Texas State University has welcomed 7,892 first-year students in the fall 2023 semester, a 3.3% increase over fall 2022. The freshman class represents a record-setting enrollment for the third consecutive year.

With the incoming freshman class, the university has an overall enrollment of 38,873—the highest in the past five years and the second-highest in university history, according to a news release.

“For the first time in our history, Texas State is the most-applied-to university through the ApplyTexas application, and that has resulted in a record number of new Bobcats enrolled this fall,” Texas State President Kelly Damphousse said. “Our job now is to provide all of our students with the support and one-of-a-kind educational experience they need to achieve their dreams. While our record freshman class is comprised of students from 37 states and 22 countries, 96% of our first-year students are from Texas. We are educating a record number of Texans and that makes our state, our workforce and our communities stronger.”

The specifics

According to the university, the number of first-time freshmen ranked in the top 25% of their high school classes increased 3.9% over 2022. Additionally, the number of out-of-state freshmen enrolling at Texas State also climbed by 20% over the past year.

A record for the largest number of new undergraduate and graduate students for the fall 2023 semester has also been set with 11,752. New student enrollment has exceeded 11,000 for the third consecutive year, according to the university.

The university welcomed 111 new doctoral students, a 35.4% increase over 2022. According to Texas State, the university has invested in the expansion of its graduate programs as part of the Run to R1 initiative to become a top-tier research institution in the country.

A record has also been set for the number of international students at 951 in fall 2023, with the previous record of 721 set in 2022. Additionally, enrollment for the university’s Round Rock Campus increased by 2.5%.

The three colleges with the largest student enrollment continued to grow:
  1. College of Science and Engineering - 7,343 students
  2. College of Liberal Arts - 5,961 students
  3. College of Fine Arts and Communication - 5,179