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Press Release for Tuesday, September 10, 2013

U.S. News & World Report Names UNF Best Regional University

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102


For the third consecutive year, the U.S. News & World Report has named the University of North Florida a “Best Regional” university in its 2014 edition of “Best Colleges,” which includes rankings and data of more than 1,600 schools nationwide.

UNF ranked No. 51, in front of local private college, Jacksonville University, which ranked No. 62. UNF also ranked in front of Florida Gulf Coast University, No. 79, and University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, No. 80. The 2014 edition of the “Best Colleges” guidebook is available at and is on newsstands today.

This latest recognition comes on the heels of UNF receiving several other national designations, including Best in the Southeast and Best Value College, both by Princeton Review, and Top Florida College for Return on Investment by The College Database.


“UNF is now showing up in nearly every national college ranking, putting the University at the top of some very impressive lists,” said UNF President John Delaney. “I take great pride in being able to lead a university that is of the caliber of the University of North Florida.”

The institutions selected as U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Regional” university provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs and offers various doctoral programs. The universities in this category aren’t ranked nationally but rather against their peer group in one of four geographic regions—North, South, Midwest and West.

“As choosing the right school becomes more complicated and costly each year, U.S. News strives to provide students and families with the best information and tools to help guide them through the college process,” said U.S. News & World Report Editor Brian Kelly.

The 2014 “Best Colleges” rankings feature the established rankings of the Best National Universities and Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, while also including the Best Regional Universities, Best Value Schools, Up-and-Coming Schools, among many others.

The U.S. Newsranking system uses quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, and it’s based on researched views of what matters in education. First, schools are categorized by their mission, which is derived from the breakdown of types of higher education institutions as refined by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2010. The Carnegie classification has been the basis of the Best Colleges ranking category system since the first ranking was published in 1983, given that it is used extensively as the basis for classifying schools by higher education researchers.


Next, U.S. News gathers data from each college on up to 16 indicators of academic excellence. Each factor is assigned a weight that reflects the organization’s judgment about how much a measure matters. Finally, the colleges and universities in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite weighted score.


The U.S. News Media Group is a multi-platform publisher of news and analysis, which includes the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine. For more information about Best Colleges, visit

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.