Rankings and Recognitions

Established in 1890, UNT is one of the nation's largest public research universities with 37,000 students. Ranked a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Classification, UNT is a catalyst for creativity fueling progress, innovation and entrepreneurship for the North Texas region and the state. UNT’s programs are internationally recognized with research and scholarship spanning all disciplines. World-class faculty are making breakthroughs every day. And students and alumni are changing the world around them.

UNT firsts

  • First jazz studies program in the U.S.
  • First undergraduate emergency administration and planning program in the U.S.
  • First bachelor's degree in digital retailing in the U.S. and first Master of Science program in merchandising offered completely online
  • First school library certification program in the U.S. offered completely online
  • First graduate applied anthropology program in the U.S. offered completely online
  • First undergraduate program in applied behavior analysis in the U.S. and first accredited master's program in behavior analysis in the world
  • First and only Ph.D. program in art education in Texas
  • World's first graduate program in environmental philosophy and world's first field station in environmental philosophy, science and policy at Cape Horn, Chile
  • First four-year aviation logistics program at a university in Texas and only such program in the nation
  • First master's program in international sustainable tourism in the U.S. and the first to require a year abroad
  • First retail program in the U.S. to integrate courses in merchandising, digital retailing, store operations, finance and retail strategy

UNT bests

  • Denton name the fifth Best College Town in the nation by Livability.com
  • Environmental philosophy program recognized as the best in the world by the International Association for Environmental Philosophy
  • One of the nation's best music colleges, with areas of international distinction from early music to jazz
  • Online M.B.A. ranked as a Top 15 best buy among distance programs by GetEducated.com
  • Only professionally accredited journalism master's program in Texas
  • UNT named one of America's 100 Best College Buys® for 20 consecutive years
  • UNT named an America’s Top College by Forbes for eight consecutive years
  • UNT named a Best Mid-Size Employer in the U.S. with more than 1,000 employees by Forbes
  • UNT named a Best in the West college by The Princeton Review for six consecutive years
  • UNT named a Green College by The Princeton Review for five consecutive years
  • UNT named Texas' greenest college campus by ecollegefinder.com
  • UNT named a top Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs for seven consecutive years
  • UNT named a top university by Military Advanced Education & Transition
  • UNT ranked among the top 100 most affordable large public universities by Affordable Colleges Online
  • UNT's digital library ranked 11th in North America and 24th in the world for top repositories
  • UNT is the only public school in Texas listed as a member of the inaugural Excellence in Community College Transfer Honor Roll by Phi Theta Kappa
  • UNT ranked 4th in the nation for the best annual return on investment value for computer science degrees by PayScale.com
  • Graphic design program ranked 1st in the Southwest by Animation Career Review
  • Hospitality and hotel management program ranked 31st in the world by CEOWORLD Magazine
  • Logistics and supply chain management program ranked 6th in North America by Gartner Inc. and 3rd in the nation by Software Advice
  • Audiology graduate program ranked 48th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Medical librarianship graduate program ranked 1st in Texas and 6th nationally by U.S. News & World Report
  • Public administration (city management/urban policy) master’s program ranked 1st in Texas and 13th nationally by U.S. News & World Report
  • Public management administration graduate program ranked 29th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • School library media graduate program ranked 1st in Texas and 8th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Online graduate business program (M.B.A.) ranked 15th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Online graduate criminal justice program ranked 18th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Graduate rehabilitation counseling program ranked 1st in Texas and 15th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Library and information studies graduate program ranked 21st in the nation by U.S. News & World Report