University of North Florida

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University of North Florida
MottoNo one like you.
No place like this.
TypePublic university
Established1965; 56 years ago (1965)
Parent institution
State University System of Florida
Academic affiliations
Space-grant
Endowment$116.2 million (2019)[1]
PresidentDavid Szymanski
Academic staff
600[2]
Students17,002[3]
Undergraduates14,801[3]
Postgraduates2,201[3]
Location, ,
United States
Campus1,300 acres (5.3 km²)
ColorsBlue and gray[4]
   
AthleticsNCAA Division IA-Sun
NicknameOspreys
MascotOzzie Osprey
Websitewww.unf.edu
The Thomas G. Carpenter Library which is on the campus

The University of North Florida (UNF) is a public university in Jacksonville, Florida. The university has about 16,509 students. Its campus comprises 1,300 acres amid a natural preserve on Jacksonville's Southside. It was founded in 1969. The current president is David Szymanski.

UNF was established in 1965 and began offering classes in 1972. UNF was initially designated an upper division college for juniors and seniors. It began admitting freshmen in 1984.

The university has 220[5] clubs and organizations for students as well as an active student government and Greek life.[6] The student-run newspaper The Spinnaker is published monthly. The university's intercollegiate athletics teams are known as the Ospreys, and are currently members of the Atlantic Sun Conference in NCAA Division I.

History[change | change source]

The university was founded in 1969 after 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) midway between downtown Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Beaches were set aside for the campus, 500 acres (2.0 km2) of which were donated by the Skinner family of Jacksonville.[7] Construction on classrooms and buildings began in 1971 and UNF opened in the fall of 1972 with an initial enrollment of 2,027 juniors, seniors and graduate students, supported by 117 faculty and more than 150 staff.[8] Originally, like the other Florida state institutions opened around this time, UNF was designated as a "senior" college, meaning that it would enroll only upperclassmen and graduate students.

Sports[change | change source]

The athletics teams of the university are called the Ospreys. They have 10 varsity teams. They compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Other sources[change | change source]

  1. As of June 30, 2019. "U.S. and Canadian 2019 NTSE Participating Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2019 Endowment Market Value, and Percentage Change in Market Value from FY18 to FY19 (Revised)". National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  2. "UNF - Institutional Research - Fall 2017". www.unf.edu. Archived from the original on 2018-11-07. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Fall 2018 Student Data". University of North Florida. Archived from the original on December 30, 2019. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  4. "UNF - CMS - CMS Color Palette". unf.edu.
  5. "UNF". Archived from the original on 2019-02-01. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  6. "UNF - Student Government - Club List". UNF. Archived from the original on 2019-02-01. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  7. Patton, Charlie. (November 23, 2000) "Piney Woods Miracle: Skinner family turned land into legacy". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved on July 7, 2011.
  8. "UNF 35th Anniversary". UNF. Retrieved on July 7, 2011.

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Coordinates: 30°15′43″N 81°30′35″W / 30.2619°N 81.5097°W / 30.2619; -81.5097