University of North Texas

University of North Texas Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Denton, Texas, the University of North Texas is a public university that offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Learn about its ranking, financial aid and student life, and get the pros and cons of studying at UNT.

Is University of North Texas the School for You?

The University of North Texas (UNT) is a public university in Denton, Texas. At UNT, you can pursue bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree programs in a number of fields. Some of the most popular degree programs are in marketing, social sciences, interdisciplinary studies and business, according to the College Board. Review the following information to determine if UNT is right for you:


  • UNT offers a high amount of undergraduate programs
  • The school accepts advanced placement (AP) credits
  • Only 35 miles away from Fort Worth and Dallas


  • UNT's four-year graduation rate is 19 percentage points lower than the 2009 national average
  • The student to faculty ratio is higher than the national average
  • High number of teaching assistants and teaching fellows

Ranking & School Analysis

Information from U.S. News & World Report indicated that UNT was not one of the top-ranked universities in the country. However, several individual graduate school departments at UNT were ranked in the top 20 in 2013, including health librarianship, city management and urban policy, school library media, rehabilitation counseling and library information studies. One item that could also be affecting UNTs overall ranking is the fact that 38% of the faculty members are teaching assistants or teaching fellows and only 44% are full-time faculty.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the average total expenses for in-state students at UNT in the 2011-2012 school year were $18,827, which was $1,691 higher than the national average. Records from fall 2011 indicated that the UNT acceptance rate was at 65%, which is only 0.5 percentage points beneath the national average, per the NCES. If you are accepted to UNT, you will have more than 100 undergraduate programs to choose from, according to the university's website. Furthermore, if you are a freshmen applicant with AP credits, UNT will allow you to apply your credits and graduate faster.

Information on the NCES showed that the four-year graduation rate at UNT in 2009 was only 21%, well below the national average of 40%. In comparison, the graduation rate for UNT students who took six years to graduate was at 49%. The average ratio of student to teachers was 21:1 in 2011, per the NCES. The higher ratio implies larger class sizes, and U.S. News & World Report showed that in 2011 only 30.6% of classes had less than 20 students. Also in 2011, the NCES reported that, despite the larger class sizes, retention rates at UNT were fairly high at 78% for full-time students and 61% for part-time students.

Admissions & Financial Aid at University of North Texas

UNT's website points out that Texas requires all college applicants to take assessment tests to verify if students are ready for college. Several assessment tests are available, and UNT will review scores from the following: ACCUPLACER, THEA, COMPASS or ASSET. Other admissions requirements include submitting test scores from either the SAT or ACT, completing the application and paying an application fee. The minimum SAT score requirement at UNT is a 1500 and, for the ACT, students must earn a minimum score of 24 in science reasoning, 22 in math, 21 in reading and 18 in English.

In 2012, the average cost of room and board at UNT was $7,150, per the College Board, which is actually $2,165 less than the national average for the 2012-2013 school year. Overall, the College Board reported that 79% of students were offered some form of financial aid in 2012. From that same year, the College Board reported that 76% of financial need was met. Records from 2012 indicated that 57% of financial aid in 2012 was offered through loans or work-study programs. The school also offers merit-based scholarships for sports and academic achievement.

Applications & Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) August 1***
Priority Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013-2014) March 31***
Rolling Admission Notification Start Date (2013-2014) October 15***
Application Fee (2011-2012) $60**
Acceptance Rate (2011-2012) 65%**
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2012) $18,827 (Residents), $26,339 (Non-residents)**
Average 1st Year Financial Aid Package (2012)$11,807***
Percent of Students with Full Need Met (2012) 14%***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 10.3%**

Life at University of North Texas

According to their website, UNT has around 350 student organizations, and students are encouraged to start new organizations as a way to network with like-minded students. Greek life is also a major part of UNT. You can choose from any of the 42 sororities and fraternities to join, and some of the Greek organizations offer housing options. As of 2012, the College Board reported that only 19% of UNT undergraduate students lived on campus, and deposits for on-campus housing were at $400 in 2012.

UNT offers a diverse campus with 56% of the student body being white, 17% Hispanic, 14% African-American, 5% Asian and 3% nonresident aliens, per the NCES 2010 records. The majority of the student body is composed of in-state students, with only 4% from out-of-state in 2012, according to the College Board.

On campus there are a total of seven libraries, including the media library, music library, Willis Library, Eagle Commons Library, Discovery Park Library, government documents library and the UNT digital library. Student services include mentoring programs, a career center, substance abuse counseling, a women's center and legal services. Information from the College Board also showed that UNT offers health services, veteran's counseling, tutoring, remedial coursework, sports and a disability services department.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Midsize city**
Student Population (2011) 37,818**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2012) 48% male to 52% female***
% of Full Time Students (2011) 76%**
% of In-state Students (2012) 96%***
% of International Students (2010) 3%**
Retention Rate (2011) 78%**
Campus Housing Available Yes*
% of Students Living on Campus 19%***
Number of Libraries 7*
Extracurricular Activities Nearly 350 student organizations on campus*

Article Sources: *University website, **NCES, ***College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle #311277, Denton, Texas 76203-5017
  • Phone: (940) 565-2681