UNF State Authorization Status

Coming Soon: UNF will participate in SARA 

Florida recently joined the national State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) through the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) compact. The Florida State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (FL-SARA) agency has been established to authorize and regulate Florida institutions. FL-SARA anticipates accepting applications from Florida institutions in October 2017.


Important Note: Until UNF has been approved as a FL-SARA participating institution, we must operate under existing guidelines as a non-SARA institution.


Updates on UNF’s progress toward becoming a SARA participating institution will be posted here.  9/20/217

The University of North Florida seeks to deliver all of our fully online programs in every state. However, program availability varies by state and the complexity and fluidity of requirements in some states, including differing requirements by academic program, make this impractical. 


Admission into a program is granted at the time of initial acceptance and is dependent on program availability in the state where the student is physically located at the time of admission. If a student moves to a different state after admission to the program, continuation within the program will depend on the availability of the program within that state. It is the student’s responsibility to notify UNFOnline of a change in their physical address.


From the list below, please click on the state in which you currently reside and review its current status, including any special requirements which may exist for your academic program of interest. If UNF cannot currently provide distance education in your state, or if your program of interest is excluded, please check with us at a later date as the information changes often.


The University of North Florida (UNF) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of North Florida. Individual contact to the Commission on Colleges about the University of North Florida accreditation status should occur only if there is evidence that appears to support significant noncompliance with a requirement or standard.


If you would like to file a complaint with SACSCOC, download the SACSCOC complaint procedures document. If you have a complaint about the administration of a UNF distance learning program, contact the appropriate authority in your state of residence by selecting the link of your state below.  




Alabama Hawaii Michigan North Carolina Utah
Alaska Idaho Minnesota North Dakota Vermont
Arizona Illinois Mississippi Ohio Virginia
Arkansas Indiana Missouri Oklahoma Washington
California Iowa Montana Oregon West Virginia
Colorado Kansas Nebraska Pennsylvania Wisconsin
Connecticut Kentucky Nevada Rhode Island Wyoming
Delaware Louisiana New Hampshire South Carolina  
District of Columbia Maine New Jersey South Dakota  
Florida Maryland New Mexico Tennessee  
Georgia Massachusetts New York Texas  




Important Note for Prospective Students: Distance education programs in nursing, education, and health professions may require additional approval from separate licensing boards, depending on the state. Students that reside outside the state of Florida who are considering a professional program should contact the appropriate Board in their state of residency prior to beginning a course of study. UNF cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in the student’s state of residence.



Information for current UNF Distance Learning students

The following links will assist you in navigating resources for resolving any complaints or concerns you may have about how your UNF academic program is administered.

For information UNF's accrediting agency (SACSCOC), please visit the Accreditation website

For information regarding the Florida Board of Governors (BOG), please visit the BOG website, or the BOG Distance Learning page

 You may also find helpful links located in our undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

For the Division of Student Affairs at UNF, please visit the Student Affairs homepage

For the UNF Student Ombudsman office, please visit the Ombudsman homepage.



Specific questions about UNF State Authorization of Distance Education can be directed to Tina Stanton at tina.stanton@unf.edu.