Location: Jacksonville, FLFunding: PublicSize: 13,418Percent Women: 56%Tuition (one year): In-state: $6,386; Out of state: $20,789; On-campus housing: $5,532; Board: $3,952Most Popular Majors: Communication, Criminal Justice, Accounting, Health Science, English|Greek Life: YesAcceptance Rate: 44.3%
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Why Choose University of North Florida?
"I grew up in Jacksonville, so I loved the idea of going somewhere close to home. It's a really nice campus, and the education is great here, so it really was a no-brainer."
"I visited the campus and really liked that it was big, but not too big. You can get just about anywhere walking for no more than ten minutes, plus there's the shuttle, and there aren't too many students so it doesn't feel overcrowded."
"The business program here is really good. Plus, UNF offered me the most money in scholarships, so it was an easy pick."
"I'm a transfer from Florida State College at Jacksonville, so I really wanted to come to a university, but I didn't want there to be such a crazy change. UNF seemed to be like a nice medium, and it was!"
"I basically live in the UNF gym. Whenever I'm not in class, you'd most likely be able to find me there."
"I love that there's a Starbucks on campus. It's right by the library, so you can grab your drink and then go study without having to cross too much of the campus."
"The sports games are my favorite. Sometimes the crowd doesn't get too big, but I love watching my fellow Ospreys play anyway. They always do their best, despite audience size."
"I'm a big fan of the smaller classes. That's one thing that bugged me about the larger schools was that there were a bunch of giant lecture halls. We have a couple here, but they don't get crazy big, and a lot of them a much more personal."
"The struggle bus! Even though the shuttles don't take too long to "swoop you up," it'd be great if there were more stops closer to where you actually needed to."
"I'm pretty sure everyone's least favorite part of campus is the parking- no matter what, parking always seems to be a hassle."
"What even is WiFi when you're in the Fountains (a dorm on-campus)? It's tough to get a really strong signal there and in a few other spots, but once you've got it, you're good to go!"
New Collegiette on Campus
"Freshman is a breeze. It's really easy to find your footing here, and that made the first year much easier than I think most other colleges would be."
"Some people hate it, but I loved that I had to live on campus the first year. My roommate was okay, but I becamse really good friends with a lot of the people on my floor, and it really gave me that full college experience."
"The first year is great, but it's important to remember that it's still college and that the grades that are made in the first year really do matter for later on."
"So far my first year has been a total whirlwind. I was nervous about going anywhere that was away from home, so I kind of shut myself out from things at first, but then I started going to the small events on campus and meeting people, and started coming out of my shell."
All About Academics
"You're going to see the same faces a lot once you start getting up into your major, even when their pretty broad majors like communcation. But, it's cool because they're all interested in the things that you are, so you already have that connection."
"A lot of the majors come with hands on classes, and start to do things in their field early. Like, a lot of journalism maors write for the Spinnaker, our school's news source, and there's interships that people like getting involved with. Basically, it's not just a 'sit down a learn' type of environment here."
"Do the work! Honestly, the biggest mistake to make here, and at any college really, is to think that the work is optional. It's not! Once you start thinking that, everything piles on, and it becomes way to overwhelming."
"We've got cool tutoring centers here that really help out when you need them, so I definirely take advantage of that when I'm struggling in my math classes."
"There's a love/hate relationship with some students and their advisors, but the bottom line is they know what you need to do to graduate, so I think meeting with them a couple times a year definitely helps."
Learn from the Best
"Everybody loved Bates-Lester, so it sucks that she's leaving after summer semester is through! But she was a hilarious professor, and you learned a lot in her class."
"A lot of the more liberal arts classes provide great discussions. You actually want to participate in them instead of sit there and listen to everyone else. It's all pretty current and relatable, so you don't mind getting involved."
"I don't mind some of the lecture halls, but I definitely prefer the smaller classes. I'm able to ask questions if I need to, and I feel that the classes don't go as quickly as they would in a giant class with a hundred other students around."
"It was easier for me towards my senior year because I got all of my pre-reqs done pretty early. Some people might tell you that it's okay to put them off until you absolutely have to take them, but that will just come back to bite you later. And probably postpone your graduation semester."
"I'm pretty sure I've used office hours maybe once or twice this semester. It's not much, but my questions were answered every time I went, so I'm looking at a 100% helpfulness rate there!"
Interests & Involvements
"There are a lot of clubs on campus. They're pretty small, but there's still so many. Basically, if you can't find something that you're interested in, then you're not looking very hard."
"Most students usually stick with clubs that have something to do with what they're studying. I'm a criminal justice major, and I'm in the CJ club, and like how I'd assume a lot of the workers for the Spinnaker (UNF's campus media outlet) are probably english majors or comm majors. It just makes sense because it's stuff you already like. But, then there are other clubs too, and finding those are pretty fun."
"School spirit this year really jumped off because of our basketball team. We were so close to March Madness! The entire school was super supportive of our players, and it was a great atmosphere during all of the games."
"There's not as much school spirit as there would be if we had a football team, but I think that's a given. Even still, students support the players of all the teams!"
"I love the intramural teams. They aren't as big as the others, but it's still fun to go to the games."
"There are so many good teams that a lot of students don't know about! Our Deadbird Rugby team did great this season, and our rock climbing team kicked butt! The school spirit could be better here, only because we have so many awesome teams!"
"Ozzie the Osprey is the greatest mascot ever!"
"The fashion around campus is pretty normal, I'd say. A lot of people, guys and girls, like to dress up and look nice everyday, but it's definitely not shocking to see some pretty laid back students, too."
"The Women's Center is pretty great. They have some awesome events, and weekly discussions that are pretty nice. I love the idea that there is a separate space for the women on campus."
"There are definitely more girls than guys on campus, but it's not overwhelmingly so. It's a pretty comfortable ratio."
"We've got some amazing feminist professors, and gender courses. It's nice to have to know that you can relate to your professors on topics like that, and actually hold a conversation with them about it."
Food & Drink
"The cafe definitely isn't that bad. There are some days where the meals are on point, and then there are times when it's just... okay. But, I'm pretty sure it's like that for a majority of colleges out there. Personally, I like the cafe food. It's quick, and the space is comfortable, so it's easy to grab a bite and get some work done."
"We have a few little extra places to get food. Everyone loves the Chick Fil A on campus, and the Starbucks. Ther's sushi and the quick meals at Outakes, and then the Pita Pit!"
"My go-to late night spot is Pita Pit. It's open until around three, so it's worth it to walk over there for a wrap and whatever else I pick up. The Fountains (dorms on campus) has Ozzie's, which is prety good food for late night, too."
"I tend to cook my own food as much as I can. I live in the Villages, and we have kitchens in the apartments, so it's easier than the kitchens in the other dorms. But, I have to admit, on my lazy days Pita is the way to go.!"
"UNF is a pretty quiet campus. If there's a party you'd have to find it, but there's still a lot to do around campus. We just don't throw ragers every weekend."
"I feel that the greek life would have more parties than just about anyone, but I don't mean that in a bad way. Most of the parties I've been to have been hosted by either this frat or that, and they were pretty chill--nothing too crazy. But, still fun!"
"My roommate is a partier, so she manages to always find someone doing something. The campus tends to stay pretty quiet, but there are definitely times when there'd be something going on."
"The Villages were my favorite dorms to live. They're apartment styled, so I liked having my own living space and kitchen. The Fountains weren't too bad either, since they had a gym on the first floor."
"I had to live on campus my first year, and it wasn't too bad! My roommate was sweet, but my sophomore year I decided to room with my best friend on campus. We stayed in the Cove, so we had our own bathroom and it was pretty neat."
"In the Hall you have to share a bathroom with your floor, which at first wasn't too bad. But, after a while I started loving the idea of having one to myself, so the nxt year I opted to live in the Villages. Plus, I was an upperclassman and was allowed to stay there, so needlessto say I jumped at the move!"
"I stay in the nearby apartment complex that a lot of students live in. It's called the Flats. I'm not a huge fan, so I plan on leaving once my lease is up and probably staying on campus again."
"The beach tends to be the go-to whenever it's warm. It isn't far from UNF at all, so I nice day relaxing out there is usually the plan."
"There isn't too much to do in Jacksonville. Some people go clubbing, most go to the beach. But the Landing downtown is fun. There's live music sometimes and a handful of restaurants. Normally, though, we have to wait for things to come here."
"I mostly shop here! I live closer to the Avenues, which is a mall here. But, the St. John's Towncenter (another mall) is closer to school. And some of the restaurants are super college friendly. They'll take Ozzie Bucks (money that students have on their school IDs), or sometimes have college nights. It's nice and it's mostly a good time when you go out in a group!"
"Jacksonville isn't a much-to-do city. It isn't too hard to hit all of the good spots, so once that's done, it can get pretty boring. But, I kind of have to appreciate that sometimes. I wouldn't want to be a tourist-y town where the motion never dies down. It'd get too overwhelming!"
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