University of North Texas Dallas Campus
Southern Dallas is home to the city’s first public four-year university. The University of North Texas at Dallas campus is anchoring an area that still contains large open tracts of wooded land at Camp Wisdom Rd. & University Hills Blvd. Fall 2011 enrollment topped 2,000 students, with a goal of growing to over 25,000 students in the next thirty years.
The school moved into its first campus building in 2006, with a second building added in 2009. The city’s Department of Sustainable Development & Construction completed a land use plan for the area in 2009. The plan calls for a mix of development types that will integrate the campus into the surrounding neighborhood. The plan incorporates new two light rail stations slated for completion by 2016 as part of the DART South Oak Cliff Extension of the Blue Line. Potential projects on the university’s periphery include research parks, mixed-use retail and housing in a main street configuration serving students and staff, single family neighborhoods and dense freeway commercial areas, including office and retail. $5 million in 2012 Bond Program funds has been allocated to provide additional infrastructure for new development supporting the university.
The university’s academic plan calls for an initial focus on management and technical programs combined with a more traditional liberal arts curriculum. With a young and growing population, southern Dallas will be capable of providing a steady stream of students to this new campus, and the university will, in turn, provide the workers needed to support Dallas’ growing economy.