Access to Excellence

The University's first capital campaign, Access to Excellence, was completed in June 2003 and raised more than $103 million, $38 million more than its goal. More than 11,700 alumni and friends made gifts to this effort. The endowment grew from $7 million to $40 million. Nearly 300 new scholarships were created.

Marks of Excellence

  • UNF is listed among America's 100 Best College Buys for 2002-2003 by Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc. from among 1,485 colleges and universities.

  • The UNF Jazz Ensemble released a critically acclaimed CD, "Things to Come" and made its second appearance at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands in 2002.

  • For the third time in the past five years, UNF had one of the 80 students nationwide named a Truman scholar.

  • The University's Coggin College of Business has launched a student and faculty exchange program with the Beijing Second Foreign Language University in China.

  • Florida Leader magazine named UNF's campus as the best looking campus among state universities in its annual "Best of Florida Schools" issue. The magazine also named UNF Student Government as first runner-up in the best student government category.

  • Construction on the $22.6 million, 133,000-square-foot Science and Engineering Building began in 2001 and is scheduled for completion in 2003. The new laboratory facilities will greatly enhance UNF's chemistry, physics, engineering and construction management programs, as well as provide a strong link between UNF and the Northeast Florida business community.

  • The University opened the Hayt Golf Learning Center in 2002. The center includes a driving range, three regulation distance golf holes, an 8,000-square-foot educational/environmental facility, plus a private practice area for the UNF golf team.

  • The University Center is a 95,000-square-foot conference center utilized by the surrounding metropolitan area and UNF for meetings, seminars, trade shows, conferences and social gatherings. Over the last year, the UC has hosted a record 5,500 event activities with more than 190,000 attendees.

  • The Division of Continuing Education provided 357 programs to 12, 838 participants in 2001-2002.

  • A 285-acre technology park adjoins UNF's main campus and is available for commercial development.

  • UNF's Small Business Development Center assists potential and existing business owners by providing individual management assistance and group training. During the last fiscal year, more than 1,600 clients were counseled and nearly 2,800 participated in workshops and seminars.

  • The UNF Alumni Association maintains contact with more than 35,000 alumni through regional clubs, academic chapters, and a variety of programs, benefits and services designed to keep them in touch with UNF and each other, no matter where life has led them since graduation.

  • The Division of Sponsored Research recorded awards for all major divisions totaling $13.4 million, an increase of 22 percent from the previous year.