This fall, UNT welcomed its newest incoming freshman class — and the most siblings I've seen start college together with the Diaz quintuplets (pictured below with me and their parents). The Class of 2018, our continuing students, and faculty and staff have a bright year ahead.
I'm especially proud that more than 4,500 soaring Eagles have opted in to the Eagle Express Tuition Plan and half of our freshman class chose the plan, committing to graduating in four years.
It's a great time to be a part of the Mean Green Nation, and in the business of educating tomorrow's leaders. Higher education can lead to bright futures, and it's also an economic driver. With every student we graduate, UNT is doing our part to boost our nation's economy. I'm a true believer that public higher education is the most transformative force in the world. A recent study says that public higher education is the best way to get ahead in life (it doesn't take an Ivy League degree).
I hope you're as excited as I am about where we're going and the transformation taking place here.