Freshman: How do I prepare?

Improve your chances of being admitted and receiving financial awards

Junior Senior Checklist



❑ Attend a college fair and compare your options.


❑ Take the PSAT.


❑ Take a free in-person or guided virtual tour of campus. Schedule a tour online or call 940-565-4104.


❑ Register for a spring SAT or ACT.
❑ Send test scores to UNT’s Office of Admissions. UNT's school codes:
SAT: 6481 | ACT: 4136

Attend UNT Spring Preview.


❑ Review requirements and priority dates for admission, housing and scholarships and financial aid.


❑ Apply to UNT beginning July 1 at GoApplyTexas.



❑ If preferred, you can apply to UNT with the Common Application beginning Aug. 1.
❑ Register for the fall SAT or ACT and submit results to UNT’s Office of Admissions, if required.


❑ Register for UNT Fall Preview.


❑ Remember to send us your transcripts.
Reserve a spot at Freshman Orientation once you're admitted.
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
❑ Designate UNT to receive your FAFSA information. School code: 003594.
Submit the UNT General Scholarship Application.


❑ Review and register for one of our one of our fall or spring events.


Apply for housing.
❑ Select a residence hall and submit application payment.


Register for Freshman Orientation. Fee increases May 1.


Complete pre-orientation homework.


Submit final, official high school transcript.
Submit immunization records.
Make sure you're TSI Complete.


Join UNT, one of the nation’s largest Tier One public research universities and the choice of nearly 41,000 students.

How to Apply:


Submit your completed application, application fee and transcripts to the admissions office by the following priority dates.*

Apply by:

To enroll:

Classes begin:

Dec. 1, 2020

Spring 2021

Jan. 11, 2021

March 1, 2021

Fall 2021

Aug. 23, 2021

May 3, 2021

Summer session I, 2021

May 10, 2021

May 25, 2021

Summer session II, 2021

June 1, 2021

July 1, 2021

Summer session III, 2021

July 5, 2021

*Applications received after these priority dates will be subject to a late fee.


by high school class ranking

Class Rank**



TOP 10% or cumulative HS unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher

no minimum score

no minimum score

NEXT 15%









Or have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 (unweighted)

**UNT will calculate your class rank if you don’t have one.

Things to keep in mind

Have questions about the admissions process?

Talk to one of our friendly UNT Admissions Counselors today! We’ll answer your questions and assist you through the admissions process. Call, email, come visit us or set up a virtual appointment. We also have events in cities across the U.S. and visit lots of high schools, so there's a good chance we can come visit you too. As we work to keep everyone safe during COVID-19, we have many virtual options. Your high school Counselor can reach out to us at to request a virtual visit.

Attend admissions events to learn more about UNT

**We will be hosting virtual alternatives to our events until we are able to safely host them in-person.

UNT Live!

We bring UNT to you with this informative, free reception held in cities across the country. Our Admissions Counselors will give you information on UNT, the admissions process, housing, scholarships and financial aid. You can also meet with various departments during the event who can answer any questions you might have regarding your transition to UNT.


UNT Preview

This free campus event, held each Fall and Spring, is your opportunity to get a sneak peek at campus life and your future. Bring your family and your friends, and allow our students, faculty and staff to help you discover why UNT is the right place for you.

Tour campus

We look forward to meeting you and showing off our beautiful campus once we're able to safely resume campus tours. Until then, see what UNT is like by experiencing campus virtually. You can also speak with one of our current students to get their take on UNT. Send us an email and we'll connect you with a student.

Keep your course load on track

To be more successful at UNT, we recommend that students take the following classes in high school.

  • English: 4 credits (English I-IV)
  • Mathematics: 4 credits (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and Pre-Calculus)
  • Sciences: 4 credits (to be selected from Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences and Physics)
  • Social Sciences: 4 credits (World Geography, World History Studies, U.S. History, and U.S. Government and Economics)
  • Foreign Language: 2 credits (Levels I-III proficiency of the same language) (UNT recommends 3 credits)
  • Health: 1/2 credit minimum
  • Fine Arts: 1 credit
  • Physical Education: 1 1/2 credits
  • Computer Science: 1 credit (demonstrated proficiency at Level I)
  • Electives: 3 1/2 credits
  • Speech: 1/2 credit

Get a head start with college credits by exam

You can get a head start on earning your bachelor’s degree at UNT even before enrolling in your first class as an incoming freshman. By completing Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject exams or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, you can earn academic credit and test out of some UNT courses. This can help you earn your degree faster and start your career earlier than other students.

When to take the SAT or ACT

High school seniors who plan to attend UNT should take entrance examinations at least five months before enrollment dates. See or your high school counselor for more information.

Not in high school just yet?

Check out our helpful tips on preparing for and choosing the right college (hint: it’s UNT!) before you get to high school. You’ll be on track for success, and that much closer to joining the Mean Green family.

Ready to apply?