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UNT Insider | October 2011 issue | UNT offers most affordable research university education in Texas

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UNT offers most affordable research university education in Texas

From a UNT News Service press release

According to data in a new Access and Affordability at Texas Public Universities report issued by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, UNT offers the state's most affordable research university education.

This finding comes at the same time that UNT is making good on its commitment to admit more top-quality students and graduate more students each year while providing exceptional student support and a rigorous classroom experience.

"UNT clearly is the best choice and value in Texas when both quality and affordability matter," President V. Lane Rawlins says.

UNT is the largest, most comprehensive university in the North Texas region with about 36,000 students pursuing degrees in 225 programs. The university graduates about 8,500 students annually.

For 2009-10, the resident cost of attendance at UNT was $17,565, according the National Center for Educational Statistics. NCES is operated by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences.

Comparatively, the cost at the state's two public research universities (University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University) and six other emerging research universities ranged from $22,874 at the University of Texas at Austin to $18,288 at Texas Tech University. The costs reported include tuition and fees, books, room and board, and a personal living allowance.

"Since its founding in 1890, it has been the mission of UNT to provide the people of our region and state the highest-quality comprehensive education at an affordable rate," Rawlins says. "In the future, as we continue to grow as a major public research university, we are even more committed to providing an unparalleled educational experience for students while also meeting the social, business and cultural needs of the region.

"We know that our mission as a public research university is to successfully prepare the bright students of Texas for leading our state in the future while serving the communities and businesses of the state now," Rawlins added.

UNT also compares favorably with its national competitors. UNT remains affordable when comparing the average cost of attendance to out-of-state peer institutions such as the University of Arizona, Florida International University, San Diego State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

At UNT, students are part of one of the nation's most diverse communities and have the opportunity to participate in an array of scientific and social research, cultural endeavors and community support programs.

To join the UNT community, students must meet the following criteria for automatic admission:

  • All students in the top 10 percent are admitted regardless of test score.
  • Students in the next 15 percent must score at least 950 on the SAT or 20 on the ACT.
  • Students in the second quarter must score at least 1,050 on the SAT or 23 on the ACT.
  • Students in the third quarter must score at least 1,180 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT.

This fall, UNT's freshman class grew both in size and talent. The 4,069-student strong class includes more students from the top ranks of Texas's 2011 high school graduating class and holds an average SAT test score of 1105, which is four points higher than last year. And importantly, this UNT freshman class is focused on earning degrees quickly as they are carrying an average class load of 14.5 hours.

In addition, UNT continues to be one of only eight universities in the nation with more than 5,500 Hispanic and 4,500 African American students. And, this year, UNT will meet the needs of more than 2,500 veterans and their dependents pursuing degrees.

Buddy Price with UNT News Service can be reached at buddy.price@unt.edu.

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October 2011

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