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Texas State sets enrollment record; Undergrads 25 percent Hispanic

Posted by Mark Hendricks
University News Service
September 15, 2010

Texas State University-San Marcos has announced an enrollment of 32,586 for the 2010 fall semester, an increase of 5.8 percent over the fall 2009 enrollment of 30,803.

For the first time ever, Hispanics now comprise more than 25 percent of the Texas State undergraduate student body of 27,476. There are 6,961 Hispanic undergraduate students enrolled at Texas State this fall, or 25 percent of all undergraduates. African-American students make up 6 percent of the undergraduate student body with a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,738.

“We are proud that the enrollment at Texas State is reflecting the true face of Texas. As demographics change in our state, it is important that our institution keeps pace with that change in order to better serve the higher education needs of our citizens,” said Texas State President Denise Trauth.

If the university sustains a 25 percent or greater Hispanic undergraduate enrollment, it will be granted the federal designation of Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and be eligible for additional federal funding in the future.

Texas State has the fifth highest graduation rate in Texas and that graduation rate holds steady among students of all ethnic groups. Trauth said that will remain a university priority.

“It has been our goal to become a Hispanic Serving Institution,” said Trauth. “Now it is time we direct our efforts toward becoming the best HSI in the state. It is not enough to recruit talented students from all ethnicities – we must also continue to retain those students and see that they graduate. We will rededicate our efforts toward those essential goals and continue to become a better university for all of our students in the process.”

Texas State officials had originally hoped to achieve HSI status by 2012.

Texas State also experienced a rise in graduate student enrollment and increased enrollment at the university’s Round Rock Higher Education Center. Enrollment in the Graduate College now stands at 4,387, an increase of 4.6 percent over last year. A total of 1,984 students are attending classes at the Round Rock campus, up 14 percent from last year. This year, the university opened its doors to the first class of nursing students at the Texas State St. David’s School of Nursing in Round Rock. Ninety-eight students comprise the initial class.

This fall’s freshman class of 3,930 is the largest and most diverse in Texas State’s history. Diversity among entering freshmen reached 39 percent, with 28 percent of the class being Hispanic students. A record 3,611 transfer students also enrolled.

“We are pleased to have achieved another record enrollment,” said Perry Moore, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas State. “I believe our climbing enrollment numbers indicate very strongly that we have an excellent reputation among the state’s students, parents, teachers and counselors. The academic experience of our students is very important to us.”