Texas State ranked fourth in statewide college applications

Special to the Star

The numbers are in, and it’s official—Texas State was the fourth most-applied-to public university in the state this fall.

The university received a total of 23,865 applications for fall 2013, according to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Texas State fell behind only University of Texas-Austin, Texas A&M University and University of Houston in number of applications. Stephanie Anderson, assistant vice president for Enrollment Management and director of Undergraduate Admissions, said via email that Texas State is a good fit for students looking for quality in the curriculum.

“The number one reason why students are applying here is because of academic quality,” Anderson said. “I believe that students and their families see that we have big opportunities, but have been able to maintain the small feel and student-centered focus.”

The increasing number of applications being sent to Texas State has resulted in record numbers of new students enrolled during recent years. Of 21,495 students who applied in 2012, 12,386 were accepted, according to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. This year, 13,976 students were accepted of the 23,865 who applied.

Bill Nance, vice president for Finance and Support Services, said via email higher revenue numbers will naturally follow with higher application and acceptance numbers.

“If our rate of growth exceeds the average rate of growth for all Texas public universities, we should see an increase in our share of state appropriations from the legislature the next time they meet,” Nance said. “That is because they use a formula system to make appropriations that is based, for the most part, on student enrollment.”

Nance said this growth will hopefully bring in more money to the university but it will create more expenses. Additional funds will be distributed to academic departments to hire faculty to teach the larger number of students, Nance said.
Nance said whether revenue exceeds expenses depends on factors such as an approved budget and cuts contributing to declining revenues.

The funds resulting from more accepted applicants will pay for additional faculty and cover their benefits, Nance said. The funds will also cover operating expenses.

“The provost’s office has a formula that dictates budget increases for the non-salary operating expenses of the academic departments that have enrollment growth,” Nance said. “For the past several years, there have been no additional revenues from enrollment growth left to distribute to other parts of the university after these allocations.”

Nance said another concern is whether or not there will be enough space on campus to accommodate all of the new possible students.

“We have a new 600-bed residence hall under construction on the west side of campus that will open next summer,” Nance said. “Also, architects are currently designing another 600-bed facility that will open two years after that.”