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.
Off-campus students can also take advantage of great meal plans. Learn more about meal plans, summer time meal plans and the Food Advisory Committee 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
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 at 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 dependents, 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.
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.
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 CCN, please complete the form found here. On this form, you will answer questions about your child care needs, including the type of program, hours needed, location, budget, and additional information about your family’s needs.
OCSS will check that you are a currently enrolled student or employee, and will then pass on your form information to CCN. Within 2 business days, you will be contacted by the CCN representative. You will receive profiles of programs that match your criteria (as many as possible) and have openings. You will also receive a referral packet with information about selecting a child care program. You, as the parent, will need to contact or visit the referred providers to select the one that best meets your needs. The CCN specialist will contact you within 2 weeks to follow up and survey you about your experience.
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.
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.
Student Veteran Services – Discounts and scholarships offered to those who have served our country.
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:
- Union 431
- 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.
Lunch & Learn
Did you miss our Lunch & Learn series last semester? Here's a session you may find helpful:
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
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
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/.
Other Helpful Resources
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.
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. 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.
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 Union 345.
CORT provides furniture rental packages for students living off-campus. Click here
What is Off-Campus Student Services?
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.
First Flight: Campus Quest
Living off-campus your freshman year? Stay connected to everything on-campus, even though you’re not. See what OCSS offers, from the comfort of your laptop. Click here to start (available August 21-28).
Want to keep up with all of our events? Well, now you can! Call the OCSS Hotline 24/7 at 972-913-OCSS (6277). It's updated weekly.
Coffee & Convos
The purpose of this program is to grant Non-Traditional and Graduate students the opportunity to engage their professors in conversations outside of the classroom and begin building relationships with professors. Students may pick up tickets, good at any UNT retail dining locations, from Student Activities (Union 345) for themselves and a professor after they have filled out the form and completed the pre-assessment. Fall info coming soon.
Union of Non-Traditional Students
Union of Non-Trad Students (UNTS) is an organization devoted to the recognition of non-traditional students continuing their higher education, standing as an inspiration for scholastic growth, and a builder of pride through representation. If you’re interested in getting involved in UNTS please click here.
Too much stuff? Do you need a place to keep your belongings on campus during the day or daily/weekly throughout the semester? The Union can help. Long-term lockers are located on the 3rd floor in the Transfer Center (Union 377). Day lockers are located on the 2nd floor, north entrance (between Starbucks and The Chat). All are free.
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 highly-involved students who will help you create a tailored list of opportunities. To request an appointment, click here.
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
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Union of Non-Trad Students
Union of Non-Trad Students' members are non-traditional students who advocate for programs, resources, and access to services that can help all non-traditional students succeed academically, socially, and professionally. To become a part of this organization, sign up HERE.
If you commute 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 8,000 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.
What is a Commuter Student? An Off-Campus Student?
For our purposes, a commuter student is a student who lives outside of Denton and drives to school. The student likely lives at home, typically with family members. An off-campus student is a student who lives off-campus, but still in Denton. The student likely lives with roommates in an apartment or house. They either walk, take the bus, or drive a short distance to campus.
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 group, comprised of students, helps program Commuter Week as well as other events, both on-campus and at their apartments, specifically for off-campus students.
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 to best suit your needs. Click on any sub-menu item to the left to view its specific resources.
Non-traditional, graduate, and commuter students! Meet student service departments (for example, Student Money Management Center, Financial Aid, Student Veteran Services, Career Center, Child Care Resource & Referral Service) all in one place to get your questions answered. Coming September 21, 4-6pm, Library Mall.
Professional Picture Day
Be sure a potential employer sees you at your best! Come dressed professionally and get a FREE digital professional picture and have your resume' reviewed by the Career Center. Fall 2016 dates: September 14, October 18, November 7.
Family Movie Night
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. Coming September 30.
Housing Fair, held in both Fall and Spring, connects students with representatives from area properties and housing resources, all in one place. With properties bringing floor plans, price breakdowns, and move-in specials, the Housing Fair helps students find housing in the Denton area. Coming October 5, 11-1pm, Library Mall.
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 the Non-Trad/Grad BBQ and Family Fun Night. Coming October 17-21.
Non-Trad/Graduate Student BBQ
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 at the Library Mall. Coming October 19.
Family Fun Night
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. Coming October 21.
Off-Campus Student Services is proud to host a series of presentations for UNT Faculty/Staff/Students with children. Coming Fall 2016.
Non-Traditional & Graduate Student Networking Social
Calling all graduate and non-traditional students! Take a break after your day with refreshments and conversation at the Non-Traditional and Graduate Student Networking Social. Come network and socialize with other non-trad and graduate students. Free with current UNT Student ID. Coming Fall 2016
UNT in Your Community
Non-traditional & Graduate students, come meet representatives from key student service departments in one place to answer any questions you may have. This event is designed to be closer to home or work for students who can't always make it to Denton. This is a Come & Go event with a drawing for prizes. Last time we were in the Lewisville Community.
Commuter Week, is a full week of programming just for Commuter Students. During this week you can find events like Grab & Go's, Housing Fair, and more. Coming Spring 2017.
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.
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.
Non-Trad Student Guide
A Welcome from your Non-Trad Student Rep.
UNT has over 4,000 faculty and staff members, hundreds of departments, special facilities, services and events for you. As you get to know your campus, professors and academic advisors, you may also want to take advantage of the many benefits of being a UNT student.
UNT is a state-of-the art university. Our campus has all of the modern amenities that you would expect from a prestigious 21st century school. There are many computer access labs, complete library services, and student organizations, including an organization and social groups specifically for non-traditional students.
As a modern university, UNT is fully integrated online with many classes taught exclusively via the internet, and others in a classroom with supplemental internet instruction. In addition to classwork, most of your student information, including financial information, schedule and registration, and grades are centrally located in an online database. To navigate the UNT online system, students need only general knowledge of the internet and understanding of the tools required to access the UNT online system.
All students entering college go through a period of adjustment. Non-traditional students may face even greater challenges as they strive to balance work and family with the new responsibilities of school. You may lack confidence or feel a certain degree of disorientation. You may have doubts about your own ability to do the work. There are many issues a non-trad may have to overcome to be successful in college, but with a positive attitude and motivation, you will accomplish your goals.
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There are many grants and scholarships specifically for non-traditional students. While the scholarships listed here are solely for non-traditional students, most scholarships are not restricted because of age, marital status, family situation or prior education. Non-traditional students are fully eligible for Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, and any other federal and state financial aid program. These grants are accessed by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://fafsa.ed.gov. For more information about scholarships and financial aid, and for a full list of scholarships available, go to http://financialaid.unt.edu/scholarships. Also, apply for the scholarships available within the College of your declared major, which are typically listed by each department online.