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University of North Texas

University of North Texas Rating: 4.1/5 (25 votes)

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Introduction

Founded in 1890 by Joshua Crittenden Chilton, the University of North Texas has the fourth-largest enrollment among colleges and universities in the state, with over 36,000 students. International students come from more than 136 countries. The large campus encompasses 882 acres, and continues to grow at a regular rate. Recent additions to the campus include a $70 million Business Leadership Building and a football stadium and entertainment complex with a capacity of 30,000 people.

The size of the campus allows UNT to offer a wide range of facilities to students, including their own radio and television stations. The student newspaper, the North Texas Daily, is published 4 days a week throughout the school year and once a week in the summer. For those who wish to travel beyond the boundaries of the campus, the city of Denton has much to offer in terms of restaurants, clubs, bars, entertainment, and job opportunities. Public transportation in Denton is free with a student identification card.

Academics

UNT offers 97 different bachelor’s degrees, 88 master’s degrees, and 40 doctoral degrees. The school is particularly well known on the national level for their excellence in biology, business, computer science, education, electrical engineering, electronic merchandising, emergency administration and planning, journalism, music, and the visual arts. UNT turns out as many Goldwater Scholars in math, science, and engineering as either Carnegie Mellon University or Princeton. With such a large student body and diverse number of degree options, UNT offers several educational paths that are not offered available at most schools. These include: aviation logistics, criminal justice, entrepreneurship, film, forensic science, rehabilitation studies, and even a computer gaming concentration.

One of the more interesting programs at UNT is the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science Education Alliance, which allows first year students to engage in scientific research in their area of interest. Another aspect of UNT that draws scientific-minded students is the school’s collection of high-powered microscopes that are capable of both examining nano-particles and conducting atomic scale imaging.

Opportunities to pursue academic knowledge outside of the classroom are many. The university library system contains nearly 6 million catalogued items, plus millions of pages of digitized research and academic works. There are 13 open access computer labs on campus for student use, including one which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students may also borrow laptops from the library.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

University of Northern Texas is a recognized leader in innovative academic programs in the higher education community. UNT is perhaps best known today for its College of Music, especially its internationally renowned jazz program. The College of Music presents roughly a thousand concerts a year, providing a benefit for students in every department. The department’s One O’Clock Lab Band was nominated for two Grammy Awards for their album Lab 2009. The campus radio station, KNTU (88.1 FM) has a largely jazz format.

Other firsts included the first aging studies program in the United States, the first environmental ethics Ph.D. program, the first business computer information systems program, the first art education Ph.D. program, and first accredited counselling program. Leadership among the student body is nurtured through the Eagle Leadership Programs, which provide classes, workshops, conferences, and individualized services to students.

Admissions

The admissions standards and procedures at UNT are standard for large universities. Students must apply by the beginning of March for the fall semester or December for the spring semester. All applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee—as of April, 2011, this fee was $60 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and $75 for international students (exact cost subject to change). Graduates in the top ten percent of their high school class receive automatic admission, although they must also submit a SAT or ACT score. All other applicants are evaluated by a combination of their class standing, test scores, and other application materials. Transfer students must submit their test scores, high school transcripts, and college transcripts. Requirements for international students vary widely depending on circumstance and program applied for—check the UNT website for details.

Financial Aid

Over 70% of students at UNT receive financial aid of some kind. Tuition costs vary depending on credit hours, fees for specific classes, and residency status. There is a scholarship program (Emerald Eagle Scholars) for students from families with an adjusted gross annual income of $40,000 or less.

Prospective students who wish to apply for scholarships should submit their Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before March 1 for the following fall. The Student Money Management Center has counsellors available to help students figure out what to apply for when and how to manage the funds they receive. 16 incoming freshmen a year are awarded Terry Foundation scholarships, which cover tuition, fees, room and board, books, and living expenses for all four years. UNT’s Cooperative Education program provides paid positions in students’ fields of study.

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Students

There are too many student organizations to list (over 300!) Among them are a whopping 37 fraternities and sororities on campus, including those with academic, community service, and professional focuses. If Greek life leaves you cold, however, there are over 300 other student organizations, including 42 academic organizations, for an individual to find his or her place in.

A strong component of student life at UNT is based in the thematic residence halls. All the dormitories at UNT provide internet access, including wireless. They also include community kitchenettes, study rooms, TV lounges, laundry facilities, and gaming equipment for loan to residents. Cafeterias offer vegetarian and vegan options. Many of the 14 dormitories offer what UNT refers to as a “living-learning community”. Here’s a quick look at some of the differences between them:

Bruce Hall is a coed dorm with double rooms and community baths, its own cafeteria, and a music focus, including practice rooms and a concert hall. Many students in the jazz studies program choose to live here.

Clark Hall is a coed dorm with double rooms and suite baths. Many of the students pursuing a profession in the health field live in Clark.

College Inn is a coed dorm with a swimming pool, single and double rooms, and efficiency apartments. College Inn offers year-round accommodations, making it a particularly good choice for foreign students and others who may need summer accommodations.

Crumley Hall is a women’s residence with double rooms and suite baths.

Honors Hall is a coed dorm with semi-private rooms and an academic focus, including a live-in faculty member. Students engaged in Honors College live here.

Kerr Hall is a coed dorm with double rooms and suite baths, its own cafeteria, an art studio, basketball court, and volleyball pit. Most of the students in Kerr Hall are studying in Art & Design; Radio, Television, & Film; Journalism; Business; and Merchandising & Hospitality Management.

Legends Hall is a coed dorm with singles and semi-private rooms with suite bathrooms.

Maple Hall is a coed dorm with double rooms and suite bathrooms. Maple Hall has its own cafeteria. Many students in the Health & Wellness department live here.

McConnell Hall is a coed dorm with double rooms reserved for students enrolled in the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science program, a two-year early college entrance program catering to students entering college after their sophomore year of high school.

Mozart Square is a coed dorm for juniors and seniors with double and semi-private rooms featuring kitchenettes and extended quiet hours.

Santa Fe Square is a coed dorm for juniors and seniors with double rooms, private baths, and kitchenettes. The dorm features extended quiet hours.

Traditions Hall is a coed dorm with mostly single rooms and suite bathrooms. It caters to transfer students in particular.

Victory Hall is a coed dorm with single and double rooms with suite bathrooms, its own cafeteria, and a small movie theatre.

West Hall is a coed dorm with double rooms and community bathrooms as well as its own cafeteria.

Services for students help to bridge the transition from home life to university life. Free and low-cost services for student include free personal counseling, free career counseling, low-cost eye care, free legal advice, free and low-cost medical assessments, free money management counseling, free study skills workshops, and free tutoring. The First-Year Experience orientation program provides mentorship and guidance to students new to UNT.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

UNT is particularly known for excellence in varsity sports, particularly basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, swimming, diving, golf, tennis, softball, track and field, and cross-country. The men’s basketball team won the Sun Belt 2009-2010 championship and twice qualified for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament twice in recent years. Athletic teams are known as “Mean Green” after 1969 alumnus and famed Pittsburgh Steeler, “Mean” Joe Greene. The school mascot is the eagle.

There are dozens of intramural sports teams for those who would rather play than watch. Organized informal sports include ultimate Frisbee, aikido, fencing, hockey, inline hockey, bowling, wakeboarding, and more. The student recreation center offers a 14,500 square foot weight room, an eight-lane lap pool, a leisure pool, an assortment of ball courts, and an indoor track. Additionally, UNT organizes adventure trips and rents equipment through their Outdoor Pursuits Center.

Alumni

University of North Texas boasts a distinguished role call of famous alumni. In addition to the aforementioned “Mean” Joe Green, football player Abner Haynes, wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin, and golfer Don January all attended UNT. So did self-help expert Dr. Phil McGraw, Project Runway contestant Shirin Askari, Academy Award nominee Thomas Haden Church, Bill Moyers, and Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Larry McMurtry.

UNT’s focus on music has turned out several notable alumni, as well. Well-known musical alumni include Meat Loaf, Roy Orbison, Grammy Award winner Norah Jones, symphony conductor Eugene Corporon, Pat Boone, and Saturday Night Live Band members Tom “Bones” Malone and “Blue Lou” Marini.

Bibliography

Fiske, Edward B. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011. Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2010. Print.

Greek Report. University of North Texas. Web. 12 Apr 2011.

Incoming Student FAQs.,University of North Texas. Web. 12 Apr. 2011.

Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.

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Ranks 19th in Texas and 743rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Texas and 105th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.01
Robbery 2 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 28 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 5 0.01
Arrest 120 0.32

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 201 0.17
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.00
Forcible Rape 53 0.05
Robbery 55 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 565 0.49
Larceny 2,632 2.27
Vehicle theft 118 0.10

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4826

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1394th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,534 $6,534 $15,030
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,211 $2,211 $2,211
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $364 $364 $718
FT Graduate Tuition $5,450 $5,450 $11,822
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,485 $1,485 $1,485
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $385 $385 $739
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,232 $20,232 $28,728
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,229 $21,229 $29,725
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,803 $13,803 $22,299

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,989 $8,357 $7,989 $8,357 $15,501 $16,781
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,050 $1,000
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,892 $7,150
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,896 $3,016
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $6,886
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $4,238
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $3,908

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$60
Graduate Application Fee$75
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 18,299 (8,093 male / 10,206 female)
Admitted 10,922 (6,174 male / 4,748 female)
Admission rate 60%
First-time Enrollment 4,617 (2,099 male / 2,518 female)
FT Enrollment 4,536 (2,058 male / 2,478 female)
PT Enrollment 81 (41 male / 40 female)
Total Enrollment38,315

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Conference USA
NCAA Basketball Conference Conference USA
NCAA Track & Field Conference Conference USA

ACT Test Admission

553rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 40%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26

SAT Test Admission

427th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 80%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 600
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 510 / 610
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1000 / 1210

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity5,701
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 491 981 1,200 355 36 5,199 122 8,565
Accounting 29 16 33 21 113 4 217
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 1 12 13
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General 2 1 1 1 1 12 18
Anthropology 1 3 11 3 48 1 69
Applied Behavior Analysis 4 5 9 2 53 75
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 2 18 22
Art Teacher Education 4 1 1 19 25
Art/Art Studies, General 1 6 12 3 1 56 1 81
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 2 4 18 3 42 75
Behavioral Sciences 6 2 5 46 3 64
Biochemistry 4 3 1 3 11
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 17 41 34 26 1 123 7 264
Broadcast Journalism 3 2 16 22
Business Administration and Management, General 30 20 18 16 105 3 195
Business/Commerce, General 6 13 19 10 66 4 120
Business/Managerial Economics 1 3 3 1 23 31
Chemistry, General 3 2 1 2 14 22
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 5 1 3 9
Clinical Psychology
Community Organization and Advocacy 2 2
Computer Engineering, General 14 4 2 1 13 1 35
Computer and Information Sciences, General 42 3 5 3 42 1 96
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 3 16 22
Counseling Psychology 1 1 2 2 6
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 4 13 12 1 62 1 95
Creative Writing 5 5
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 4 72 56 9 3 120 8 278
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management 5 6 12 2 1 48 75
Curriculum and Instruction 2 4 1 16 23
Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist
Dance, General 1 1 10 12
Design and Visual Communications, General 8 5 1 25 39
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 1 1
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1 5 1 19 1 28
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 5 1 2 8
Ecology
Economics, General 10 5 5 2 1 36 2 62
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational Psychology 6 1 18 1 26
Educational/Instructional Technology 1 1 6 1 9
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 22 1 3 4 9 40
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 2 1 1 1 6
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship 41 10 24 77
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 4 4
Engineering Technology, General 13 4 6 9 32
English Language and Literature, General 3 11 27 5 176 1 227
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 3 5 3 1 23 2 37
Environmental Science 1 5 6
Experimental Psychology
Fashion Merchandising 3 24 17 7 89 2 145
Fashion/Apparel Design 2 6 11 1 21
Finance, General 29 15 24 6 61 5 142
Financial Planning and Services 1 1
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 7 25 8 1 130 2 177
French Language and Literature 1 5 17 23
General Studies 2 22 28 8 1 132 2 200
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 1 3 4
Geography 3 1 5 1 43 53
German Language and Literature 8 8
Gerontology 1 3 5 9
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 3 4 1 13 24
History, General 2 7 20 4 1 160 2 200
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 14 20 26 15 1 126 1 205
Human Development and Family Studies, General 1 14 18 2 1 56 1 95
Human Resources Development 1 1 5 7
Human Services, General 6 3 2 1 12
Information Science/Studies 2 4 12 2 1 89 7 121
Information Technology 2 2 16 20
Insurance 5 1 18 1 26
Interior Architecture 1 1 5 5 23 35
International/Global Studies 5 7 16 4 72 1 106
Jazz/Jazz Studies 14 4 1 35 56
Journalism 10 17 36 13 1 116 2 203
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 39 27 9 140 3 223
Labor and Industrial Relations
Library and Information Science 1 16 50 9 1 317 12 413
Linguistics 1 1 1 10 14
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 3 5 8 3 38 58
Long Term Care Administration/Management 6 4 10
Management Information Systems, General 5 8 7 4 1 33 1 59
Management Science
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 7 20 20 9 74 3 137
Materials Engineering 12 1 2 2 6 23
Mathematics, General 6 5 13 1 44 2 73
Mechanical Engineering 13 3 7 1 27 52
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 2 1 3 2 1 17 26
Merchandising and Buying Operations 3 5 2 1 7 18
Molecular Biology 2 2 4
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 25 135 128 31 5 527 12 882
Music History, Literature, and Theory 1 1
Music Performance, General 23 3 10 5 65 108
Music Teacher Education 1 2 3
Music Theory and Composition 3 5 8
Music, General 3 2 18 5 67 98
Musical Theatre
Musicology and Ethnomusicology 1 2 3
Nuclear/Nuclear Power Technology/Technician
Operations Management and Supervision 1 2 1 9 14
Organizational Behavior Studies 5 17 12 3 1 22 1 62
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 1 14 4 1 16 36
Philosophy 4 29 34
Physics, General 2 2 14 18
Political Science and Government, General 2 10 33 5 64 2 121
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 1 13 14
Psychology, General 7 50 60 13 2 183 3 328
Public Administration 1 6 6 1 29 1 46
Public Health Education and Promotion 11 4 10 25
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television 5 15 24 4 1 142 1 196
Reading Teacher Education 1 1 2
Real Estate 1 4 1 15 21
Rehabilitation Science 11 7 4 26 1 51
Religion/Religious Studies 1 1
Retail Management 1 4 8 15
Rhetoric and Composition 2 11 10 4 65 92
School Psychology 1 5 6
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 2 3 26 32
Social Sciences, General 2 9 7 2 1 31 54
Social Work 11 12 3 40 67
Sociology 7 74 43 6 126 6 265
Spanish Language and Literature 3 7 46 30 88
Special Education and Teaching, General 5 9 4 3 106 2 133
Special Products Marketing Operations 1 1 11 13
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 2 3 1 33 40
Taxation 1 4 5 6 1 25 42
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 1 2 3 1 8 15
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 1 7 6 1 27 2 44

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 406th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $89,160 ($99,678 male / $67,739 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,031 (598 male / 433 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,420
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $38,845,243
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