UNT Dallas celebrated the opening of its first residence hall August 3, 2017 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local officials, community members, residents and their families.

The 27,000 square foot, 120-bed facility includes 12 double-occupancy rooms and 96 single-occupancy rooms, as well as ample study space, a kitchen, social area, multi-purpose space for classes and workshops, and a workout facility. Each of the four floors is staffed by a resident advisor.

With the opening of the residence hall, UNT Dallas has become an active 24/7 campus. The University Police Department has proactively increased staffing, adding 10 officers to the department to ensure UNT Dallas remains a safe and welcoming campus for the university community.

The residence hall has ushered in another new first with the university enrolling its first out-of-state students. Students from Nebraska, Oklahoma, and California have chosen to make UNT Dallas their home thanks to the opportunity to live on campus.

"Universities that started out solely as commuter schools find it's harder 20, 30 years later to come back and try to change the perception of high school students in the community," said Lee Jackson, UNT System Chancellor. "I wanted us to change that perception as quickly as we could."

Students who enroll now have the privilege of seeing the UNT Dallas campus transform in the next four years. A new $63 million Student Center will open in Fall 2018, as well as an outdoor amphitheater. More new buildings also are under consideration, as well as additional programming that may include intercollegiate athletics and international studies.

"Up to this point we've been a commuter campus, so adding this dimension, the first step of this mission to also house students, will change the personality of the campus," said Bob Mong, UNT Dallas President. "We're already planning future residence halls."

For more information on UNT Dallas' first residence hall, visit http://www.untdallas.edu/residence.

Additional Media Coverage:

Dallas Morning News: UNT Dallas Marks a New Era as First Residence Hall Opens its Doors to Students

Dallas Morning News (video): UNT Dallas Opens First Residence Hall

Fox 4 News: UNT Dallas Opens First Residence Hall