Orientation and Transition Programs hosted 12 Summer Send-Off Parties this year for incoming UNT students and their families, with attendance more than doubling last year’s efforts. The parties were held in Frisco, McAllen, Tulsa, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston/Katy, Austin, Arlington, El Paso, Dallas, Longview and Lubbock, and scholarships and other giveaways were offered to generate excitement.

Summer Send-Off Parties are designed for new students and their families to have the opportunity to meet others in the area who will be attending UNT and to get their last-minute questions answered by a staff member. Common questions asked at the parties relate to First Flight Week, what to expect for Mean Green Move-in Weekend, parking and tuition payment processes. Staff from Student Affairs and Admissions are present to facilitate the “passing of the torch” from the recruitment process to these students becoming North Texans.

The response to the parties has been overwhelmingly positive, with many attendees noting how great it was that UNT traveled across the state to host these events and help students and their families prior to this big transition in their lives.

As one parent commented, “It is more valuable for new parents to know about the level of support that is given prior to attending (orientation), and the amount of ease and seamlessness that you feel as a result of the support from the administration and staff at UNT is incredible. I am so at peace with my child attending UNT and being six hours away.”

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Contact: Ray Willhoft, 940-565-2464, raymond.willhoft@unt.edu