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Introduction to UNF 

The University of North Florida (UNF) was chartered as a state university in 1965 and is one of 12 public universities within the State University System of Florida (SUS). UNF aspires to be a preeminent public institution of higher learning that will serve the North Florida region at a level of national quality.

UNF began offering classes in 1972 to a 2,000-member student body, and was initially established as an upper-division and master’s degree-granting institution. In 1984, freshmen and sophomores were admitted. In 1990, UNF launched a doctoral program in educational leadership and in 2007, UNF added a doctorate in nursing practice and a doctorate in physical therapy. 

By fall of 2014, the student body had grown to more than 16,000 students enrolled in 56 undergraduate, 27 masters and three doctoral degree programs that are consistent with its mission. UNF employed 503 full-time instructional faculty in the fall of 2014, 80 percent of whom had a Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree. UNF has also maintained a 1:20 faculty-to-student ratio, consistent with the institution’s mission to maintain an unreserved commitment to student success.

UNF remains one of the more selective comprehensive universities in America. The 2014 fall freshman class entered with an average SAT score of 1214.40 (excluding the writing test) and an ACT score of 25.77. The same class entered with a 3.90 grade point average. About 51 percent of the freshman applicants who applied were admitted in the fall 2014 class, reflecting the university’s commitment to a high-quality undergraduate education.

UNF maintains an unreserved commitment to student success with a diverse, supportive campus culture and the awareness that exposure to a blend of students, faculty and staff offers a rich and rewarding educational experience. The fall 2014 student body consisted of about 56 percent women, just over 28 percent ethnic/racial minorities, and 82.71 percent undergraduates. These students, coupled with an increasing number of international students and a core of graduate students, enable UNF to provide a unique learning environment.