Increasing national prominence, impact and value

President Neal Smatresk visits with guests at UNT's Great Conversations event in February. (Photo by Michael Clements)I hope you've heard by now that UNT ranks as one of 115 top-tier research universities in the nation, according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education™. We're focused on increasing our national prominence, and this ranking is a significant step in that process. It's an achievement that reflects our steadfast commitment to excellence and quality, and it's an incredible tribute to our university family. This ranking reinforces our standing as a university on the rise and adds value to your degrees.

To move to the top tier during our 125th anniversary is especially meaningful.

It's amazing to think that an institution that started as a teacher training school with 70 students is now one of the nation's largest universities with 37,000 students who go on to do great things. Join us as we celebrate our transformation and our people at the Wingspan Gala, a formal green tie event April 16 at the new University Union. Learn how to buy tickets or sponsor a table.

Speaking of the power of possibilities, UNT's New College at Frisco moved from idea to reality in six months, and with our launch in January, we're off to a great start. The New College, an off-site instructional facility, is a symbol of things to come as we expand our reach and impact -- going where the market and needs are.

We're also investing heavily in academic initiatives to support student success, expanding our research infrastructure and increasing our visibility throughout the region, state and nation. And we're looking forward to a strong football season this year with our new head coach, Seth Littrell.

Our planning and hard work will help us fulfill our vision to be a university that is known around the world for excellence -- the first choice for students and the go-to partner for communities and industry.

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