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Press Release for Tuesday, September 9, 2014

U.S. News & World Report Names UNF 2015 Best Regional University

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

For the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. News & World Report has named the University of North Florida a “Best Regional” university in its 2015 edition of “Best Colleges,” which includes rankings and data of nearly 1,800 schools nationwide. UNF was also named as one of the 2015 “Best Colleges for Veterans” in its Web-exclusive rankings.

UNF ranked No. 51, in front of local private college, Jacksonville University, which ranked No. 73. UNF also ranked in front of Florida Gulf Coast University, No. 87, and University of South Florida at St. Petersburg, No. 92. In its exclusive Web rankings, U.S. News also listed UNF as No. 17 for being among the region’s “Best Colleges for Veterans.” JU ranked No. 32.

This latest recognition comes on the heels of UNF receiving several other national designations, including Best Online Programs and Best Online Graduate Education Program, both by U.S. News & World Report, Best in the Southeast and Best Value College, both by Princeton Review, and Top Florida College for Return on Investment by The College Database, to name a few.

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

The institutions selected as a U.S. News & World Report “Best Regional” university provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs and offer 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.

“Our goal for the past 30 years has been to provide families with the most comprehensive information on colleges to help them make one of life’s most important decisions,” said Brian Kelly, U.S. News & World Report editor and chief content officer.

The 2015 “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 college ranking categories are based upon the 2010 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifications. The Carnegie classification system has been used by U.S. News since the first Best Colleges rankings in 1983 because they are accepted as the basis for classifying schools by most higher education researchers.

U.S. News gathers data from each college on up to 16 indicators of academic excellence. Outcome-related measures, such as graduation and retention rates, account for 30 percent of the rankings and are the most heavily weighted factors in the methodology. 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. For more information about Best Colleges, visit

U.S. News & World Report is a multimedia publisher of news, consumer advice, rankings and analysis. Focusing on education, health, personal finance, travel, cars and news and opinion, has earned a reputation as the leading provider of consumer advice and analysis that helps its readers make informed life decisions.

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.