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Jacksonville University
Established 1934
Type Private
Endowment $23.3 million[1]
President Kerry Romesburg[2]
Faculty 160+
Students 3,400
Undergraduates 2,699
Postgraduates 394
Location United States Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Campus Urban 190 acres
Colors Forest Green and White[3]        
Nickname Dolphins
Mascot Nellie the Dolphin
Athletics NCAA Division I
Affiliations SACS, Atlantic Sun
Website www.ju.edu

Jacksonville University (JU) is a private university located in Jacksonville, Florida, on the shore of the St. Johns River. JU was founded in 1934 as William J. Porter University (actually a two-year college). The school changed its name to Jacksonville Junior College in 1935. The college became Jacksonville University in 1956 after having moved to its current location six years earlier. The current school president is Dr. Kerry D. Romesburg. Sometimes referred to as UJax.

JU's colors are green and white. Their school mascot is the Dolphins. The school is the first NCAA sports team to have chosen the Dolphin as a mascot. Over 3,500 students attend Jacksonville University from 50 states and 27 different countries.

In 2006, in the U.S. News and World Report list of "America's Best Colleges", Jacksonville University placed in the first tier among more than 150 master’s universities in the South for the fourth year in a row. The category includes colleges and universities that offer a full range of undergraduate programs and provide graduate education, but few, if any, doctoral programs. JU continues to be recognized in the rankings for small classes, a small student-to-faculty ratio, quality faculty, competitive admission policies and rising alumni giving rates.



Jacksonville University takes an integrated approach to learning by combining aspects of a liberal arts college, a comprehensive university, and a professional college. It offers over 70 majors and programs at the undergraduate level as well as several Master's programs that include the M.S., M.A., M.A.T., MBA and unique Executive MBA degrees. The University is divided into three colleges: The College of Arts and Sciences, which offers a traditional liberal arts education; the College of Fine Arts with its integrated Alexander Brest Museum and Gallery; and the well-funded Davis College of Business (DCOB). JU is also in the process of constructing a state-of-the-art Marine Science Research Center on campus along the bank of the St. Johns. JU has also recently teamed up with Florida Coastal School of Law to offer dual law degrees.

Jacksonville University is also known for its unique aeronautics program. JU has joined forces with Delta Connection Academy, owned and operated by Delta Air Lines, to provide high quality flight training to its aviation students. A leader in the regional airline industry, Delta Connection Academy has hiring agreements with the largest regional airlines including Atlantic Southeast Airlines, American Eagle Airlines, Chautauqua Airlines, Comair Airlines, and Trans States Airlines.

In addition, the Jacksonville University Flight Team competes in National Intercollegiate Flying Association Regional and National Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) against other universities. The best team performance came in 2007. The program is the third largest in the nation behind Spartan School in Tulsa, OK and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. Jacksonville University Flight Team placed 10th in the nation at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s. “Among the many trophies JU won, (JU) earned the prestigious Collegiate Aviation Progress Award given to the school that has made the greatest improvements in the nation,” said Juan Merkt, director of JU’s aeronautics program. “Jacksonville University moved from 20th place overall last year to 10th this year, so this is indeed an impressive accomplishment.” JU also placed 10th overall in Flight Events and eighth in Ground Events.

Jacksonville University also has a renowned nursing program, dance program, marine science program, as well as the second-largest NROTC program in the nation. The Davis Student Commons center opened October 2006, and the long-dormant Swisher Theatre opened to much fanfare in January 2007, and the school had received some of the highest faculty-student ratio markings from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In addition, brand new apartment-style residence halls have been opened on campus. The school plans to renovate other residence halls on the campus as well.


JU sports teams participate in NCAA Division I in the Atlantic Sun Conference, except for football, in which they compete in the Division I FCS Pioneer Football League, and rowing, which competes exclusively in NCAA Division I competitions across the country.

The dominant sport at JU is the Baseball team. Terry Alexander, the winning est coach in JU baseball history 631 wins, enters his 31st year at Jacksonville University and his 20th year as the program’s head coach.led his team to nine NCAA Regional appearances, won six conference championships (1995, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2007,2009) and has posted five 40-win seasons. He has also coached 10 All-America honorees, 50 all-conference selections and helped 44 players get drafted by Major League Baseball organizations.

JU has a basketball program, which has produced professional stars such as Artis Gilmore, Otis Smith and Dee Brown. In 1970, JU became the smallest school (by enrollment) to ever make it to the Final Four. They were led by coach Joe Williams. After defeating St. Bonaventure in the national semi-finals, the team that starred Gilmore, Pembrook Burroughs and Rex Morgan, lost to Sidney Wicks, Curtis Rowe, and UCLA in the National Championship Game. The following year, JU became the first school to average 100 points per game but could not repeat their miracle run in the tournament. In 2009, JU won the regular season Atlantic Sun Conference title in men's basketball, falling to East Tennessee State in the conference tournament title game. The team was invited to the National Invitation Tournament, the school's first post-season trip since 1986, losing in the first round to Florida.

JU Football won their first PFL title in 2008.

JU is also noted for its Rowing program after taking the overall FIRA Cup (States) in 2007. Recently JU has expanded its rowing program with the addition of the Negaard Rowing Center. The JU rowing program has happily celebrated over 50 years of success around the world and has competed from the shores of the Nile River to the icy water's of England's Henley Royal Regatta.

In 2008, the school announced that they will add a men's and women's lacrosse program during the 2009-2010 academic year.

Greek and Student Life

The school's Greek system, consisting by some estimates of 69% of the school, includes Kappa Alpha Psi, Alpha Phi Alpha, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Chi, Phi Delta Theta, FIJI, and Sigma Nu fraternities and the Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Epsilon Phi, Alpha Delta Pi, and Gamma Phi Beta sororities.

53 percent of all students live on campus in one of three different residential halls and eight different apartment style housing. Most residence halls provide academic and social events as well as host programs that acclimate incoming students to the college experience.

While Greeks do offer some social events, many residence halls host their own events, though alcohol policies are strictly enforced.

The student center of the University (The Davis Student Commons Building) includes a state-of-the-art fitness center overlooking the St. John's River, a sports-themed dining facility named Nellie's (after the school mascot), a game room for all campus community members, and serves as a focal point for campus life. The facility opened in October 2006.

Student life at Jacksonville University includes opportunities in a diverse range of activities and organizations. Besides fraternities and sororities, there are multicultural groups, arts groups, political and social action groups, service and professional groups, religious groups, sports and recreation groups, academic and professional groups, and special interest groups. Campus media organizations include the student newspaper (The Navigator), the campus radio station (JU108), the literary and arts magazine (The Aquarian), the student run broadcasting station (Dolphin Channel), and the yearbook (The Riparian). The Jacksonville University Student Alliance serves the needs of the student body as a whole by electing representatives from the university's student organizations, residential communities and colleges. In addition, the Florida Leader magazine ranked JU as the third-best positive student life experience out of the 28 private colleges and universities in the state, citing the small campus size, peer and faculty relationships, and the close-knit campus community that JU has to offer.

Notable alumni

See also



  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. http://www.nacubo.org/Documents/research/2009_NCSE_Public_Tables_Endowment_Market_Values.pdf. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ Papp, Daniel. "Office of the President". Jacksonville University. http://www.ju.edu/leadership/president.aspx. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  3. ^ Jacksonville University Jacksonville University Colors. 2007.

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Coordinates: 30°21′12″N 81°36′16″W / 30.353206°N 81.604568°W / 30.353206; -81.604568



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