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The University of North Texas System is an educational leader in the North Texas region. The system is composed of three campuses — UNT at Denton, the flagship university of the UNT System, recognized as the state’s fourth-largest university and the largest university in the Dallas/Fort Worth region; the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth, which offers a wealth of health profession programs; and the UNT Dallas Campus, also known as the System Center.

Established in 1999, the UNT Dallas Campus is the newest addition to the UNT System and is the first public university located in the city of Dallas. UNT’s System Center presence in this area has greatly improved access to public higher education in Dallas and Ellis counties. It provides nearly 2,300 students with the opportunity to complete various undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a range of certificate programs.

The mission of UNT Dallas is to enhance access to high-quality education and to prepare students to become exemplary citizens who can assume leadership positions in a global environment. This mission is accomplished through an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning, the pursuit of innovative research and technologies, and a commitment to improve the quality of life through civic engagement.

Supplementing the excellent academic curriculum is a host of academic services including disability accommodation, testing, tutoring and learning services, as well as valuable student opportunities such as career services and internships, child care, counseling, housing, transportation, health insurance, legal services and volunteer opportunities.

The System Center campus is situated upon 264 acres at the intersection of Camp Wisdom and University Hills Roads, near both I-35 East and I-20. It is directly served by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system, which provides bus service to the campus Monday through Friday via Route 415. Students enrolled in 12 credit hours at the campus can obtain a free DART pass for use in traveling to and from the University of North Texas Dallas Campus.

UNT Dallas’ strategic plan for the future involves a number of key initiatives and priorities such as achieving academic excellence and student success, developing human capital, promoting civic engagement and many others. These initiatives meet the needs of the city and region for providing a highly trained workforce of informed citizens.

El Centro College, located in downtown Dallas, just minutes northeast of Oak Cliff, celebrated its 45th Anniversary in the 2011-2012 academic year. El Centro was the first of seven Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) colleges to open its doors in 1966. Its central location allows students from all parts of Dallas County to take advantage of core educational courses transferable to four-year institutions, as well as career training in more than 50 exciting fields and a variety of continuing and workforce education courses. Students at El Centro are of all ages and come from all walks of life, eager to take advantage of the many exciting and popular programs offered.

El Centro has three campuses: Downtown Campus, Bill J. Priest Campus and the West Dallas Campus.

The West Dallas Campus is a one-stop location where students can meet with an advisor, register for classes and speak to a Financial Aid advisor all at a convenient neighborhood location. Free parking is available.

Bill J. Priest Campus
The Bill J. Priest campus offers a variety of programs such as welding courses, workplace skills, job search assistance, career exploration, industrial maintenance and more.

El Centro (downtown campus)
801 Main Street • Dallas, TX 75202 214-860-2000

West Dallas Campus
3330 N. Hampton Rd. • Dallas, TX 75212 972-391-1400

Bill J. Priest Campus
1402 Corinth Street • Dallas, TX 75215 214-860-5900

El Centro is well known in the community for its extraordinary Allied Health programs, Fashion/Interior Design, Culinary and Information Technology programs among others. El Centro was the first of the DCCCD campuses to offer a nursing program and has established relationships with several top-notch hospitals in the Dallas area. A high percentage of Allied Health and Culinary students are recruited for full-time jobs before graduation and the accredited culinary program has been recognized and accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation. El Centro College is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Part of the extensive Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), Cedar Valley College is located on more than 300 acres and has earned a reputation for being one of the most scenic areas in the Metroplex. Mountain View College, located in Oak Cliff and also a part of DCCCD, is an open-access public community college that opened in 1970 as the second of seven separately accredited colleges of the Dallas County Community College District.

West Oak Cliff is home to the esteemed Dallas Baptist University (DBU) campus, a private, four-year, Christ-centered liberal arts university composed of approximately 5,000 traditional and adult students. DBU offers an array of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs, along with pre-professional preparation and certificate programs — both in the classroom and outside the classroom through online and weekend courses.

Oak Cliff is also home to Paul Quinn College (PQC), a faith-based, four-year liberal arts institution providing opportunities for undergraduate degree completion. The college was founded in Austin, Texas and is recognized as one of the nation’s 110 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. PQC is a private African Methodist Episcopal institution that has been a part of the learning community for 140 years.

In addition to these campuses, the Universities Center at Dallas (UCD) is the first multi-institution teaching center for higher education in the state. This central location offers students the opportunity to take advantage of courses through Texas A&M University — Commerce, Texas Woman’s University, The University of North Texas and others.

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