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Press Release for Thursday, September 8, 2016

College Factual Ranks UNF Among 2017 'Best Colleges'

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102


For the third consecutive year, the University of North Florida has been ranked among the best colleges across the country in a new ranking, published in USA Today, by College Factual, a trusted online resource that uses customizable tools and outcomes-based rankings systems to guide students through the college selection process.


The University is ranked as one of the best colleges in Florida for the money and among the best colleges in the state. UNF was ranked No. 13 statewide as one of the 2017 "Best Colleges for the Money" and No. 20 as one of the 2017 "Top Quality Overall Best Colleges" in the state.


"We take great pride in being nationally recognized as one of the best universities in Florida and for being recognized as delivering an exceptional education at an exceptional value," said UNF President John Delaney.


This latest recognition comes on the heels of UNF receiving several other national designations, including "Best in the Southeast" by Princeton Review, "Best Bang for the Buck Southeast Colleges 2016" by Washington Monthly and the national 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity magazine, to name a few.


College Factual ranked more than 1,300 colleges and used a number of outcome-based factors to determine the ranking, which includes both research universities and liberal arts colleges. Some important data points are how well the institution retains and graduates students, the boost in expected earnings, the percentage of full-time teachers and the average student loan default rate. The rankings also looked at the quality and average cost of each college. For more information, visit


"We publish a variety of college rankings to get students and parents focused on key factors they need to consider when choosing a school," said Bill Phelan, College Factual CEO.


College Factual is an online portal designed to assist prospective college students, parents, guidance counselors and others involved in the college selection process. By offering unique data-driven insights and tools that help dissect the enormous amounts of data available for institutions of higher education, College Factual simplifies the all-important act of choosing the best school for each individual student in terms of cost, value and personal fit.


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.