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There's no denying 2020 has been tough -- but the Mean Green community is tougher. That's why -- in a year that brought COVID-19 and quarantine, social distancing and distance learning -- the hard work, perseverance and creativity of our university family has continued to help UNT shine as an outstanding, welcoming campus that everyone can proudly call home.

We've defied national trends and increased enrollment, been named a Hispanic-Serving and Minority-Serving Institution and seen 89 of our programs ranked among the nation's Top 100. Our campus has pulled together to fight for equity and inclusion, to support our students by giving to the UNT Cares fund and creating meal packages for those in need, and to ensure the continued health and safety of our community.

So really, there's nothing left to say but thank you -- for your support and readership, your generosity and courage, and your dedication to helping our university thrive. We wish you and yours a wonderful, restful holiday, and look forward to telling more of your stories in 2021.

UNT Holiday Video

President's Annual Report

Helping Students Thrive

This year has no doubt been one of the most challenging in our 130-year history. But as always, the resilient, caring spirit of our Mean Green community has served as a beacon in these dark times, helping us to navigate uncharted territory and end the year with many reasons to celebrate. In this holiday video, UNT President Neal Smatresk thanks everyone for their unwavering support -- and wishes all a peaceful, healthy and rejuvenating holiday break.


Bowl Bound

The Mean Green is headed to face off against Appalachian State at the Myrtle Beach Bowl, with the game -- which will be aired on ESPN -- set for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Coastal Carolina University's Brooks Stadium in Conway, South Carolina. For those Mean Green fans interested in rooting for the team in person, tickets are on sale for $45 for chairback seats and $35 for bleacher seats (availability is limited due to COVID restrictions). There also are two Loge Boxes available ($1,000 each for six people; includes food and beverage). For those staying local, Eastside in Denton will host a watch party from noon to 5 p.m. with free admission, drink specials and food trucks. Face masks are required.

Online Features


The 40-Year Friendship

Eight women met at North Texas in 1980. Forty years later -- through numerous boyfriends, job changes, weddings, divorces and their parents' funerals -- their bond is stronger than ever.

Holiday Gift Guide

Mean Green-Made Goods

Looking for the perfect present this holiday season? All it takes is an Eagle eye to discover just the right gift. From albums and artwork to craft beer and cosmetics, our creative, entrepreneurial alumni have you covered.

Alumni Spotlight

In This Neighborhood, Beautiful Days Ahead

Xavier Henderson ('14) always wanted to transform the futures of those living in his South Oak Cliff neighborhood. As the cofounder of For Oak Cliff, a nonprofit committed to increasing the social mobility and capital of the community's residents, Henderson has done exactly that -- and landed on Forbes' 30 Under 30 Social Impact list in the process.

Great Grads

Conquering the Odds

In celebration of our Fall 2020 graduates, we present the stories of our freshly minted alumni who overcame adversity and racked up incredible accomplishments on their way to becoming this semester's Great Grads.

Grammy Nominees

UNT Alums Rack Up Nods

This year's roster of Grammy Award nominees includes numerous talented musicians who at one point called UNT home. From Norah Jones and Maren Morris to Bobby Sessions, Power Trip and Lecrae, fill your own home with these alums' unforgettable sounds by streaming or downloading their work.


UNT Pod Explores Native Foods, Christmas Advertising, Heroes

Check out Episode 19, "Native Foods, Past and Present," in which Michael Wise -- an associate professor in UNT's Department of History -- discusses the history of Native American hunting and farming and how the Anglo-American approach to meat distribution affected tribes like the Blackfeet. In Episode 20, "How Advertising Shaped Christmas," Mayborn lecturer Bill Ford delves into how the ad industry shaped the public's perception of the holiday -- and made Santa a star. And Episode 21, "UNT Heroes", celebrates members of the Mean Green community who assume the mantle of hero each and every day, including UNT Spider-Man, Travis Monk ('12), Lauren Taylor ('18), Steven Pettit ('02) and more. You can find all past episodes of UNT Pod here.

UNT Cares
Looking for a way to continue -- or begin -- your legacy of giving at UNT? This fall's record-breaking enrollment of nearly 41,000 was a direct result of financial support available to our students through the UNT Cares Fund and the CARES Act, which enabled UNT to retain students who may have otherwise had to unenroll due to financial constraints. By contributing to the UNT Cares Fund, you can provide more of our students with the direct support they need to continue pursuing their educational dreams.

For assistance regarding a gift to UNT, please call 940-369-8200 or email Thank you for showing our students that the UNT family cares about their futures.
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