The University of North Florida
) is a public university
in Jacksonville, Florida
. A member institution of the State University System of Florida
, the university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
to award baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees to its students. Its campus comprises 1,300 acres amid a natural preserve on Jacksonville's Southside
. The current president is former Jacksonville mayor John Delaney
UNF opened in 1972, with Thomas G. Carpenter serving as its first president. Initially designated an upper division college for juniors and seniors, it began admitting freshmen in 1984. UNF is organized into five colleges which offer 53 undergraduate degree programs and 28 graduate degree programs, with noted business, coastal biology, nursing, nutrition, and music programs. Most students reside off campus, though there are six areas of on-campus housing. In 2006, the Social Sciences building became the first facility to be LEED-certified in northeast Florida, as well as the first "green" building on campus. As of 2010, there are five buildings on campus that have been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
UNF has over 140 clubs and organizations for students as well as an active Student Government and Greek life. The student-run newspaper The Spinnaker is published weekly. Its intercollegiate athletics teams are known as the Ospreys, and are currently members of the Atlantic Sun Conference in NCAA Division I. Beginning in 2007, The Princeton Review has named UNF one of the best colleges in the Southeast for four consecutive years, and has been named one of "America's Best Colleges" by Forbes Magazine.