The University of North Texas at Dallas campus celebrated the groundbreaking of its Student Learning and Success Center March 9, 2016, a building that will provide much-needed space and resources for the growing campus. The $63 million building will be open Fall 2018.

The 132,000 square foot facility will include a variety of indoor and outdoor space that will transform the UNT Dallas campus, and provide greater capacity to hold university and community events. At the heart of the building will be the Student Access and Success Division located on the first floor. Students will enjoy a “one-stop shop” experience that provides all student services from enrollment and advising to financial aid and career services in one location. The building also will include: a larger Veterans Success Center, a tv & radio studio for student use, a digital design lab, a new library and Learning Commons tutoring facility, and an event space with the capacity to hold 500 guests. The event space will open up into a courtyard and an outdoor amphitheater.

UNT System Chancellor Lee Jackson, Senator Royce West, District 8 Councilman and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Erik Wilson, and Stephanie Holley, vice president of student access and success, delivered remarks at the groundbreaking. Elder Zunoraine Holmes, Chief Strategy Officer for T.D. Jakes Ministries and The

“UNT Dallas’ significant enrollment growth requires a strategic increase in student support services, technology, and learning space that supports student life and unifies the campus,” said UNT Dallas President Bob Mong. “In 2018, the university will take a significant step to provide those resources with the new Student Learning and Success Center (SLSC). Thank you to everyone who has made this building and this growth possible.”

Chancellor Jackson praised the project as truly transformational for the university, the UNT System, and the community UNT Dallas serves. Councilman Wilson echoed Jackson and Mong’s sentiments, and reiterated the impact UNT Dallas is having on the southern Dallas area.

“Years ago, we set out to create the first public university in Dallas, a university that would truly meet the needs of this community,” West said. “UNT Dallas is that great university, and this building represents a significant step toward realizing our vision. Know that the vision for this school is one that will never fully be realized. It is one that will continue to grow and develop, with new buildings, more student success and more community transformation for generations to come.”

The SLSC is one of three significant construction projects in progress for UNT Dallas. The university’s first residence hall is slated to open August 2017. The university also is in the early stages of renovating the Dallas Municipal Building on Main Street, which will serve as the new home of the College of Law in 2019.  

Photos of the March 9 groundbreaking are available at https://untd.smugmug.com/17040-SLSC-Groundbreaking/

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Date: March 9, 2017

By: Ashley Johnson, PR/Communication Director, Ashley.Johnson@untdallas.edu, 972-338-1098