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The best thing about UNT is that there is a large diverse group of students. For the most part, everyone is pretty friendly and happy. It's also exciting when semi famous people come here to speak for whatever reason. There's usually always something new going on on campus. Aside from the social aspect, UNT offers many degrees in different areas. Major classes are at a good student teacher ratio. There are many resources that are available to the students such as a million different libraries, gyms, labs and so on. Most of the buildings are located in close distance to one another. UNT is a pretty large campus. It's definitely a college town. If you were to go to walmart all you would see would be mostly college students. When I tell people I go to UNT I don't really get much of a reaction as I would if I told them I went to UT. I spend most of my time on campus in the art lab because they got those really cool new mac computers! Also, finding parking is literally imposible unless you wake up at 6 am and come to campus and just finish sleeping in your car. Don't bother wasting your money on a parking permit. Figure some other way out. You also have to drive like 10 mph because there's potholes EVERYWHERE!!!! There's also been construction going on for the past 5 years here and it doesn't look like it's going anywhere. Don't bother taking the bus either because it takes about an hour to get anywhere you want to when you might have well as walked. The bus drivers will drive and then randomly decide they need a smoke break while you have 5 minutes to get to class!!! Our infamous "Fry Street" is Crap street...they tore down Naranja, my bubble tea place and were suppose to replace it with a CVS, which they didn't even do!!! So now it's just a big pile of dirt! Another thing, they don't have a donut shop! This is unacceptable...how many mornings i have woken up and craved for a sprinkled frosty donut! Someone needs to start one, and whoever that someone is will be rolling in the dough. I know this sounds all morbid and horrible and it probably doesn't say too much about UNT, but for the most part, it's got it's highlights and you'll learn to love it. It's an experience, but make sure you have friends to enjoy it with or make some...otherwise you'll be VERY VERY VERY bored! UNT isn't really the safest campus or county. In the past few years there have been a number of murders,deaths,rapes,diseases....not good things, but at least we have blue light emergency telephones...thing! Just be sure you don't walk alone at night! Also, we get hit with the weather pretty bad up north. I'll never forget the great flood of denton 2007! The water was so strong that I almost got sucked into the drainage and died. I also won't forget the random snow blizzard in March 2008....it was like 78 degrees a few days before and then the next thing you know denton is completely covered in snow. School pride varies with people. As for me...it's pretty much non existent. Our teams pretty much suck...there's nothing to be proud of. The only unusual thing I can think of that UNT has...or had was an albino squirrel...until a hawk ate it.The albino preservation society was really mortified by this incident and no longer is an organization on campus.
If it were not for the department and degree I recieved would I have attended this college or staid. This university doen't give a *** about the students. I understand college is a business, but UNT is all business. Do nothing to help you with finacial aid. All the frigen fees. I came back to college after being out for 13 years pay fees for *** I did not even use. The rec center I paid 75 dollars a semester for did not step foot in the building. I had no time. Six reg semesters and one summer in school and if you are not in summer school, but registered for fall you can't use any of the facilities. I call bull***. The finacial aid part of UNT is a very sore subject with me. I originally went to a jr college and recieved an assciates degree in Fashion merchandising knowing I would transfer to a university. I did that and moved to Denton and attended UNT for fashion design. I never finished and decided to return and finish my degree. Well my origninal degree plan was no good, I had been out for to long. During all my time out of school my program had restructured from a 2yr program to three without a minor and the state added more core classes and took away classes I had already taken. What I thought was going to take me 2 years was now going to take me 3 yrs. Ok big deal right what is one more year. Well the government is not wanting to support professional students anymore and I really understand that, except I was not a professional student. I had finished 2 two yrs in the program and was told they were taking all my grants and all my finacial aid away because I had to many hours. Well they changed everything on me. My transfer hours that were for my minor no longered counted for anything except electives (70 hrs). The university gave me no help except that I could appeal for sickness, death, or injury. Well I just happened to be out of school to long and everything changed.
When I first started looking at colleges UNT was my last choice, I actually had never even heard of the school. I was dead set on another school but at the last minute decided on UNT. I was sure I was going to hate it and planned on transferring come 2008's fall semester. North Texas is one of those schools that isn't to big or to small, its just the right size. Because we are a big commuter school those of us that live on campus are a pretty tight knit group. Pride day Fridays are AMAZING, walking to class Friday afternoons the sea of green covering campus is great. We may not win every football game but the Mean Green Pride is outstanding. Post game at Fry Street keeps everything fun win or lose. Our faculty and staff is one of a kind, of the 5 schools I toured in high school North Texas was the only one that took time to make sure I had what I needed to succeed and have a great experience during college. At least once a semester our President has a big open discussion with all the students. She sits and listens to our opinions and concerns. This year one thing we as the student body wanted to see changed was the lack of bike racks around campus. Those opinions were voiced, our president heard them and come Spring semester we had new and more bike racks.
UNT is such a fun, awesome school. Denton is a wonderful college town and everyone is so friendly! The town supports UNT students and it's a great feeling. The size is big but not too big. I've been in classes where there are 200 students, yet I have had many where there are only 20. A lot of students hang out off of campus, since it is a big commuter school. The downtown historical square in Denton has 24-hour coffee shops and homemade ice cream so a lot of people hang out there. When I tell people I go to UNT they say, "Oh, couldn't get into a better school?" This is such a horrible stereotype of UNT. It is a very good school and I actually transferred here from a different university and I'm so much happier. UNT is rated top in the nation for several majors and although it is a commuter school and a lot of people attend after they finish their basics at a community college, the standards are very high and everyone is very insightful and smart. I actually learn when I go to class, something I can't say about every school. There isn't a lot of controversy on campus. The liberal atmosphere and students are very laid-back. People do their own thing and no one downs them for it. Parking is a problem sometimes and people get mad about it, but that's a problem at other schools too. There isn't a lot of school pride and that is one thing I wish there was more of. Many people live far away so they come to campus, go to class and then leave. We don't have a great football team so attendance at the games is small, but we have a new coach and everyone is hopeful that the program will turn around. Maybe spirit will increase soon. We have a homecoming bonfire every year and that's a lot of fun. Fry Street was a big part of the fun of UNT and Denton and a big developer from Houston has come in and ripped the historical buildings town to put in a CVS, Starbucks and other commercial chain stores. The thing I love about UNT is that the students don't want that. We want the 80-year-old buildings and the Tomato, a pizza joint only in Denton. We don't want to be like everyone else, and students here love to protest wrongdoings. When they tore down buildings, we protested outside and signed petitions. That's one thing you'll find at UNT that other schools don't have---students with backbones and opinions.
I definitely love UNT's diversity. I haven't been to other colleges much but I've heard we are very different from most. My eyes have been opened to so much, especially since I am from a very "non-diverse" hometown. I've met so many different people and learned a lot. If I could change anything, it would be on-campus parking. If residential parking is hard to find, then the parking permit prices should definitely go down!!! I love the size of UNT. It's still considered a large school but the campus is pretty compact. I wouldn't change it at all. Most of the time when I'm on campus I'm at the rec center or in a cafeteria. I see people I know all the time and I love living in the dorms.
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