Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Students see issues with Texas State enrollment increase

Texas State University set an enrollment record of 35,568 students last fall semester, according to a Texas State press release. This is the 16th consecutive year that the student enrollment has increased.

President Denise M. Trauth is pleased with the increasing amounts of enrollment.

“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,” she said.

Though the president is happy, the students see some issues that are results of the enrollment increase.

Annat Rosenthal, a student at Texas State feels the university is not physically capable to handle housing more students.

"(The university) should expand physically, like adding more dorms and room before more students,"said Rosenthal.

Another student, dance major Mayson Hornsby, agrees that the university is running out of space.
“The university is pushing its maximum limit, until it grows and adds more facilities like dining halls and dorms," said Hornsby

Hornsby also thinks that not only does the university need to grow, but also the entire city of San Marcos in order to accommodate the amount of students filling the area.
“We have enough trouble as it is, waiting for buses or trying to get places because some places are only one lane,” she said. 

Kelsey Kotzur, a senior at the university, also thinks the city of San Marcos can’t handle the increase of students. She thinks the university shouldn’t continue to grow until the city can hold an increase of students.

“The streets are packed all the time, a ridiculous amount of traffic. I can’t ever find a parking spot at H-E-B,” said Kotzur.

Though students see over-crowding at the university and in San Marcos, most agree that if the university increases physically, they would like to see the enrollment continue to increase.

"Education is a great thing so increased enrollment just means more people getting a good education," said Frankie DiMento, a senior at Texas State.

Ashley Jeffries agrees that Texas State enrollment should increase as long as the campus also grows.

“It makes our school more reputable." 

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