About the UNT System


The University of North Texas System (UNT System or UNTS) includes the University of North Texas in Denton (UNT), the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) in Fort Worth and the University of North Texas at Dallas (UNTD). The UNT System Administration is based in Downtown Dallas. The UNT System also provides high-quality, innovative, and affordable legal education in downtown Dallas at the UNT Dallas College of Law.

The three independent universities of the UNT System have combined enrollment of nearly 44,000 students across five major teaching locations, including each main campus, as well as Frisco and Downtown Dallas.  The UNT System has a $1.2 billion annual consolidated budget, employs roughly 10,000 people at its various locations within the robust North Texas Region and boosts the Texas economy by nearly $5.2 billion each year.

UNT System component institutions, responding to demand in the region and the state, are among Texas’s fastest growing institutions of higher education. In Fall 2017, nearly 44,000 students enrolled at UNT System institutions.

The UNT System Administration, founded in 1999, provides governance and service to UNT System component institutions in the areas of law, finance, audit, academic affairs and student success, facilities and construction, and governmental relations. Chancellor Lesa Roe leads the UNT System.

Like its counterpart central administrative offices across Texas, the UNT System:

  • Provides executive leadership;
  • Represents the University of North Texas System and its component institutors in all legal matters;
  • Leads the development of educational mission, policy, and programs and facilitates and coordinates new initiatives and academic and student affairs planning and implementation;
  • Oversees system-wide financial planning and analysis, including coordination of the annual institution budgets within the UNT System;
  • Supervises compliance with federal, state, and local laws and with Board of Regents policies;
  • Provides a full range of professional design, development and management support for facilities planning and construction;
  • Establishes state and federal legislative and policy priorities for the System in collaboration with the Board of Regents institutional leadership and engages constituencies and stakeholders at all levels of government on issues impacting higher education;
  • Coordinates relationships with the region’s communities and organizations and other university systems.

In addition to providing these core services, the UNT System Administration has worked for the past several years, under the direction of the UNTS Board of Regents, to centralize additional key administrative services in order to increase efficiency and facilitate system-wide cost savings. Centralization of services including Information Technology (IT), Human Resources (HR) and many business and financial services provides cost and operational efficiency opportunities, while also allowing the UNT System component institutions to concentrate on carrying out their respective missions.


Established in 1890, University of North Texas (UNT), is one of the nation's largest universities with enrollment exceeding 37,000. UNT offers 100 bachelor's, 83 master's and 37 doctoral degree programs. Led by President Neal J. Smatresk, UNT is ranked among the 115 top-tier research universities — 81 of which are public universities — in the latest Carnegie Classification list. The university has been named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for 23 consecutive years, a ranking based on having a high-achieving freshman class and affordable tuition. The Princeton Review continually names UNT as a Best in the West school and Forbes has listed UNT as an America's Top College for eight consecutive years. UNT has 15 programs ranked in the Top 100 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

UNT had a 3% jump in enrollment in fall 2015, with increases across the board — from freshmen to graduate student enrollment. Among students in fall 2015 were 30 National Merit Finalists, including 15 new finalists in the freshman class. As it grows, UNT is keeping pace with changing state demographics. UNT’s Hispanic student population is now 21% − a 54% increase from five years ago. And UNT is a top transfer institution with a nearly 6% increase in first-time transfer students in the last five years

With an all-time high enrollment of 2362, University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNT Health Science Center or UNTHSC) is one of the nation’s premier graduate academic medical centers and is composed of five schools that specialize in patient-centered education, research and health care: the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Public Health, the School of Health Professions and the UNT System College of Pharmacy. In 2015, UNTHSC announced a unique public/private partnership with TCU to create a new MD school in Fort Worth. The school, planning to accept its first class in 2018, will be among the leading institutions in the nation in providing a team-oriented educational approach that benefits patients and shapes the future practice and business of medicine.

UNTHSC’s dedication to primary care has received national recognition for the 15th consecutive year in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of medical schools. Among the magazine’s ranked programs, UNTHSC’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) is first in Texas and second nationally in the percentage of graduates entering primary care fields. Led by President Michael Williams, a UNTHSC alum and former UNT System Regent, the university invests $39.2 million in annual research expenditures – a figure that has nearly doubled since 2006..

University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT Dallas) was established in 2010 and received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOS) in 2013. Led by President Bob Mong, the university has a diverse student population (41% Hispanic, 35% African-American, and 17% white) including first time freshmen, transfer students, veterans and graduate students. As the only public, doctoral granting comprehensive university in the City of Dallas – the hub of the State’s most densely populated region – UNTD is critical to achieving the State’s 60X30 Texas Plan. The University offers bachelors, masters and a juris doctor degree.

UNT Dallas announced record enrollment in Fall 2017 of more than 3,500 students.