Jacksonville University is a private, coeducational institution located in Jacksonville, Florida. Established in 1934 in downtown Jacksonville, the University originally began as a junior college which offered night classes. The school grew rapidly and soon evolved into a four-year coeducational institution; by the 1950s the school had moved to its current location in the Arlington area of Jacksonville. Situated on a beautiful 190 acre campus, Jacksonville University boasts a scenic riverfront setting in suburban Jacksonville across from the St. Johns River. Just minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean, Jacksonville University’s campus includes oak lined paths, a half-mile riverfront, and a mix of historic and new campus buildings.
Academic ProgramsJacksonville University’s mission is to “prepare each student for life-long success in learning, achieving, leading and serving.” The University promotes Engaged Learning throughout its curriculum, encouraging students to “take charge of their own education” and to actively pursue experiential learning opportunities in the classroom, through research, and in service and student-centered activities.
Jacksonville University has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1950. At least seven bachelor degree programs are offered, including well over 60 majors, programs and concentrations. The University is divided into several colleges, including College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Fine Arts, the Davis College of Business, and the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Health Care Sciences. Jacksonville University also offers several graduate-level degree programs in the areas of nursing, business, education, orthodontics, marine science, fine arts, math and public policy as well as an Accelerated Degree Program which offers classes during evenings and weekends to nontraditional students.
Student LifeJacksonville University has a total enrollment figure of more than 4,000, including just over 3,000 undergraduate students. The student body is made up of representatives from nearly all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and at least 50 foreign nations with a male to female ratio of nearly 1 to 1. Student housing is offered in the University’s residence halls and on-campus apartments.
Jacksonville University’s campus is home to a wide variety of recognized student-led clubs including social, cultural, Greek, religious, performance and service organizations. The Kinne University Center and Jacksonville University’s new Davis Student Commons also offer an array of facilities for students to enjoy during their stay on campus. As an NCAA Division I-AA school, Jacksonville University sponsors more than 20 varsity athletic teams which compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference and the Pioneer Football League. Approximately 400 students compete in intercollegiate varsity sports and the University’s athletic facilities include a ballpark which overlooks the river; new tennis and softball complexes; and a football, soccer, and track & field complex.