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Dr. Karen B. Patterson

Associate Vice President for Faculty Resources and Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Everyone at the University of North Florida - from the president, to the dean of your academic college, to your residence hall advisor – is committed to your success in college. In Undergraduate Studies, our team of advisors and academic support specialists are focused on ensuring you receive the exemplary education you deserve. We will make certain you get the most out of your time spent at the university, encouraging you to participate in Transformational Learning Opportunities and undergraduate research, both of which will give you a lasting foundation for your career and lifelong learning. 


We are here to enhance your educational experience by providing opportunities to learn outside the classroom and expand your knowledge base. Our advisors are highly trained professionals who will guide your academic career with your goals in mind. Our wide array of academic support programs, including Supplemental Instruction, peer tutoring, and academic coaching, will ensure that you get the help you need when you need it. I hope you will take some time to explore our website and learn about all the opportunities available to you during your time here.


At UNF, we are particularly proud of our outstanding Transformational Learning Opportunities program. TLOs are experiences that enrich student learning and personal development both inside and outside the classroom. Since the program’s inception in 2006, over $3.5 million dollars has been distributed to students and faculty and over 400 projects have been funded. Our goal at UNF is to ensure every student participates in at least one TLO experience before he or she graduates. Where will yours take you?


We are here to serve you, and we want you to succeed. As much as you will learn from us, we will learn from you. And it starts today. I hope to see you on campus soon when you visit your academic advisor or stop by tutoring services. Our team is here to support you. After all, there is no one like you, and no place like this.


Meet Our Staff Spotlight 

Administrative Assistant in Undergraduate Studies; Brenda Rolison


Brenda Rolison Head shotCongratulations to Brenda Rolison on winning runner-up for the Gabor/UNF Foundation Award of Employee Excellence, USPS!  Brenda is a Jacksonville native and has been married to her husband, David, for 44 years.  They are the proud parents of two school teachers, one in Duval County and the other in Osceola County.  They have five wonderful grandchildren, ages 15, 14, 13, 12, and 3.  Brenda came to work at UNF in 2007 and was the office manager in the Department of Exceptional, Deaf, & Interpreter Education for 10 years.  In 2017, she assumed the role of administrative assistant in Undergraduate Studies.  It is her honor in this capacity to see how UNF students are given so many wonderful opportunities and resources for success via First-Year Advising, Transformational Learning Opportunities, Student Academic Success Services, and Undergraduate Research.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending church, traveling, reading, baking, and genealogy.


Did You Know?

Academic Center for Excellence changing name to First-Year Advising Office!

 Grey Ozzie Left

The office formerly known as the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) will now be the First-Year Advising Office (FYA).  Undergraduate Studies created a new unit, Student Academic Success Services (SASS), to deliver retention programming such as peer tutoring, supplemental instruction support and academic coaching.  The First-Year Advising Office will continue to provide intrusive, developmental advising for first year students as well as students exploring majors.  First-Year Advising is serving close to 1500 incoming first year students from summer and fall 2017, an increase of 15% over the 2016 incoming first year class.  Our First Year Advising team is excited to partner with all of Undergraduate Studies to support the persistence and graduation of our newest members of the osprey flock. 



Supplemental Instruction addresses high failure rate courses 


Supplemental Instruction Supplemental Instruction (SI) 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