If you will be commuting to the University of North Texas, you’re not alone...
Our convenient location and online programming are some of the many reasons why more than 36,000 students choose to attend UNT on campus and online. Many of our students live near campus, but many are commuters who travel from the surrounding DFW area. Of these, over 5,000 fall into the category of “non-traditional” and over 3,000 are 100% online students.
At UNT, Student Activities offers many options for off-campus, commuter, and non-traditional students, allowing you to balance your academic schedule around the distance, your job, and family responsibilities. Part of Student Activities, Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS), is here to help you connect to your educational and extracurricular goals.
Getting involved on campus is a great way for you to have a one-of-a-kind Mean Green experience, and Student Activities is here to help you create that experience, via a peer-to-peer service called Involvement Advising. The goal of Involvement Advising is to help you find a campus event, group, organization, and/or department, where you can connect with other students who have similar interests and find your fit here at UNT. During an Involvement Advising appointment, you'll meet with a Campus Life Ambassador. The CLA team is a group of 6 highly-involved students who will help you create a tailored list of opportunities. To request an appointment click here.
*Denton Bans Texting*
On May 6, the Denton City Council passed an ordinance
that bans all handheld cell phone usage, except the making
of phone calls, while operating a motor vehicle in Denton.
This ordinance went into effect on May 20. More information can be found here.
Several offices, including Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, Dean of Students, Student Activities, and the Registrar's Offices, have extended hours during the long semesters. An after-hours message line at (940) 565-2648 is offered through the Dean of Students Office. All messages are forwarded the next day. Many campus offices also have voicemail.
You can choose to enroll your children in a laboratory pre-school that is available through the Child Development Laboratory at UNT. However, enrollment is limited. Administered through the College of Education, the pre-school enrolls children ages 3 to 5. The program runs throughout the academic year when classes are in session, and spaces are available for up to 55 children. Mornings, afternoons or full-day sessions are offered. For more information about the program, call (940) 565-2555 or visit http://childdevelopmentlab.unt.edu/.
During the spring and fall semesters, about 3,800 UNT students, including teaching fellows and graduate assistants, have on-campus jobs. Most students work at least three to four hours in the morning or afternoon, for a total of 15 to 20 hours a week.
The Career Center in Chestnut Hall posts available on-campus and off-campus jobs. The center has an online system where you can set up an account to view part-time openings. It is up to you to contact the potential employers for job interviews. First-time users will need to contact the Career Center in person or by e-mail to obtain a password. The center also offers job fairs each semester that are attended by more than 200 employers who are looking for employees. To contact the Career Center, call (940) 565-2105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNT students, their spouses and their families can take advantage of a group health insurance plan through an independent insurance company. The forms can be picked up at the Health Center or online.
Metro Phone Lines
Telephones with metro lines are available for toll-free long-distance phone calls from campus to any location in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Located outside the University Programs Council Office on the second floor of the University Union, the phones are available during the fall and spring semesters 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Toll free long-distance phone calls from any location in the Dallas-Fort Worth region area to UNT can be made by dialing the university's metro line at 817-267-3731.
Pohl Recreation Center
As a UNT student, you receive a membership to the Pohl Recreation Center through your student fees. Paid memberships are also available for purchase for a student's spouse and dependants, and for alumni. A continuing student membership is also offered. The rec center houses a 45-foot climbing wall, indoor swimming pools, an indoor running track, basketball courts and exercise equipment. Recreational sports programs include aquatics, fitness and group exercise, informal recreation, intramural sports, outdoor pursuits, and sport clubs. For more information, visit www.unt.edu/recsports or call (940) 565-2275.
Parking and Transportation
You must have a permit to park on campus. Commuter parking permits are good through the end of the academic year (Fall through Summer II). The two types of permits are Premium Commuter and General Commuter. The Premium Commuter Parking Permit allows parking in lots designated "P" as well as "G". The General Commuter Parking Permit is limited to Fouts Field, Village Church, the Highland/ North Texas Blvd. parking area, and the Eagle Drive/ Welch Street parking area. Permits can be purchased through the parking website. For more info, please visit the UNT Parking web site.
The UNT Shuttle offers quick and dependable transportation throughout the campus as well as to surrounding apartment complexes at designated stops. The UNT Shuttle can be accessed Monday through Friday starting from 7:15 am to as late as 2 in the morning. For more information on specific bus routes and their schedules, visit www.unt.edu/transit.
The Denton County Transportation Services (DCTA) provides transportation services to the cities of Denton, Hickory Creek, and the Greater Lewisville areas. Students can ride buses traveling throughout the city free of charge by showing their UNT student ID. For bus routes and schedules, visit www.dcta.net.
If you are planning to carpool, you should know that the University of North Texas is one of the few universities nationwide to maintain an online carpooling system. UNT students, faculty, and staff can sign up for carpooling online using the Rideshare service. If you are interested in signing up for Rideshare, visit www.alternetrides.com.
What is a Non-Traditional Student?
The University of North Texas considers a non-traditional student to be an undergraduate who has some or all of the following characteristics:
Is older than the perceived “traditional” college age
Has returned to higher education after time away from initial enrollment
Has enrolled in higher education after time away from secondary education
Has dependents other than a spouse (usually children, family members, or others)
Is a single parent (either not married, or married but separated and has dependents)
Works at least 35 hours per week
- Commutes to campus
- Is enrolled in 100% online or off-campus courses
Non-Trad Handbook - Updated 8/20/2013
Looking for some tips? Check out the Non-Trad Handbook, written by a non-trad student who understands what you're going through.
Child Care Network Videos
Bedtime Battles - http://youtu.be/Jm-3nn16S3k
Tantrums - http://youtu.be/v2GBuxhPIrg
Access to child care options (about CCN) - http://youtu.be/gg9LIo4QazM
Helping your child succeed in school - http://youtu.be/RZHC9AAUvvk
Additional information can be found here.
Just as good food and exercise can help our bodies grow, good early experiences can help our brains grow. There is even stronger evidence that there is a link between brain activity and brain growth. Learn more!
Is Your Child Ready to Stay Home Alone?
For many families with older children between the ages of nine and 12, the time comes when you must decide if your child is ready to care for himself. This article gives you tips and tools to help evaluate if this is the right decision for your child.
UNT Programs for Children
Other Helpful Resources
The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care also calls for certain organizations with 50 or more employees to provide a private location and “reasonable break time” for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth. The lactation room cannot be a bathroom.
Five rooms for breast feeding have been completed and furnished in the busiest buildings:
- Discovery Park B145
- Willis Library 155C
- Gateway Center C058A
- General Academic Building 542A
The private rooms are indicated by the universal breast feeding logo, right.
Each room has a wood-look vinyl plank floor for ease of cleaning, includes a bariatric chair (rated to hold up to 1,000 pounds) covered in vinyl upholstery (also for ease of cleaning), a side table, and a table lamp so nursing mothers can turn off the overhead light if they so choose.
Each room also includes an outlet for a breast pump, and a Koala brand changing table. There are no sinks in the rooms, but wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispensers installed.
- Find locations for the mother friendly rooms here. (Photo by Gary Payne)
The Texas Health Code identifies organizations as “mother friendly” when they establish policies to support worksite breast feeding. The code also allows breast feeding in any location.
- Find FAQs about lactation rooms.
Off-Campus Student Services, part of Student Activities, serves as a liaison between students and departments that provide services for off-campus students. Providing resources and services directed towards the commuter, off-campus, and non-traditional student population, as well as raising the awareness of these students, Off-Campus Student Services sponsors several programs and activities to assist students in their overall collegiate experience. Services include assistance on locating off-campus housing, information on commuter and transportation services (i.e. carpooling, bus schedules, etc.), as well as coordinating and co-sponsoring events such as Commuter Week and Housing Fairs.
What is a Commuter Student? An Off-Campus Student?
A commuter student is someone who lives at home, typically with their parents or other family members, and drives to school. An off-campus student is a student who has lived on-campus, but now lives in an apartment, or house, off-campus, either walking or a short driving distance from the university.
Off-Campus Student Services partners with students who live off-campus to support the creation of a community atmosphere, where residents can succeed academically, socially, and professionally. This organization, comprised of students, helps program Commuter Week as well as other events, both on-campus and at their apartments, specifically for off-campus students.
If you are looking for off-campus housing, Off-Campus Student Services can assist you in getting the process started. Information can be provided on local apartments, apartment locators, as well as contact information for city utilities. Assistance in finding off-campus housing can be found at offcampushousing.unt.edu, where you can find or post ads on apartments and homes for lease or rent. A "Roommate Finder" application is also available through this website. For additional assistance, contact Off-Campus Student Services at (940) 565-3807 or stop by our office Stovall (STUB) 117.
You can now purchase bus & rail passes on your iPhone or Android phone with the GoPass app instead of buying a paper ticket. This app services DCTA, DART, TRE, and the T. Now you can save gas and trees! For more information go here.
As a Commuter or Off-Campus student, the following links may be helpful to you:
Take Your Professor to Lunch
The purpose of this program is to grant students the opportunity to engage their professors in conversations outside of the classroom and begin building relationships with professors. Students may pick up meal tickets, good at any UNT dining hall, from the Student Activities office (Stovall 117) for themselves and a professor after they have filled out the form and completed the pre-assesment.
Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL)
Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society is a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of scholarship and to the recognition of non-traditional students continuing their higher education. Student members must have completed a minimum of twenty-four (24) graded semester hour credits and obtain a minimum 3.2 GPA. Eligible students will receive a letter of invitation to join the honor society with membership information. The University of North Texas chapter holds an induction ceremony each fall and spring semester to honor new members. More information about the organization can be found at www.alphasigmalambda.org.
Juggling the responsibilities of attending college can be an overwhelming task. Add in managing a family and you have a real challenge. Our new Family Services webpage is designed to make it a little easier. We offer support and information, which is often all you need. If you need more help, our resources and links can offer additional on- and off-campus assistance. The goal is to provide expertise, information, and services so you can best meet the needs of your family. Additional resources are located here.
Lunch & Learn
Did you miss our Lunch & Learn series last semester? Here's a session you may find helpful:
Drop-In Care Options
These providers and the information concerning them are intended as referrals only. The specific information included in each child care referral has been submitted to us by the provider. We do not license, endorse or recommend any provider. Additionally, we do not ensure that any provider offers quality care. We encourage you to visit the providers to determine what is best for your family and your child care needs: click here
Child Care Resource and Referral Service
- Struggling to find child care near your home or UNT?
- Wondering if you’re paying too much?
- Need a program for your school-age kids while you’re in class?
UNT has formed a partnership - free of charge to UNT students, faculty, and staff - with Camp Fire First Texas’ Child Care Network (CCN) to provide customized child care solutions. A specialist will work with you to identify your child care needs and provide you with a list of licensed programs that have availability and meet criteria specific to your family. Camp Fire has a database of more than 2,000 regulated child care (infant – school-age) programs, day camps, summer camps and programs for children with special needs. Camp Fire also identifies resources to help address other life issues, including respite care, tutoring and summer care.
How does the CCN work?
To be contacted by the Resource and Referral Service please click the button below
- Call 940-565-3807. We will give you the contact information for UNT’s Camp Fire’s CCN representative.
- Call or email UNT’s Camp Fire’s CCN representative.
- Identify yourself as a UNT student by providing your UNT euid.
- Answer questions about your child care needs, including the type of program, hours needed, location, budget, and additional information about your family’s needs.
Within 2 business days, you will receive profiles of 5-7 programs that match your criteria and have availability. You will also receive a referral packet with information about selecting a child care program. You will need to contact or visit the referred providers and select one that best meets your needs. You may contact the CCN representative by phone or email as many times as needed. The CCN specialist will contact you within 2 weeks to follow up and survey you about your experience.
Watch for announcements about on-campus ‘Lunch and Learn’ events on parenting topics.
We look forward to working with Camp Fire to provide this new resource and hearing from you about the process and benefit of this program. If you have questions about the program, please contact us at 940-565-3807.
These links direct you to programs and services to help you take full advantage of available child care financing.
UNT Student Financial Aid and Scholarships – Apply for grants, work study, loans, and scholarships.
Student Money Management Center – Schedule a consultation to help you create a financial survival plan, including setting goals and establishing a budget.
Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas – Funding for child care services whose families are low income. UNT faculty, staff, and students are automatically enrolled in the program after verification. See the web site for specific eligibility information, which varies based on where you live.
Child and Dependent Care Tax Credits – Forms and information to help you apply for credits that can help you pay for child care.
UNT Veterans Center – Discounts and scholarships offered to those who have served our country.
Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS)
As of 10/16/2013 UNT did not receive CCAMPIS grant funding for 2014-2015.
The Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) is intended to help student parents to persist with their course of study and graduate as soon as possible.
If you are a student and have dependents who need child care while you attend the University of North Texas, you may be eligible for a grant that can be applied to your monthly child care expenses. Eligibility will be determined based on the information you provide on the application and from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that you filled out when you first applied for financial aid.
Funds will be disbursed to you directly to help cover your child care costs each semester. The child care provider you use must be licensed by the State of Texas and must be in good standing with the state throughout the time that funds are received. Students who receive the support of these funds must remain in good academic standing at UNT. Funding will be available each semester and is expected to continue through Spring 2013.
Access to quality, reliable child care is a critical resource for student parents to be able to enroll, persist, and graduate from a university. The information and links that follow offer suggestions for locating financial resources, a child care provider, and evaluating your choices.
Fall 2014 Events
Family Weekend- September 19th-21st
Whether you are a new student experiencing UNT for the first time, an upperclassman or a non-traditional student, we encourage you and your family to participate in Family Weekend. The weekend is filled with fun activities that appeal to all age groups. From pep rallies, tailgating, breakfast with the president and cheering on the Mean Green football team, there is something for everyone.
Non-Trad Week- October 13th-17th
National Non-Traditional Student Appreciation Week, is a full week of programming just for Non-Traditional Students and their supporters. During this week you can find events like Snag & Snacks and Family Fun Night.
Family Movie Night- October 17th
The purpose of this event is to highlight non-traditional students, allow their family to see the university, and connect them with other non-traditional students on campus. Families can enjoy a family friendly movie with free snacks. This event is open to faculty and staff members who would like to bring their children as well. Join us in the Business Leadership Building, room 080 from 5:30- 7:30p.
Housing Fair- October22nd
Held every Fall & Spring semester, the Housing Fair invites on-campus and local off-campus housing properties and other resources to campus to present first hand information to students. With over 30 properties present, bringing floor plans, price breakdowns, and move-in specials, Housing Fair helps students make contacts with housing options in the surrounding area while they are heading to, leaving, or in between classes. Join us at the Onstead Promenade (Library Mall) from 11:00a-1:00p.
Grab & Go
Once a month in the morning, Off-Campus Student Services and Off-Campus Connection set up a table near different bus stops located around campus and give out free breakfast and snacks. Commuter students can grab free food and free information on their way to or from class.September 4th, October2nd, December 4th
Snag & Snack
Snag & Snack is a program that gives students the ability to acquire information about the many offices and services provided by our University. By setting up in various locations on campus, these events assist students, especially Non-Traditional ones, who are between classes, work, and other commitments in the evening.
September 15th, October 14th, November 17th
Off-Campus Eagle Extravaganza
Every year, OCSS hosts a welcome back event for commuter students. The purpose of this event is to unite commuter students in the Denton and surrounding area. The event will display a variety of Denton vendors as well as UNT departments in order to provide off-campus students with the opportunity to learn about different services available to them. This year's event will be held on August 28, from 5-7:30pm, at U Centre at Fry Street (1221 W. Oak Street in Denton).
Spring 2015 Events
Family Fun Night- February 20
The purpose of this event is to highlight non-traditional students, expose them to available on-campus resources, and connect them with other non-traditional students on campus. The event is full of games and prizes to create a relaxing atmosphere for students and their children to connect and build relationships. This event is open to faculty and staff members who would like to bring their children as well.
Commuter Week- March 2nd-6th
“Commuter Week,” held each spring, is brought to you by Student Activities, Off-Campus Student Services, and the Off-Campus Connection. In the past, events have included Grab & Go's, Zumba Fest, and Movie Night held both on and off-campus.
Non-Trad/GSC BBQ- March 2015
The purpose of this event is to connect non-traditional students with graduate students, and create networking opportunities for educational and social development. This event is open to all non-traditional & graduate students and held in the Onstead Promendae (Library Mall).
Child Care Fair- April 15th
Held every Spring semester, the Child Care Fair invites child care centers and summer camps in the DFW area and other resources to campus to present first hand information to students with children. Child Care Fair helps students make contacts with child care options in the surrounding area while they are heading to, leaving, or in between classes.