Academic & Personal Support
The fact that Emerald Eagle Scholars are from lower-income backgrounds will not stop them from enjoying academic success. Like all other students, Emerald Eagle Scholars are admitted to UNT through the regular competitive admissions process based on their high school rank and test scores and without regard to financial status. In fact, eligibility for the Emerald Eagle Scholars program is not established until after a student has applied for financial aid.
However, most of the Emerald Eagle Scholars are the first in their family to attend college and neither they nor their parents are quite sure to expect. These students have challenges unlike those of their higher-income peers, and research studies indicate that low-income students facing these challenges are more likely than others to leave college prior to graduation.
Understanding these challenges, UNT provides the academic and social support services to Emerald Eagle Scholars who are working hard to maintain a strong GPA over 2.5 and earn 15 semester credits each fall and spring term in order to meet the program requirements. The people providing these services are committed to helping Emerald Eagles achieve and maintain collegiate success from the time of admission to the celebration of their graduation.
The benefits of this program are more than just financial:
- Access to a special resource to answer your questions, the Emerald Eagle Scholars Suite (Sage Hall 233)
- A staff and/or peer mentor to guide you and help you succeed
- Exclusive membership in the Emerald Eagle Scholars organization, an instant support network
- Living with other Emerald Eagle Scholars in Clark Hall, where you’ll have fun and benefit from academic success programs to help you adjust to college
- Active participation in the UNT community (work on campus, attend special events, join any of 400 student organizations)
- Eligibility for potential study abroad opportunities to gain a new understanding of the world
- A plan to graduate in four years
The Emerald Eagle Scholars consistently earn more credit hours each semester and graduate in less time than their peers. UNT is very proud of these scholars!