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Colleges of Distinction

Brooks College of Health

  • Brooks College of Health graduates continue to exceed national and Florida licensure pass rates. On exams for physical therapists, athletic trainers, registered dietitians and nurse practitioners, UNF students have achieved a 100 percent overall pass rate.
  • Best College Reviews named UNF among the Top 25 online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs — No. 14 in the nation.
  • The Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program was ranked No. 8 of the 10 best programs in the country by schools.com. In addition to many hands-on learning opportunities, students also participate in innovative programs such as Meals on Wings, the Center for Nutrition and Food Security, study abroad programs in Ghana, Italy, Chile and more.
  • In partnership with local healthcare organizations, UNF is responding to growing mental healthcare needs through its Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program and Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Coggin College of Business

  • For the past 12 years, The Princeton Review named the Coggin College of Business among the nation's top business schools.
  • The Coggin College of Business is the only school in the Florida State University System that offers a dual-degree program in which students study two years at UNF and two years in France. Additional programs in other countries are under development.
  • UNF opened its Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in downtown Jacksonville, providing classrooms for graduate courses as well as a living-learning lab for students to help entrepreneurs pursue their dreams.
  • The Coggin Career Management Center offers professional mentoring programs and skills development services to help students secure internships and full-time positions and launch their careers with competitive job offers.

College of Arts and Sciences

  • The Department of Physics offers state-of-the-art equipment for research. UNF is one of only few universities where students can work with a helium liquefier and in a molecular beam epitaxy lab.
  • Students throughout COAS gain valuable real-world experience through a variety of community partnerships. One current project includes English, history and anthropology students and faculty working together to research and document the history behind a cemetery dating back to the 1800s.
  • The William C. Webb Coast Research Station, 1,050 acres of pristine saltwater marsh along the Intracoastal Waterway, provides Coastal Biology students and others with significant opportunities for research and exploration.
  • The Department of Psychology provides students training on a Near-InfraRed Spectroscopy system, giving them hands-on experience on cutting-edge brain imaging technology.
  • Art and Design students study art in Italy, Brazil and Ireland, create and display sculptures in public parks and experience art at events like the International Fair Art Basel in Miami. UNF is one of the few state universities in Florida with art programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

  • CCEC graduates have nearly 100 percent employment within six months of receiving a degree. To expand hands-on experience prior to employment, more than 400 paid internships are available to CCEC students every year, most paying between $16 and $20 per hour.
  • The College is now housed in the renovated Skinner-Jones Hall with new classrooms, labs and offices that enhance students’ learning experiences including the Materials Science and Engineering Facility (MSERF), which houses several state-of-the-art scanning electron microscopes.
  • The University and Johnson & Johnson MD&D Global Services partnered to establish the 3D Printing Center of Excellence at UNF – a lab dedicated to the study, analysis, research and development of 3D printing technologies.
  • A one-of-a-kind practicum program, in partnership with Regency Centers, exposes computing students to independent work projects and a broad range of duties as well as assignments with an IT professional.

College of Education and Human Services

  • The College of Education and Human Services has the only accredited American Sign Language/English Interpreting bachelor’s degree in Florida as well as the state’s only Early Childhood Education Leadership master’s degree.
  • The UNF STEP Lab, housed in the COEHS, is a resource for regional students and teachers, faculty, UNF education students and community partners. The lab provides tools and technologies that empower these groups to learn and construct their own understandings of science, technology, engineering and math.
  • The College continues to receive national accolades. Citing internship opportunities in the NBA, PGA and MLS, the Sport Management program was ranked No. 7 in the nation in 2018 by Sport Management Degree Guide. In addition, UNF was recognized for having one of the nation’s top 25 “Most Affordable Online Child Development Degrees” by collegechoice.net.
  • Students have unparalleled clinical learning opportunities within a strong network of UNF Professional Development Schools, a two-time national award-winning collaboration.

Hicks Honors College

  • The Hicks Honors College offers high-achieving students a unique community-oriented first-year experience as well as a specialized second-year curriculum that delves into meaningful topics and emphasizes the development of leadership, communications, teamwork and problem-solving skills.
  • Upper-division options, available for transfer as well as continuing students, empower learners to customize their experience and get the most out of college. A final capstone project prompts students to integrate knowledge across their whole collegiate experience.
  • The College provided more than $100,000 in funding in 2017-18 for student research and travel, creating opportunities for research presentations and publications as well as study abroad experiences in 17 different countries.
  • In 2017-18, Honors students were recognized for excellence in every field, with awards including the Fulbright student scholarship, Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship and Osprey Community Engagement Medallion.