It’s a 3-peat: UNT grows again, enrolls 42,372 to defy national trend

Friday, September 10, 2021 - 08:23

DENTON (UNT), Texas – For three years in a row the University of North Texas has grown significantly while higher education institutions across the country are facing large declines in enrollment.  

The latest 12th-class day enrollment report at UNT shows 42,372 students are working to earn their degree at Texas’ most comprehensive Tier One research university serving the North Texas region – an increase of 4.2%.

That enrollment outpaces the state’s projection’s for UNT by 4.46%, indicating that the university continues to do more than its share in serving the people of Texas. UNT also is meeting the state’s needs for a well-educated workforce with a 15% growth in degrees awarded between 2016 and 2020. In the past five years, UNT has provided 47,550 newly-minted, highly-qualified degree holders who are sought after by companies across Texas and the nation because of their abilities.

This year’s growth includes the largest number of new freshmen in the university’s history: 5,533 – a record that has been set twice in the last three years. In addition, UNT has record growth (22.8%) in graduate students, with 9,776 students seeking advanced degrees to improve their futures.

“At UNT, we are dedicated to the success of our students, and there is no better testament to the first-class experience and high-quality education we provide than the fact that so many students choose to start and complete their degrees with us,” said UNT President Neal Smatresk. “The fact that we are growing as the pandemic continues to provide all of us with challenges is proof that students and their families consider earning a higher education a top priority.”

UNT students benefit from a challenging education as well as a diverse and supportive community committed to their success. As one of only 18 Carnegie Tier One research universities designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution, UNT is proud to also be designated a Minority-Serving Institution.

With 88 of its 239 degree programs named in the Top 100, and named a Top 10 Public University in the U.S. on the rise, UNT offers students plenty of choice at the highest quality, as well as convenience with courses available at our flagship campus in Denton, our satellite campus in Frisco and globally online thanks to a partnership with Coursera, the world’s leading online learning platform.

UNT is currently teaching 2,638 students at its locations in Frisco — Hall Park and Inspire Park — as well as at  the Collin Higher Education Center in McKinney.

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