Another new record was set at UNT with spring enrollment for 2011 hitting 34,155 students, which is an increase of 4.6 percent over spring 2010, according to the unofficial 12th class day census. Importantly, the enrollment for spring reflects increases in class retention and new transfer students, which means more students are continuing their studies to higher levels.
As the nation's 32nd largest public university, UNT continues to be the largest, most comprehensive university in the North Texas region and an important driver for the country's 6th largest economy.
“As a public university, we are committed to providing the students of Texas the highest-quality education at affordable costs. And Texas needs more students in higher education so I am pleased that our enrollment continues to grow, just as I am pleased that we remain equally as focused on growing our strengths in research,” says V. Lane Rawlins, president of UNT.
UNT is committed to transforming itself as a public research university, and is growing its excellence in science, engineering and technology while remaining focused on its mission of educating and graduating students.
The spring 2011 number of continuing UNT students grew 4.9 percent over spring 2010. Growth in retention means UNT is not just enrolling more students but also is keeping those students focused on graduation. This past year, UNT awarded more than 7,800 degrees. In December, UNT graduated 2,771 students, an increase of 8.7 percent over December 2009.
In addition, UNT continues to be the leading destination for transfer students in Texas. A total of 1,630 new transfer students are enrolled this spring. UNT advisors work closely with students at the community college level to develop academic plans that transfer to UNT degree plans and improve transfer success rates. The program is part of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's College 2+2+2 Program to increase awareness of the importance of a college education and increase the number of students who successfully complete the transfer process to a university.
UNT has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as No. 1 in Texas and No. 4 nationally among public U.S. colleges and universities with the largest number of transfer students.
Kelley Reese with UNT News Service can be reached at Kelley.firstname.lastname@example.org.