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Press Release for Wednesday, August 10, 2011

University of North Florida Among List of Top Best College Buys

Joanna Norris, Associate Director 


Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 




The University of North Florida has landed on Forbes Magazine’s “Top 100 Best Buy Colleges” list and is among only four Florida universities to place in the top 20.  


UNF is the only Northeast Florida university to make the list and came in at No. 19 among best buy colleges in the country. The three other Florida universities to make the top 20 are the University of Florida (11), Florida State University (13) and New College of Florida (16).  


The survey, released this week, was compiled by looking not only at price but measures of quality, such as graduation rates, student debt load and faculty pay.  


“UNF is starting to be recognized as a school of first choice,” said UNF President John Delaney. “With our strong academic programs, UNF just makes financial sense.” 


The top three spots on the list went to military service academies that don’t charge tuition: the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. placed first, followed by the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. Fourth place went to Cooper Union in New York.  


Other Florida universities in the top 100 are the University of West Florida (27), the University of Central Florida (42) and the University of South Florida (51).  


Last week, UNF was ranked among “America’s Best Colleges” 2011 list, also created by Forbes Magazine, and was the only First Coast institution of higher learning to make the list. The University was ranked No. 491 in the country. Forbes also ranked the colleges by region and UNF was named No. 137 in the South.  


The University beat out 10 other Florida universities in the rankings, including the University of Central Florida, Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University and the University of South Florida.  


The Forbes rankings come just after the Princeton Review released their annual college guidebook that listed UNF as one of 135 “Best Colleges in the Southeast.” This was the fourth consecutive year that the University received this designation.