Making the right choice

I want to send my daughter to the university that is best for her. How can I be sure about UNT?

UNT is the most comprehensive university in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, and the flagship of the UNT System. Our students compete well nationally, winning scholarships and prestigious graduate fellowships. Expert rankings in U.S. News & World Report put UNT among the top national universities that are “leading the pack” in innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus life, diversity and facilities. UNT also leads Texas in Goldwater Scholars for math and science. In 2009, UNT was one of only five universities in the nation with the maximum number of Goldwater Scholars in math and science. UNT was also named a “Best in the West” college by The Princeton Review. The university has outstanding faculty members and many nationally and internationally recognized programs. Get more details.

How do I know if my son will be happy attending UNT?

We encourage you to visit the campus and take a guided tour together. You’ll find out what UNT offers, become familiar with the campus and have a chance to ask our student tour guides questions. Our administrators and faculty also want to make sure your specific questions about a major, admissions, financial aid or other matters are answered. Before you visit our campus, feel free to contact their department directly and schedule time to speak with them after your tour. Schedule a tour online or call 940-565-4104. Another way to feel confident is to attend parent orientation while your son attends freshman orientation in the summer. Activities to help your son make new friends and adjust to college life at UNT are:

  • Mean Green Move-In (when UNT faculty and staff help students move into their residence hall)
  • First Flight Week events
  • Eagle Camp (an off-campus weekend retreat)

Will my daughter have opportunities to learn leadership skills?

UNT’s Student Government Association is an excellent way to gain leadership experience. Or, your daughter can get involved in any of the more than 400 student organizations and step into a leadership role. In addition, many community service opportunities and leadership programs are available through the Office of New Student Programs. Get more information online or call 940-565-4373.

What efforts has UNT taken to create a safe environment?

Students can sign up for the Eagle Alert system for information about campus closings and emergency situations affecting the safety and well being of people on and around the campus. Voice and text messages are sent to all students who have provided current contact information. Students should update their contact information at my.unt.edu. Please be sure your child signs up for this service. UNT police patrol the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in vehicles, on bicycles and on foot. At night, the campus is well lighted, and students may ride the night shuttle, request pick up from e-ride or call the UNT police for an escort, if needed. More than 60 emergency phones located throughout campus provide direct access to the campus police dispatcher at all times. UNT has an emergency preparedness plan. Parents can always access our home page www.unt.edu, where we post the latest information on any campus emergency, even if university phone lines are not working.

How does UNT welcome students from all ethnic and racial groups?

Ethnic and cultural diversity are embraced at UNT. UNT, one of the nation’s top 50 colleges graduating ethnic minority students, works hard to create a welcoming environment and secure a reputation as a diverse institution. You can participate in festivals and activities or join organizations celebrating various cultures. Speakers like Maya Angelou visit campus on a regular basis and the Multicultural Center provides social and academic support. Many student organizations celebrate ethnic and racial heritage or support career networks such as the Hispanic Business Student Association and the National Association of Black Journalists.

What job assistance programs does UNT offer?

Ninety-seven percent of UNT’s recent graduates are employed or attending a professional or graduate school. Most programs offer hands-on experience in your field before graduation. Internships provide invaluable training and a head start on your career. UNT’s nationally accredited Cooperative Education program provides students with paid, supervised positions related to their field of study, often for several semesters. Some students even receive academic credit for their work and permanent job offers after graduation. Job placement services are available to help you find a full-time job. The Career Center offers one-on-one advising, web-based job listings and on-campus interviews with employers. Also, Dallas is one of the 10 best cities in the country for college graduates seeking entry-level jobs.

UNT graduates work at top corporations, including American Airlines, EDS, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Federal Express, Fidelity, Frito-Lay, JCPenney, Southwest Airlines, Target and Texas Instruments.