UNT climbs in U.S. News & World Report national rankings as enrollment hits an all-time high

The University of North Texas is ranked 121st among the nation’s top public schools leaping upward from its 140th ranking last year, according to the “U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best College Rankings” released Monday.

UNT also is ranked 44th among American universities in social mobility, a jump from its 96th placement in 2020. The social mobility category measures how well schools graduate students who receive federal Pell Grants. The majority of Pell Grant money goes to students with a combined family income of less than $20,000 a year.

UNT upped its national university ranking moving ahead of other renowned universities to earn a 249th placement amongst all American universities up from 281st position last year.

Along with UNT’s success in “U.S. News & World Report,” the university also bucked national trends amidst COVID-19 by growing 4.1% to enroll a record-breaking 40,796 students for Fall 2020 and ranking as a “Top 10 U.S. Public University on the Rise” by College Gazette.

The G. Brint Ryan College of Business broke records as the fastest growing college at UNT, with a growth of 14.3% (7,211 students). 

“We have shown that we offer Tier One excellence while expanding access and affordability for our increasingly diverse population,” UNT President Neal Smatresk said. “Our notable growth in quality, diversity and enrollment in the midst of a world health crisis reflects our commitment to offer an inclusive and financially accessible education in a safe environment. The recognition of our efforts in national publications like “U.S. News & World Report” is a testament to our dedication to the success of our students.”

Earlier this year, UNT received impressive national rankings in the “U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Graduate Schools:”

College of Health and Public Service Master of Public Administration program specialties

  • homeland security and emergency management ranked 4th – one rank higher than last year
  • local government management ranked 7th
  • public finance and budgeting ranked 26th

College of Visual Arts and Design

  • Master of Fine Arts program ranked 42nd

College of Engineering

  • Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering ranked 68th

UNT also ranked impressively in “U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Online Programs:”

  • Master of Education (all programs) ranked 20th
  • Master of Education with a specialty in curriculum and instruction ranked 15th
  • Master of Education with a concentration in educational leadership ranked 17th
  • Master of Science in in criminal justice ranked 27th
  • Master of Business Administration (all programs) ranked 31st
  • Bachelor’s programs (all programs) ranked 66th

UNT students benefit from a challenging education as well as a diverse and supportive community committed to their success. As one of only 16 Carnegie Tier One research universities designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution, UNT is proud to be designated a Minority-Serving Institution.

The university offers students plenty of choice at the highest quality. And with courses available at our flagship campus in Denton, our satellite campus in Frisco and globally online thanks to a partnership with Coursera, the world’s leading online learning platform – UNT is the way forward.


Kris Muller