Two national magazines have once again named UNT among the top colleges and universities in the United States based on the number of undergraduate degrees conferred to minority students.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Magazine lists UNT at:
- Rank 37 Total Minority – All disciplines combined
- Rank 37 Hispanic – All disciplines combined
- Rank 21 African-American – All disciplines combined
- Rank 40 Native American – All disciplines combined
The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education lists UNT at:
- Rank 36 – Bachelor's/All disciplines combined
- Rank 67 – Master's/All disciplines combined
- Rank 38 – Doctorate/All disciplines combined
During the 2009-2010 school year, a total of 1,572 Hispanic and African-American students earned degrees at UNT, showing increases of 16.9 percent and 6.9 percent respectively. A total of 7,951 Hispanic and African-American undergraduates were enrolled at UNT during the past school year.
"These results demonstrate our commitment to student success and diversity," says Gilda Garcia, UNT vice president for Institutional Equity and Diversity. "UNT's focus on creating a student-centered and inclusive learning environment is reflected in the increases in the graduation rates of minority students. We have been successful in attracting minority students, and more importantly, we are graduating minority students. Obviously we need to do more, and we will. We look forward to even greater increases in the coming years."
UNT's Hispanic and African-American enrollment has increased dramatically since 2005. Hispanic enrollment has increased 43.3 percent while African-American enrollment has climbed 27.5 percent. Today, almost 28 percent of the approximately 28,500 undergraduates at UNT are Hispanic or African-American.
Buddy Price with UNT News Service can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.