Best Colleges in America 2022
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Overall Score: 72.71

University of North Texas at Dallas

A relatively new university, the University of North Texas at Dallas welcomed its first freshman class in 2010. Enrollment has grown every semester since, and the campus is growing, too: The university’s first residence hall opened in 2017 and a new, $63 million student center opened in 2019. Despite its youth, the university has made a name for itself as a standout on social mobility: About two-thirds of students qualify for federal grants for low-income students, and the university places in the top 2% on thinktank Third Way’s new economic mobility index, which scores more than 1,200 colleges on how well they serve students from low-income backgrounds. More than half of undergraduates are Hispanic, and nearly 30% are Black. Many students come in as transfers after earning some credits at community colleges. In Money’s analysis, UNTD ranks well for affordability, with average annual costs below $10,000 for in-state students. The university also offers a fixed tuition plan that allows incoming students to lock in their rates for a period of five years.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$23,300
% of students who get any grants
85%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$9,000
Average price for low-income students
$6,430

Admissions

Acceptance rate
47%
Median SAT/ACT score
840/19
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Undergraduate enrollment
3,420

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
83%
% of need met
46%
% of students who get merit grants
N/A
Average merit grant
$6,010

Student Success

Graduation rate
30%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Median student debt
$18,502
Early career earnings
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% earning more than a high school grad
N/A

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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