Accreditation Overview

Accreditation indicates to current and potential students, as well as alumni, faculty, administrators, state legislators, the interested public, and all University stakeholders, that a given institution's organization and management processes are regularly reviewed in the interests of efficiency and effectiveness. Accreditation also evidences that faculty possess the appropriate qualifications to teach the curricula that they are scheduled to offer. An institution that is explicitly committed to continuous improvement in terms of structure and especially in terms of process, is likely to achieve reaffirmation of accreditation on a regular basis.


The University of North Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of North Florida.


Individual contact to the Commission on Colleges about the University of North Florida accreditation status should occur only if there is evidence that appears to support significant noncompliance with a requirement or standard. All other inquiries should be directed to Shawn Brayton, who serves as the university SACSCOC liaison. For more information, please contact Shawn Brayton at (904) 620-2712.


Initially accredited in 1974, UNF was last reviewed and reaffirmed in 2009. The reaffirmation review covered the main campus and all extended sites. The institution’s accreditation extends to all programs offered on the institution’s main campus as well as those offered at all extended program sites wherever located. UNF submitted its Fifth Year Interim report and QEP Impact report in March of 2015. UNF is scheduled to receive its next reaffirmation of accreditation review in 2019.


The University of North Florida views its efforts to ensure continuous improvement and institutional effectiveness as part of a continuum of activities, that contribute to successful reaffirmation of accreditation, and to the continued development of an institution of which all stakeholders can be proud.