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DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – The University of North Texas posted a record for students enrolled with 37,973 students, which is a 2 percent increase over last year, according to a university news release.

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UNT says its growth is led by the largest incoming freshmen class to date of 4,773 students, is nearly a 2.5 percent increase over last year’s record class. This year’s class includes 11 new National Merit Finalists.

“UNT is clearly a top choice in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond for students seeking a Tier One education in a welcoming and diverse environment,” said Vice President for Enrollment Shannon Goodman.

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Diversity also continues to expand.

African-American enrollment is 5,314, a 4.2 percent increase over last year; American Indian enrollment is 583, a 7.2 percent increase over last year; Asian/Pacific Islander enrollment is 2,616, a 4.2 percent increase over last year; and Hispanic enrollment is 8,414, an 8.5 percent increase over last year, according to UNT’s news release.

“We are excited that we continue to reach and grow our diverse communities, providing access and empowering students to excel in their educational and career goals,” said Goodman. “The university’s continued growth underscores our commitment to excellence in education.”

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