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Tarleton State University will host eager high school and transfer students during the bi-annual Texan Tour Saturday.

Texan Tour is a popular visitation day for prospective students to get an up-close look at student life, academics and the spirit of Tarleton.

Texan Reps, current Tarleton students, guide groups on campus tours and answer questions from a student's perspective throughout the day. Visitors are given the opportunity to speak with representatives from academic departments, undergraduate admissions, financial aid, scholarships and residence life.

This year’s tour will also include a student organization fair where attendees can visit with members of the band, fraternities, sororities, spirit groups, service organizations and more.

The last fall tour saw a record number of students and family members visit campus.

“Last year we had more participants than ever which led to the largest fall enrollment in Tarleton’s history,” said Laurie Gaiser, director of school relations and the university’s Welcome Center.

Tarleton saw an increase of 19 percent in freshman enrollment in fall 2010, making it the largest freshman class in the university’s 111-year history.

According to Gaiser, this year’s tour registration numbers are even higher.

“The campus is continuously improving to accommodate new students,” Gaiser said, mentioning the new residence halls and nursing building. “We’re excited to be a part of Tarleton’s growth.”