Skip to Main Content

Press Release for Wednesday, September 16, 2015

UNF Rates Above National Average on New College Scorecard

Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192


The U.S. Department of Education recently released its new College Scorecard system, with the University of North Florida rating above average in multiple categories, including annual cost, graduation rate and salary after attending.


The impressive College Scorecard news comes as the University recently welcomed its fall class, boasting an average high school GPA of 4.02 and an average SAT score of 1218.


The College Scorecard system is designed to provide consumers with metrics about student loans, cost of attendance, graduation rates, net price after financial aid and earnings following graduation from 7,000 higher education institutions across the country. UNF ratings of note include:


  • UNF’s graduation rate is five percent higher than the national average.
  • At 82 percent, UNF’s first-year retention rate is above the national average of 67 percent.
  • At $11,528 per year, the cost of attending UNF is well below the annual national average of $16,789.
  • Eighty-three percent of former UNF students are able to pay down student loan debt, versus the national average of 67 percent.
  • The average salary earned 10 years after attending UNF is $41,600, above the national average of $34,343.


“It’s rewarding to continue to see the University of North Florida rate and rank highly on many national lists,” said UNF President John Delaney. “It’s a great compliment to our faculty and staff as they work hard to ensure success of our students.”

This latest recognition is on the heels of UNF receiving several other national designations, including Best Regional University and Best Online Programs, both by U.S. News & World Report, Best in the Southeast and Best Value College, both by Princeton Review and Best Value Public College by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, to name a few. 

The new College Scorecard system was redesigned with input from students, families and their advisers to provide the clearest, most accessible and reliable national data on college cost, graduation, debt and post college earning. It uses Internal Revenue Service data for students with federal loans or grants, approximately 70 percent of students, to provide post-college outcomes. 


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.