The University of North Texas and the Arlington school district announced the launch this week of Eagle Advantage, a guaranteed early admission program for high-achieving high school juniors.
Juniors who rank in the top 20 percent of their class will earn guaranteed admission to UNT. Qualifying members of the Class of 2015 will also earn guaranteed admission.
The university plans to expand the Eagle Advantage program into other North Texas school districts.
“This program is part of our commitment to being the University of North Texas for North Texas and a great education partner,” UNT President Neal Smatresk said in a statement. “The North Texas region is one of the largest, most economically vibrant regions and we want to help keep our talent here to provide an educated workforce. UNT is already a leader in enrolling and graduating students, and through this program, we hope to expand that impact.”
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To be accepted into the program, students must apply to UNT and submit SAT or ACT scores. Students also need to graduate with a recognized college preparatory diploma and satisfy Texas Success Initiatives requirements.
UNT will have staff members at high schools regularly to assist students with admissions and financial aid applications.
“We are proud to be a leader in developing innovative partnerships to provide access to opportunities for our students,” Arlington Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos said in a statement. “With this early admissions program and a similar program with the University of Texas at Arlington, we are reaffirming our commitment that all students will graduate on time and excel at their college or career of choice by providing a seamless transition to college.”