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Top Sherman students get red carpet treatment at UNT

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Sherman High School students with good grades can receive automatic acceptance at the University of North Texas. (KTEN) Sherman High School students with good grades can receive automatic acceptance at the University of North Texas. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- The University of North Texas is offering students at Sherman High School an early admission to the Denton college.

It is part of UNT's Eagle Advantage program that offers to make the transition from high school to college a little easier.

"It's really comforting knowing that we have that opportunity," said Sherman High junior Nick Estes.

The top 20 percent of juniors at SHS can apply for automatic acceptance at UNT.

"It's crazy that they're coming here and saying, 'Hey, we care about you... we're ready for you," said junior Emily Jolly. "That's amazing."

UNT admissions officer Spencer Wulf said the Eagle Advantage program ensures that students have every resource needed to be ready for college.

"We do everything we can for them….help them with their transcripts… letters of recommendation," Wulf said.

And that, in turn,  helps boost students' grades and confidence when it comes to transitioning from high school to college.

"It allows students to take some of the pressure off," Wulf said. "They know they've been admitted somewhere, and while they can still look at other schools."

The program also gives the juniors more time to focus on what kind of career path they might want to take.

"I'm thinking about something in musical theater," Emily Jolly said. "There's so much to do there, and that really excites me."

Nick Estes, who is considering a double-major in political science and business, agrees.

"It seems like a really interactive campus and a really great place to live out your college experience," he said.

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