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No news here. Texas State is growing.

This week, the university announced its 16th consecutive year of increased enrollment, along with the most diverse student body in the school’s history.

The new record-setting enrollment number is 35,568 for the 2013 fall semester, up from a record 34,225 for the fall 2012 semester.

“We take our role in preparing the next-generation work force in Texas very seriously, so it is gratifying to see that so many incoming students are choosing to attend Texas State,” Texas State President Denise Trauth said. “This new high in student enrollment demonstrates that Texas State continues to be a leading university in the state, and that students and their families recognize our institution offers both an outstanding educational experience as well as an exceptional value.”

Undergraduate enrollment reached a new record of 31,032, an increase of 1,574 students. A record incoming freshman class of 5,181 is 22 percent larger than the 2012 class. Approximately 49 percent of the incoming freshmen were in the top 25 percent of their high school class, a figure that has remained relatively steady for the past two years.

“Of those, a larger number of freshmen from the top 10 percent of their graduating class were among this group than in previous years,” Trauth said.

Minorities making up 42 percent of the student body. Preliminary numbers indicate Hispanic enrollment increased 12 percent to a record 10,682, and now comprises 30 percent of the student body. African-American enrollment increased 14 percent to 2,824 and accounts for eight percent of the university population.

“As the demographics of Texas continue to shift, it is important that our institutions of higher learning adequately reflect the growing diversity of this state, so we are most pleased that our efforts to recruit students from all backgrounds has led to a truly diverse population at Texas State,” Texas State Provost Eugene Bourgeois said.

The Ingram School of Engineering reporting record-setting enrollment of 731 students, a 21 percent increase from last fall. Enrollment at Texas State’s Round Rock campus totaled 1,783, including 33 students in the new Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) program.

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