University recognition can do a lot for a city, encouraging people to move into town for jobs, academic pursuits and other interest in the University system. Jacksonville is home to several Universities, several of which are starting to gain recognition at a region and national level.
A strong University system is great for property sales. As the largest University in Jacksonville, the University of North Florida brings an influx of people every year, including students, families, professors and graduate students who need to find off-campus places to live as they focus on their studies.
Every year the US News & World Report puts together a comprehensive list of schools that meet certain criteria and ranks them based on academic achievements and course offerings. This year, the University of North Florida in Jacksonville made that list. UNF came in 51st out of all Universities in the South. This put it on the list with larger schools in the State, including University of Florida, Florida State University and the University of Miami.
University of North Florida is not the only college in Jacksonville. Other schools include Edward Waters College, Florida Stage College of Jacksonville and of course Jacksonville University. Edward Waters College and Jacksonville University are both private colleges that have many positive recognitions of their own.
In a separate recognition by the US News & World Report, the University of North Florida was noted as the 19th best school for the financial value.
In addition to the regional academic listing through US News & World Report, the school has been listed as one of the top 100 “Coolest Green” schools in the United States. This was noted by Sierra Magazine, which is the monthly publication of the Sierra Club. This magazine ranked schools based on their environmental efforts, including their green space, preservation efforts and recycling initiatives. UNF has one of the largest preservation areas of public Universities in Florida.