Tier One Once Again

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For the third time, UNT is ranked among elite doctoral universities in the Carnegie Classification.

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education™ -- a highly regarded framework for measuring universities' research activity and graduate programs -- reaffirmed UNT's standing as a Tier One Research University in its 2021 report, released Feb. 2. Only 141 universities nationwide are classified as "Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity," which places UNT among the nation's most elite, top-tier research institutions. In 2020, UNT was named one of only 18 Tier One research universities designated as a Hispanic-Serving and Minority-Serving Institution. Participating in the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities' Aspire: National Alliance for Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty, UNT has been committed to developing faculty recruitment, hiring and retention practices specifically for underrepresented populations in STEM. "UNT's continued inclusion in Carnegie's ‘very high research activity' classification is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff as we've strengthened our research enterprise across the board the last several years," says UNT President Neal Smatresk, noting that UNT was first included in the Carnegie rankings in 2015.