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Texas State University has announced an enrollment of 34,113 for the 2011 fall semester, an increase of 4.7 percent over the fall 2010 enrollment of 32,572, a record for the institution.

The numbers of new freshmen and transfer students also set records this fall at Texas State. There are 4,471 new freshmen this year, up from 3,930 a year ago. The number of transfer students at Texas State increased from 3,611 in 2010 to 3,833 in 2011.

Texas State’s student body continues to become more diverse. Twenty-seven percent of Texas State’s student body is now Hispanic, up from 25 percent a year ago. African American students now comprise 7 percent of enrollment, up from 6 percent a year ago. White students make up 62 percent of enrollment as compared to 65 percent a year ago.

“We believe our 2011 enrollment figures indicate that Texas Sate is an increasingly popular choice for the students of Texas. We are also proud that our enrollment continues to better reflect the culturally diverse population of the State of Texas,” said Gene Bourgeois, Texas State provost and vice president of academic affairs.

— FROM TEXAS STATE NEWS SERVICE/MARK HENDRICKS

CORRECTION: The headline on this story should have said that Texas State’s enrollment is 34,113, not 32,572.

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20 thoughts on “34,113: Texas State sets enrollment record

  1. The last I heard (and it has been a couple of years), there was no plan to add any. Surface lots are being torn up, and replaced with garages, but the total number of spaces are unchanged.

    Or, so I was told.

    An excellent example of the city and the university leaders not playing well together, leading to student/non-student tension. Not enough parking on campus, so students park downtown. Students park downtown, so we have time limits, tickets, towing and all that wonderful stuff. Students get wise to that, and park in neighborhoods near campus, and/or around shuttle bus stops. No parking signs go up everywhere in the neighborhoods. Students feel unwelcome. Non-students feel encroached/imposed upon.

  2. Just wondering Ted, how would the city leaders have any say over campus parking and enrollment? University leaders are hell-bent on growing enrollment to allow them to issue additional tuition-revenue bonds to fund what they want, and seems additional parking spaces aren’t it.

  3. There is this really neat thing that TXST has that we all pay for.I think it’s called the Bobcat Tram. You should try using it sometime.

  4. And a new garage is being built right next to the new performing arts center. I don’t understand why people are getting frustrated. Our school is growing and buildings don’t just pop up on their own. Construction takes time.

  5. Hi, There is plenty of parking for students and others in the stadium and outer lots. They aren’t full, and the trams do a great job. Walking is good for everyone unless they are handicapped, and there are accommodations for that. I think Texas State is a jewel that San Marcos should be proud of, and I think the city and college work well together. Texas State is growing enrollment, but it retains a small feel and is very undergraduate friendly, something you don’t find in the behemoth north on I-35. Let’s celebrate what we have and work together to make the community better.

  6. From the Campus Master Plan, there are 4,684 spaces for on-campus residents, 5,012 for commuters, and 2,069 for restricted permit holders.

    and “The University mandated that the number of parking spaces would not be reduced or increased, and all spaces removed were to be replaced one-to-one. The Master Plan achieves this recommendation by replacing surface parking spaces in proposed structured parking garages.”

    34,000 students. 28,000 students off campus, and most of those commuting. 5,000 commuter parking spaces. No plans for more.

  7. 56% of students commute from outside of San Marcos, according to the most recent survey. Add to that, students living in San Marcos, but not within walking distance of a shuttle bus stop. That’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 20,000 students potentially looking for a commuter parking space.

  8. I can’t pass up an opportunity to promote my favorite idea: What if TX State didn’t allow the freshmen who are required to live on campus to get parking permits? Then they’d ride their bikes, walk, and take the tram around town, getting more in touch with the community and becoming more bike friendly, while the commuters would have more parking space on campus available to them. Yay, win-win-win!

  9. Not the worst idea. It seems to come up every year, and I can’t say that I have ever heard why it doesn’t happen.

    Interestingly, the number of spaces for residents seems to have increased by 1500 in recent years. If the total number is unchanged, then those 1500 must have come out of commuter spaces, since the number of faculty/staff spaces also appears to be unchanged.

  10. Yes, no parking permits for freshmen sounds like a good start. We do not have the roads to handle the number of available parking spaces. Maybe a reduction in available parking is a good thing if it promotes less vehicular traffic.
    I didn’t drive my car at all during the week in college. It took me 15 minutes to get there by bus and foot, so I only used it when going out of town. Walking, biking and riding buses connected me more with the city.

  11. I suggest TxState purchase land behind Sac-N-Pac at the corner of Aquarena & I-35 and build a commuter lot. This would keep many cars out of town completely. Even the stadium parking is problematic since Aquarena between I-35 & Sessoms is over capacity.

  12. To combine two of the above ideas: If freshman are allowed cars “on campus”, these should be parked in a remote, secure lot – out behind Sac and Pac, for example. Students then have access for times they need to commute home, but the cars are taken out of the in-town, daily traffic.

    This worked pretty well in the last college town we lived in, similar in size to San Marcos.

  13. A student recently proposed remote lots for on-campus residents, in the University Star. It was definitely an interesting idea and he (I think it was a he) made a pretty compelling case.

  14. I’m still reeling over Ted saying he doesn’t own a single pair of flip-flops.

    Ted, really? Not one pair? Not even a flip or a flop?

  15. Yes, remote lots are a compelling idea. Bring 30 students in on a bus instead of each one having a car. Make parking exponentially more expensive the closer you get to campus.

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