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UNT Insider | September 2009 Issue | UNT enrollment tops 36,000

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UNT enrollment tops 36,000

From a UNT News Service press release

Fall 2009 enrollment at UNT increased by 1,508 students (4.3 percent) as compared to last fall. Today, 36,206 students are now pursuing degrees at Texas' fourth largest university, according to the unofficial headcount at the 2009 fall census date (the fall semester's 12th day of classes).

This enrollment includes an 11 percent increase in graduate students, which is important to the university's continued development as a national research university. UNT's fall 2009 enrollment also includes important growth in retention and continued growth in Hispanic, African American and Asian students.

Growth at the graduate level means that 7,658 students are pursuing graduate level education at UNT. This includes a 10.3 percent increase in master's degree program students and 5.1 percent increase in doctoral level students.

This fall's enrollment growth is the largest increase in seven years and marks the ninth consecutive year of record-breaking enrollment.

Importantly, the largest single category of growth was retention. This fall, 1,082 additional previously enrolled students are continuing their studies at UNT so they remain on track to graduate on time. 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 7,600 degrees (9 percent increase).

UNT continues to be a diverse university with:

  • 4,635 Hispanic (11 percent increase),
  • 4,795 African American (8.2 percent increase) and
  • 1,971 Asian students (9.3 percent increase) enrolled this year.

Expert rankings in U.S. News & World Report recently put UNT ninth among public National Universities to watch because of its innovative progress. And U.S. News & World Report again ranked UNT first in Texas and fourth in the nation among public universities, for the number of transfer students it serves.

This fall, 4,023 students (4 percent increase) transferred to UNT from other colleges and universities. As more students each year are beginning their higher education at community colleges, it is important that universities are prepared to help them complete their bachelor's degrees seamlessly. UNT has long been a leader in identifying and addressing the unique needs of transfer students.

UNT also is reaching out to meet the needs of the more than 650 student veterans pursuing their degrees after serving the country. A Veterans Center opened this fall to help these students navigate the GI bill and to make sure they are receiving the full complement of benefits they deserve. Staff in the center, which includes student veteran volunteers, also will help these students acclimate to campus life. Many veterans are dealing with the shock of returning to civilian life after serving in a combat zone.

UNT enrollment figures continue to include students at the UNT Dallas campus. Separate counts for enrollment figures for UNT and the UNT Dallas campus aren't expected to be known until after the 20th class day at the earliest.

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.

Kelley Reese with UNT News Service can be reached at Kelley.Reese@unt.edu.

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September 2009

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