Office of Undergraduate Studies

The mission of the Office of Undergraduate Studies is to advance the goals of the university as they pertain to excellence and quality in undergraduate education, undergraduate student learning, undergraduate student development, and academic student services across all colleges and departments.



Our Services  

Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) - First Year Academic Advising 


Hicks Honors College   

Office of Student Academic Success Services - Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, Academic Coaching

Office of Undergraduate Research

Osprey Maps

Transformational Learning Opportunities



 Karen Patterson Headshot

Dr. Karen B. Patterson 

Interim Associate Vice President for Faculty Resources and Dean of Undergraduate Studies


Dr. Patterson oversees UNF’s Hicks Honors College, first year academic advising, Student Academic Success Services (SASS), and Undergraduate Research. Additionally, the Office of Undergraduate Studies offers support for experiential learning and study abroad through the Transformational Learning Opportunities (TLO) program. Dr. Patterson works with an array of partners from across campus to enhance UNF’s Freshman Experience, an integrated first-year program that brings together academics, residence life, and student affairs.







Meet Our Staff Spotlight 

Associate Director of the Academic Center for Excellence; Bruce Turner

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Bruce Turner is the Associate Director of the Academic Center for Excellence. He is a Florida native who grew up in several different cities. He left south Florida to pursue his education at the University of North Florida earning a BAE in Social Science Education.  After a briefly teaching in the public school system as a middle school teacher Bruce was fortunate enough to be hired as an academic advisor for what was then the Center for Freshman & Sophomore Advising which later became the Academic Center for Excellence. While working at UNF Bruce completed his Master of Public Administration. Bruce then became the Assistant Director of ACE and later the Associate Director of ACE. The thing Bruce enjoys most about working for ACE his the comradery with his great co-workers and the opportunity to help new freshman make a successful transition to college. When not working Bruce enjoys exercising, specifically running, participating in activities with his children and cursing at his TV while watching the Jaguars. 







Office of Undergraduate Research sponsors students at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC)

Transportation & Hotel Application

February 24-25

Florida Atlantic University

Registration Deadline: January 11


The Office of Undergraduate Research will be sponsoring over 50 undergraduates to attend the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC). FURC is a state-wide, interdisciplinary conference that welcomes finalized research and preliminary research to be presented as a poster. FURC will take place February 24-25 at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. The Office of Undergraduate Research will pay for travel and hotel arrangements. The deadline to register is January 11, 2017. Visit for more information.

17th Annual Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS)

NEW soars

April 14, 2017


The 17th annual Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS) will be held April 14, 2017. This year, SOARS will feature the faculty showcase STARS, the Digital Humanities Initiative, an Interdisciplinary Hour, and graduate school recruiters and internship representatives from across the state. Be on the lookout for more information about the upcoming SOARS around campus and in your Osprey email and on the Office of Undergraduate Studies website!





Did You Know?

 Supplemental Instruction addresses high failure rate courses

Supplemental Instruction



Supplemental Instruction is a free academic program designed to help students succeed in historically difficult courses. The program provides study sessions led by students who have successfully completed the course and are eager to help their peers succeed. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together.


Facts –

Students who attend 5 or more SI sessions experience a ½ to full letter grade increase

In Fall 2016 alone, there were more than 5000 visits to SI sessions

Courses across multiple disciplines are supported, including Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Physics, & Management