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Over the past six years, UNF has focused on providing an education that will truly transform the lives of its students, with the belief that upon graduation these students will, in turn, transform the communities in which they live and work. In this single snapshot of our campus, you will find a number of examples of how we are accomplishing our goal and, in the process, how we are transforming the UNF campus.

 

With the increasing strength of our academic programs, UNF is attracting a student body with a correspondingly higher academic profile and, at the same time, meeting the demands for greater access to higher education through measured growth in the size of our student body. In fall 2009, 16,641 students enrolled in coursework on our campus, creating the largest student body in the University's history. And the freshmen who enrolled in the fall term had an average SAT score of 1199, making UNF one of the most competitive institutions in Florida.

 

To accommodate an ever stronger and growing student body, this past year we opened a new College of Education and Human Services Building and a major addition to the Brooks College of Health, providing additional state-of-the-art academic space. We also constructed two buildings that have begun transforming life on campus. UNF's new Student Union offers some remarkable facilities to support student life. And Osprey Fountains, a residence hall for 1,000 UNF students, is truly raising the bar for campus residence halls across the country. These four buildings added 22 percent of space to our campus footprint, and they were built with the respect for the natural environment that has made UNF a true jewel in the State University System.

 

In addition to information about our growth, within these pages you will find a number of markers that attest to our emerging state and national reputations. For example, this past year, two of our academic programs received national recognition for excellence. The Brooks College of Health's School of Nursing was recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing as a recipient of the prestigious Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award. Also, the College of Education and Human Services received the Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement Award from the National Association of Professional Development Schools. This is the second national award for this collaborative program. Each of these awards is a testament to the fact that we are on our way to the national preeminence we speak of in our vision statement. In achieving these and UNF's many other accomplishments, we rely on the efforts of a number of different members of our community, including a dedicated faculty of teacher-scholars and a staff that provides among the best in student-support services. We are also indebted to our Board of Trustees, 13 men and women who keep us focused on our vision and mission, and to our Foundation Board, another body of community leaders who have helped us secure support from civic-minded donors-support that has and will continue to be critical in our ongoing transformation.

 

We are also thankful for our more than 60,000 alumni who serve as daily reminders of UNF's educational quality. Many alumni continue to stay actively involved with their alma mater.

 

But none of these groups is more important to us than UNF's students, who bring vitality to our campus as well as a promise of an even better future to the communities in which they will live.

 

 

President Signature

John A. Delaney
President