Top 10 Marks of Excellence



Best in the Southeast — The Princeton Review

For the eighth consecutive year, The Princeton Review named UNF to its “Best in the Southeast” list for 2017, a prestigious group of only 139 schools in 12 Southeastern states selected primarily for the excellence of their academic programs.

Best Regional University — U.S. News & World Report

For the sixth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named UNF a “Best Regional” university in its 2017 edition of “Best Colleges,” which includes rankings of 1,374 schools nationwide. The University was also ranked among those where students amassed the least amount of cumulative debt.

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity — INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine

For a second time in three years, INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine awarded UNF with the HEED, Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award, a national honor bestowed on only 83 U.S. schools for outstanding commitment and initiatives dedicated to diversity and inclusion.

Best Colleges for the Money in the state and Top Quality Overall Best Colleges in Florida — College Factual

UNF was ranked No. 13 statewide as one of the “Best Colleges for the Money” and No. 20 as one of the “Top Quality Overall Best Colleges” in the state, according to College Factual.

Best Bang for the Buck Southeast Colleges — Washington Monthly magazine

The University was ranked in the Top 30 in the “Best Bang for the Buck Southeast Colleges 2016” list by Washington Monthly magazine, in the magazine’s annual College Guide and Rankings.

Best College Values of 2017 – Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

For the sixth consecutive year, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance included UNF on its 2017 list of 100 best college values, recognizing public institutions that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost.

Military Friendly School — Victory Media

For the eighth consecutive year, Victory Media has named UNF as one of the most military friendly schools in the nation, a designation that honors schools doing the most to embrace military students and dedicate resources to ensure their success.

Best Colleges for Veterans — U.S. News & World Report

UNF was the only state university in Florida to be designated one of the 2017 “Best Colleges for Veterans,” ranking No. 32 of regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report.

Top 10 most affordable public universities for in-state students —

After a national review of 600 colleges and universities, ranked UNF No. 8 for affordability, placing it in the Top 10 among 50 universities across the country that made the list.

Among the 26 Healthiest Colleges of 2016 —

UNF has been named among the “26 Healthiest Colleges of 2016” by, an online resource that provides fitness and health content. Graded against 150 nominated schools nationwide, UNF was one of just two state schools to make the list.