University of North Florida
Florida, United States | Public
Situated in Jacksonville, Florida, the University of North Florida (UNF), was established in 1972 as an upper-division college, meant for only juniors and seniors and then started accepting freshmen from the year 1984. The semester-based academy is affiliated to State University System of Florida and is authorized by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, to grant doctorate, masters and baccalaureate degrees to the students. Currently presided by John Delaney, UNF constitutes of six branches which in total, offer fifty-three undergraduate and twenty-eight graduate degrees along with coastal biology, nutrition, music and noted business programs.
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UNF is surrounded by a natural preserve and is located 10 miles away from the west of the Atlantic coastline in Jacksonville. It is 150 miles away from the capital of Tallahassee. Jacksonville's port is the third largest in Florida and provides various military facilities. It is well known for various attractions like the Jacksonville Riverwalks, Jacksonville Zoo, St. Johns River Park etc. A variety of renowned annual events like Jacksonville Film Festival, Gate River Run etc are hosted every year by this city.
The campus covers an area of 1,300 acres and due to its huge campus size, the university began shuttle services between various campus areas that include the UNF hall, dorms, parking lots, UNF Arena and the Carpenter Library. The university has thirty-four buildings with six buildings meant for housing. Most of them have been named after personalities who've helped the university in great ways. UNF's library is named after it's first president, Thomas G. Carpenter. It has a lush green area which is centrally located and is quite well known among the students. The Social Sciences building which is the first "green" building of the campus has been LEED ( Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ) certified. UNF also has a wildlife sanctuary which is protected by the state and features various ponds and lakes all across the campus. All the newly constructed buildings like the Biological Sciences building, Student Wellness Center, The new dining hall and The College of Education and Human services building are going to be certified by the LEED.
UNF has a dedicated department to take care of the housing facilities. The department strives to create a healthy environment for the students, providing them with the finest facilities, programs and services. Its proactive staff aims to strengthen the personal and academic development of their students by nurturing a sense of self-respect, enhancing their leadership skills while emphasizing on communal responsibility and diversity.
The residence halls are uniquely designed and located amidst 1300 acres of forest area on the corners of rural Jacksonville in North Florida. With the beach being just a couple of minutes away, the residents not only get to live amidst the woods and enjoy the nature but they also are quietly tucked away from the urban commotion. UNF has a total of seven residential communities out of which four (Osprey Cove, Osprey Hall, Osprey Landing and Osprey Crossings ) are for the first year students and the rest three ( Osprey Village, The Flats and Osprey Fountains ) are for the upper-class students.
Osprey Cove provides room sharing facilities with private bath while Osprey Crossings has three buildings and comes with a widespread lobby that provides the students with the liberty to make use of an expansive space. The lakeside community of Osprey Hall is a lot more traditional in comparison to the rest of the community and has three storeys to it. Osprey Landing fits the bill for those wanting a suite like residential experience. It provides sharing rooms with private bath and has an open lawn with a closed walk away.
The Flats provide conventional apartment styled spaces for the upper-class students who are responsible enough to take care of their monthly rents. Osprey Village features "New Orleans" kind of courtyard and has seven apartment buildings. The most recently constructed community is the Osprey Fountains which has a five-storey building that spans an area of 385,000-square-foot and is home to over 1000 upper-class students.
The students of UNF have the privilege of revelling in personal interactions with their professors due to its small class sizes. The student to faculty ratio is 18:1. Over seventy-five percent of the UNF's classes have lesser than forty students which encourage one-on-one interaction in an environment with low pupil strength. Students are exposed to real-life experiences and provided with the finest equipments and labs. The chemistry lab has a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance equipment and a wide set of other equipments. The computer labs are equipped with necessary software that meets the industry standards.
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The university offers various internship opportunities with renowned companies across the world. It offers one-on-one academic coaching on popular topics like time management, studying for finals, Study and presentation skills etc. in order to prepare the students well for placements. They also conduct various writing placement tests online to help the students in assessing their progress before the final placements.