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Texas State reports record fall enrollment

Date released: 10/01/03

SAN MARCOS — Texas State University-San Marcos has surpassed its record enrollment for the fifth fall semester in a row, the university announced Wednesday.

The university reported a 12th class day fall semester enrollment of 26,366. Last year’s record enrollment was 25,065. Texas State’s enrollment is up 5.2 percent (1,301 students) from the same period last year.

Undergraduate enrollment at Texas State increased 4.4 percent (933 students) in the past year. Graduate enrollment increased 12.8 percent (372 students). New freshman enrollment also increased by 6.2 percent (167 students) from the same period last year.

Minority representation in the Texas State student body increased to 26 percent, up from 25.7 percent last year. Enrollment of Hispanic students increased 6.7 percent (305 students).

“Texas State is now serving 4,843 Hispanic students which is another record for the university,” said Joanne Smith, associate vice president of student affairs and director of enrollment management. “Diversity in our campus community helps to strengthen the overall quality of education students receive at Texas State. We are pleased that our minority representation continues to increase each year.”

Retention of new freshmen who enrolled at Texas State in Fall 2002 increased to 77 percent, compared to 76 percent of freshmen in Fall 2001.

The Round Rock Higher Education Center total enrollment increased to 1,584 students compared to 1,496 in Fall 2002. The number of students enrolled in classes only at the RRHEC is 839, up from 780 students a year ago. Another 745 students take courses at RRHEC as well as at other Texas State locations.