accommodate student needs,” Moore said.

Texas State President Denise Trauth said, “I am very pleased that so many outstanding students have chosen Texas State as their academic home. In the coming year, we will continue to work closely with our students, faculty and staff to address the challenges of a growing enrollment, and ensure that the academic experience of our students is not only preserved, but enhanced.”