It’s a new year and a new semester, so don’t let yourself get sucked into the same old routine. There are tons of fun events and activities happening on-campus and around Denton throughout the spring that will ensure your UNT experience is unforgettable. Mark these events on your calendar and get ready to meet new friends while you make lasting memories.
- The semester begins Jan. 16: Housing move-in day is Jan. 10, UNT is closed Jan. 15 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the spring semester officially kicks off Jan. 16 with the first day of classes.
- Spring Soar Jan. 16-19: UNT’s welcome program will help assimilate first-time UNT students to life at UNT with events throughout the week.
- Mean Green Spring Fling Jan. 17: The annual involvement fair welcomes the spring semester and will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in University Union Ballrooms 314 and 333. The event features music and performances from various student organizations.
- Denton Black Film Festival Jan. 25-28: The fourth annual Denton Black Film Festival will showcase and celebrate the accomplishments of black filmmakers including actors, producers, directors and other industry professionals.
- College of Music performances all semester-long: UNT’s world-renowned College of Music puts on more than 1,000 performances each year, so there are many opportunities throughout the spring to catch an opera, orchestra or the famed One O’Clock Lab Band.
- Athletics in January: There are numerous opportunities to cheer on the Mean Green as the spring semester begins. Highlights include four straight days of games at the Super Pit from Jan. 25-28 as the men’s and women’s basketball teams host Conference USA opponents, swimming and diving senior night against TCU Jan. 26 and the tennis team hosting Louisiana Tech Jan. 27.
- Eaglethon Feb. 16: Eaglethon is a year-long fundraising program supporting families of Cook Children’s and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals culminating in an eight-hour dance party featuring live entertainment, activities and all the feels.
- Dance and Theatre productions all semester-long: The back half of the 2017-18 Dance and Theatre season will feature performances of “Through the Narrow Door” and “Flowers for Algernon” in February, “Imagine” in March and conclude with the musical “Hands on a Hardbody” in April.
- Fine Arts Series in February: The Mary Jo & V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series will bring music, dance and an interactive art installation to campus in February, as internationally acclaimed Paraguayan harpist Alfredo Rolando Ortiz performs at the Murchison Performing Arts Center Feb. 4, Doug Varone and Dancers visit the University Theater Feb. 17 and Michelle Illuminato’s Lost & Found Factory (right) delights visitors at the University Union Art Gallery Feb. 26-March 2.
- Athletics in February: As the basketball season winds down, the men’s and women’s teams will play a combined five home games in February, including a Feb. 15 doubleheader. Meanwhile the tennis team will have home dates against Iowa, Florida International and Marshall, and the softball team will host the Schutt Invitational Feb. 23-25.
- Early registration for Summer and Fall classes: Although official dates haven’t been set yet, early registration for the summer and fall semesters usually kicks off within the first couple of weeks of March, so be sure to mark your calendars so you can craft the perfect class schedule.
- Union Fest March 7: Freebies, food and fun abound during Union Fest, an all-day party celebrating our University Union and its programming and departments.
- Alternative Service Breaks during Spring Break March 10-17: Many students will spend their Spring Breaks giving back through the Center for Leadership and Service’s Alternative Service Break program (right). This year’s trips will focus on initiatives like youth and foster care, refugee resettlement, animal welfare and more.
- The Big Event March 24: Each spring, volunteers contribute over 10,000 hours of service in cities across Denton County as part of this nationally recognized day of service that brings UNT students, faculty, staff and alumni together.
- Commuter Week March 26-30: Join Off-Campus Student Service for a week of information, resources and fun and free events dedicated to commuter students.
- Greek Week March 26-30: Greek Week brings Greek community members together to show what makes each of UNT’s 42 fraternities and sororities unique through field day, dance, banner-making and service competitions.
- Athletics in March: Mean Green fans will have a busy March, as softball opens the month hosting the North Texas Invitational March 2-4, followed by seven straight home games from March 10-14. Between those dates, fans can make the short trip to Frisco to cheer on the men’s and women’s basketball teams at the 2018 Conference USA Basketball Championships at Ford Center at The Star. Meanwhile, the tennis team will have five home matches throughout the month. March wraps up with a football preview as the annual Green and White spring scrimmage is scheduled for March 24.
- Denton Community Market opens April 7: This producers-only farmer’s and art market sets up shop in downtown Denton from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each Saturday through November.
- Distinguished Lecture Series with Dr. Jane Goodall April 9: Famed anthropologist and UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Jane Goodall, will reflect on her lifetime of groundbreaking work, the need for increased conservation and existing environmental crises during a lecture in the UNT Coliseum open to all students.
- Flight Memorial April 11: Join the Dean of Students Office at this annual memorial service on the Library Mall honoring all faculty, staff, students and alumni who passed away in the last year.
- University Day April 13: First held May 10, 1961, University Day marks the day North Texas State College became a university and is an annual celebration of our status with free food, activities and music.
- Thin Line Film Festival April 18-22: Over the years, Thin Line has grown from a documentary film festival to include live music performances and an international photography competition.
- EarthFest April 19: UNT’s annual Earth Day celebration will feature live entertainment, local vendors, student organizations, food and educational activities on the Library Mall.
- Denton Arts and Jazz Festival (right) April 27-29: Denton’s annual spring celebration of music, dance, choral, drama and the visual arts always includes a large UNT presence, with student performances and stage sponsorships.
- Fine Arts Series in April: The Mary Jo & V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series will bring two events to campus this month. On April 4, not-for-profit Indian dance company Eyakkam will perform in the University Union Lyceum, and on April 24, “Bob’s Burgers” voice actors H. Jon Benjamin and Eugene Mirman will bring a night of unforgettable laughter to the UNT Coliseum.
- Athletics in April: As the spring athletics seasons wind down, Mean Green fans can catch the tennis team’s season finale as they host UT Arlington April 14, as well as a five game home stand for the softball team April 18-25 that ends with a big matchup against Oklahoma.
- UNT Alumni Association Ring Ceremony May 1: The Official Ring Presentation Ceremony presents graduating students with their official class rings every Fall and Spring semester.
- Softball season finale May 5-6: Mean Green softball wraps up their season in Denton with a three-game series against the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
- Finals May 5-11: All that stands between you and summer break are these last few exams. Don’t stress, you got this!
- Graduation Block Party May 11: Graduating students can invite family friends to this block party-style celebration featuring live music, food trucks, giveaways and fireworks.
- Spring 2018 Commencement May 10-12: This is the moment every college student is tirelessly working toward. All those years of group projects, late night cram sessions and stress-inducing exams will be totally worth the feeling you get when you cross that stage.