Catalog of the University of North Texas, 1991-1992, Undergraduate Page: 3
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The University of North Texas is a
comprehensive, state-supported institution
of higher education that offers a wide
variety of undergraduate, master's and
doctoral degree programs.
History of the
The university was established original-
ly in 1890 as a teacher education facility
by Joshua C. Chilton, the school's first
president, who leased facilities for the
Texas Normal College and Teacher Train-
ing Institution above a hardware store on
the town square.
In 1899 the Texas Legislature accepted
the buildings and grounds of the North
Texas Normal College from the city of
Denton. The university has had nine pres-
idential terms and four name changes since
it became state supported.
The most recent name change, May 15,
1988, from North Texas State University to
the University of North Texas, was ap-
proved by the state legislature in recogni-
tion of the university's expanding role
The most comprehensive university in the
region, UNT was recommended in 1986
for designation as "an emerging national
research university" by the Select Commit-
tee on Higher Education and was desig-
nated by the Carnegie Foundation for the
Advancement of Teaching in 1976 and
1987 as a "Class I Doctorate-Granting In-
stitution." Further national recognition
came in 1988 when U.S. Secretary of
Education William Bennett cited UNT for
its innovative approach to undergraduate
education in the Classic Learning Core,
an integrated liberal arts curriculum
similar to those usually found only in
small, private colleges.
With an enrollment of 27,180 in 1990-91,
UNT is the state's fourth largest university,
having exceeded the Texas Higher Educa-
tion Coordinating Board projections for
1995. UNT serves students from every
state in the nation and from approximately
100 foreign countries.
The university offers 134 undergraduate
and graduate degree majors including 87
at the undergraduate level. Since its found-
ing UNT has awarded almost 120,000
bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.
It has offered master's degrees since 1935
and doctoral degrees since 1950. As UNT
celebrated its centennial in 1990, it was
believed to have more alumni (more than
45,000) in the Dallas-Fort Worth region
than any other university, and another
60,000 alumni residing elsewhere.
The University of North Texas is at
Denton, a friendly college town with a
population of 70,200. The campus, com-
posed of 75 major buildings on 415
acres, tops a triangle linking Dallas and
Fort Worth and is only a 45-minute drive
to each of these cities.
Many business, industry, education, gov-
ernment and cultural activities that support
university studies are based in the Dallas/
Fort Worth Metroplex.
A statement adopted by the Board of
Regents in 1983 describes the university's
mission as including effective teaching of
students, discovery and advancement of
knowledge through scholarship and creative
activity, and assistance to the society out-
side the university through public service
In carrying out its mission, UNT is
committed to promoting academic integri-
ty, freedom of thought and inquiry, and
standards of quality that will earn the
university respect in all of its communities
of interest including the national and
UNT seeks to provide an environment
conducive to academic achievement. Max-
imum value is placed on recruiting and
supporting top-quality teachers, upgrading
teaching and research equipment, further
developing its libraries and computing ca-
pabilities, and improving and, where ap-
propriate, expanding its physical facilities.
At the heart of the university's efforts
to carry out its mission is the faculty. In-
dividually, UNT's faculty has been singled
out for contributions to their teaching
fields through national and international
awards including the prestigious Queen
Marie-Josd Prize for music composition
presented in Geneva, Switzerland, and
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