DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas set an enrollment record for fall 2013 with 36,221 students, an increase of 385 compared to the fall 2012’s unofficial headcount at the fall census date (12th day of classes).
This year’s enrollment numbers include a freshman class that set another new high for SAT scores, a continuing increase in the diversity of the student population, increasing numbers of continuing students, and the largest enrollment of doctoral students in UNT history.
UNT’s continuing focus on increasing the academic achievement level of the students admitted is reflected by this year’s freshman class, which scored an average of 1108 on its SAT test, three points higher than last year’s record.
The number of courses taken by the student body this fall also set an all-time record, with the university reporting a 1.1 percent increase in credit hours registered for by UNT students. The number of continuing students totals 26,140, a 1.2 percent increase over fall 2012.
Growth at the graduate level is particularly important to the university’s continued development as a major research university and this year the number of doctoral students rose by 2.2 percent to a record 1,827.
“We are focused on increasing both the quality of our student body and the diversity of UNT’s population, which is clearly reflected in this fall’s numbers,” said V. Lane Rawlins, UNT president. “It is critical that UNT not only enroll outstanding high school graduates, but that we help them remain in school, graduate and enter the North Texas workforce.”
The diversity of the UNT student body, which already is one of the nation’s most diverse, continues to grow as both Hispanic and African American student numbers increased. This fall, 6,799 Hispanic students are enrolled, an 11.4 percent increase over the 6,102 number for fall 2012. A total of 4,796 African-American students registered for classes compared to 4,697 in fall 2012, an increase of 2.1 percent. The Asian-Pacific Island student population grew 7 percent to 2,341 from last year’s 2,187. UNT’s American Indian student population grew 6.2 percent from 483 to 513 students.
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.