Texas State continues its steady growth by all measures of enrollment as it moves closer to attaining federal designation as an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).
The university announced overall enrollment of 32,586 for the 2010 fall semester, an increase of 5.8 percent over the fall 2009 enrollment of 30,803 and an increase of 11.3 percent over the fall 2008 enrollment of 29,105.
Hispanics comprise more than 25 percent of the Texas State undergraduate student body for the first time ever. If the university sustains 25 percent Hispanic enrollment, it will be eligible for additional federal funding as a federally designated HSI.
University spokesman Mark Hendricks said the university expects to receive the designation officially once the enrollment numbers are certified by the state and federal governments. Hendricks said the process could take up to a year, adding that the additional federal funding “could be in the neighborhood of $5 million.” The university had originally aimed to achieve HSI status in 2012.
Of 27,476 undergraduates, 6,961 are Hispanic and 1,738 (six percent) are African-American.
“It has been our goal to become a Hispanic Serving Institution,” Texas State President Denise 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.”
Texas State has the fifth highest graduation rate in Texas. University officials said that graduation rate holds steady among students of all ethnic groups. Trauth said that will remain a university priority.
“We are proud that the enrollment at Texas State is reflecting the true face of Texas,” Trauth said. “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 also announced rises in graduate student enrollment and in enrollment at the university’s Round Rock Higher Education Center.
Graduate enrollment now stands at 4,387, an increase of 4.6 percent over last year after a 12.1 percent increase a year earlier.
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 with 98 students in the opening class.
Freshman enrollment is 3,930, up 7.1 percent from 3,667 in fall 2009. The freshman class 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. A record 3,611 transfer students also enrolled, up 9.4 percent from 3,301 transfer students a year earlier.
“We are pleased to have achieved another record enrollment,” Texas State Provost Perry Moore said. “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.”Email | Print