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On the cover: UNT medical geographer Joseph Oppong uses geographic information systems and computer models to predict where infectious diseases, such as SARS and Buruli ulcer, will spread worldwide. His research has taken him to Ghana, among other countries. Photo by Courtney Queen.
by James Naples
by Kelley Reese
by Cathy Cashio
by Nancy Kolsti
by Sally Bell
The University of North Texas is the leading university in the North Texas region — a premier educational, intellectual, research and cultural resource for the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.
UNT serves people across the state, but it is focused primarily on serving the residents of the 216 municipalities in the 12 North Texas counties that comprise the Dallas-Fort Worth consolidated metropolitan statistical area.
UNT is the state’s fourth-largest university and enrolls more students than any other university in the region. The university’s Fall 2003 enrollment of 31,065 students was an all-time record. Graduate students comprise about 25 percent of the enrollment.
UNT offers more undergraduate and graduate degree programs than any other university in North Texas — 98 bachelor’s, 128 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs. UNT also is leading the way among the region’s universities with more distance learning classes, a larger residential population and the largest university library system in the region.
UNT is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctoral/Research University — Extensive. This classification includes America’s outstanding educational institutions and only five other Texas public universities. All institutions included in this category award 50 or more doctoral degrees per year in at least 15 academic disciplines. In 2003-04, UNT awarded 140 doctorates.
UNT is the flagship of the UNT System, which also includes the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth and the UNT Dallas Campus.