Marks of Excellencestudents with books

  • The average SAT score for entering freshmen increased from 1177 in fall 2007 to 1191 in fall 2008, while the average GPA rose to 3.6.
     
  • The Princeton Review included UNF in its list of the best universities in the Southeast. UNF is one of 139 colleges receiving the designation “Best in the Southeast” in the online feature “2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”
     
  • The Princeton Review also once again recognized the Coggin College of Business as being among the best business schools in the country.
     
  • One hundred percent of UNF's teacher education graduates passed all portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination prior to graduation in 2007 and 2008.
     
  • The University of North Florida’s Center for Economic and Workforce Development was presented with the Worldwide Interactive Network’s Crystal Globe Award for its national outlook on workforce development.
     
  • The UNF Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team has won 11 regional championships since 1996. UNF’s SIFE ranks 13th in the nation and earned a semi-finalist designation in the national competitions in 2008.
     
  • The Transportation and Logistics Flagship Program’s nationally recognized quality curriculum enables UNF’s logistics graduates to automatically attain professional certification from the American Society of Transportation and Logistics, making it one of only 25 academic programs in the nation to receive this distinction.
     
  • UNF’s Student Nurse Association won the Breakthrough in Nursing award at the state convention.
     
  • In 2008, the Student Nutrition Club was presented a Clinton Global Initiative University Outstanding Commitment Award for the club’s efforts to reduce racial and income health disparities in Jacksonville by addressing the access and knowledge barriers to healthy lifestyle choices.
     
  • The UNF Fine Arts Center's Lazzara Performance Hall, home to the second-largest stage in Jacksonville, presents national and international performances as well as numerous campus and community events.
     
  • Sixty-seven percent of student-athletes who competed for UNF in spring 2008 were named Atlantic Sun All-Academic Team members.
     
  • The Thomas G. Carpenter Library delivered several new services popular with students: LibChat, an instant message (IM) reference service; LibTV, four large-display screens featuring library news and information; and 40 laptop computers available for checkout.
     
  • The UNF golf team captured the University’s first-ever Atlantic Sun Conference Championship in 2008 in the institution’s third year in the league.
     
  • The Division of Continuing Education served 8,831 participants in more than 700 courses in 2008. Continuing Education operates several programs, including Executive Education for Leaders, Legal Studies, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the Center for Professional Development, the Center for Quality and the Center for Economic and Workforce Development.
     
  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which offers programs to participants 50 and older, saw a 280 percent increase in membership in 2008.
     
  • The University Gallery hosted seven exhibitions and several lectures, poetry readings and musical and sound-art performances in 2008. Highlighting the exhibition schedule was UNF Distinguished Professor Louise Freshman Brown’s solo exhibition “Those Things Similar,” a national sculpture invitational and “Legacy; Continuum,” which featured the works of Jefferson Pinder and Dr. David C. Driskell, a National Humanities Medal recipient.
     
  • The Small Business Development Center provided nearly 5,000 counseling hours in 2008 to potential and existing business owners by offering management advice, training and information to start and grow profitable businesses.
     
  • In 2008 the Brooks College of Health developed student-exchange programs with Austria, Belize, Chile, China and Ireland, sending students to these countries to study, conduct research, complete service projects and learn about health care issues in other cultures.
     
  • Two hundred twenty four recruiters and 136 local employers participated in on-campus recruiting events in 2008 through Career Services or the Coggin College of Business Career Management Center.
     
  • The Department of Music’s Wind Ensemble performed at Carnegie Hall in 2008.
     
  • The Division of Continuing Education is a founding partner of GlobalJax, a collaboration uniting business, culture, education, and health and social service groups to exchange ideas to create far-reaching and innovative new ventures.
     
  • In 2008, the Division of Continuing Education launched LEARN Jacksonville, offering courses ranging from managing search engines on the Internet to wine tasting and belly dancing.
     
  • For the second time, a UNF nursing student was named an International Scholar Laureate and traveled to South Africa.
     
  • Olympic and world champion gymnast Shannon Miller was the keynote speaker for the 2008 UNF US: Women and Girls Health Initiative luncheon, attracting 600 people.
     
  • A team of three electrical engineering students placed among the top 10 teams in an international student design competition for their gassaving automobile injection system design. UNF was the only American university selected to participate.
     
  • In 2008, a third place regional finish earned 40 UNF engineering students an opportunity to compete nationally in a contest that includes designing, fabricating and constructing 20-foot steel bridges.
     
  • The director of the UNF Counseling Center serves as the president of the International Association of Counseling Services.
     
  • In 2008, UNF enrolled 262 international students from 70 countries, including 22 from India, 20 from Belize, 11 from Brazil, 10 from Bolivia, nine from Canada, seven each from Colombia, South Korea and Trinidad and Tobago, and six each from China, Thailand and Venezuela. UNF students represent every continent except Antarctica.