Building a Stronger Community

As an economic, social and cultural resource, UNT is part of the fabric of the community, enriching lives through art, music, service, outreach and athletic traditions.

Building a Stronger Community

As the university of and for North Texas, UNT serves the community in many ways. Home to world-class performance venues and galleries and esteemed faculty artists who enrich and inspire, the university is a community gathering place and a cultural hot spot in Denton — which was named “one of the best college town in the nation.” Through its performances, exhibitions and lectures, UNT sparks ideas, dialogue and creativity. Through its one-of-a-kind Apogee Stadium and 16 NCAA Division I teams competing in Conference USA, UNT builds hometown pride and a sense of community. And through its community outreach and partnerships, UNT provides resources and services to improve our quality of life.

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Shaping Arts and Culture

As a university with a strong legacy in music and the arts, UNT shapes the arts and culture in the world around us. Celebrated artists, musicians, faculty and students perform and exhibit their work in UNT’s numerous state-of-the-art facilities, where community members from across the North Texas region and beyond experience UNT’s artistic excellence. UNT's students, alumni and faculty are huge forces in the music and arts scene.

  • 1,500: UNT presents more than 1,500 enriching community concerts, exhibitions and lectures every year.
  • Raising Public Consciousness: Through the Distinguished Lecture Series, the Fine Arts Series and more, UNT attracts high-caliber speakers such as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak; entrepreneur and philanthropist T. Boone Pickens; author Ta-Nehisi Coates and science educator Bill Nye.
  • $61.7 million: UNT draws hundreds of thousands of UNT visitors to its concerts, exhibitions, athletic events and numerous other events open to the public. UNT's visitors generate $61.7 million dollars in local economic activity annually when they are drawn to the Dallas-Fort Worth area for these events.
  • $34 billion: UNT’s performing and visual arts helps add to the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s creative economies that contributes about $34 billion annually to the region. Read the UNT study.

Together, UNT and Denton have made this booming college town a musical hotspot. Those forces combine at the annual Denton Arts & Jazz Festival, which features the Showcase Stage, a big draw that highlights UNT’s musical excellence, and at Oaktopia Festival. As the official sponsor of the 2016 Oaktopia Festival, UNT was proud to support alumna Norah Jones as the festival headliner and other acts featuring students and alumni. Both festivals highlight UNT and Denton's reputation as a hub of music and creativity.

  • Finest: The UNT College of Music stands as one of the nation’s best, largest and most comprehensive music schools — with the nation’s first jazz studies program.
  • 7: UNT's internationally renowned One O’Clock Lab Band’s albums have received seven Grammy nominations over the years.

UNT on the Square, home of the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts, presents exhibitions, concerts, poetry readings and more in downtown Denton. The institute hosts respected artists-in-residence such as alumnus Nick Cave, who debuted an eye-catching performance piece called Heard at UNT, and composer Jake Heggie, whose Moby-Dick-inspired Ahab Symphony premiered at UNT.

  • 59th: U.S. News & World Report ranks the College of Visual Arts and Design 59th nationally among top graduate schools for fine arts. The college is considered one of the best art schools in the South and Southwest.
  • Prestigious: An educational and cultural resource, the Texas Fashion Collection holds 18,000 historic items from renowned designers.

Serving the Community

  • Outreach: UNT’s centers and institutes include facilities such as the Center for Play Therapy, the Kristin Farmer Autism Center and the Speech and Hearing Center, among others, where UNT’s experienced faculty, staff and students serve the public. 
  • Living Lab: Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA), a natural oasis in the middle of one of the nation's largest urban centers, is a place where UNT has operated a living lab for years. An expanded partnership between UNT and the city of Lewisville will allow the more than 2,000-acre outdoor learning area to open to the public seven days a week for a variety of education and outdoor opportunities.
  • Quality of Life: Biology professors Sam Atkinson worked with the city of Denton to study the high levels of atrazine in the city’s water while James Kennedy tracks West Nile virus for the city.

Building Hometown Pride

A Division I school, UNT raised its athletic profile when the Mean Green became the Heart of Dallas Bowl football champions during the team’s inaugural season in Conference USA in 2013-14. UNT Athletics has 16 NCAA Division I teams competing in Conference USA, including football, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Apogee Stadium is not just home of the Mean Green, Denton’s home team, it’s also the setting for many community events and one of the university’s and community’s crown jewels.

130: The Mean Green have earned 130 conference championships and four national championships.