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Press Release for Friday, September 30, 2016

UNF Ranks Top 10 Among 50 Most Affordable In-State Public Universities

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

The University of North Florida has been recognized by as one of the most affordable public universities for in-state students. UNF was in the Top 10 among 50 universities across the country that made the list.

More than 600 colleges and universities nationwide were rigorously reviewed. UNF was ranked No. 8 for affordability, topping the University of Central Florida at No. 14, University of South Florida at 21, Florida State University at 28 and Florida A&M at 35. For the full rankings, visit

“We take great pride in being nationally 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 Regional University” by U.S. News & World Report, “Best in the Southeast” by Princeton Review, “Best Bang for the Buck Southeast Colleges 2016” by Washington Monthly, 2017 “Best College” by College Factual and the national 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity magazine, to name a few.

The Value Score weighs criteria, such as loan default rates, graduation rates and financial data to draw a distinction between the programs that appear more affordable up-front and those that will pay off in the long run.

Eleven data points comprise the unique rankings algorithm that drives’s value score. It reviews financial metrics, such as tuition, students receiving financial aid, net price and loan default. It also looks at student success metrics, like enrollment rate, full-time retention rate, graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio and admissions rate. Additionally, reviews program metrics, including number of programs and percentage of students taking at least one online course.’s mission is to show students the path to a rewarding education without leaving them in debt and believes in education’s intrinsic value and the right of everyone to pursue a degree. is a free online resource to help address the costs of an education.

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.