Juniors in Denton ISD who rank in the top 20 percent of their class will earn guaranteed admission to UNT. In addition, this year's Denton 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.
"Denton ISD students have grown up with UNT as part of their hometown, as a place to hear great music, attend lectures by famous scientists or artists, or to hang out with family and friends," said UNT President Neal Smatresk. "We are thrilled for them to now experience UNT as a nationally recognized research university with more academic choices than any other school in the region."
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.
"We are very excited to partner with the University of North Texas and offer the Eagle Advantage program to our students," said Denton ISD Superintendent Jamie Wilson. "Finding the best ways to prepare our pupils for the future is one of Denton ISD's highest priorities and the opportunity to have guaranteed admission to one of the top universities in the state allows us another avenue to do just that. It's a compliment to our teachers and staff that they have prepared our students to receive this opportunity from UNT and a benefit for all of us to keep some of our brightest minds in the City of Denton."
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. Denton ISD joins Arlington ISD and Aubrey ISD as the third school district to participate in the program.