UNT’s enrollment hits new all-time high

UNT’s enrollment hits new all-time high

UNT’s enrollment hits new all-time high
October 04
23:59 2017

UNT’s enrollment total hit a record high for the fall 2017 semester, surpassing 38,000 students, as well as having the school’s largest-ever group of incoming freshmen.

UNT’s class of 2021 is the largest in the university’s history with 2.8 percent growth over last year and is part of a student body totaling 38,121.

The school’s enrollment total last year was 37,979. The 2015 fall semester saw the university welcome 37,231 students. This year’s new high is representative of a steady increase in the number of students who choose UNT as their home.

At the State of the University address, UNT President Neal Smatresk talked about the growth of the university in the past year.

“This year our enrollment topped 38,000, but more importantly our freshman class continued to grow,” Smatresk said at the address. “Once again the biggest class we’ve ever accepted. Their qualifications were wonderful. We have more students in the top 10 percent. We have more students with high SAT scores. They jumped six points this year.”

Smatresk also said the university increased its number of National Merit Scholars to 55.

“We brought in 26 National Merit Scholars this fall,” Smatresk said. “To bring in 26 is an amazing feat that puts us on par with the best universities anywhere and proves once and for all that the University of North Texas is a first choice institution. We have National Merit Scholars from all over the country, taking almost every kind of major.”

Smatresk added the enrollment at the UNT New College at Frisco’s is 1,200 after its first year.

“Eight hundred of those students are uniquely enrolled at UNT at Frisco,” Smatresk said. “And came there because of the new spirit, the dynamic new programs and the energy that folks like Brenda McCoy and many of our deans are putting into this program.”

Smatresk also said UNT’s Ph.D. enrollment grew, and the university graduated more students than ever before this past year.

Anam Iqbal, assistant director of freshman recruitment at the Office of Admissions, said in an email UNT and Denton continue to strive and grow for the better.

“I think this is very exciting and speaks to the quality of UNT’s programs, many of which are among the nation’s top 100,” Iqbal stated in an email. “The Denton community has also been rated among the nation’s best college towns, which I believe is also attractive to students and their families.”

Iqbal said the university’s diversity has improved and so have UNT’s efforts to attract students from all around.

“We are also constantly growing and adding new programs catered towards our diverse student body,” Iqbal said. “I believe UNT is continuing to build its reach not just in DFW but all over Texas and is attracting some of the brightest students around.”

Overall, the university’s diversity has increased over last year.

The student body consists of 53 percent women and 47 percent men. There was a 4.8 percent increase in the number of Hispanic students (8,805), a 4.4 percent increase in the number of Asian students (2,732) and a 2.1 percent increase in the number of African American students (5,433). There was also a 2.7 percent decrease in the number of American Indian students over the last year, bringing this year’s total to 570 students.

Freshman business student Gisselle Benitez said UNT’s diversity was important in making her decision to come here.

“There’s strength in numbers,” Benitez said. “That’s why I chose a minority-serving institution like UNT because I felt that I belonged here and that I could be comfortable here.”

Featured Image: UNT students walk in and out of the Union. UNT is made of 53 percent women and 47 percent men. The school has seen an increase of students this year. Zoee Acosta

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Sean Riedel has been a staff writer for the North Texas Daily since September 2017.

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