Juniors in Mansfield ISD who rank in the top 20 percent of their class will earn guaranteed admission to UNT. In addition, this year's Mansfield ISD seniors who rank in the top 20 percent will be grandfathered into the program, receiving automatic admission to UNT. After Fall 2015, guaranteed admission will apply only to juniors.
"We are so proud to welcome Mansfield ISD to the Eagle Advantage program, and we can't wait for these students to experience the world class education UNT offers," said UNT President Neal Smatresk.
To be accepted into the Eagle Advantage program, qualified students need to apply to UNT and submit SAT or ACT scores. Qualified students also need to graduate with a recognized college preparatory diploma and satisfy Texas Success Initiatives (TSI) requirements.
"It's always exciting to open new educational opportunities to our students," said Darrell Sneed, associate superintendent of curriculum, instruction and accountability at Mansfield ISD. "The Eagle Advantage program will be a great addition to our college readiness initiatives, and it will allow our top-ranked students to gain admission to a top-rated college in the DFW metroplex."
UNT will have staff members on the high school campuses on a regular basis to assist students with admissions and financial aid applications.
Students in the new Eagle Advantage program are also invited to explore UNT's Eagle Express Tuition plan, which locks in a student's total academic cost for four years and offers an incentive of up to $4,000 if they graduate in four years.
Also, each high school involved in the Eagle Advantage program will receive a $1,000 scholarship to award to one junior who is part of Eagle Advantage. Mansfield ISD joins Denton, Arlington, Gainesville and Aubrey ISDs as the fifth school district to participate in the program.