01 June . 2018
University of North Texas campus to offer degrees “right here at home” near Hollyhock
Unanimous approval of a new ‘public-public’ partnership between the City of Frisco, its Frisco Economic and Community Development Corporations and the University of North Texas has paved the way for what will ultimately be a UNT branch campus serving at least 5,000 students, providing higher education and research opportunities for future generations.
The future UNT branch campus will be located on a 100-acre site at the southwest corner of Preston Road and Panther Creek Parkway, just a few miles from Hollyhock. The ‘public-public’ partnership also will consider other joint projects, such as facilities, parks and open space, and parking.
“This investment in our future provides our residents new opportunities to get bachelor’s or master’s degrees right here at home,” said Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney. “Affordable, quality education is an integral part of being a vibrant, innovative and sustainable community. This partnership means a lot to me as a city leader, parent and business owner. It also boosts economic development, which benefits Frisco and our entire region.”
UNT President Neal Smatresk said UNT is proud to be the City of Frisco’s chosen partner in providing innovative learning and partnership opportunities of the highest quality.
“With our home in Denton, we’ve always been the world-class university next door, but now we are the global university available right outside your front porch,” Smatresk said. “We are excited about developing what comes next, and meeting the evolving needs of a creative economy driven by education.”
Currently, UNT teaches more than 1,500 students in Collin County each semester. This includes about 1,200 at the UNT New College at Frisco, which opened in Hall Park in spring 2016, and about 400 at the Collin Higher Education Center in McKinney.
Construction on the branch campus will be completed in two phases of 50 acres each, with development scheduled to start no later than March 2022. UNT has the option to buy an additional 50 acres to further expand the branch campus.
The new UNT branch campus is the perfect partner for the highly rated Frisco ISD schools serving Hollyhock’s students. Learn more about our schools.
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