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Division of Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs is a full institutional partner dedicated to fostering student success.The division supports co-curricular and extracurricular programming, activities, and services to facilitate students' academic training, professional growth, and personal development. Additionally, the division supports students' needs, creating an atmosphere that stimulates learning, and integrates extracurricular experiences into the formal learning programs.

Through its administrative office and the offices of the Center for Academic Performance (CAP), Financial Aid, Registrar, Testing and Evaluation Services, Student Development, Health Promotion, International Student Services, and Career Services, the following goals are defined in support of the Health Science Center's educational mission:

  • Create a culture of compassion, integrity, and excellence
  • Promoting student success
  • Engage the community
  • Develop resources through grants and scholarships

Personal, academic, and career counseling are available to students in the Office of Student Affairs. Professional counseling for students and their families are available through the Student Assistance Program (SAP).

In emergency situations, such as a death in the family, special assistance can be provided for notification of professors, medical withdrawal, etc. The office provides policy interpretation and rights adjustment upon request, handles disciplinary and social adjustment issues, and provides self-development opportunities and enrichment activities.

Office of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs fosters student success. The office provides the leadership and oversight for all the staff and offices within the Division of Student Affairs. Additionally, the staff encourage student participation in and contribution to all Health Science Center programs. The senior student affairs officer establishes and coordinates the system of student conduct and discipline, interprets institutional regulations on academic and nonacademic matters as related to students, and acts as a student advocate when appropriate.

For more information on the Office of Student Affairs, or any office within the Division of Student Affairs, please visit the website at www.hsc.unt.edu/departments/studentaffairs or contact the Office of Student Affairs at 817-735-2505.

Department of Enrollment Services

The Department of Enrollment Services is comprised of the Office of the Registrar, Financial Aid Office and the Office of Testing and Evaluation Services.  Enrollment Services oversees all enrollment processes for the University, provides student academic and financial services to our current and former students and also provides academic support services to faculty.

Office of Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid offers scholarship and loan programs to assist students in meeting the costs of financing their education. Although financial aid is available for eligible students, it should be considered supplemental to a student's own financial resources. The Office of Financial Aid is dedicated to quality customer service and the prompt delivery of aid program funds. Counselors are available to assist students in the application process to ensure that students receive the information needed to make the best decisions regarding their financial aid options. While financial aid is subject to strict federal and state regulations, the staff strives to help students navigate this complex plan in a professional and courteous manner.

For more information about these services, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 817-735-2505, or visit the website at www.hsc.unt.edu/departments/financialaid.

Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar manages and maintains the students' academic records, insures the integrity, security and confidentiality of academic records, and oversees the development and maintenance of student academic records. These services include transcript generation, grade processing, degree certification, the enrollment and registration process of all students, and verification of enrollment, academic standing, and completion of degree. The Office of the Registrar coordinates reports for internal and external compliance, oversees functions related to Veteran's Affairs, assists in commencement planning, prepares data for State audit reports; coordinates compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); and provides data to support the institution's tactical initiatives.

The Office of the Registrar can be reached at 817-735-2201. All Registrar-related forms can be obtained by visiting www.hsc.unt.edu/departments/Registrar and clicking on "forms."

Office of Testing and Evaluation Services

The Office of Testing and Evaluation Services scores, analyzes, and reports results of classroom testing.  Testing and Evaluation Services also administers and proctors classroom examinations.  In addition to testing services, Testing and Evaluation Services supports various data collection activities of departments, faculty, and students through the design of optical mark scanning forms and online collections screens, along with the analysis and reporting of resulting information.

Department of Student Services

The Department of Student Services is comprised of the Center for Academic Performance, Office of Health Promotion, and Office of Student Development, including career services and international student services. Student Services provides co-curricular services, programs, and activities to facilitate students' academic training, personal growth, and professional development.

Center for Academic Performance (CAP)

Academic support programs provide services designed to facilitate the academic success of all students. Working with faculty to provide and support students in periods of academic difficulty, the staff can aid in planning alternate programs and assist in reassessment of student priorities.

Students benefit from tutoring programs, tips on time management and basic academic counseling skills.

Available services include counseling in learning skills, time management skills, test-taking skills, and peer-tutoring programs.

Learning Strategies

People learn in a variety of ways. Each student needs to find the most effective learning strategy for their personal needs. A wide range of factors goes into determining what works best for a student. Some students learn being in a quiet, solitary environment, some need verbal interaction in a group, others need to be physically active or have an environment rich in sound or other stimuli. The staff can help you find and implement your best strategy through assessment, counseling, and academic support workshops.

Peer Tutoring Programs

Tutoring programs provide the opportunity to share strategies for organizing and learning the large volume of material required to succeed in graduate and professional schools. The following tutoring options are provided: limited individual tutoring, large group tutorials, and drop-in sessions.

For more information, to make an appointment for study skills counseling, or to request tutoring assistance, contact the Center for Academic Performance at: CAP@unthsc.edu, or visit the website at www.hsc.unt.edu/CAP/.

Counseling Services

The Center for Academic Performance counseling services are designed to promote personal growth throught academic achievement and the safeguarding of overall wellness. Counselors assist in defining goals, gaining insight, teaching new skills, and supporting choices that are consistent with an individual's feelings, values, and responsibilities. Counseling services are confidentially provided in accordance with Texas State Law, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and the Texas Department of Health - Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. Our counselors are active Licensed Professional Counselor Interns. The Center for Academic Performance has a counselor available Monday through Friday 8 am - 5 pm by appointment. Students in need of counseling services can call 817-735-5159 or email counselor@unthsc.edu.

Office of Student Development

The Office of Student Development supports the mission of the Division of Student Affairs and the Health Science Center. Its role is to address issues that are relative to all medical and graduate students, from pre-enrollment through graduation. This office coordinates programs and activities that promote the intellectual, professional, moral, social, physical, and emotional development of all students.

There are five student-elected government councils representing each educational program at the Health Science Center. They are the Medical Student Government Association (MSGA); Graduate Student Association (GSA); Public Health Student Association (PHSA); Physician Assistant Student Association (PASA); and the Physical Therapy Student Association (PTSA).

The Office of Student Development oversees three lounge areas. Two are located on the first floor of the Education and Administration Building (EAD). The student lounge in EAD 116 has organizational storage, a networked printer, a copy machine, a telephone for on-campus and local calls, a fax machine, couches and chairs. It is a great place for students to relax, hang out, study, eat, and meet with faculty or friends. The lounge in EAD 110 has vending machines (coin operated), an ice machine, a sink, microwave ovens, restrooms, recreational equipment (pool table, ping-pong tables), a big-screen television, and tables and chairs for relaxing. A third lounge is located on the second floor of the Center for Bio-Health.

Student Organizations

There are many student organizations on the Health Science Center campus that represent a variety of interests within the health professions community. In cooperation with the Office of Student Development, these organizations sponsor programs and activities that promote the intellectual, professional, social, physical, and emotional development of all students. Students are provided with leadership opportunities at the local, regional, and national levels through participation in these groups. The Office of Student Development coordinates the student organization calendar and registration process.

The Health Science Center recognizes the right of any group of students, faculty, or staff to form a voluntary organization for purposes not forbidden by the laws of the United States and the state of Texas. All campus organizations that include enrolled students as members must be registered with the Office of Student Development and the Division of Student Affairs. Policies regulating the functioning, sponsorship, and privileges of registered or recognized organizations are available in the Office of Student Development. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Development at 817-735-5006 or studentdevelopment@unthsc.edu.

Scheduling Events

Student organizations are required to schedule events, seminars, programs, and lectures through the Office of Student Development. Please contact 817-735-5006 or studentdevelopment@unthsc.edu for more information.

Office of International Student Services

The Office of International Student Services conducts orientation programs for new international students and offers assistance with administrative concerns, immigration advisement, and personal counseling. It provides referral to other campus agencies, if required, and gives international students the opportunity to participate in programs designed to introduce students to various aspects of U.S. culture and history.

For more information about these services, please contact the Office of International Student Services at 817-735-2780 or studentdevelopment@unthsc.edu.

Office of Career Services

The Office of Career Services offers assistance and tools needed to help students improve interviewing and networking skills, as well as resume/CV assistance, job fairs, career resources, and presentations on such topics as professional behavior, dressing for success, and much more. In coordination with other academic departments, Career Services provides opportunities for students to succeed further in their chosen profession. For more information, please contact the Office of Career Services at 817-735-2501 or studentdevelopment@unthsc.edu.

Office of Health Promotion

The Office of Health Promotion is dedicated to promoting health and wellness on the University of North Texas Health Science Center campus through various programming and campus activities.  The Office of Health Promotion is located in the Founders’ Activity Center on the north end of campus.  For more information and a current schedule of activities, please visit www.hsc.unt.edu/sites/HealthPromotion/ or contact the Health Promotion Manager at 817-735-2791.  See the listing below for descriptions of activities provided by the Office of Health Promotion.

Founders’ Activity Center (FAC)

The Founders’ Activity Center (FAC) is the center for physical fitness on the University of North Texas Health Science Center campus.  The FAC is open 7 days per week to students, faculty, staff, and community members.  The Founders’ Activity Center includes multiple weight rooms, a room complete with new cardiovascular equipment, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, full-service locker rooms, and FREE group exercise classes for all members.  Equipment Orientations are available upon request to all members. 

President’s Fitness Challenge (PFC)

The President’s Fitness Challenge is a program that encourages participants to improve their health through exercise and nutrition changes.  The PFC does pre- and post-assessments for weight, body fat percentage, and body circumference measurements for all participants.  Participants are also counseled on their personal goals and guided on the appropriate steps to take to achieve those goals.

Intramural Sports

The Office of Health Promotion offers various intramural sport activities for UNTHSC students.  Tournaments that are offered include Table Tennis, 3-on-3 Basketball, Flag-Football, and many more!  Financial sponsorship for extramural leagues is also available upon request if funding is available.

Health Promotion Seminars and Activities

The Office of Health Promotion gives presentations on various wellness topics including Stress ManagementSimmer Down Now-A guide to cooking and nutrition for the busy professional and student; and Thirsty Thursday- An anti-drunk driving campaign sponsored by the Student Services offices.

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