University of North Texas at Dallas President Bob Mong announced record enrollment of 3,513 students for the fall semester at Dallas’ only public 4-year university. This new record comes one year after UNT Dallas exceeded 3,000 students for the first time last fall and marks the third straight semester for record enrollment at UNTD. In addition, UNT Dallas raised its retention rate to an all-time high of 77% for freshman students in 2016-2017 -- up from 65.9% in 2015-2016.

“Our growing enrollment numbers are really a product of all UNT Dallas has to offer its students – we have dozens of quality degree programs designed with career opportunities in mind, we just opened a new residence hall, a new student center is under construction, our law school was recently accredited and we were recently ranked No.2, nationally, for lowest student debt among public universities,” Mong said. “We are Dallas’ emerging urban university and our enrollment numbers reflect the hard work of our students, faculty and staff to make UNT Dallas special.”

UNT Dallas Vice President for Student Access and Success Stephanie Holley leads enrollment efforts for the university and praised her team UNT Dallas.

“For the second year in a row, UNT Dallas has exceeded its enrollment goal thanks to a tremendous team effort,” Holley said. “Thank you to everyone who put in long hours and made the extra effort to make sure every interested student had a place here at UNT Dallas. I’m proud of our university and I’m proud of our team. We are excited for what lies ahead.”

UNT Dallas isn’t just growing from an enrollment standpoint. The tree-lined, 264-acre campus – located just 10 miles south of downtown – is evolving physically, as a thoughtfully-designed campus master plan fills out to accommodate more trail-blazing students. The university’s first residence hall is open and full, and it has transformed UNT Dallas into a residential campus. A new $63 million student center is opens in 2018 and future projects include an amphitheater that will look out onto campus.

In Downtown Dallas, the UNT Dallas College of Law’s historic, soon-to-be home – the former Dallas City Hall at 106 S. Harwood St. – is undergoing a $56 million renovation in order to house the City’s only public law school. This historic repurposing of one of Dallas’ most-cherished landmarks will be completed in 2019 and is accompanied by a recently-completed $15 million exterior facelift of the building by the City of Dallas. 

Texas State Senator Royce West, a staunch advocate of higher education in Dallas, is quick to point out that UNTD is the most affordable 4-year university in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, offering tuition to full-time students for under $8,000 per year. UNT Dallas is diverse, as more than 75 percent of its student body is African-American or Hispanic, which reflects the areas the university serves.

“I am proud of UNT Dallas and this year’s new record for enrollment shows that the university is growing with our diverse, urban population,” West said. “I championed the creation of the first state-supported, public, four-year university in the city of Dallas because it was time for the largest city in our nation’s fourth-largest metropolitan area to have a public university within its boundary. The second was that I wanted accessibility and affordability to higher education for the constituents I served and those yet unborn.”