Freshman: How do I prepare?

Improve your chances of being admitted and receiving financial awards

Talk to an Admissions Counselor

Let one of our friendly UNT Admissions Counselors guide you every step of the way. We’ll answer your questions and assist you through the admissions process. Call us, email us or come see us. 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.

Attend admissions events to learn more about UNT

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

Let our knowledgeable student Eagle Ambassadors take you on a tour of the beautiful UNT campus. Sign up for individualized tours of one of our colleges or schools and talk to a UNT Admissions Counselor in person.

Take the right high school courses

To be more successful at UNT, we require 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. Government and Economics and U.S. History)
  • 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 on your degree by earning college credits now

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.

Junior/ Senior Checklist

What to do your Junior year in high school


✔ Attend a college fair and compare your options.


✔ Take the PSAT.


✔ Take a free tour of campus. Schedule a campus tour online or call 940-565-4104.


✔ Register for a spring SAT or ACT.
✔ Forward test results to UNT’s Office of Admissions. UNT’s school code is 6481 for the SAT and 4136 for the ACT.
Attend UNT Spring Preview.


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


✔ Apply to UNT beginning July 1 at ApplyTexas.

What to do your Senior year in high school


✔ If preferred, you can apply to UNT with The Common Application beginning Aug. 1.
✔ Register for the fall SAT or ACT if necessary. Forward test results to UNT’s Office of Admissions.


Submit the UNT General Scholarship Application.


✔ Remember to send us your transcripts.
✔ Once you're accepted, reserve a spot at Freshman Orientation.
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
✔ Designate UNT as the college to receive your FAFSA information. UNT’s school code is 003594.
Attend UNT Fall Preview if you missed our Spring event.


✔ Register for an upcoming UNT Live! event in your area.


Apply for housing.
✔ Select a residence hall and submit deposit.


Attend our UNT Premiere event for admitted students.


Complete pre-orientation homework.


✔ Submit final, official high school transcript.