Family Weekend

Family Weekend

Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 2, 2016

Family Weekend is the first big event of the year for students and their families. A variety of activities make Family Weekend a special time for students to share their new environment with friends, parents, and family members.

Whether you live near or far, we want you to join your UNT family for a weekend of fun! This three-day event will be packed with numerous activities, meals, and the opportunity to cheer on the Mean Green football team. There's something for everyone!

What is the price of Family Weekend?

  • $60.00 for each adult
  • $30.00 for each child (17 and under)
  • FREE* for 1 UNT student (each additional student is $25.00)
  • FREE for children under 4

*FREE with the purchase of one or more adult passes.

Parent Association members and alumni have the ability to receive discounts.

What does the cost of registration cover?

  • Friday evening's dinner (Scrappy's Extravaganza)
  • Saturday's President's Breakfast
  • Mean Green Extravaganza (tailgate) activities and food
  • Family Weekend T-Shirt
  • Evening activities
  • Entrance to other Family Weekend events without special charges
  • UNT football ticket (tickets will be provided to all registrants except current UNT students - current students get in free with student ID)

Why should I attend Family Weekend?

  • Experience student life first-hand
  • Enjoy a wide variety of family events
  • Learn more about the UNT campus and services offered
  • Explore and get to know the city of Denton, Texas
  • Network with other parents and families of students attending UNT
  • Mingle with members of the UNT community
  • Find out how much your student loves UNT!
  • Compete for fun prizes!
  • Cheer on the Mean Green!
"It was nice to meet other UNT parents who had the same concerns about their kiddos as me."
"Wished we could have done more! Good selection of events, so we can't do it all."
"Thank you so much for providing such a fun time for my family and me. We miss our UNT student being down the hall in her room, but seeing her on campus and having the opportunity to see some of the things she sees every day was reassuring. We are all still trying to adjust but I have no doubt that she made the right choice with UNT."
"My children were able to enjoy the game and the activities before the game together. We were able to converse in a relaxed environment without the pressures of being alone that can sometimes occur when a child begins to gain independence of her family."

Friday, September 30, 2016

4:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Check-in/Registration (Apogee Stadium, Gate 2 concourse)

Collect your Family Weekend materials and schedule of events before heading to dinner! Parking will be available at Victory Hall until 10:00 PM.

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Scrappy's Extravaganza

UNT Dining Services will be serving sliced brisket sandwiches, chips, and brownies. A vegetarian/vegan option will be available.

6:30 PM - Official Family Weekend Welcome Address

6:45 PM

Pep Rally

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Parent Dessert Reception (UNT Alumni Pavilion)

The Parent Association invites parents of UNT students to enjoy complimentary dessert and spirits. It's a great opportunity to meet fellow UNT parents, see our Parent Association volunteers recognized, and hear updates about what is going on with the UNT Alumni Association.

8:00 PM

Evening entertainment

to be announced

Parking on Friday

Family Weekend guests are encouraged to park in the R-lot near Victory Hall. Parking will be available until 10:00 PM.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

7:30 AM

5K Family Fun Run (Pohl Recreation Center)

Wake up early for the annual Family Weekend 5K Fun Run! The race route will take you through the University of North Texas campus. Join us for the official start at 7:30 AM.

Additional $10 race registration fee required (on-site fee increases to $15).

5K Fun Run paper registration form (pdf)

5K Fun Run Waiver (pdf)

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration (UNT Coliseum, South Tunnel)

Family Weekend volunteers will be available to assist with check-in, on-site registration, and to answer questions. Look for us at the table outside the President's Breakfast.

9:00 AM

President's Breakfast (UNT Coliseum)

Join UNT's President Neal Smatresk for a North Texas-sized breakfast!

10:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Family Weekend volunteers will be available to assist with check-in, on-site registration, and to answer questions. Look for us at our tent in the tailgate area.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Parent Association Meeting (Gateway Center, Room 43/47)

All Parent Association members are encouraged to attend this important meeting, which includes the election of new officers and goal setting for the upcoming year.

11:00 AM - game time

Mean Green Tailgate

Family Weekend attendees must wear their wristband to participate in activities.

Enjoy a tailgater's meal from UNT Dining Services, including juicy beer brats, hotdogs, and veggie burgers  served with chips, cookies, and bottled water or soda. Lunch is FREE for all registered participants wearing a wristband.

Activities including face painting, a balloon artist, and a caricature artist will available for Family Weekend participants.


North Texas Football Game

Family Weekend ticket holders enter through Gate 3. Family Weekend tickets are issued for "the Wing" located in the general admission section. The winner of the Tuition Draw will be announced at halftime.

Parking on Saturday

Family Weekend participants can park for free on campus with the exception of
parking garages, reserved spaces, metered spaces, and game day pay-lots. There are game day pay-lots off Bonnie Brae Street near Apogee Stadium, and the Fouts Field parking lot is a pay-lot on game days with easy access to the pedestrian bridge.

Registration for Family Weekend DOES NOT enable you to park for free in the “pay-lots”. If you choose to park in these locations, you will need to pay to park.

ADA parking is located in the west section of the Fouts Field parking lot. A valid disabled parking placard or license plate is required to park in this area. North Texas runs a shuttle service for fans with disabilities from the ADA parking lot to Apogee Stadium beginning four hours prior to kickoff. Before the game, shuttles run from the ADA parking lot to Apogee’s Gate 2 and to the Red-Blue lots for tailgating. After the game, shuttles pick up ONLY at Gate 2 and return to the ADA lot.

There is no post-game pickup from the tailgating areas. The shuttle is designated for those who require assistance and one guest. We ask that those who are able to walk please use the pedestrian bridge from the Fouts parking lot to the stadium and allow those that need assistance the opportunity to use the shuttle.


Sunday, October 2, 2016

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Family Weekend Farewell Breakfast (UNT Coliseum Floor)

Enjoy a delicious breakfast with your student to celebrate the conclusion of Family Weekend. Come and go as you please.


Tuition Draw

Each ticket bought for the tuition draw is an opportunity to win a free semester's worth of tuition, valued at $4,200.  You can purchase tuition draw tickets for $5/ticket or $20/5 tickets prior to Family Weekend or on-site (at Family Weekend Registration) up until the football game's kickoff on Saturday.

Individuals who purchase tuition draw tickets at orientation will be included in the tuition draw.

The winners will be announced at half-time during the football game.

You do not have to be present to win.


Family Weekend T-Shirt Contest

Enter the 2016 Family Weekend T-Shirt Design Contest!  Design a T-Shirt.  Win a $250 Scholarship.

The office of Orientation and Transition Programs is excited to announce the 2016 Family Weekend T-shirt Contest!  This T-shirt Contest is your chance to earn a $250 scholarship and see your design worn by more than 1,500 of your UNT family and friends!

Show off your creative talent and design a shirt that illustrates family, fun, and friends!  Submissions should be emailed to

The winning design will be selected by the Family Weekend committee.  The winner will receive a $250 scholarship for the fall 2016 semester, and their design will be featured on the official Family Weekend t-shirt and other promotional materials. 

T-Shirt Contest Form

Submissions are due by Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 5:00pm.




Friday - Family Weekend participants are encouraged to park in the R-lot outside Victory Hall for Friday's activities.  Handicapped parking will be available in the Victory Hall parking lot.

Saturday - Parking is available on main campus all day Saturday, except in reserved or metered parking.  Due to the limited number of spaces on game days, Family Weekend participants are encouraged to park in the Highland Street Parking Garage throughout the day for $10 per car.  In addition, the Fouts Field lot will be available for a fee.  Family Weekend participants are encouraged to walk on the pedestrian bridge to the tailgate area.  Handicapped parking will be available in the Fouts Field Lot with handicapped shuttles running to and from Apogee Stadium. 

Denton Area Hotels

The office of Orientation & Transition Programs thanks the following Denton area hotels for their sponsorship.

Hampton Inn & Suites Denton
1513 Centre Place Drive
Denton, TX 76205
(940) 891-4900
Best Western Premier Crown Chase Inn & Suites
2450 Brinker Road
Denton, TX 76208
(940) 387-1000

***These hotels support programs, including Family Weekend.  Their listing here does not indicate availability or rate discounts, however, some area accommodations offer discounts if you mention you are a UNT family member.***

For other hotel accommodation needs, besides those listed above, please visit The Denton Texas Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Family Weekend 2016

What's included?

Included with each registration is:

  • Dinner and entertainment at Scrappy's Extravaganza
  • President's Breakfast
  • Mean Green Tailgate
  • Football Game (tickets available to first 1000 registrants - current students get in free with student ID)
  • Farewell Breakfast
  • There is an additional fee associated with the 5K Fun Run ($10 per runner with pre-registration)

Registration Fees

Adult Participant (18 years and older)


Child Participant (17 years and younger)


UNT Student*


Additional UNT Student


5K Run/1 Mile Walk


*1 UNT Student Registration is included with each family registration. Additional fees apply for additional UNT students or UNT students registering separate from a family registration.


Registration Form

Family Weekend 2016 Registration Form



Sibling Day

Join us for the 4th annual Sibling Day on March 5, 2016!

Be a part of this exciting tradition at UNT! Sibling Day is an event for UNT students and their siblings to attend activities hosted by the university, together! Our schedule includes meals, entertainment, spirit, and traditions!

How much does it cost?

  • $20 per Sibling participant
  • FREE for the UNT Student*

*with registration of at least 1 Sibling participant

What does the cost of registration cover?

  • Meals
  • Event t-shirt
  • Activities
  • Entrance into the North Texas vs. Charlotte Men's Basketball game

Schedule of Events

Check-in will take place from 9:00am until 10:00am at the Pohl Recreation Center with the official Sibling Day welcome beginning at 10:15am. The day will end after the UNT men's basketball game that begins at 7:00pm and takes place at the UNT Coliseum.

Click here for the 2016 Sibling Day Schedule


UNT students in attendance are responsible for their sibling in attendance. Participants under the age of 18 are required to have a Permission to Treat Form submitted to the office of Orientation and Transition Programs.

Permission to Treat Form (pdf)


Parking is free on campus on Saturday except for reserved or metered parking. Click here to view a map of campus and parking.


Registration for Sibling Day is now open! Register today! If you have questions about the program, please call 940-565-4198.

Register today.