Students displaced by Katrina enrolling at UNT

Thursday, September 1, 2005

For information about enrolling at UNT, call the UNT Office of Admissions at (940) 565-2681.

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas is admitting students from universities in areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina earlier this week.

More than 50 students have called the office since Tuesday Aug. 30 to ask about enrolling at UNT, said admissions director Marcilla Collinsworth. Many are from Tulane, Xavier, Dillard and Loyola Universities, which are all in New Orleans and have postponed their fall semesters.

According to the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, as many as 75,000 students in the area have had the start of their fall semesters indefinitely postponed.

The UNT admissions staff is faxing and e-mailing applications to those who call the office, as well as meeting with some students in person. Offices working with the Office of Admissions to help displaced students include the Registrar's Office, Students Financial Aid and Scholarships, Student Accounting, Student Development and the academic advising offices of UNT's 10 schools and colleges.   

UNT has joined many other universities from across the nation, including several in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, in admitting displaced students.

"We're doing everything in our power to help them," Collinsworth said. "The whole staff is sympathetic and understanding in trying to make this part of their lives a positive experience when the rest of their lives are in turmoil."

Many of the queries have come from students who are close to receiving their degrees, she said.

"Some of the students can afford to sit out the fall semester, but juniors and seniors want to keep going to classes. Some are giving us copies of their fall schedule of classes so we can try to match them to similar classes," she said. "As long as the academic advisers can work with them, we'll get them through the admissions process." 

She added that some of the students are being admitted without transcripts from their universities, although some have provided high school transcripts.

"We're evaluating each student on a case-by-case basis," she said. "Generally, we're looking at some very good students."

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

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