Stories to follow in 2019: UNT names Frisco as home of its first branch campus

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What we reported

The University of North Texas announced in May it would build its first-ever branch campus in Frisco. The campus would serve at least 5,000 students and offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

The campus will be located at the southwest corner of Preston Road and Panther Creek Parkway on 100 acres provided by the city at no cost. The university will have the option to purchase another 50 acres for future expansion.

The university is working with the business community to develop new degree programs and curriculum that would best fit employers in the area, according to UNT.

UNT also purchased the city’s 50,000-square-foot building at 6170 Research Road  and renamed it Inspire Park. The building is used as a business incubator space.

The latest

In January, UNT will begin to offer classes at Inspire Park that will provide partnership-based educational opportunities for the business community. The university is also working to receive approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer classes in the new branch campus, which is expected to start construction no later than March 2022 and open in 2023.

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Nicole Luna is the Senior Reporter for Frisco. She covers development, transportation, education, business and city government. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Spanish from The University of Texas at Arlington and has been with Community Impact Newspaper since June 2015.
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