UNT ranks among U.S. News & World Report’s top public schools, is recognized for ethnic diversity

The University of North Texas is considered a Tier 1 university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

The University of North Texas is considered a Tier 1 university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

The University of North Texas placed 140th among the top public schools in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best College Rankings—its first time making the list, according to a news release.

UNT also ranked 58th nationwide in ethnic diversity with more than half of UNT students representing an array of racial and ethnic groups, per the release.

“Our notable growth in the quality, diversity and breadth of our student population is a sign of important change and momentum, and it is wonderful to see our efforts recognized in national publications like U.S. News & World Report,” UNT President Neal Smatresk said in the release. “UNT students and faculty make a tremendous impact on the world through innovative research [and] creative pursuits and continuously win top honors and international competitions. Our students graduate prepared to enter the rapidly changing workforce and make meaningful contributions.”

In 2020, U.S. News & World Report added a ranking for schools’ social mobility, which is meant to measure how well a school is able to graduate students who received Pell Grants. UNT ranked 96th in this category. Pell Grant funds often go to students with combined family incomes of less than $20,000 a year, according to the release.
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By Elizabeth Ucles

Elizabeth is the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Frisco edition. She graduated from St. Edward's University with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric with a journalism concentration and a minor in Spanish in May 2019. Elizabeth covers public and higher education, development and transportation.


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