Atlantic Sun Conference

Learn About the 8 Colleges in the Atlantic Sun Conference

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I athletic conference with members coming from the southeastern United States -- Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and South Carolina. The conference headquarters are located in Macon, Georgia. The eight members are a mix of public and private universities that range in size from 2,000 to over 20,000 students. The member institutions also have wide-ranging missions and personalities. The Atlantic Sun Conference sponsors 19 sports.

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Florida Gulf Coast University South Village Residence Complex
Florida Gulf Coast University South Village Residence Complex. Blaze33541 / Wikimedia Commons

Florida Gulf Coast University is a young university that first opened its doors in 1997, but over the past decade the school has grown by about 1,000 students a year to meet the needs of Southwestern Florida. The 760-acre main campus is home to numerous ponds and wetlands, and it includes 400 acres set aside for preservation. Among the university's five colleges, Business and Arts & Sciences have the highest undergraduate enrollments.

  • Location: Fort Myers, Florida Gulf
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 14,473 (13,345 undergraduates)
  • Team: Eagles
  • Explore the Campus: FGCU Photo Tour
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Florida Gulf Coast University profile.
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Jacksonville University Basketball
Jacksonville University Basketball. DeusXFlorida / Flickr

Jacksonville University sits on a 198-acre campus along the St. Johns River. The diverse student body comes from 45 states and 50 countries. Students can choose from over 60 academic programs -- nursing is the most popular with undergraduates. Jacksonville University has a 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 18. The school emphasizes experiential learning through research, study abroad, and service learning. The university sponsors over 70 student organizations, and 15% of students are participate in Greek organizations.

  • Location: Jacksonville, Florida
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 4,085 (3,223 undergraduates)
  • Team: Dolphins
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Jacksonville University profile.
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Kennesaw State University Social Science Building
Kennesaw State University Social Science Building. Thejerm / Wikimedia Commons

Kennesaw State University is situated just north of Atlanta and is part of the University of Georgia System. Founded in 1963 as a junior college, KSU has quickly grown to be the third largest university in the state. The school now grants Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Students come from all states and 142 countries. Among undergraduates, business fields are the most popular, and the university can also boast of the largest nursing program in Georgia.

  • Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 25,714 (23,592 undergraduates)
  • Team: Owls
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Kennesaw State University profile.
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Lipscomb University
Lipscomb University. SeeMidTN.com (aka Brent) / Flickr

Established in 1891, Lipscomb University is a private Christian university located on a 65-acre campus four miles from downtown Nashville. The school believes in the interconnectedness of faith and learning -- leadership, service and faith are central to the university's values. Libscomb undergraduates can choose from over 130 programs of study within 66 majors. Academics are supported by a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Professional fields such as nursing, business and education are among the most popular. Student life is also active with over 70 student clubs and organizations.

  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • School type: private Christian university
  • Enrollment: 4,489 (2,883 undergraduates)
  • Team: Bisons
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Lipscomb University profile.
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NJIT - New Jersey Institute of Technology
NJIT - New Jersey Institute of Technology. Andrew Maiman / Flickr

New Jersey Institute of Technology is a recent addition to the conference, previously competing in the Great West and Atlantic conferences. Academically, students can major in over 44 different areas, mostly into technological fields, and academics are supported by a 17 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Students can join over 90 clubs and organizations, and the campus is very close to New York City's cultural center. Some of the most popular sports include track and field, soccer, and baseball. 

  • Location: Newark, New Jersey
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 10,646 (7,550 undergraduates)
  • Team: Highlanders
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the NJIT profile.
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Stetson University
Stetson University. kellyv / Flickr

Stetson University has four campuses in Florida, but the main undergraduate campus is in DeLand, west of Daytona Beach. Founded in 1883, the university has a rich history and the DeLand campus is on the National Register of Historic Places. The university has an 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and students can choose from 60 majors and minors. Business fields are the most popular among undergraduates, but Stetson's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned the school a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

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University of North Florida Osprey Statue
University of North Florida Osprey Statue. The222 / Wikimedia Commons

Founded in 1969, the University of North Florida is part of the State University System of Florida. The school's low tuition and quality academics have earned it a place among the Princeton Review's "Best Value Colleges." The school also wins high marks for the number of students who study abroad. Undergraduates can choose from 53 degree programs among UNF's five colleges. The colleges of Business and Arts and Sciences have the highest enrollments.

  • Location: Jacksonville, Florida
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 15,984 (14,121 undergraduates)
  • Team: Ospreys
  • Explore the Campus: UNF Photo Tour
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of North Florida profile.
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Spartanburg, South Carolina
Spartanburg, South Carolina. Seth Ilys / Wikimedia Commons

Established in 1967, the University of South Carolina Upstate is one of the senior public institutions of the University of South Carolina system. USC Upstate's 328-acre campus is home to students from 36 states and 51 countries. Nursing, education, and business are all extremely popular with undergraduates. High achieving students should look into Upstate's Honors Program for access to special academic, professional, and travel opportunities.

  • Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 5,585 (5,397 undergraduates)
  • Team: Spartans
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of South Carolina Upstate profile.
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