Smart, Creative, Fearless
The oldest private master’s university in the region, Jacksonville University produces graduates who are renowned for being smart, creative, and fearless.
Why? Because we recruit the best and brightest from all 50 states and all around the world. We take down the traditional barriers between colleges, majors, and minors and empower our students to use all of their talents to customize their education into a lifelong passion. We help our students access all of their talents, creating passionate professionals who approach problems creatively and holistically—and who enjoy lifelong career success.
Whether it’s Animation and Computer Science, Vocal and Speech-Language Pathology, or Marine Science and Robotics, we combine personalized academic advising with flexibility to optimize each student’s potential. And we teach our students not to fear limitations but hurdle them, learn from them, and never look back at them.
A strong liberal arts foundation
We offer degrees in the high-demand fields of Nursing, Business, Marine Science, Aviation (Flight Operations and Management), Engineering, Finance, Public Policy, and pre-professional programs as well as the emerging fields of Music Business, Animation, Sport Business, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). JU’s core curriculum combines a strong liberal arts foundation to build exceptional critical-thinking and communications skills with professional programs, undergraduate research, an emphasis on engaged learning, and leadership opportunities that lead to success.
In addition, highly motivated freshmen interested in any undergraduate major may also be eligible for our 4+1 program, which allows students to complete a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) degree in only one additional year of graduate study. The program represents a significant savings in time and tuition and better prepares graduates to compete for the best career opportunities.
At JU, the strength of our programs is a function of the University’s nationally recognized faculty, some of whom have been honored by such organizations as the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Pew National Fellowship Program, the Fulbright Scholarship Program, and the American Council on Education.
Collaboration is key at JU
In addition to encouraging students to take a customized approach to their own learning, we think the best learning includes “hands-on” opportunities for research and collaborative learning. At JU, we believe students shouldn’t have to wait for graduate school to do important research or engage in experiential activities. JU ranks in the top 4% of all institutions in the number of abstracts accepted for presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Through our Collaborate JU program, students participate in multidisciplinary teams to solve real-world problems alongside industry, government, and nonprofit experts and mentors. Our students go on to top graduate schools and into their careers with competitive research and project-based learning résumés.
Beyond classroom walls
Globalize your education in multiple ways at JU. Whether it is a freshman experience in Iceland, a semester abroad at one of our many partner schools around the globe, or even living and learning among the diverse international student body right here on campus, students are encouraged to expand their horizons and find their place in the sun.
Live on campus
JU’s beautiful TreeUSA campus has state-of-the-art housing, including a dedicated freshman residence hall, suite-style underclassman hall, and beautiful upperclassman student apartments. Along with a full-service fitness center, pool, sand volleyball, and acres of riverfront greens and jogging trails, students have a place to call their own at the River House. The River House includes dining, meeting spaces, a cozy library, and a two-story screen room and terraces overlooking the river and the downtown skyline.
Just the facts
• Established 1934
• Location: Jacksonville, Florida, five minutes from downtown and 15 minutes to the beach
• Enrollment: Approximately 2,500 undergraduate students and 4,000 overall
• Student-faculty ratio: 14:1
• Colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Fine Arts, and Healthcare Sciences
• Schools: Applied Health Sciences, Aviation, Education, Nursing, Orthodontics (post-doctoral)
• Top 4% in number of undergraduate research abstracts accepted for presentation at National Council on Undergraduate Research (2007–2015)
• 100+ student clubs, organizations, intramurals, and club sports, including 10 Greek organizations
• More than 29,000 alumni from all 50 states and more than 92 countries
• Distinguished master’s and doctoral programs, including CEO magazine top-tier MBA program
• Financial aid: 94% of JU students receive some form of financial assistance, including merit aid, need-based aid, and other forms of scholarships.
JU has 18 NCAA Division I sports and two intercollegiate varsity sports in one of the oldest and most competitive collegiate athletic programs in Florida. Sports include baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, rowing, sailing, shooting, soccer, softball, track & field, and volleyball (indoor and beach).
• Communication Sciences and Disorders
• Computing Science
• Education for Instruction (pending SACSCOC approval)
• Geography and the Environment
• Information Systems
• International Business
• Marine Science
• Music Business
• Music Education
• Musical Theatre
• Naval Science/NROTC
• Political Science
• Pre-professional Studies
• Social Sciences
• Sport Business
• Theatre Arts
• University Major
Named one of Forbes’s Top 10 Best Cities for Finding Employment, Jacksonville is a thriving metropolitan hub with unique neighborhoods, restaurants, beaches, arts and culture venues, and countless entertainment options. Our sunny city offers professional football, baseball, soccer, and PGA championship golf, plus year-round recreational activities like fishing, surfing, kayaking, horseback riding, and more.