Freshman: How do I prepare?

Improve your chances of being admitted and receiving financial awards

Junior Senior Checklist


❑ Attend a college fair in person or virtually and compare your options.

❑ Take an on-campus tour with one of our Eagle Ambassadors.

❑ Attend a UNT Admissions event.

❑ Take a free in-person or guided virtual tour of campus.

❑ Register for a spring SAT or ACT.

❑ Send test scores to UNT Admissions.
School codes:
SAT: 6481 ACT: 4136

❑ Register for UNT Spring Preview.

Review requirements and priority dates for admission and financial aid.


Apply to UNT beginning July 1.

❑ 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 Admissions.*

❑ Register for UNT Fall Preview.

❑ Reserve a spot at Freshman Orientation once you’re accepted.

❑ Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or complete the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA).

❑ Designate UNT to receive your FAFSA information.
School code: 003594

❑ Access the Eagle Scholarship Portal and complete your profile. For priority scholarship award consideration, you must be admitted by March 1.

❑ Review and register for 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 over 42,000 students.

How to Apply:


You are eligible to be admitted to the university if you meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Have a 3.0 GPA (unweighted)
  2. Are in the Top 10%
  3. Meet admission requirements with a combination of class rank and SAT or ACT scores.

*Get more information regarding class rank, test scores and individual reviews.

We’re here to help you.

Visit us:
Eagle Student Services Center, third floor

Connect with us:
Get your questions answered with in-person or virtual appointments.

Contact us:
Phone: 940-565-281 | 800-868-8211

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. You can also request a virtual appointment to get your questions answered.

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

We look forward to meeting you and showing off our beautiful campus. You can also see what UNT is like by experiencing our campus virtually. If you have a question about what it's like being in the Mean Green Family, 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

If you plan to take the SAT or ACT, you should schedule your 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?