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 more than 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.
The University consistently ranks high for quality and value. UNF was included among nationally ranked universities on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges list — the second year UNF has achieved top-tier, national institution status on this listing. UNF also ranked 136 on U.S. News & World Report’s Top Public Institutions list and top 10% of universities worldwide from the Center for World University Rankings. The University holds the prestigious Community Engagement Classification from The Carnegie Foundation, a designation held by only 5% of universities in the U.S., and numerous other distinguished rankings.
UNF is committed to student success and has launched a number of initiatives to support student health and well-being and ensure sustained academic success, timely graduation and career placement. The University is known for providing students with transformational learning experiences — conducting research with faculty, taking part in community-based learning or studying abroad, which UNF students do at twice the national average. The vibrant campus is engaging with more than 200 clubs including 26 fraternities and sororities, an active Student Government and impactful programming to promote a positive student experience.
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. UNF entered intercollegiate sports in 1983 as a member of the NAIA, later moving to NCAA Division II. The North Florida Ospreys made the move to Division I in 2009, competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Since then, UNF’s 19 athletic teams have excelled winning numerous conference championships and regularly competing in postseason play. In 2015, the men's basketball team received its first invitation to NCAA Basketball Tournament.
The University of North Florida is an emerging force in research in health, coastal sciences, logistics and more. UNF offers 60 bachelor's degree with 75 areas of concentration, 36 master's degrees with 72 areas of concentration, five doctoral degrees with three areas of concentration, and one specialist degree.