MARTIAL is our short way of saying Male Alliance for a Rigorous, Transformative, and Interdisciplinary Approach to Learning! We are looking for young men who are committed to pursuing academic excellence here at UNT alongside their peers. A student who is accepted into this program will be known as a MARTIAL Eagle.
Interesting fact: the Martial Eagle also happens to be one of the largest eagles on the continent of Africa.
MARTIAL Eagles will be living together on a male wing (or hall) in Rawlins Hall, one of UNT’s newest residence hall; incoming male students of any ethnicity may apply. Any major is also welcome.
First-generation students are especially encouraged to apply as the program is designed to offer intensive support to assist students with their transition to UNT. For the purposes of this program, a first-generation student is defined as one whose parent(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree.
For the 2021-2022 academic year, we will select up to 30 young men for the FIFTH cohort of MARTIAL Eagles. If you have reviewed all program expectations and eligibility guidelines, please submit your application by April 23, 2021 for priority consideration. The final application deadline is July 2, 2021.
YES! Rawlins Hall is home for the MARTIAL Eagles program and as we operate as a living learning community, all participants are required to reside in our designated wing their first year in Rawlins Hall. The MARTIAL Eagle program offers a unique opportunity for students to begin their academic career in this small community, which allows for friendships and study groups to form quickly among our participants. Students are also actively encouraged to build connections with others in the residence hall and across campus. If you have not visited Rawlins Hall, take some time to check out it out here. This is a first-year requirement only, however many MARTIAL Eagles continue to live together after their first year either on campus, or in off-campus housing.
If you already have a housing assignment at the time you are accepted into the program, we will work with Housing to move your application over to Rawlins - there is nothing you need to do on your end.
Please take the time to carefully consider your budget and the 2021-2022 housing rates. If you are applying for financial aid (and we recommend that all students go through with the FAFSA to see what might be offered to you here at UNT), be sure to keep up with deadlines and tasks that need to be completed.
For the fall 2021 semester, all MARTIAL Eagles will enroll in a 3-hr UCRS 1850 Freshmen Seminar course. We'll explore transition to college issues like time management, study habits, accessing campus resources, etc. This is also provides a foundation for our community building.
If you have already registered for classes, no problem. If accepted into the program, we will work with you to add the courses you need to your schedule. Yes, this may call for a little rearranging, but we think the effort is well worth the experience you’ll have in the program.
Yes, we highly encourage you to apply before attending New Student Orientation. During orientation, you'll have the opportunity to register for classes. If you are selected as a MARTIAL Eagle, you'll need to be sure and register for the appropriate course(s).
Outside of your normal course load, MARTIAL Eagles are expected to actively engage in academic and other campus resources. For example, you might attend supplemental instruction and/or tutoring sessions to improve your content knowledge for a specific class. Or, you might visit with a Career Coach to discuss what internship opportunities are available for your chosen field. Additionally, there are many exciting campus activities in which program staff will encourage you to participate.
While there is no GPA requirement to participate in MARTIAL Eagles, the first-year program is designed to help students perform at their highest potential and to establish a solid UNT GPA on which to build. Many leadership opportunities on campus will require that students earn and maintain a strong GPA. You'll also need a good GPA in order to apply for continuing student scholarships.
We administer grade checks, facilitate mandatory weekly study sessions, and share resources to help you throughout your academic career here at UNT. All MARTIAL Eagles are expected to participate in these activities.