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September 15th, 2010
Texas State enrollment reaches 32,586

Texas State University's Old Main, right, is among San Marcos' best known landmarks. The university continues to grow with an enrollment that surpassed 32,500 in the Fall 2010 semester. TEXAS STATE PHOTO

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Texas State University has announced an enrollment of 32,586 for the 2010 fall semester, an increase of 5.8 percent over the fall 2009 enrollment of 30,803.

For the first time ever, Hispanics now comprise more than 25 percent of the Texas State student body. There are 6,961 Hispanic students enrolled at Texas State this fall, or 25 percent of total enrollment. African-American students make up 6 percent of the student body with a total enrollment of 1,738.

“We are proud that the enrollment at Texas State is reflecting the true face of Texas. As demographics change in our state, it is important that our institution keeps pace with that change in order to better serve the higher education needs of our citizens,” Texas State President Denise M. Trauth said.

If the university sustains a 25 percent or greater Hispanic enrollment, it will be granted the federal designation of Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and be eligible for additional federal funding in the future.

Texas State has the fifth highest graduation rate in Texas and that graduation rate holds steady among students of all ethnic groups. Trauth said that will remain a university priority.

“It has been our goal to become a Hispanic Serving Institution,” Trauth said. “Now it is time we direct our efforts toward becoming the best HSI in the state. It is not enough to recruit talented students from all ethnicities – we must also continue to retain those students and see that they graduate. We will rededicate our efforts toward those essential goals and continue to become a better university for all of our students in the process.”

Texas State officials had originally hoped to achieve HSI status by 2012.

Texas State also experienced a rise in graduate student enrollment and increased enrollment at the university’s Round Rock Higher Education Center. Enrollment in the Graduate College now stands at 4,387, an increase of 4.6 percent over last year. A total of 1,984 students are attending classes at the Round Rock campus, up 14 percent from last year. This year, the university opened its doors to the first class of nursing students at the Texas State St. David’s School of Nursing in Round Rock. Ninety-eight students comprise the initial class.

This fall’s freshman class of 3,930 is the largest and most diverse in Texas State’s history. Diversity among entering freshmen reached 39 percent, with 28 percent of the class being Hispanic students. A record 3,611 transfer students also enrolled.

“We are pleased to have achieved another record enrollment,” said Perry Moore, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas State. “I believe our climbing enrollment numbers indicate very strongly that we have an excellent reputation among the state’s students, parents, teachers and counselors. The academic experience of our students is very important to us.”

CORRECTION 11 a.m. SEPT. 16: The total numbers of Hispanic and black undergraduate students were incorrect in an earlier version of this story due to incorrect information from Texas State.

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