Colleges of Distinction
Brooks College of Health
• The School of Nursing was named one of the Top 50 nursing schools in the Southeast by the Nursing Schools Almanac. Only 10 percent of the 3,200 U.S. nursing schools reviewed were named to the final list.
• Students continue to exceed expectations with licensure pass rates. On exams for physical therapy, athletic training, nurse practitioners and nurse anesthetists, UNF students achieved a 100 percent overall pass rate; on the NCLEX-RN exam, the first-time pass rate was 93.75, far beyond the Florida average of 72 percent; and on the registered dietician exam, the first-time pass rate was 96 percent.
• UNF’s Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program admitted its first class in the Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition program, the second comparable degree offered in the U.S. In addition, the College is initiating a new psychiatric/mental health concentration in the nursing practice doctoral program.
• UNF’s online master’s in nutrition program has been ranked No. 7 in the nation for 2016-17 by the Top Masters in Healthcare Administration, placing it high on the Top 20 list of public and private nonprofit colleges and universities in the U.S. that offer online graduate programs in nutrition, dietetics and related areas.
Health Science (two programs)
Nutrition and Dietetics
Anesthesiology Nursing (doctorate)
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Clinical Nutrition (doctorate)
Community Health (two programs)
Family Nurse Practitioner (certificate)
Global Health (certificate)
Nursing Practice (doctorate)
Family Nurse Practitioner
Nutrition and Dietetics
Physical Therapy (doctorate)
Public Health (certificate)
Coggin College of Business
• For the 10th consecutive year, The Princeton Review named the Coggin College of Business one of the nation’s top business schools in its annual guidebook, “The Best 294 Business Schools.”
• A partnership with local corporations matched students with corporate representatives for projects that included in-depth modeling of financial statements and finance theorems. One hundred percent of the students participating received competitive job offers.
• With input and support from the business community, the Coggin College of Business launched the Master of Science in Management graduate degree program for recent graduates and working professionals with nonbusiness academic backgrounds. The college also introduced courses in marketing analytics, social media and e-marketing.
• UNF hosts the Intermodal Association of North America Logistics and Supply Chain Management Case Competition annually, which has become the nation’s premier competition for undergraduates in Logistics and Supply Chain Management programs.
Financial Services/Financial Planning
Transportation and Logistics
Accounting (two programs)
Business Administration (12 programs)
College of Arts and Sciences
• UNF began a Behavioral Neuroscience program in Interdisciplinary Studies for students pursuing careers in the rapidly growing STEM field. The program includes coursework in both the psychology and biology departments, as students study the mechanisms by which nervous systems produce and are affected by behavior and cognitive processes.
• UNF’s Department of Communication graduates enjoy a higher rate of employment than peers at other Florida state universities. While at UNF, communication students receive real-world experience including working on state-of-the-art broadcasting equipment in the UNF Arena for the production of Ospreys' men’s and women’s basketball games, aired on ESPN3.
• UNF’s renowned Music Flagship Program was elevated to the School of Music in 2016 and continues to receive accolades. Last year, honors included five prestigious Downbeat Magazine collegiate jazz awards and the selection of the UNF Jazz Ensemble 1 as the top undergraduate jazz ensemble. A music graduate also received a Grammy, one of two alumni nominated.
• The UNF Physics Department is one of just a few institutions in the nation to house a helium liquefier, which allows UNF faculty and students to complete materials research at about 460 degrees below zero.
Biology (five programs)
Chemistry (four programs)
Communication (three programs)
English (two programs)
Fine Arts (five programs)
International Studies (six programs)
Mathematics (four programs)
Music Jazz Studies
Music Performance (seven programs)
Music Technology (certificate)
Performers Program (certificate)
Philosophy (three programs)
Physics (eight programs)
Political Science (six programs)
Post-Bacc Pre-Med (certificate)
Psychology (four programs)
Sacred Music (certificate)
Sociology (two programs)
Statistics (three programs)
Applied Ethics (certificate)
Applied Mathematics (certificate)
Biology (two programs)
Communication Management (five programs)
English (two programs)
History (four programs)
Mathematical Science (two programs)
Music Performance (six programs)
Nonprofit Management (certificate)
Practical Philosophy and Applied Ethics
Public Administration (six programs)
Public Management (cognate)
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
• UNF’s School of Computing majors can expect a big bang for their buck, according to a study of 962 U.S. schools by PayScale. UNF ranked in the Top 50 nationwide and No. 2 in the state for return on investment on computing education degrees.
• Graduates from the College have an almost 100 percent employment rate within six months of receiving a UNF degree. To boost hands-on experience prior to employment, more than 400 paid internships were available to CCEC students during the 2015-16 academic year, most paying between $15 and $18 per hour.
• UNF and Johnson & Johnson MD&D Global Services, a world-class medical devices and diagnostics business, partnered to establish the 3-D Printing and Netshape Technologies Center Polymer Laboratory at UNF. The lab is dedicated to the study, analysis, research and development of 3-D printing technologies.
• The building construction program in the Department of Construction Management is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and the American Council for Construction Education. It is the only such program in Florida holding both accreditations.
Coastal Port Engineering (certificate)
Computer and Information Sciences (four programs)
Coastal and Port Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences (three programs)
College of Education and Human Services
• The College was awarded a $2.2 million five-year grant, its largest yet, from the U.S. Department of Education. The funds will enable UNF to recruit and train bilingual and multi-lingual language teachers, who are needed to support the rising number of English language learners in the Duval County Public Schools.
• UNF education students benefit from a strong partnership with Duval County Public Schools, making clinical learning opportunities available through the Urban Professional Development School program, a two-time national award-winning collaboration. As a result of this and many other joint efforts, UNF’s education graduates now comprise more than 25 percent of the newly hired teachers in area schools.
• The College also leads the way in the state university system by offering the first bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education.
• COEHS students participate in study abroad experiences in England, Belize, Greece, Austria, Peru, Thailand and Philippines. In addition, the College has partnered with the University of Belize and the country’s Ministry of Education for more than 30 years. As a result, there are now more than 550 UNF alumni living in Belize.
ASL Interpreting (two programs)
International Education (certificate)
Middle School Education (math/science)
Pre-K/Primary Education (two programs)
Science Education (three programs)
Social Studies Education
ASL/English Interpreting (two programs)
Counselor Education in School Counseling
Early Childhood (certificate)
Educational Leadership (five programs and doctorate)
Educational Leadership (certificate)
Elementary Education (three programs)
International Education (certificate)
Special Education (four programs)
Sport Management (certificate)
Transformation of Conflict (certification)
Hicks Honors College
• UNF's honors program was elevated to the Hicks Honors College in October 2015. The College provides high-achieving students with challenging curriculum including courses in leadership, innovation and critical thinking. Hicks students also have opportunities to study abroad in Peru, Vietnam, Cambodia, Greece and Morocco at an affordable price through scholarship funding available through the College. During 2016-17, more than 80 students will be studying abroad while receiving over $110,000 in Hicks Honors College scholarships.
• Hicks Honors College students entering UNF in fall 2016 had an average GPA of 4.43, SAT of 1261, ACT of 29 and an average of 30 college credits. Hicks students are involved across campus including Student Government — as senators up to the president — while also completing a wide range of community service activities from working with local refugees to projects with the homeless and more.