15 Places To Check Out on a UNT Campus Visit

By Corban Hambrick

The University of North Texas (UNT) provides wonderful opportunities for thousands of students to receive an affordable, high-quality education. I will start my second year of college there this coming August. So, if visiting UNT’s campus is in your future, here are my top 15 places that you can check out on your trip.

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Scheduling Your Visit

While it never hurts to take a self-guided tour, I recommend that you sign up for a campus visit in advance through UNT’s website. Typically, official campus tours are guided by current students who can give important insight on what life is like at UNT. 

Once you’ve booked your tour, be sure to create a college visit checklist to make the most of your campus tour. Now, let’s dive into all the exciting things you can do during a UNT campus visit.

On Campus

1. University Union

The University of North Texas has the Union, which is essentially the student hub, located near the front of their campus. It offers a wide range of amenities. If you’re feeling hungry, you’ll find a corner store, Chick-fil-A, Burger King, Starbucks, and other dining options. Additionally, there are some fantastic study spaces, and depending on when you visit, you may have the chance to meet other students who can provide you with a fresh perspective on attending UNT. On the fourth floor of the Union, there is even a meditation/prayer room that is open to anyone. Lastly, don’t forget to grab some Mean Green merch on your way out.

2. The Syndicate

The Syndicate, located inside the University Union, deserves a lot of attention, especially if you are seriously considering attending UNT. Throughout the semester, numerous events are hosted in the Syndicate, including karaoke nights (which are a blast for all the singers out there), jazz nights featuring UNT’s award-winning jazz band, and watch parties for sporting events, just to name a few. Additionally, you’ll find a Fuzzy’s Taco Shop here, as well as pool and ping-pong tables. Regardless of who you are or why you’re there, the Syndicate is a fantastic place to have fun and connect with the UNT community.

3. Dining Halls

If you are going to be living on campus, it’s a good idea to grab a meal or two in the dining halls to discover which cafeterias you enjoy. There are a lot to choose from, but here are a couple of the favorites:

  • Champs Dining Hall – Specifically created for athletes, I personally enjoy this cafeteria the most. The food tastes great and is fairly healthy.
  • Eagles Landing – This is the most popular dining hall on campus. It offers pretty much any type of food, from burgers to a salad bar, and everything in between. However, it can also get very busy during peak hours.
  • Mean Greens – If eating healthy at college is a priority, then this dining hall is for you. Mean Greens is the vegan dining hall on campus, and it has a lot of options that are both healthy and delicious.

4. Willis Library

While this is certainly not the only study spot on campus, Willis Library is the most modern library that UNT has. Willis offers a variety of relaxing study areas, as well as sound-resistant glass study pods that are available for use.

The library consists of three commonly-used floors. The top floor is often active and more suitable for group studying and discussions. The second floor, which is the main entrance floor, maintains a semi-quiet atmosphere while still allowing for some conversation. The basement floor is a completely silent space, perfect for last-minute cramming.

Keep in mind, Willis is not just a place for studying. It also provides access to computers, a hands-on learning lab called The Makerspace, and even vocal booths that can be used at anytime. Overall, Willis Library is a remarkable facility that you should explore before leaving campus.

5. Business Leadership Building (BLB)

The Business Leadership Building (BLB) proudly houses the G. Brint Ryan College of Business. Even if you are not planning to enroll in a business program, chances are that you will attend at least one class within the BLB’s modern and sleek walls. With its contemporary architectural design and pristine appearance, the BLB stands out as one of the most visually captivating buildings on campus.

Moreover, this building has over 200 faculty offices. If you want to connect with the faculty and engage in meaningful discussions with them, the BLB serves as an ideal location. For students attending UNT, the BLB offers a variety of wonderful study spots to explore, creating an environment conducive to productivity and academic growth.

6. College of Music

UNT is renowned for its music program, which is widely recognized as one of the most esteemed in the nation—accumulating an astounding 53 Grammy Awards. That’s more Grammy wins than Beyoncé and Taylor Swift have combined!

Whether you aspire to join the music program or are simply curious to see where the magic unfolds, a visit to the College of Music promises to be an incredible experience. It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere, witness the dedication and talent of students and faculty, and gain a deeper appreciation for UNT’s rich musical heritage.

7. College of Visual Arts and Design

The College of Visual Arts and Design showcases the remarkable works created by students during their time at UNT. As you step into the building, you’ll be greeted by an array of art pieces crafted for your appreciation. The halls of the college become a gallery of creativity, with dozens of artworks adorning the walls, each telling a unique story and reflecting the diverse perspectives of the student artists. And as if the combination of art and imagination wasn’t enticing enough, conveniently situated right beside the college is an Einstein Bagels store. This delightful neighbor has taught me that breakfast and art are, indeed, meant to be enjoyed together.

8. Pohl Recreation Center

If maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a priority for you, then this on-campus recreation center is a definite must-visit. The center has a well-equipped weight room that offers a wide variety of equipment, catering to all your fitness needs. The recreation center features basketball courts, swimming pools, indoor soccer courts, and even a rock-climbing wall.

Additionally, the Pohl Recreation Center serves as the epicenter for UNT’s intramural sports. It is also where “Canoe Wars”, the most famous intramural event, takes place. During this competition, teams go head-to-head, armed with buckets of water and attempting to sink each other’s canoes.

Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or simply looking to have fun while staying active, the Pohl Recreation Center at UNT offers lots of opportunities for you.

9. General Academic Building Cafe

The General Academic Building (GAB) serves as the hub for a variety of miscellaneous classes at UNT. It’s where you’ll find a lot of math and English classes, but tucked away within the GAB is a hidden gem—a small cafe that goes unnoticed by many. Despite its relatively low profile, the GAB cafe surprises visitors with its options. Whether you’re in need of a revitalizing cup of coffee, a quick snack, or something more substantial, the GAB cafe has you covered. If you happen to find yourself wandering the halls of the GAB, do yourself a favor and make a pit stop at the cafe.

10. Chilton Hall

Chilton Hall, the final stop on the UNT campus, is home to the UNT Media Library. There you’ll find an impressive collection of movies, video games, and more available for rent. Additionally, you’ll discover another space known as “The Nest,” an esports haven where gaming enthusiasts can immerse themselves in their favorite games with top-notch equipment.

Chilton Hall also offers some favorite study areas among students who prefer a quiet corner to concentrate. Regardless of your passions or pursuits, Chilton Hall is sure to offer something that resonates with you, making it a destination worth exploring on campus.

Off Campus

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11. Thrift Shops

Denton is known for its thrift shops and its down-to-earth aesthetic. Within a 5-mile radius of campus there are at least six different thrift shops that are accessible to students. While this is not a complete list, here are a few of my favorites:

  • Denton Thrift – This is generally the cheapest thrift store, but you do need to look through a lot of clothing to find something worth buying.
  • Plato’s Closet – This one is on the higher end of thrift shops, so the quality is great. But it can be a little expensive.
  • Goodwill – Many college towns have at least one Goodwill, and this particular store isn’t much different. However, it’s still a great place to get a bargain.
  • Thrift Giant – Prices here are good but not a steal. That being said, the quality is good, and the store is, well, giant.

12. North Lakes Park

After exploring the UNT campus, a visit to North Lakes Park is the perfect way to unwind. Spanning 350 acres, this picturesque park offers an escape from the bustling campus atmosphere. Nature enthusiasts will love the diverse wildlife and abundant bird species that call this park home. With its spacious picnic areas, playgrounds, and sports facilities, North Lakes Park also provides opportunities for recreational activities and family-friendly fun.

13. Buc-ee’s

If you aren’t from the South you probably have never heard this, but going to a Buc-ee’s is an experience that everyone needs to have at least once. Buc-ee’s is a giant gas station that became popular in 2003 for its lovable beaver mascot and delicious food. It is the self-proclaimed “Disney of convenience stores,” and I tend to agree. Although visiting a gas station may not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning a college visit, Buc-ee’s is definitely worth your time.

14. Let’s Talk Boba

Whether you’re a boba tea aficionado or new to the delightful beverage, indulging in this staple of Denton life is a must. Two popular spots, “Sharetea Denton” and “Taiyaki Sweets,” offer an exceptional boba tea experience that will leave you craving more.

15. Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum

A visit to the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum is an absolute must for history and culture enthusiasts alike. Located in downtown Denton, this museum allows you to discover more about the rich heritage of Denton County. Housed within the historic courthouse building, the museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the region’s past through its exhibits and immersive displays. Whether you’re interested in local government, legal history, or simply appreciating the charm of a bygone era, the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum offers an experience that will leave you with a deep appreciation for the county’s heritage.

Next Steps

Once you’ve visited UNT and have gained an understanding of what life will be like on campus, it’s time to decide whether or not you want to apply.

We offer the Apply Now! Boot Camp every summer to help students get a head start on their college applications. Contact us near you to learn more.

Corban Hambrick is a marketing intern at KD College Prep.

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“I wanted to say thank you to all of the teachers and directors at KD for helping me get a great score on the SAT® test. I started with a 1250 on the first KD test I took, and I got a 1530 on the December 5th SAT test. KD played a huge role in this, and I just wanted to say thanks to everyone there for helping me achieve this.”
“I wanted to say thank you to all of the teachers and directors at KD for helping me get a great score on the SAT® test. I started with a 1250 on the first KD test I took, and I got... Read more...

Vyom S. – Class of 2022

"Our twin 16-year-old boys used KD College Prep to study/practice for the PSAT test, and we believe the classes and coaching were invaluable. Very professional and concise. Worth every penny!"
"Our twin 16-year-old boys used KD College Prep to study/practice for the PSAT test, and we believe the classes and coaching were invaluable. Very professional and concise. Worth every penny!"

Jerry – Sons, Class of 2022

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“I'm writing to thank the KD team for all the help and guidance over the last couple of years! All the resources provided were very useful to me and helped me achieve the scores I was aiming for on the PSAT, SAT®, and ACT® tests (1520, 1580, and 34). I really appreciate everyone's willingness to be flexible and accommodate my requests!”
“I'm writing to thank the KD team for all the help and guidance over the last couple of years! All the resources provided were very useful to me and helped me achieve the scores I was aiming for on the PSAT,... Read more...

Mithra A. – Class of 2022

"The resources that KD offers have greatly prepared me for the college admissions process. Without KD, I would not have been this prepared and confident... I am a rising senior, and I ended up receiving a 1570 on my SAT® test (third time) and a 35 on my ACT® test (first time). I remember the first ever practice test I took for the SAT test was a 1230 (about 1.5 yrs ago) and the first ever practice test I took for the ACT test was a 31 or 32 (about 6 months ago)."
"The resources that KD offers have greatly prepared me for the college admissions process. Without KD, I would not have been this prepared and confident... I am a rising senior, and I ended up receiving a 1570 on my SAT® test... Read more...

Elise P. – Class of 2022

“I want to thank KD College Prep for helping both of my kids over the last years reach successful outcomes on their SAT® and ACT® scores, which helped them get into great colleges. I found the college prep class for parents very informative and helpful during the process as well.  My son (Jacob) graduated in 2018 and got a 32 on the ACT test. got accepted into Texas A&M but chose Baylor for Health Sciences.  My daughter (Morgan) graduated in 2020 and got a 1450 on the SAT test and a 32 on the ACT test. got into an Ivy League school (Cornell) for Engineering.  Both my kids say that they apply the test taking skills they learned at KD Prep to... Read more...
“I want to thank KD College Prep for helping both of my kids over the last years reach successful outcomes on their SAT® and ACT® scores, which helped them get into great colleges. I found the college prep class for parents... Read more...

Jon D. – Parent

“Coming into this whole process, I had absolutely no idea what anything was, and your help was invaluable—your encouraging words, strategic advice, and wholesome stories and jokes really got me through a stressful time! I'm still on the waitlist at Harvard and other schools, but I've really started to immerse into the Emory culture, especially their debate team. Not having to pay for college and still attend a private institution is really a dream come true, and it wouldn't be possible if it were not for you.”
“Coming into this whole process, I had absolutely no idea what anything was, and your help was invaluable—your encouraging words, strategic advice, and wholesome stories and jokes really got me through a stressful time! I'm still on the waitlist at Harvard... Read more...

Shreyas R. – Class of 2020

“The most beneficial guidance I received during my College Counseling experience was being taught that it's completely ok to not know what I want to do with the rest of my life at 17/18 years old. Steve told me that a good school will help me find my path. Also, Steve's knowledge about what colleges were wanting to see in potential admissions candidates was a huge help... “There was not one specific beneficial moment or turning point in my time working with Steve, there were many. He encouraged me during the entire application process and brought to my attention many colleges I wouldn't have considered or heard about without his help.”
“The most beneficial guidance I received during my College Counseling experience was being taught that it's completely ok to not know what I want to do with the rest of my life at 17/18 years old. Steve told me that a... Read more...

Jake W. – Class of 2020

"I'm very happy my daughter chose KD as her learning partner to achieve her goals. All the experiences with KD and the Directors there are fabulous. My daughter has improved significantly."
"I'm very happy my daughter chose KD as her learning partner to achieve her goals. All the experiences with KD and the Directors there are fabulous. My daughter has improved significantly."

Zarni, Daughter – Class of 2021

"I took KD classes the summer before my junior year, and I was finished with my SAT® test by December...The test prep classes also helped me earn the award of National Merit® Finalist."
"I took KD classes the summer before my junior year, and I was finished with my SAT® test by December...The test prep classes also helped me earn the award of National Merit® Finalist."

Claire I. – Class of 2020

"It's been super helpful, and I've noticed my scores go up both on my SAT®/ACT® scores as well as test scores in school... Overall, I believe this to be the best college prep that money can buy."
"It's been super helpful, and I've noticed my scores go up both on my SAT®/ACT® scores as well as test scores in school... Overall, I believe this to be the best college prep that money can buy."

Gopi C. – Class of 2021

"KD helped me come up with a game plan for the colleges I wanted to attend, as well as any backups, and how to manage my time during this stressful period. They helped to ease the stress and made sure that I would be successful in whichever college I picked, and I am eternally grateful for all their help and hard work!"
"KD helped me come up with a game plan for the colleges I wanted to attend, as well as any backups, and how to manage my time during this stressful period. They helped to ease the stress and made... Read more...

Omar S. – Class of 2020

"My initial goals when I first started working with the KD Counseling crew was to compile a list of colleges that I would be somewhat interested in attending and fit my career goals. I think that this step I was by far the most concerned about. I didn’t know how exactly I should go about choosing which places to apply to and if I were to be accepted, if they would fit me. The team did a wonderful job considering my likes and dislikes and helped me compile a list of colleges that suited my tastes and would further my academic career. "After this integral first step, my focus turned towards time management and writing quality essays that would stand out to colleges. I got... Read more...
"My initial goals when I first started working with the KD Counseling crew was to compile a list of colleges that I would be somewhat interested in attending and fit my career goals. I think that this step I was by... Read more...

Nina H. – Class of 2020

"I was thankful for all the help I received from KD in preparing for my SAT® and ACT® exams. The workshops they offered, as well as the practice exams, gave me the tools I needed to do my very best."
"I was thankful for all the help I received from KD in preparing for my SAT® and ACT® exams. The workshops they offered, as well as the practice exams, gave me the tools I needed to do my very best."

Morgan D. – Class of 2020

"KDCP is a must for students wanting to stay a step ahead of the game for getting into college. My son has gained huge insight from the ACT®/SAT® practice workshops, practice tests, and essay class."
"KDCP is a must for students wanting to stay a step ahead of the game for getting into college. My son has gained huge insight from the ACT®/SAT® practice workshops, practice tests, and essay class."

Tiffany – Son, Class of 2021

"KD helped to increase the efficiencies of how I took the national exams. I was also able to implement these efficiencies in my daily school studies within the IB program at PESH. I would (and have) recommend KD to those students wanting an edge on their national test scores!"
"KD helped to increase the efficiencies of how I took the national exams. I was also able to implement these efficiencies in my daily school studies within the IB program at PESH. I would (and have) recommend KD to those students... Read more...

Daniel J. – Class of 2020

"Not only have I been able to significantly improve my test scores, I have learned a tremendous amount of information about the college application process due to complimentary events that KD offers."
"Not only have I been able to significantly improve my test scores, I have learned a tremendous amount of information about the college application process due to complimentary events that KD offers."

Sam H. – Class of 2020

"I came to KD the summer before my senior year with only my determination and big goals! KD provided me with the resources necessary to improve my test score to increase my chances at my dream school, Notre Dame, with the help from amazing teachers and staff. I am so grateful for KD!"
"I came to KD the summer before my senior year with only my determination and big goals! KD provided me with the resources necessary to improve my test score to increase my chances at my dream school, Notre Dame, with the... Read more...

Matt K. – Class of 2020

"I started classes at KD the summer before 9th grade. I...made a perfect score on the PSAT (earning the National Merit® scholarship) and, after taking the SAT® test only once (a relief!), scored a 1590/1600."
"I started classes at KD the summer before 9th grade. I...made a perfect score on the PSAT (earning the National Merit® scholarship) and, after taking the SAT® test only once (a relief!), scored a 1590/1600."

Thomas D. – Class of 2019

"In just one year, I was able to raise my score by 300 points and get into my dream school."
"In just one year, I was able to raise my score by 300 points and get into my dream school."

Piper F. – Class of 2020

"Having our recent GHS graduate attend KD was life changing. It provided our son with choices and opportunities that he might not have had otherwise."
"Having our recent GHS graduate attend KD was life changing. It provided our son with choices and opportunities that he might not have had otherwise."

Kathy – Son attends Mizzou

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“I came to KD College Prep after already using another tutoring service which we were not seeing results with. Due to time constraints, the traditional classes were not going to be feasible for my daughter. They took the time to figure out a personal plan that would work for her and were always available for our questions and helping her reach her goals. Every employee from the managers to the students working at their locations are top notch.”
“I came to KD College Prep after already using another tutoring service which we were not seeing results with. Due to time constraints, the traditional classes were not going to be feasible for my daughter. They took the time to figure... Read more...

Tracy – Daughter, Class of 2020

"The KD College Prep course not only provided test practice but also motivated her to work hard for her college applications. It gave her the confidence to dream big!"

"The KD College Prep course not only provided test practice but also motivated her to work hard for her college applications. It gave her the confidence to dream big!"

Prema – Daughter attends Rice