The Lone Star Hog community is growing—and faster than you might expect. Everyone talks about how the University of Arkansas population is nearly half Texan. And while there aren’t quite that many Texans, the real numbers still surprised me.
Turns out, about 22% of the undergraduate students at the UofA are from Texas. No surprise there. But I did a little digging through the university records to find the broader trend, and here is what truly shocked me: the number of Razorbacks from Texas has more than tripled over the last ten years as a percentage of the overall undergraduate population.
Fancy Table 1: Texas Razorbacks as a percentage of UofA undergraduates
Source: University of Arkansas Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
Today, we represent a strong throng of nearly 5,000 Lone Star Hogs who love the Hogs, and love Texas. This is what Lone Star Hog has always been about—bringing together the proud Texans who choose to be a Hog. We catch a lot of flack about our apparel for “desecrating the classic hog,” and we occasionally get hate mail from hot-blooded Arkansawyers who insist the razorback should “ONLY BE RED!” The shirts we print aren’t meant to take away the love Arkansans have for their hogs—they’re meant to represent the things we hold most dear and identify most closely with: Texas. Razorbacks. Simple.
So next time you’re flying your LSH flag, or sporting your Texas Tusk Polo at a tailgate and someone gives you a mouthful about your blasphemous LSH gear, give them a gentle reminder that Texans are an integral part of the Razorback family. 22% and growing every year, to be precise (if they’re the type to get technical). Our love for Texas and the Hogs takes away nothing from their love of Arkansas and the Hogs. If the trend continues, Texans will be a solid ¼ of the Razorback family next year.