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Press Release for Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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

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

For the fifth consecutive year, the U.S. News & World Report has named the University of North Florida a “Best Regional” university in its 2016 edition of “Best Colleges,” which includes rankings and data of more than 1,370 schools nationwide. UNF was also included in the 2016 “Best Online Programs” ranking.

As a regional best, UNF ranked No. 50, in front of the University of South Florida, 58; local private college, Jacksonville University, 65; and Florida Gulf Coast University, 80. UNF also ranked No. 55 for “Best Online Programs, topping Florida International University at 98.

“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.”

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, Best Value Public College by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Top Florida College for Return on Investment by The College Database, to name a few.

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 2016 “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, Best Online Programs, among many others.
The rankings are based on key measures of quality such as academic reputation; retention (freshman retention and graduation rate); faculty resources (including class size, the percentage of faculty with the top academic degree, student-faculty ratio and compensation); student selectivity; financial resources; and alumni giving. For more information about the rankings, 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.