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

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Transformational Learning Opportunities



 Karen Patterson Headshot

Dr. Karen B. Patterson 

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 

Academic Advisor in the Academic Center for Excellence; Katie Sarria wins Presidential SPOT Award

Katie Sarria Headshot




Katie Sarria is an Academic Advisor in the Academic Center for Excellence.  She grew up in Tampa, Florida and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunication from the University of Florida, where she was an active member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.  Before coming to University of North Florida, she worked as an Academic Advisor at Columbia College, advising primarily adult students and veteran students.  She thinks forming relationships with students and staff across campus is the best part of being an advisor.  She is currently pursuing her Master of Educational Leadership degree with a concentration in Higher Education Administration.  In her spare time, she enjoys creating fun memories with her family, watching college football (go Gators!), spending time outside, and going to the gym. 









ACE Advisors Win Several Presidential Excellence Awards 



Join the Office of Undergraduate Studies in congratulating the excellent staff members of the Academic Center for Excellence! For more information on the awards click here



2016/2017 Outstanding International Service Award: Bruce Turner, Associate Director

2017 Florida Academic Advising Association Excellence in Advising Award: Jeannie Jacobs, Academic Advisor

2016/2017 Presidential Excellence SPOT Award winner: Michele Clements, Academic Advisor

2016/2017 Presidential Excellence SPOT Award winner: Katie Sarria, Academic Advisor




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




Office of Undergraduate Research sponsored students to attend the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC)

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February 24-25, students from the University of North Florida attended the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC). This trip was sponsored and coordinated by the Office of Undergraduate Research. UNF had a record 55 presentations at FURC- a number that was unmatched by any other school including University of Florida and Florida State University. UNF students actively participated in the conference by listening to presentations by other students, attending workshops, and visiting the graduate school recruiters from various universities. Some students made connections this weekend that solidified their career goals and graduate school plans. To see more photos, visit our Facebook page: