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Texas State University-San Marcos reaches record enrollment

Date of Release: 09/13/2006

SAN MARCOS —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 27,503 compared to a previous record of 27,129 set last fall.

“Texas State continues to grow in popularity,” said Heintze. “We currently have students from 231 of the 254 counties in Texas, as well as 48 states and 63 countries.”

Hispanic enrollment increased from 5,396 to 5,672 and now represents 21% of the undergraduate student body. The total number of master's and doctoral students decreased slightly from 3,355 to 3,282. Enrollment at the Round Rock Higher Education Center grew to 1,351.

“This fall's freshman class of 3,015 was the third largest in Texas State's history, and included some of the top students in the state,” said Texas State President Denise M. Trauth. “Fifty-one percent of entering freshmen ranked in the top quarter of their high school class.”

Diversity among entering freshmen reached a record 31.6 percent, with 23 percent of the class being Hispanic students.

“This improvement demonstrates that the university is making steady progress in its efforts to attract a talented as well as diverse student body,” Trauth said.

A total of 2,979 new transfer students enrolled matching last year's record number. The primary sources of these students were Austin Community College, San Antonio College, Blinn College, and North Harris Montgomery County College. Students from ethnic minorities made up 31 percent of entering transfer students, another institutional record.

The freshman-to-sophomore retention rate is now 76.3 percent, one of the highest in the state among public universities and nearly two percent higher than last year.

“This year's record enrollment demonstrates the progress we have made in achieving our enrollment goals,” said Perry Moore, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “In the coming year, we will continue to work with our students, faculty and staff to meet the challenges of a growing enrollment, and ensure that the academic experience offered to our students continues to be one of the best in the nation.”