Denton (UNT), Texas – The University of North Texas continues to defy national trends by growing 4.1% to enroll a record-breaking 40,796 students for Fall 2020.
The growth is due in part to an increase in graduate students of more than 13%. UNT now has 8,006 students seeking advanced degrees to improve their futures.
In addition, UNT’s retention rate of 82% for new freshmen and 85% for transfer students means more students chose to continue their pursuit of a degree, building on large increases in enrollment last year and this summer – proving the high priority that students and their families place on securing a higher education even during a pandemic and challenging economic times.
“UNT has long been a university dedicated to the success of our students, and the fact that a record number of students are choosing, staying at and graduating from UNT is the most important testament to the value and quality of a UNT degree,” said UNT President Neal Smatresk. “We have worked hard to help our students pursue their degrees in a safe environment so that they can stay on track to achieve their dreams.”
UNT is committed to providing innovative degree programs – from Advanced Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence to several MBA options, including Sport Entertainment Management – and supporting students as they earn their degrees quickly. This year UNT awarded 10,280 degrees to strengthen the workforce and make a difference for communities.
Akansha Goel, a graduate student in the Artificial Intelligence master’s program, has her sights set on a career providing solutions for improving the health care system.
“The program has been really helpful in gaining practical experience from the industrial point of view,” Goel said. “The course curriculum is more project-oriented, which gives a way to apply the knowledge learned in class to real life.”
UNT students benefit from a challenging education as well as a diverse and supportive community committed to their success. As one of only 16 Carnegie Tier One research universities designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution, UNT is proud to also have been designated a Minority-Serving Institution this year.
With 89 of its 230 degree programs named in the Top 100, UNT offers students plenty of choice at the highest quality. And 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 the way forward.
This fall UNT welcomed 5,261 new freshmen – the largest group of first-time-in-college students at any university in the North Texas region. And, UNT’s enrollment in classes in Collin County increased 66%, which means UNT is teaching 2,903 students at its locations in Frisco — Hall Park and Inspire Park — as well as at the Collin Higher Education Center in McKinney.
See how education never stops at UNT.
UNT’s enrollment by the numbers breaks down as follows:
40,796 overall headcount
Retention rates: 82% for new freshmen (first-time-in-college) and 85% for transfer
6,110 African-American, a 6.7% increase over last year
506 American Indian, a 0.2% decline over last year
3,447 Asian/Pacific Islander, a 9.8% increase over last year
10,402 Hispanic, a 6.6% increase over last year
Note: Until the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board verifies enrollment numbers and makes them official later in the fall, all enrollment statistics are unofficial, 12th class day numbers.