The University

The University of North Texas, a comprehensive, state-assisted, coeducational institution of higher education, is the flagship of a multi-institutional university system. UNT offers a wide variety of undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs.

History of the University

The university was established in 1890 as a teacher education facility by Joshua C. Chilton, the school's first president, who leased facilities for the Texas Normal College and Teacher Training Institute above a hardware store on the town square.

The university has gone through six name changes since its founding: (1890) Texas Normal College and Teacher Training Institute, (1894) North Texas Normal College, (1901) North Texas State Normal College, (1923) North Texas State Teachers College, (1949) North Texas State College, (1961) North Texas State University, and (1988) University of North Texas. The university has been led by 13 presidents: Joshua C. Chilton (1890-93), John J. Crumley (1893-94), Menter B. Terrill (1894-1901), J.S. Kendall (1901-06), W.H. Bruce (1906-23), Robert L. Marquis (1923-34), W.J. McConnell (1934-51), J.C. Matthews (1951-67), John J. Kamerick (1968-70), John Carter (acting, 1970-71), C.C. Nolen (1971-79), John Carter (acting, 1979-80), Frank E. Vandiver (1980-81), Howard W. Smith Jr. (ad interim, 1981-82), Alfred F. Hurley (1982-2000) and Norval F. Pohl (2000-present). From 1980 until 2000, the president also carried the responsibilities and title of Chancellor of the University and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. Senate Bill 751 of the 76th Texas Legislature provided for the establishment of the University of North Texas System, and in July 1999, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board confirmed formal system status for UNT, including the Denton campus, UNT-HSC in Fort Worth and the UNT System Center at Dallas. In October 2000, the positions of president and chancellor were officially separated because of the new system status.

UNT is recognized as a comprehensive, metropolitan research university and as a leader in the performance of many public services, assisting in the economic diversification of the Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area and the state of Texas. In 1987, the Select Committee on Higher Education designated UNT as one of five comprehensive research and graduate institutions in Texas. UNT is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctoral/Research University–Extensive. In 1992, UNT was elected to full membership in the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.

With an enrollment of more than 27,000 in 2000-2001 and a faculty of more than 1,000, UNT is one of Texas' "Big Five," the state's largest and most academically challenging universities. It serves students from every state in the nation and from more than 125 foreign countries.

The university offers 141 undergraduate and graduate degree majors. Undergraduate students may choose from 96 bachelor's degrees. Since its founding, UNT has awarded more than 164,935 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. It has offered master's degrees since 1935 and doctoral degrees since 1950. As of January 2001, there were more than 83,076 active alumni in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex and another 52,675 active alumni residing elsewhere.


The University of North Texas is in Denton, a friendly college town with a population of more than 75,000 located about 35 miles north of Dallas and Fort Worth. The university campus is composed of 151 structures on 500 acres.

Many business, industry, education, government and cultural activities that support university studies are based in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex.

The University's Mission

The University of North Texas is the largest and most comprehensive research and doctoral degree-granting institution in the North Texas area and the flagship of the UNT System. The university is committed to excellence in teaching and the discovery and application of knowledge through research and creative activities. As the educational leader in the North Texas region, the university is dedicated to the development of the area as the number one region in the nation.

The university:

The university continues to expand its relationship with the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth; to develop the University of North Texas System Center at Dallas; and to cultivate partnerships with elementary and secondary schools, community colleges, other universities, businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of education and community life.

The University's Vision

The University of North Texas will be one of the state's top-tier universities a premier educational, intellectual, research and cultural resource. As the flagship of a multi-institutional university system and the leading university of its region, UNT will be recognized for education, research, creative activities and public service, and for advancing innovations in the enhancement of learning. UNT will be an inclusive and diverse institution with an international perspective, helping to create an informed citizenry, high-quality graduates, and a workforce well prepared for the global economy.

Achieving the Vision

To achieve this vision, the University of North Texas will:


At the heart of the university's efforts to carry out its mission are the faculty. Individually, UNT faculty members have been singled out for contributions to their teaching and research fields through diverse national and international awards.

Collectively, the faculty have contributed significantly to research and scholarship within various fields through numerous publications, presentations at scholarly conferences, concerts, recitals, exhibitions and performances.

Faculty leadership in teaching, research, creative activities, performance and service activities has created national and international reputations for excellence for a number of academic programs within the university's nine schools and colleges.

Student Life

A wide array of student clubs and organizations offer UNT students friendships with people of similar interests and avenues for organized and meaningful service. Included are national honor societies, national professional societies and departmental clubs, an active Greek system, and special focus groups with interests that encompass everything from residence hall improvement, politics, and recreational sports. For information, call (940) 565-3807.

University Libraries

Library facilities at the University of North Texas function as the nerve center for teaching and academic research. Four campus facilities house just under two million cataloged holdings, including books, periodicals, maps, documents, microforms, audiovisual materials, music scores and electronic media.

Library Collections

Willis Library holds one of the country's largest music libraries, extensive phonographic disc and tape collections, a broad humanities and social sciences collection, the University Archives, and the Rare Books and Texana collections. Other unique library collections include the private jazz collections of Stan Kenton, Don Gillis, Whit Ozier and Leon Breeden; the private library of Anson Jones, president of the Republic of Texas; Texas county histories; miniatures; and examples of important early publishing, printing and binding styles. The library is a depository for U.S. and Texas government documents, including the Texas Register, and is the only Government Printing Office (GPO) ACCESS Web Gateway Library in Texas.

The Media Library in Chilton Hall houses a large collection of audiovisual materials, including motion pictures, tapes, recordings and videodiscs.

The Science and Technology Library, housed in the Information Sciences Building, emphasizes physics, chemistry, biology, computer science and library science and includes an outstanding collection in mathematics.

The Library Annex houses over 300,000 lesser used materials, sections of the University Archives, and the preservation and technical services departments of the University Libraries. Items located in the annex are so noted in the libraries' on-line catalog, and a reading room is available for users in the annex. The Library Annex, located just off Airport Road on Precision, is near the main campus.

Special Services of the Libraries

Through the libraries' membership in Texshare, students with a Texshare library card may borrow materials at college, university and public libraries throughout the state of Texas. Contact library staff for details. Active participation in the AMIGOS Bibliographic Council provides access to a variety of computerized library services, including interlibrary loans, bibliographic database searching and shared cataloging. The libraries have a large number of electronic databases available for public use both on and off campus via computer linkage. The UNT Libraries hold a membership in the Center for Research Libraries. The center, which functions as an extension of the local collections, is dedicated to acquiring and lending materials that complement and supplement the collections of the major research libraries of North America. The University Library has been designated a major research library by the U.S. Department of Education.

Computer Services

Centralized computing services that support instruction and research are provided through Academic Computing Services, a division of the Computing Center, located in Room 119 of the Information Sciences Building. These services support a wide range of hardware and software resources as well as training, consulting and information services.

In addition to the services directly supported by Academic Computing Services, computer services also are available from the University Libraries as well as many college, school and departmental computer support centers. Examples include the libraries' on-line card catalog and CD-ROM databases; general access as well as instructional microcomputer laboratories in each college or school; and UNIX-based minicomputers in the Department of Computer Sciences. Computer networks are installed in all academic departments, providing connectivity with a variety of general-purpose and specialized computing equipment.

Hardware and Operating Systems

The primary central computing resources for academic computing at the University of North Texas consists of a modern IBM multiprocessor mainframe computer and several UNIX-based minicomputers.

The IBM mainframe supports two operating systems for instruction and research: VM/CMS and OS/MVS, as well as COMPLETE, a teleprocessing monitor. OS/MVS provides batch processing while CMS is used for interactive computing under VM. UNIX minicomputers run modern versions of the UNIX operating system.

Access to these and other computers is gained through an extensive fiber optic–based local area network (LAN) on campus or, from off campus, through telephone modems connected to the LAN. Thirteen general access microcomputer laboratories, housing approximately 650 computers, are available to all students for access to central computer systems and both IBM-compatible and Macintosh personal computers. Laser printers are provided in all labs. Approximately 30 additional special-purpose labs serve students in particular disciplines or students living in university residence halls.


Academic Computing Services provides support for most major programming languages on the IBM and UNIX systems. Several statistical analysis packages are supported on the various host systems, including SAS, SPSS, and S-Plus. Electronic mail facilities are available for intra-campus communications as well as for communications through the Internet. In addition, access to other Internet services such as the World Wide Web and Telnet are provided from any of the computers on the campus LAN.

The Computing Center also serves as a repository for a substantial body of machine-readable data including the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) data archives, Standard and Poor's COMPUSTAT, and the Center for Research in Security Prices' CRSP data sets. The university libraries also maintain a number of databases and other research materials on CD-ROM servers that are accessible through the campus network.

Academic Computing Services provides support for a variety of microcomputer-based software applications. Site licenses are maintained for microcomputer versions of SPSS, SAS and S-Plus, which provide statistical analysis capabilities.

Consulting, Training and Information Services

Consulting and training services are provided by Academic Computing services to facilitate the use of both microcomputer and host computing facilities by students. A series of short courses is offered each semester to allow students to gain the expertise necessary to use campus computer systems effectively, and a number of computer-based training programs are accessible on host systems and from within student laboratories. Should problems arise, experienced consultants are available to assist students.

Students wishing to participate in computer- based conferences on a wide variety of computer related and non-computer-related subjects can take advantage of USENET news bulletin board systems.

Finally, BENCHMARKS, the Computing Center's newsletter, is published on a regular basis and serves as an excellent resource for current information systems at UNT.


The University of North Texas is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097; telephone (404) 679-4501] to award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

In addition, the university offers programs approved by the following organizations:

AACSB–The International Association for Management Education

Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications

American Chemical Society

American Library Association

American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology

American Psychological Association

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Association for Behavior Analysis

Commission on English Language Program Accreditation

Computer Science Accreditation Commission of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

Council on Rehabilitation Education

Council on Social Work Education

Foundation for Interior Design Education Research

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

National Association of Schools of Music

National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

National Recreation and Park Association/American Association of Leisure and Recreation Council on Accreditation

State Board for Educator Certification

Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

Texas Education Agency

Addresses of accrediting organizations are printed following the index.

Institutional Memberships

The University of North Texas holds the following memberships.

Alliance for Higher Education

American Association for Higher Education

American Association of State Colleges and Universities

American Council on Education

Association of Texas Colleges and Universities

Association of Texas Graduate Schools

Conference of Southern Graduate Schools

Council of Graduate Schools

Federation of North Texas Area Universities

National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

UNT System and University Officers

Board of Regents

John Robert "Bobby" Ray,Chair (2001), Plano

Burle Pettit, Vice Chair (2001), Lubbock

Marjorie B. Craft (2001), Dallas

Roy Gene Evans (2005), Dallas

Richard Knight, Jr. (2005), Dallas

Tom Lazo, Sr. (2005), Dallas

Robert A. Nickell (2003), Irving

George W. Pepper (2003), Fort Worth

Gayle W. Strange (2003), Denton

UNT System Officers


Alfred F. Hurley, PhD,

Chancellor of the University of North Texas System

Norval F. Pohl, PhD,

Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and President of the University of North Texas

Ronald Blanck, DO,

Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and President of the UNT Health Science Center–Fort Worth

Walter E. Parker, MA,

Vice Chancellor for Governmental Affairs

Richard S. Rafes, JD, PhD,

Vice Chancellor and General Council

Frederick R. Pole, MS,

Vice Chancellor for Administration

Phillip C. Diebel, BBA, CPA,

Vice Chancellor for Finance

Cassandra B. Burrell, BA,

Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity and Diversity

Deborah S. Leliaert, MS,

Associate Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communication

Virginia E. Wheeless, PhD,

Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Planning

Mark S. Moore, BS,

Vice President for Development

UNT Officers


Alfred F. Hurley, PhD,

Chancellor of the University of North Texas System

Norval F. Pohl, PhD,

President of the University of North Texas and the UNT System Center at Dallas

David B. Kesterson, PhD,

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Suzanne V. LaBrecque, PhD,

Vice Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Arthur J. Goven, PhD,

Interim Vice Provost for Research

Frederick R. Pole, MS,

Vice President for Administrative Affairs

Walter E. Parker, MA,

Vice President for Governmental Affairs

Phillip C. Diebel, BBA, CPA,

Vice President for Finance and Business Affairs

Mark S. Moore, BS,

Vice President for Development

Bonita C. Jacobs, PhD,

Vice President for Student Development

Cassandra B. Burrell, BA,

Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity

Deborah S. Leliaert, MS,

Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Virginia E. Wheeless, PhD,

Associate Vice President for Planning; Interim Executive Director of the UNT System Center at Dallas

Richard Villarreal, BS,

Director of Athletics

Academic Deans

College of Arts and Sciences,

Warren W. Burggren, PhD, Dean

College of Business Administration,

Jared E. Hazleton, PhD, Dean

School of Community Service,

David W. Hartman, PhD, Dean

College of Education,

M. Jean Keller, EdD, Dean

School of Library and Information Sciences,

Philip M. Turner, EdD, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for Distance Education and Dean of the School

School of Merchandising and HospitalityManagement,

Judith C. Forney, PhD, Interim Dean

College of Music,

James Scott, DMA, Dean

School of Visual Arts,

D. Jack Davis, PhD, Dean

Robert B. Toulouse School of Graduate Studies,

C. Neal Tate, PhD, Dean

University Libraries,

B. Donald Grose, PhD, Dean of Libraries

Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science,

Richard J. Sinclair, PhD, Dean

University Diversity Statement

The University of North Texas has a history of seeking to preserve an atmosphere of openness and tolerance. This university is committed to maintaining an unpretentious and accepting atmosphere welcoming to anyone who will strive to achieve his or her personal best. UNT possesses and values an increasing diversity among the individuals who make up its community. This is one of UNT's greatest strengths.

Individuals within the UNT community are unified by a primary purpose: learning. With that primary purpose in mind, UNT works to advance ideals of human worth and dignity by facilitating open discussion, supporting rational resolution of conflict and encouraging examination of values.

Harassment based on individual differences is inconsistent with UNT's mission and educational goals. Every member of the UNT community enjoys certain human and constitutional rights, including the right to free speech. At the same time, individuals who work, study, live and teach within this community are expected to refrain from behavior that threatens the freedom, safety and respect deserved by every community member in good standing.

Every member of the University of North Texas community must comply with federal and state equal opportunity laws and regulations. Such compliance will be not only a given standard, but is, in fact, a baseline from which our community works to assure fairness and equity to all who pursue their educational and professional goals here.

Students, faculty or staff who have concerns or questions should contact the appropriate office. Students should call the Dean of Students at (940) 565-2648. Faculty and staff should call the Division of Equity and Diversity at (940) 565-2456. TDD access: (800) 735-2989.

Americans with Disabilities Act

The University of North Texas does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's disability and complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admissions, accessibility, treatment and employment of individuals in its programs and activities.

The university provides academic adjustments and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities, as defined under the law, who are other wise qualified to meet the institution's academic and employment requirements. Students needing assistance may call (940) 565-4323. For information, call the Office of Disability Accommodation at (940) 565-4323, TDD access: (940) 565-2958; or the Division of Equity and Diversity at (940) 565-2456.

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