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UNF Timeline




  • 1,000-acre campus site was chosen mid-way between downtown Jacksonville and the beaches. Land was acquired from the city and area landowners.
  • July 11, 1969 - Thomas G. Carpenter is chosen by the Board of Regents (BOR) to become the first president of UNF
Thomas Carpentar


  • UNF moves its offices to the Florida State Chamber of Commerce building on Arlington Expressway.


  • 650 guests attend UNF groundbreaking including Florida Governor Reubin Askew, BOR Chancellor Robert Mautz, Commissioner of Education Floyd Christian and local Regent J.J. Daniel.
UNF groundbreaking in 1971


  • UNF opens for the first semester. 2,027 students attend classes. UNF consists of only four major buildings and three colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education and Business Administration.
  • The library opens with 100,000 catalogued volumes on its shelves.
Aerial View of the campus


  • The UNF Nature Trails open.
  • June 10, 1973 - First graduation, 35 students receive degrees.
  • 3,169 students register for the Fall Term.
Nature trail bridge


  • Southern Association of Colleges & Schools grants full academic accreditation to UNF.


  • UNF Alumni Association established.


  • UNF's original Boathouse is destroyed by fire.
  • UNF Downtown Center opens for students.
Original Boathouse and water