Fall 2012 enrollment at the University of North Texas at Dallas rose by three percent over the previous fall semester’s enrollment, according to figures from the university’s “census day.”
Headcount enrollment rose to 2,097, and full-time equivalent enrollment rose to 1,212, compared to last fall’s 1,090 FTE (an 11 percent increase).
Importantly for UNT Dallas, the number of credit hours taken by undergraduate students increased significantly (10.4 percent) over the previous spring term, attributable to a strong increase in the number of freshmen and sophomore students enrolled at the school. Master’s credit hours increased by 19 percent over the same time period due to a 5.4 percent increase in master’s-level students.
This increase in fall enrollment follows a series of strong summer terms at UNT Dallas. The number of credit hours from the summer terms and the fall 2012 term will be used by the state legislature to determine formula funding for the university in the next biennial session.
UNT Dallas began admitting freshmen to the university in 2010 when the university was founded. This term, freshman enrollment increased 61 percent. The number of sophomore students enrolled at UNT Dallas also increased by 32.9 percent.
UNT Dallas continues to celebrate being a diverse learning community with a rich mixture of racial and ethnic populations and students of all ages. Strong enrollment growth came, in particular, from the Hispanic population as evidenced by an increase of 19.1 percent over the previous fall term, driving the total Hispanic student population to 35.7 percent of the total student body – a figure which makes the university eligible for federal funding as a Hispanic Serving Institution once separately accredited.
UNT Dallas’ application for separate accreditation was accepted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools this summer. SACS will conduct a site visit in April 2013.