Smart, creative, fearless


“We tell students, ‘You can be anything you want to be, and you can build that right here, at this university.’ Because it’s absolutely true.”

— Tim Cost, President

At Jacksonville University, we recruit the best and the brightest from all 50 states and around the world. We remove traditional barriers and encourage students to customize their education. And we teach you not to fear limitations but to hurdle them and learn from them.

Whether you’re an aspiring animator, designer, painter, or sculptor, Jacksonville University is the place for you. Located in a major metropolitan area with hundreds of large employers, including Fortune 500 companies and exciting arts and entertainment venues, JU welcomes innovative, creative, career-minded students, regardless of what degree you’re seeking.

Whether you began your journey into the world of fine arts prior to college life or not, your academic excellence, opportunities for leadership and service, access to full-service career mentoring, and opportunities for exhibition are our priority.

Premier programs
At JU, we offer the opportunity to work toward a degree in more than 100 majors and programs. As a member of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, we hold seven prestigious accreditations. Our College of Fine Arts offers BA and BFA degrees with majors in Studio Art, Film, and Animation, as well as a highly regarded graduate program in Visual Art. Concentrations may include Art History, Ceramics, Painting, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Sculpture, or Glass. JU is also home to the largest glass-working facility in any university in the southeastern United States.

Whatever your artistic interests and skill set, we have a place for you.

Recognized faculty
At JU, the strength of our programs is the natural result of having 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. They go above and beyond to inspire, empower, and challenge you. The College of Fine Arts ensures that every student receives the instruction and guidance needed to realize full artistic and intellectual development.

Prime location
Not only is JU a premier private institution located in sunny northeast Florida and minutes from downtown Jacksonville, we are also a short drive from the ocean. Forbes named Jacksonville among the Top 10 Best Cities for Finding Employment; Business Insider ranked Jacksonville #16 in its 24 Best Places to Live in the South; and Convention South magazine dubbed our city #4 in The South’s Top 10 Music Spots for Meetings & Events and Best City for Culture. A metropolitan hub, our river city consists of unique residential communities, original restaurants, arts and culture venues, pro sports venues, and countless entertainment options. Our city is also home to the largest urban park system in the nation, offering year-round recreational activities and natural landscapes and waterways that inspire the creator-innovator in all of us.

Top ROI value
According to three major rankings on college return on investment (ROI), JU is placed among the top 10% of all public and private colleges and universities nationwide (The Economist). We work closely with students to provide both education and real-world experience that better equips our graduates for long-term value in a competitive marketplace. Collaboration, the latest technology and equipment, a vibrant campus community, and study abroad opportunities—as a JU graduate, you receive maximum return on your investment and enter the next chapter of your life and career with invaluable professional connections.

Proven venues
Located on 240 acres of exquisite riverfront land, our campus overlooks the downtown skyline, a constant reminder of JU’s mission to shape future industry leaders, community champions, innovators, designers, and employers. Small class sizes and personalized attention provide student artists maximum creation and exhibition time. At other colleges, you’ll wait in a long queue, competing for a single moment in the limelight—a moment that may not come until late in your college career. Not at JU. Engagement, visibility, and versatility are top priorities. We want you in the gallery, on the screen, and in print as early and often as humanly possible.

No limits, JUst you
As a smaller private university, we know a little about limitations. But when it comes to our students—to developing the smart, creative, and fearless—there are no limitations. Challenges? Certainly. But we foster an atmosphere where you can ask “what if?” and “why not?” which may lead you to extraordinary places.