Led by unprecedented gains at its unofficial flagship in San Marcos, enrollment at the Texas State University System’s eight universities and colleges grew 2.8 percent, the largest collective increase in three years.
As of Wednesday — the last day for students to withdraw from classes without penalty — system wide enrollment stood at 81,291, up 2,240 from 79,051 in fall 2013. All five of the system’s four-year institutions reported enrollment increases over the last year’s totals, enough to offset across-the-board enrollment declines at its three two-year schools.
Texas State University itself reported total enrollment of 36,790, or 3.5 percent more than the 35,546 students who attended the university in fall 2013. The total — which includes both graduate and undergraduate students and the nearly 1,900 who take classes at the university’s Round Rock campus — is bolstered by 5,365 incoming freshmen, also a record for the university.