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University of North Florida

All UNF freshmen will be required to live and dine on campus. Research continues to prove that students who study and live on campus perform better academically and are more connected to the University.


Bolles School

Established in 1933, Bolles offers courses in five languages, including Chinese and Japanese and 20 Advanced Placement Courses.


Jacksonville University

The 190-acre campus includes a half-mile of riverfront, oak-lined paths, and a mix of historic and new campus buildings.


Paxon High School for Advance Studies

Paxon is considered to have one of the strongest Advanced Placement programs for math and science in the state of Florida.


Edward Waters College

EWC was established in Jacksonville in 1866.


We are one educated town! Check out the list of unique and nationally recognized high schools, colleges and universities that call Jacksonville home.

One Educated City:

  • Jacksonville made the list of the Top 10 U.S. Cities Getting Smarter the Fastest. The ranking is based on the growth of college-educated population in the city Forbes, 2012.
  • Stanton College Prep and Paxon High School ranked 29th and 68th in the list of Best High Schools in the Nation. Other ranked schools in the area included Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (127th) , Ponte Vedra High School (310th) and Fernandina Beach High School (614th). Newsweek, 2012.
  • Jacksonville ranks 17th in a survey of mid-sized cities for Best Places to Attend College. American Institute of Economic Research, 2009.
  • St. Johns River State College and Florida State College at Jacksonville have both made RateMyProfessors.com’s top 25 list for 2011-12.
  • The University of North Florida’s Coggin College of Business was named one of the Best Business Schools in the country. The Princeton Review, 2009.
  • In terms of the number of Associates Degrees awarded, Florida State College at Jacksonville ranked No. 3 in the nation. U.S. Department of Education Data , 2009.

Jacksonville Colleges:

  • Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ):  With four campuses across Jacksonville, FSCJ is a popular pathway to higher education in the city offering programs in Arts, Science, Business, Health Sciences, Technological Science and Public Safety.
  • Jones College: A private college in Jacksonville founded in 1918. It has 700 students and offers courses in business, management, education, computer science and medical assisting training.
  • Edward Waters College: Established in 1866, EWC is Florida's oldest independent institution of higher learning as well as the state's first institution established for the education of African Americans. It offers programs in biology, business, communications, criminal justice, music, math and others.

Jacksonville Universities:

  • University of North Florida (UNF): Located in Jacksonville’s Southside District, UNF is home to 16,000 students from all over the nation. The University offers majors in health, business, arts & science, computing, engineering, construction, education and human services.
  • Jacksonville University (JU): JU offers 7 bachelor's degree programs and more than 70 majors, programs and concentrations. Most JU students are from Florida and the southeastern and northeastern United States. Jacksonville University has 21 Division I athletic team