Enrollment at the University of North Texas is up slightly over last year, increasing 0.2 percent.
Enrollment on the university’s census day was recorded at 35,836, an increase of about 82 students over last year. But the numbers won’t be official until the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board verifies them later this fall.
And although enrollment has been down since 2010, when UNT hit a record, the university is headed in the direction it wants to go because of the quality of students and the number of full-time students, said Troy Johnson, UNT’s vice provost for enrollment.
The freshman class saw the largest growth, increasing 9.2 percent over fall 2011, with 4,444 students. It’s the largest freshman class in UNT history.
“Sometimes growth is hard to accomplish in number and quality,” Johnson said of the freshman class. “But we have a large growth in quantity, and the quality has stayed strong.”
Johnson attributes the growth to what the university is offering in student experience, with the addition of Apogee Stadium and a new Business Leadership Building as well as other new facilities.
Undergraduate transfer enrollment grew 4.8 percent, with 3,829 students.
Credit hour enrollment is up 2.1 percent over last fall, which is what the state looks at when awarding formula funding.
“The credit hours being 2 percent puts us on target,” Johnson said.
Credit hour enrollment went up with the increase in full-time students, he said.
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