Family Weekend 2015 - September 18-20, 2015
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 as they take on Rice University. 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 vs. Rice University 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 18, 2015
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
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
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Parent Desert 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.
A Movie Under the Stars
Bring the whole family to enjoy an outdoor movie. Don't forget your blankets and lawn chairs!
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, September 19, 2015
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 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.
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 - 1:00 PM
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 vs. Rice
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
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, September 20, 2015
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.
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 2015 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 2015 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! Between now and Wednesday, September 2 at noon submissions should be emailed to email@example.com.
The winning design will be selected by the Family Weekend committee. The winner will receive a $250 scholarship for the fall 2015 semester, and their design will be featured on the official Family Weekend t-shirt and other promotional materials.
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|
|Best Western Premier Crown Chase Inn & Suites|
|2450 Brinker Road|
|Denton, TX 76208|
***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 2015 - September 18-20, 2015
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)
Online registration for Family Weekend is closed. Families are still able to register for Family Weekend on-site at the check-in locations Friday and Saturday.
Join us for the 4th annual Sibling Weekend in the spring of 2016! Date and program information will be available this fall.
Be a part of this exciting tradition at UNT! Sibling Weekend 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?
- $45 per Sibling participant
- FREE for the UNT Student*
*with registration of at least 1 Sibling participant
What does the cost of registration cover?
- Event t-shirt
- Entrance into the North Texas vs. East Carolina Men's Basketball game
Schedule of Events
Information will be available closer to the program date.
Participants under the age of 18 are required to have a Permission to Treat Form submitted to the office of Orientation and Transition Programs. In addition, all participants are required to complete a waiver prior to participating in events hosted by Recreational Sports.
Permission to Treat Form (pdf)
Please do not park in reserved or metered parking spaces.
Registration for Sibling Weekend is currently closed. If you have questions about the program, please call 940-565-4198.
T-shirt Design Contest
The office of Orientation and Transition Programs is excited to announce a scholarship opportunity! Submit a design for the Sibling Weekend t-shirt contest for your chance at a $250 scholarship. The winning designer will receive the scholarship and complimentary event t-shirts.
Contest Rules and Regulations:
- Design must include the phrase "Sibling Weekend 2016"
- Design must reflect UNT pride
- Design must be limited to 2 colors and arranged for a one-sided print (front of t-shirt only)
- Design must be appropriate for both children and adults
- Design must be created using digital software/media; no hand-written or hand-drawn art will be accepted for submission
- Design must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Submissions must include student name and ID number in the email
- Participants must be enrolled at UNT for the spring 2016 semester
- Participants may submit multiple entries