University of North Florida is no longer one of the best-kept secrets in the
campus community has known for years that UNF has excellent academic programs,
stellar faculty and renowned student-life experiences. Now, some prestigious
college-rating groups know it too.
recently garnered six national rankings from Forbes Magazine and The Princeton
Review that put it in the upper echelon of higher-education institutions in the
UNF came in at No. 19 on
Forbes Magazine’s elite “Top 100 Best Buy Colleges” list. Only three other Florida
universities made the top 20 — the University of Florida (No. 11), Florida
State University (No. 13) and New College of Florida (No. 16). The survey looks
at a number of factors including graduation rates.
“UNF is starting to be
recognized as a school of first choice,” said UNF President John Delaney. “It
is no longer the best kept secret in Florida. We have a great deal to offer
students from all over the country.”
The top three spots on
the list went to military service academies that don’t charge tuition.
UNF was also ranked
among Forbes’ 2011 “America’s Best Colleges” list and was the only First Coast
institution to make the list. The University beat out 10 other Florida
universities in the rankings, including the University of Central Florida,
Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University and the
University of South Florida.
The Forbes rankings came
just after The Princeton Review released itsannual
college guidebook that listed UNF as one of 135 “Best Colleges in the
Southeast.” This was the fourth consecutive year that the University received
was also named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in North
America by The Princeton Review and was recognized in the second annual edition
of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition.”
receives this national recognition for special programs and initiatives,
including a 382-acre state-protected natural area on
campus, and the University’s green building practices, with 100 percent of new
construction on campus either being LEED-certified or pursuing certification. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,
is an internationallyrecognized
green building certification system. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in March 2000, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying
and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction,
operations and maintenance solutions.
Earlier this year, The Princeton Review named UNF one of its
“Best Value Public Colleges.” The list features 100 schools in all — 50 public
and 50 private — chosen from criteria covering academics, cost of attendance
and financial aid. UNF was also named a “Best Value” public college in 2009 and
The national rankings just prove what everyone on campus has
known for years — students who receive an education from UNF leave with more
than just a diploma. They leave with the experiences of transformational
learning opportunities and the accompanying hands-on training that will allow
them to make significant contributions to their community immediately upon
graduation. UNF students leave campus with the skills and knowledge necessary
to make a difference from day one.