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September 16th, 2009
Texas State enrollment reaches record 30,816

STAFF REPORT

Texas State University’s student enrollment has reached a new record of 30,816 for the fall semester, Michael Heintze, associate vice president for enrollment management and marketing said today.

The official number, reported on the 12th day of class by state law, is 1,700 more students than last fall’s record 29,105 students.

“This fall’s freshman class of 3,667 is easily the largest and most diverse in Texas State’s history,” Heintze said.

Diversity among entering freshmen reached a record 36 percent, with 27 percent of the class being Hispanic students. A record 3,301 transfer students also enrolled. Overall, undergraduate enrollment rose 4.8 percent to 26,011.

The Graduate College also recorded a record enrollment of 4,198—an increase of 12.1 percent over 2008. The Round Rock High Education Center enrolled 1,737 students, which represented a 14.1 percent increase over the previous year.

“The increase in new undergraduate and graduate students, combined with a record retention rate helped us achieve this year’s enrollment.” Heintze said.

“We are certainly pleased with this year’s record enrollment and how it supports 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.”

Texas State President Denise Trauth said, “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.”

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