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UNT Dallas reaches record enrollment, plans for future growth

UNT Dallas reaches record enrollment, plans for future growth

UNT Dallas reaches record enrollment, plans for future growth
October 12
18:39 2016
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UNT Dallas is growing alongside UNT Denton, reaching its record enrollment this year of more than 3,000 students, according to UNT Dallas News. The enrollment increase went from 2,488 last fall to 3,026 this fall, a 17.78 percent change.

“Our retention rate is improving because each student is important to the staff, faculty and administration of UNT Dallas,”said Stephanie Holley, vice president for student access and success.

Holley said this enrollment goal was achieved because of a great team effort from those who put in long hours. She said the staff made every effort to ensure a place at UNT Dallas for every interested student.

“We are on the cusp of something big,” Holley said. “You are on the ground floor, building a legacy. Not many can say they have been part of the foundation and growth of an institution. Be the first to live in the residence hall. Be the first to start a campus organization. Be the first in your family to get a college education.”

The metrics of the increase in enrollment include a 29 percent increase in new freshmen, 28 percent increase in new transfers and a 19 percent increase in graduate students, UNT Dallas spokeswoman Ashley Johnson said. Now more students are finding the benefits of going to UNT Dallas.

With an increase in attendance, UNT Dallas is looking toward integrating new and improved ways for students to experience college.

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“UNT Dallas is taking part in a national program to reimagine the first year experience, which is a retention program,” UNT Dallas president Robert Mong said. “We began a block schedule this semester, which has been popular for many students. We employ an excellent staff of advisors and tutors and try to stay in touch with first year students. I phoned 14 today, asking how things were going so far this semester.”

Mong said UNT Dallas primarily serves students from Dallas ISD, the inner-ring suburbs of the city. He said UNT Dallas is affordable at about $3,900 per semester, which includes tuition and fees. And compared to other universities, UNT Dallas is working toward making sure students can financially afford an education.

Holley said another drastic increase came from transfer students were able to transfer with ease and complete their degree quickly, while getting the most from their transfer credits. She said program options are attractive to students and are less expensive than most, and the faculty members are top notch in their fields.

“Students are afforded many opportunities to participate in and contribute to ideas and decision making at a growing university,” Holley said.

UNT Dallas plans to grow at a similar pace to UNT Denton, which includes the university’s high rate of diversity and retention.

“We are more than 80 percent Hispanic and African-American, because that is the market we serve,” President Mong said. “Our mission is one of promoting empowerment, transformation and strength among our students. Our vision is to become a pathway to social mobility for our students. Those messages are beginning to resonate to prospective students and their parents.”

The university is also looking to continue its student growth in the future through a focus in infrastructure.

Its first 120-bed residence hall will be open in fall 2017 along with a Student Access and Success Center in fall 2018. In addition, the DART Blue Line train station will also arrive on campus in October 2016, making it easier, and more affordable, for students to get to and from campus.

“We hope to be at 5,000 students by 2021 and grow from there,” Mong said. “It is a close knit community. Our faculty and staff are very dedicated to our students. For students who prefer a smaller school, we are a good choice.”

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