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Registration to open Oct. 1 for UNT’s first winter session

Registration to open Oct. 1 for UNT’s first winter session

Registration to open Oct. 1 for UNT’s first winter session
September 20
11:11 2018

UNT will launch its first winter session on Dec. 17, during which students will have the opportunity to gain four credit hours within a three week period.

“A chance to pick up an extra class during that winter term will help students that want to stay on track or want to graduate faster,” said Steve Cobb, associate dean of administrative affairs. “The target is existing UNT students.”

UNT is focusing on increasing the graduation rate within at least four years.

“[This is a] great opportunity for our current students to be able to take more classes and make more progress,” UNT Provost Jennifer Cowley said.

Cowley said transfer students also have an opportunity to gain an extra course, but UNT is focusing on further developing current students and their progress within the university.

“We have a number of students who transfer, and it will be possible for them to get an earlier start in the winter,” Cowley said. “But mostly we see this as a great opportunity for our current students to be able to take more classes and make more progress.”

Around the holidays and breaks, students reach out to other colleges in order to gain a credit or two. UNT wants their students to have the opportunity at their own university, Cowley said.

“It’s something we have students taking advantage of at other community colleges, and some other schools in the area now it makes it easier for them,” Cobb said. “They don’t have to try and enroll in another university in order to take advantage of a three week term.”

Winter and spring term count as one, therefore tuition costs will not change, with the exception of student fees some courses may require. However, UNT is on the verge of obtaining financial aid coverage for students in the winter session.

“Financial aid will cover the cost, but they’re working out the technical details,” Cowley said.

In order to obtain coverage, student financials are working to finalize plans as the deadline for coverage draws near.

“We want to make sure the tuition and fees are billed according to the session and prorated to where we can prorate them,” said Joey Saxon, associate vice president for student financials. “And that the bills are ready for mid-October to [Nov. 1] as the students first start registering.”

The courses can be taken for study aboard, online or off-campus field experience. For the first winter session this December, only online and study abroad classes will be available. A goal for next winter session will be to expand the format of courses a student can take.

“One of the things we want to see is this growing into an opportunity for us to offer some new study abroad classes,” Cobb said.

Cowley said UNT plans to continue the winter session for years to come, all while expanding the courses and opportunities for students.

“This is the launch of [winter session] and we expect we’ll be expanding it in future years,” Cowley said. “We’ll have a number of classes that will be available…and we’ll be excited to see that grow over time.”

Registration for the upcoming winter session will begin Oct. 1.

Featured Image: Students walk in the library mall. UNT is launching a three-week semester in December, offering students limited courses for full credit. Paige Bruneman

Corrections: A previous version of this article stated that the winter session was called a “wintermester.” Provost Jennifer Cowley contacted the North Texas Daily following the article’s publication to say that although she referred to it as a “wintermester,” it is actually a winter session.

The previous article misstated the registration date as Nov. 1. The actual first day for registration will be Oct. 1. This error was due to a misunderstanding between the author and source.

Additionally, the previous version of this article quoted Associate Dean of Administrative Affairs Steve Cobb saying: “We probably won’t have any opportunities for study abroad this time,” when in fact, there will be four study abroad opportunities as part of the first winter session.

The Daily regrets these errors.

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  1. Amy
    Amy September 20, 16:24

    In fact, UNT has offered students the opportunity to STUDY ABROAD during the winter break for a number of years. This year, there are four options available in Chile, Portugal, Germany, and the Dominican Republic. Interested students need to apply by October 1 and scholarships are available. Find out more at

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