Marks of Excellence

  • The average SAT score for entering freshmen increased from 1191 in fall 2008 to 1199 in fall 2009, while the average GPA rose to 3.7.

     
  • In 2009, the Princeton Review named UNF a “Best Value College” nationally and, in 2010, added the University to its list of “Best in the Southeast.”

     
  • The U.S. State Department ranks UNF No. 7 nationally for the number of short-term study-abroad students and No. 20 nationally for the total number of study abroad students. The University encourages students to take part in these and other experiences labeled Transformational Learning Opportunities.

     
  • UNF faculty members received nearly $14 million in grants and contracts in 2009 for such projects as examining the link between physical activity and metabolic health, assisting small businesses with strategic planning, developing a fuel cell battery, and providing college preparation to middle school students.

     
  • UNF was named a “Military Friendly School” for 2010 by G.I. Jobs magazine, placing UNF in the top 15 percent of all colleges and universities nationwide.

     
  • UNF is in the midst of the largest fundraising effort in the University's 38-year history. The Power of Transformation campaign seeks $110 million in private support for scholarships, graduate fellowships, faculty support, academic enhancements and capital projects.

     
  • The Division of Student Affairs launched the Institute for Values, Community and Leadership to provide students with leadership development and experiential learning activities enabling them to acquire a Leadership Certificate.

     
  • For the 2008-09 academic year, 55 percent of UNF student-athletes were named Atlantic Sun All-Academic Team members and had a cumulative 3.01 GPA

     
  • UNF student-athletes began competing for Division I championships in fall 2009.

     
  • UNF’s swimming and diving team earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American Team honors in spring 2009.

     
  • For the first time in UNF Athletics history, the University reached an exclusive agreement with an apparel supplier, signing a five-year agreement with Nike Inc. to be the provider of its athletic gear.

     
  • The Athletics Department partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida to promote Sports Buddies, a new activity-based mentoring program that enables children to experience sporting and recreational events that teach life skills, goal setting, character and sportsmanship.

     
  • The Florida Institute of Education continued its leadership role in research and outreach in early childhood education to improve school readiness of children in high-needs neighborhoods.

     
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA) became a cultural resource of UNF in a partnership that allows for studio and art history classes in the downtown building. The MOCA collection consists of nearly 800 works of art, including painting, printmaking, sculpture and photography.

     
  • MOCA served more than 8,000 children in 2009 through its arts in education programs. In addition to school tours, MOCA’s initiatives provide outreach to at-risk children.

     
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offered more than 50 courses to 1,500 registrants age 50 and older on such topics as jazz, art appreciation and the Supreme Court. OLLI received a $1 million endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation and is positioned to receive another million.

     
  • The Division of Continuing Education offered more than 600 courses attended by 8,836 participants from more than 1,000 various organizations.

     
  • LEARN Jacksonville continues to be one of the largest personal-interest training programs in Jacksonville with more than 150 courses and 1,400 students.

     
  • The Small Business Development Center provided more than 6,300 counseling hours in 2009 to potential and existing business owners.

     
  • The Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy held the third annual Caring Community Conference and co-hosted the first community-wide conference on Disparities in Healthcare in Northeast Florida in 2009 to address health issues in Northeast Florida.

     
  • The Thomas G. Carpenter Library houses more than 800,000 volumes, about 85,000 electronic books and journals, more than 8,000 videos and nearly 1.5 million microform units. The 199,000 square-foot library is open to the public.

     
  • UNF researchers developed high-tech sensors that can detect certain substances, gases or disease-causing bugs by sniffing the air or coming into contact with a chemical. The technology could potentially detect disease from a patient’s breath, identify pollutants and detect bacteria on surfaces or in food.

     
  • The Coggin SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) student club was honored nationally as an outstanding campus-based chapter.

     
  • The Transportation and Logistics Flagship Program was ranked as the 14th most productive among colleges and universities in terms of publications in seven internationally recognized logistics journals.

     
  • The UNF Police Department won national and state awards for its traffic program on campus.

     
  •  A UNF paleontologist was among a handful of scientists who discovered a nearly complete specimen of the rare sickle-clawed Nothronychus graffami dinosaur in a southern Utah desert.

     
  • In the second year of UNF Reads, the University’s freshman reading program, all first-year students were assigned Daniel Pink’s “A Whole New Mind: Why Right- Brainers Will Rule the Future.” The book became a topic of discussion in such courses as English Composition, Introduction to Psychology, Art Appreciation and Math for Teachers.

     
  • UNF’s literary “Fiction Fix” launched its first online edition, which features authors from around the world, positioning the journal as a player on the international literary arts scene.

     
  • The Lufrano Intercultural Gallery opened in the Student Union with exhibits addressing social issues.

     
  • The UNF Physical Facilities Department received an international award for outstanding achievement. UNF is the first state university to receive the award.

     
  • In 2009, the UNF community included 338 international students in degree programs, as exchange students and in the English Language Program. UNF’s international students come from 70 countries and represent every continent except Antarctica.