Office of Undergraduate Studies

The mission of the Office of Undergraduate Studies is to advance the goals of the university as they pertain to excellence and quality in undergraduate education, undergraduate student learning, undergraduate student development, and academic student services across all colleges and departments.



Our Services  

Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) - First Year Academic Advising 


Hicks Honors College   

Office of Student Academic Success Services - Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, Academic Coaching    

Office of Undergraduate Research 

Osprey Maps 

Transformational Learning Opportunities 




 Karen Patterson Headshot

 Dr. Karen B. Patterson 

 Associate Vice President for Faculty Resources and Dean of Undergraduate Studies



Dr. Patterson oversees UNF’s Hicks Honors College, first year academic advising, Student Academic Success Services (SASS), and Undergraduate Research. Additionally, the Office of Undergraduate Studies offers support for experiential learning and study abroad through the Transformational Learning Opportunities (TLO) program. Dr. Patterson works with an array of partners from across campus to enhance UNF’s Freshman Experience, an integrated first-year program that brings together academics, residence life, and student affairs.









Constitution and Citizenship Day, September 17, 2017 

Events in celebration of the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787

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Popcorn and Politics: A Civil Environment to Discuss Current Political Issues
"The Constitution and the First Amendment"

Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Thomas G. Carpenter Library, Building 12, 1st Floor


Join United States Federal Judge Timothy Corrigan and Dr. Matthew Corrigan as they talk about the Constitution and the First Amendment. 

Event funded by the Library Dean's Leadership Council and the UNF Department of Political Science and Public Administration. Contact Stephanie Race for more information.




Monuments and Public Memory: Past and Present Controversies Around Confederate Statues

Writing Center Roundtable with Student Activity

Monday, September 18, 11am - 12pm

Writing Center, 4/2501


Featuring Brandi Denison, Rosa DeJorio, Bill Delaney and Keith Cartwright with Linda Howell as moderator. Contact the Writing Center for more information or email Jennifer Lieberman at


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Immigration and the Constitution

Tuesday, September 19, 6:00pm

Andrew Robinson Theater, 14A/1311


Florida House Representative Cord Byrd. (Nassau County and the Beaches) will be visiting Honors Colloquium to talk about immigration. He will be discussing the bill he sponsored. that would have outlawed sanctuary cities which did not become law.  Here is an article from the Miami Herald that includes an interview with Representative Byrd.  We have invited him to talk about immigration and the US Constitution in honor of "Constitution Week." All UNF students and faculty are welcome to sit in on the class. 


Constitution Day

On Interpretation: The Bible & the Constitution

Wednesday, September 20, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Thomas G. Carpenter Library, Collections Reading Room

Join Julie Ingersoll, Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, as she compares how the meaning of the Constitution is interpreted over time, and how that is similar to how one may interpret important religious texts.  Contact Stephanie Race for more information at




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Market Days with the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Society

Wednesday, September 20, 10am - 2 pm

Student Union Osprey Plaza

Meet the members of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Society as they share best practices when it comes to contacting your local, state and federal representatives.  Contact Sierra Ejankowski for more information. 

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Discussion on Trademarks and Free Speech: "Redskins, Slants and Fuct"

Thursday, September 21, 4:30pm 


Join Dr. Amanda Reid, Associate Professor of Law at Florida Coastal School of Law and Adrienne Lerner, J.D., Director of the UNF Pre-Law Program as they discuss trademarks and free speech.  Contact Sierra Ejanowski for more information.



  40th Anniversary Display

Thomas G. Carpenter Library dedicates display to Constitution and Citizenship Day


Month of September


Stop by the library and see the educational display related to the content and facts regarding our founding documents. Contact Dee Robertson-Lee for more information.





ACE Advisors Win Several Presidential Excellence Awards 


Join the Office of Undergraduate Studies in congratulating the excellent staff members of the Academic Center for Excellence! For more information on the awards click here



 2016/2017 Outstanding International Service Award: Bruce Turner, Associate Director


 2017 Florida Academic Advising Association Excellence in Advising Award: Jeannie Jacobs, Academic Advisor


 2016/2017 Presidential Excellence SPOT Award winner: Michele Clements, Academic Advisor


 2016/2017 Presidential Excellence SPOT Award winner: Katie Sarria, Academic Advisor



Meet Our Staff Spotlight 

Academic Advisor in the Academic Center for Excellence; Carole Goldberg

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Carole Goldberg is an Academic Advisor in the Academic Center for Excellence. She grew up in Jacksonville and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Florida and a Master of Education at the University of North Florida.  Carole has extensive experience in education, from teaching elementary school to serving as assistant principal and principal of a local private school.  When choosing her next career, she was excited to “come home” to UNF and to work with and advise students embarking on their new college paths.  She also enjoys travelling to spend time with her children and grandchildren.









Did You Know?

Academic Center for Excellence changing name to First Year Advising Office!

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The office formerly known as the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) will now be the First Year Advising Office.  Undergraduate Studies created a new unit, Student Academic Success Services to deliver retention programming such as peer tutoring, supplemental instruction support and academic coaching.  The First Year Advising Office will continue to provide intrusive, developmental advising for first year students as well as students exploring majors.  First Year Advising is serving close to 1500 incoming first year students from summer and fall 2017, an increase of 15% over the 2016 incoming first year class.  Our First Year Advising team is excited to partner with all of Undergraduate Studies to support the persistence and graduation of our newest members of the osprey flock. 




 Supplemental Instruction addresses high failure rate courses

 Supplemental Instruction



 Supplemental Instruction is a free academic program designed to help students succeed in historically difficult courses. The program provides study sessions led by students who have successfully completed the course and are eager to help their peers succeed. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together.


Facts –

 Students who attend 5 or more SI sessions experience a ½ to full letter grade increase

In Fall 2016 alone, there were more than 5000 visits to SI sessions

Courses across multiple disciplines are supported, including Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Physics, & Management






 Office of Undergraduate Research continuing to support hands-on research opportunities

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Between Fall 2016 and Fall 2017 the Office of Undergraduate Research awarded over $35,000 in grants to promote undergraduate research. Since Summer 2016, student visits to the office grew 900%, and this Fall the Office hired 7 student Undergraduate Research Ambassadors to meet with students and visit classes. OUR has also partnered with the International Center, International Studies and International Affairs to host the inaugural International Research Symposium on November 17, 2017.