UNF wins national awards and ranks among the best in the country

We did it again!

Nationally, the University of North Florida is being recognized by some very elite organizations and is showing up on nearly every national college ranking. More and more, UNF is being seen among elite institutions as a high-caliber education destination and a great place to study, live and thrive.


For the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. News & World Report has named the University of North Florida a “Best Regional” university in its 2014 edition of “Best Colleges,” which includes rankings and data of more than 1,600 schools nationwide. UNF ranked No. 51, in front of local private college, Jacksonville University, which ranked No. 62.

U.S. News & World Report has also named UNF to a number of its other lists including: 

The University of North Florida is among the hundreds of higher education institutions included in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best Online Programs rankings released today. UNF is ranked in the Top 75 in the country for “Best Online Graduate Education Programs,” which includes data of nearly 1,000 distance education programs nationwide.

And we did it again. Just recently, the Princeton Review again named UNF a “best value college” for 2014, making it the fourth time UNF made the best value list.

The Princeton Review has also named UNF to a number of its other lists including:

 And, for the sixth consecutive year The Princeton Review has named UNF a Best College in the Southeast.

And, for the eighth consecutive year The Princeton Review has named UNF's Coggin College a Best Business School.

For the second consecutive year, UNF has been named as one of the top colleges and universities across the country in the annual “America’s Best Colleges” 2012 list, created by Forbes Magazine.

The University was ranked fourth in Florida among all state universities and was the only Northeast Florida institution of higher learning to make the list. This year, UNF moved up 64 places to No. 427 in the nation and was ranked ahead of the University of South Florida (No. 449) and the University of Central Florida (No. 462).  

For the third consecutive year, Kiplinger Personal Finance named UNF a best value public college, emphasizing the value an investment in an undergraduate education at UNF pays now and in the future.

The College Database, the most current and comprehensive source for U.S. college and university data, has named the University of North Florida to its top colleges for highest financial return on investment in Florida. UNF is ranked No. 5 on the list for providing a high-quality education at an affordable price.

The University was also named one of the top colleges in the state for teacher education by the College Database. UNF ranked in the Top 10 among local Florida colleges and universities that were rated on the list.

The University of North Florida has made a unique new list of 60 low-cost colleges with graduates who earn high starting salaries released by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO).

The University was recognized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education as a STARS Bronze Institution based on the University's accomplishments in campus sustainability.

The Sierra Club, America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization with more than 1.4 million members working to protect communities and the planet, named UNF as one of it’s top 100 “cool green schools” for our commitment to the environment and its preservation even during expansion.

For the sixth consecutive year, UNF has been named one of the most military friendly schools in the United States by G.I. Jobs magazine. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and student veterans.

For the second consecutive year, The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll named the UNF as a leader for its work in community settings, student volunteerism and philanthropic efforts as well as academic programs that include forms of community-based learning.

The Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects named UNF’s Student Union as the No. 4 building in the state. The Student Union is the only local building in the top five.

And it doesn’t stop there. Not only is the University as a whole being recognized for its outstanding contributions to education, some of our individual programs are receiving acclaim, as well.

The University of North Florida was recognized by the Affordable Colleges Foundation, a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information, by earning a place in the Top 50 on its new ranking of 2015’s Best Online Colleges.

The University of North Florida has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement.


After reading through our accomplishments above, we think you now know why at UNF, we say, there is “No one like you. No place like this.”