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Texas State sets enrollment record for 15th consecutive year

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
September 19, 2012

Texas State University-San Marcos has announced an enrollment of 34,229 for the 2012 fall semester.

This marks the 15th consecutive year Texas State has set a new record for total enrollment. This fall’s total population includes students from 230 Texas counties, 47 states and Puerto Rico as well as 66 nations. “Texas State continues to attract many outstanding students from across our state and nation,” said Denise Trauth, president of Texas State University.  “As an Emerging Research University, the combination of our academic programs, research efforts, stellar faculty, attractive campus setting and location, makes Texas State a popular destination for talented undergraduate and graduate students” said Trauth.

Undergraduate enrollment also reached a new record of 29,461, an increase of 502 students. Graduate student enrollment totaled 4,088 while post baccalaureate enrollment reached 680.   Over the past decade, Texas State’s enrollment has grown 30.1 percent.

The numbers of new freshmen and transfer students this fall at Texas State are the second highest ever. There are 4,251 new freshmen this year and 3,757 transfer students.  

“We are pleased to see an increase in the quality of this year’s freshman class in terms of test scores, class rank and diversity” said Eugene Bourgeois, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The number of new graduate students also increased.  New master’s students increased by 2.3 percent and new doctoral students increased by 32.7 percent.

Enrollment at Texas State’s Round Rock Center totaled 1,790.

Texas State’s student body continues to diversify, with minorities making up 40 percent of the student body. Twenty-eight percent of Texas State’s student body is now Hispanic, up from 27 percent a year ago. African American students comprise 7 percent of total enrollment.

During the past academic year, the university also awarded degrees to 6,820 students—an all time record. 

“These are certainly exciting times at Texas State,” said Bourgeois.  “As the university continues to expand its academic and research programs, and attracts greater numbers of talented students, we will be positioned to make an even greater contribution to our state’s educational and economic future.