Introduction to UNF
The University of North Florida is one of 12 public universities in the State University System of Florida. A comprehensive, urban university located in Jacksonville, UNF is home to 17,000 students and six colleges: the Brooks College of Health, the Coggin College of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, the College of Education and Human Services and the Hicks Honors College.
The University’s annual economic impact on the region is more than $1 billion. The scenic 1,381-acre campus includes a nature preserve, lakes for kayaking and canoeing and miles of hiking trails. Another 1,050 acres of pristine wetlands on the Intracoastal Waterway are owned by UNF and used for research. Business classes are held downtown in UNF’s new Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and also in the heart of the city is the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA), an institute of UNF.
Ranked high for quality and value, UNF routinely lands on top national lists by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s, Forbes and others. Small class sizes, individualized attention and transformational learning have become hallmarks of a UNF education. In 2018, UNF welcomed its most academically talented fall freshman class to date with an average high school GPA of 4.32, the second highest in the state.
The vibrant campus is engaging with more than 200 clubs including 25 fraternities and sororities, an active Student Government and impactful programming to promote a positive student experience. UNF has 19 athletic teams and competes in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the Atlantic Sun Conference. In 2015, the men’s basketball team competed in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
The University of North Florida was first chartered in 1965. The campus was selected in 1969, construction began in 1971, and the University opened its doors to approximately 2,000 upper-level students in the fall of 1972. In 1973, UNF graduated its first class of 35 students. The University was quick to expand and was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1974. The school’s mascot, Ozzie the Osprey, was adopted in November 1979. In 1984, UNF began admitting freshmen. Today, nearly 4,000 students graduate each year from UNF.
The University of North Florida offers 56 bachelor’s degrees with 76 areas of concentration, 33 master’s degrees with 69 areas of concentration and five doctoral degrees with three areas of concentration. There are six flagship programs: coastal and marine biology, international business, music, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, and transportation and logistics.