University description (as per official university website)
History of the University
UNT was founded in 1890 as Texas Normal College and Teachers’ Training Institute. Joshua C. Chilton, the founding president, leased facilities above a hardware store on Denton’s square to establish a teacher training institute. His charge to the faculty at its first assembly remains an important part of UNT’s value system: “It will be our aim to become leaders in the education of the young men and women of Texas, fitting them to creditably fill the most important positions in business and professional circles. We desire the cooperation of all who believe in higher education and who want to see our state in the very front of intellectual as well as material progress.”
The university has had seven names through the years:
* 1890 Texas Normal College and Teachers’
* 1894 North Texas Normal College
* 1901 North Texas State Normal College
* 1923 North Texas State Teachers College
* 1949 North Texas State College
* 1961 North Texas State University
* 1988 University of North Texas
Incoming students score well above the national and state averages on the SAT, and they choose UNT for the quality of its programs, many of which are nationally ranked. More degree programs at UNT are nationally accredited than at any other university in the Dallas–Fort Worth region (see list of accrediting organizations following the index). UNT “firsts” through the years include:
* First jazz studies program in the U.S.
* First emergency administration and disaster prevention program in the U.S.
* First peace studies program in the Southwest.
* First patent for a silicon-based ultra-sensitive chemical sensor for use in integrated circuit fabrication.
* First bachelor’s degree in electronic merchandising in the U.S.
* First online school library preparation program in the U.S.
* First accredited counseling program in the U.S., which still ranks among the nation’s best.
* First mechanical and energy engineering program in the U.S.
UNT Student Financial Aid and Scholarships
Student Financial Aid and Scholarships at the University of North Texas provides assistance to qualified students who need financial help to pursue their education. UNT offers a variety of options to assist you in financing your education. Financial aid is intended to supplement, not replace, family resources. The primary responsibility of funding rests with families and students.
Financial aid awards are funded and regulated by state and federal governments. Government regulations determine eligibility and awards are subject to change without prior notification. UNT Student Financial Aid and Scholarships is obligated to comply with updated federal, state, and institutional regulations and policies. Such changes may occur without prior notice.