Established in 1965, the University of North Florida (UNF) is a public university located in Jacksonville. It is a member of the State University System of Florida.
The university is divided into the Brooks College of Health; the College of Arts & Sciences; the Coggin College of Business; the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction; and the College of Education and Human Services. Popular programs offered at this college include Business, Management, Communication, Education, Health Professions, and Psychology. There are also pre-professional programs such as Pre-Law and Pre-Medicine. The University of North Florida offers flexible class options that include online classes, early morning classes, evening classes, and part-time schedules. The university offers relatively small class sizes, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 23:1.
The college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. Many of the university’s programs also have individualized accreditation.
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Prospective students must complete an application, which is available on the school’s website. There is a non-refundable application fee. Each applicant must also submit official high school transcripts or GED score report, an official SAT or ACT score report, and any AP or college credit transcripts, if applicable. Letters of recommendation and interviews are not required. Certain programs also have additional requirements, such as auditions or prerequisite classes.
While students are admitted to the college on a rolling basis all year long, students are strongly urged to apply by the priority deadlines, which vary by term. Students should contact the school directly for exact dates and deadlines.
Adult students, non-degree seeking students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the university’s website or contact the Office of Admission for more information about the admissions process and application requirements.
All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st each year. If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or submit additional documents.
Nearly half of UNF students receive some form of state, federal, private or institutional financial assistance. Most of the students who apply for financial aid are awarded need-based financial assistance. Forms of aid include grants, scholarships, and loans. The college also offers a limited number of scholarships and grants for students. Some are based on merit; others require applicants to demonstrate evidence of financial need.
Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process. Students should also note that financial aid applications must be renewed each year. UNF also offers a deferred payment plan to help students pay any tuition charges that are not covered by financial aid. Students who wish to pay the in-state tuition rates may also need to submit additional documentation in order to establish their residency.
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Although the university has a diverse student body with students from different states and different countries, the majority of the students who attend are in-state students. There are also plenty of academic and social support services such as academic advising, career counseling, and tutoring, to help students make a smooth and seamless transition to college life.
There are close to 200 clubs, organizations, and activities recognized on campus, including academic, professional, political, social, talent, athletic, student government, media, religious, service, multicultural, special interest, and honor groups. Greek life is also a significant part of student life; there are 22 Greek organizations on campus. There are also interesting recreational and cultural events held on campus throughout the year. A complete list of clubs and events is available on the college’s website and is updated frequently.
A significant number of the college’s students live on-campus in one of the college’s six fully furnished residence halls. Layouts vary by building; there are traditional and suite-style residence halls. All of the rooms also include cable television service, phone service, and high speed Internet access. Residence life also comes with a wide variety of activities designed for resident students.
The Game Room is a popular place where students relax. They can play pool, board games, table tennis, and video games. The game room also offers fun weekly activities that include game tournaments, trivia night, and capture the flag. Students are encouraged to stop by and participate.
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Known as the Ospreys, UNF’s athletic teams participate in the Atlantic Sun Conference and compete at the NCAA Division I level. The school’s colors are navy blue and gray. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and track & field. Women’s sports include softball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, sand volleyball, tennis, volleyball, and track & field.
Students are also encouraged to participate in the university’s diverse range of intramural athletic programs that include soccer, ultimate frisbee, sand volleyball, and basketball.
Athletic facilities include the Tennis Complex, the Softball Complex, Hodges Stadium, the Strength & Conditioning Facility, and the Hayt Golf Learning Center / Golfplex.
Notable UNF alumni include:
- Alex Nguyen, jazz musician with Celebration of Lionel Hampton
- Todd Haley, head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs
- Noel Freidline, pianist, vocalist, and composer with the Noel Friedline Quintet
- R. Peter Reist, renowned entrepreneur
- Mary Tappouni, president of Breaking Ground Contracting
- David Smith, chairman and CEO of PSS World Medical
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