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September 21st, 2009
Texas State passes 30,000 enrollment

The Old Main building at Texas State, which passed 30,000 in enrollment this fall. File photo.

STAFF REPORT

After passing Texas Tech and Texas-San Antonio last year to become the fifth-largest university in Texas last year, Texas State has again set its enrollment record this fall, passing 30,000 students.

Michael Heintze, the university’s associate vice president for enrollment management, said 12th day enrollment last week reached 30,816. The previous record was 29,105, set last fall.

Heintze said the freshman class of 3,667 is “easily the largest and most diverse in Texas State history. Freshman diversity reached 36 percent, with 27 percent of the class being Hispanic. A record of 3,301 transfer students also enrolled. Overall graduate enrollment increased 4.8 percent to 26,011.

“I am very pleased that so many outstanding students have chosen Texas State to continue their education,” 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.”

The Graduate College enrollment increased 12.1 percent from 2008, reaching 4,198. The Round Rock High Education Center enrolled 1,737 students, representing a 14.1 percent increase over the previous year.

“We are certainly pleased with this year’s record enrollment and how it supports our state’s Closing the Gaps initiative.” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Perry Moore said. “I am particularly proud of our deans, department heads and faculty, who provided sufficient classes to accommodate student needs.”

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