UNT sets record for enrollment

UNT sets record for enrollment

UNT sets record for enrollment
September 09
22:45 2015

Sarah Lagro | Staff Writer

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The incoming freshman class is the largest in university history and overall enrollment reached a record 37,231 students, a 3 percent increase from last year.

UNT President Neal Smatresk announce the increase in a faculty senate meeting Wednesday.

“We’re doing things better,” Smatresk said. “This boost in enrollment is proof.”

First-time freshman enrollment has increased 7.5 percent since last year, and graduate student enrollment increased 16.3 percent after a three-year decline. There was also a boost in transfer students with a 7.3 percent increase since the previous year.

UNT recorded a boost in enrollment within its various colleges. The College of Information increased by 28.6 percent, the Mayborn School of Journalism by 17.7 percent and the College of Education by 6.2 percent. Student retention rates have also risen by 0.7 percent with 26,670 students remaining enrolled.

“The investments we’ve made in recruitment are paying off,” Smatresk said. “Our mission is to educate the workforce of tomorrow, and that starts with getting them in the door and keeping them on track to graduate.”

There are 17,509 male students and 19,722 female students.

UNT consists of students from all over the world, representing all 50 states and 133 countries.

The largest increase was Hispanic students by 9.9 percent at 7,764 students enrolled. Asian-Pacific Island students rose 3.6 percent to 2,5ll students, and black students have increased by 2.6 percent to total 5,111 students. The American-Indian student enrollment grew by 0.7 percent to 543 students.

“This is our biggest enrollment boost in the past few years, and coupled with the notable growth in the quality, diversity and breadth of our student population is a sign of an important change in momentum,” Smatresk said. “It’s clear that more students are making UNT their first choice university.”

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