The University of North Texas Founded in 1890, the University of North Texas is an emerging research university with a legacy of excellence and a global reach that has made it one of the nation's 50 largest public universities in the U.S. As Dallas-Fort Worth's leading university, UNT drives America's fourth-largest metropolitan area, which has the nation's sixth-largest economy and is home to many of America’s fastest-growing cities. Because of its success, UNT is a nationally recognized university with programs that are among the very best, including a number of graduate programs that U.S. News & World Report ranks in the top 20. Known for its comprehensiveness, UNT makes room for artists, engineers, teachers and everything in between. Taught by faculty who push boundaries, UNT students are instilled with the passion to discover and the knowledge to act. To become a university of tomorrow, UNT is furthering its impact in science, engineering and nanotechnology while building on its foundation in the arts, education and business. Through its collaborative, multidisciplinary research clusters initiative, UNT is focused on carrying out innovative, high-impact research to find answers to scientific, environmental and societal problems plaguing the world. The clusters have spurred on faculty research and have helped the university attract a growing number of prominent researchers from around the world. A student-focused public research university, UNT is home to more than 35,000 students and 214 degree programs within 12 colleges and schools. UNT leads the way in enrolling and graduating students in Texas. In 2011, UNT graduated its largest class ever and reached record-high enrollment, which included more high-achieving students and more graduate students than ever. UNT also is one of the top producers of doctoral graduates in Texas, and plays a critical role in keeping the state’s industries competitive while contributing to the global knowledge base. The university’s diverse population includes more than 2,500 international students and scholars who come from every corner of the world. UNT students hone their worldviews through a global-minded education steeped in an appreciation of other cultures and study abroad programs. UNT ranks in the top 50 in the nation for degrees awarded to ethnic minority students, who account for more than one-third of the university's student body. UNT is one of only nine public universities in the nation with more than 5,000 Hispanic students and more than 4,000 African-American students. UNT, the flagship of the UNT System, also is known for keeping high-quality public higher education accessible to a diverse student population. UNT has been named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for 15 consecutive years and offers the quality of a private university at an affordable cost. It is listed as a “Best in the West” college by The Princeton Review. Often at the forefront of new programs, UNT continually evolves to be in step with changing industry and to prepare graduates to be leaders in the work force. UNT has become a leader by giving its students a strong academic foundation and hands-on experience for the jobs that the global marketplace demands, whether it's a teacher, a scientist, an engineer, or a financial manager. UNT offers programs covering many of the fastest-growing, high-wage jobs in the market. And each year, nearly 8,000 UNT graduates turn their knowledge into action, becoming the educators, leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, scientists and artists who bring new ideas to light. UNT graduates can be found all over the world, powering the economy, sustaining the work force and shaping the future.