Atlantic Sun Conference

Learn About the 9 Colleges in the Atlantic Sun Conference

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I athletic conference with members coming mostly from the southeastern United States—Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and South Carolina. One member is from New Jersey. The conference headquarters are located in Macon, Georgia. The nine 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

Florida Gulf Coast University South Village Residence Complex
Florida Gulf Coast University South Village Residence Complex ( more photos).

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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: 15,031 (13,877 undergraduates)
  • Team: Eagles
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Florida Gulf Coast University profile.
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Jacksonville University

Jacksonville University
Jacksonville University.

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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: 4,213 (2,920 undergraduates)
  • Team: Dolphins
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Jacksonville University profile.
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Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw State University.

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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: 35,420 (32,274 undergraduates)
  • Team: Owls
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Kennesaw State University profile.
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Liberty University

Liberty University
Liberty University.

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Founded by Jerry Falwell and grounded in evangelical Christian values, Liberty University takes pride in being the world's largest Christian university. The university enrolls roughly 50,000 students online and has set a goal to increase that number significantly in the near future. Students come from all 50 states and 70 countries. Undergraduates can choose from 135 areas of study. Liberty has a 18 to 1 student / faculty ratio and all faculty are non-tenured. Liberty is not for everyone—the Christ-centered school embraces political conservatism, prohibits alcohol and tobacco use, requires chapel three times weekly, and enforces a modest dress code and curfew.

  • Location: Lynchburg, Virginia
  • School type: Private Evangelical university
  • Enrollment: about 12,500 residential students
  • Team: Flames
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Liberty University profile.
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Lipscomb University

Lipscomb University
Lipscomb University. EVula / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0

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 13 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: 4,620 (2,938 undergraduates)
  • Team: Bisons
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Lipscomb University profile.
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New Jersey Institute of Technology

NJIT, New Jersey Institute of Technology
NJIT, New Jersey Institute of Technology. Romer Jed Medina / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

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: 11,423 (8,532 undergraduates)
  • Team: Highlanders
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the NJIT profile.
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Stetson University

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Carlton Union Building. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

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 13 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.

  • Location: DeLand, Florida
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 4,341 (3,150 undergraduates)
  • Team: Hatters
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Stetson University profile.
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University of North Alabama

Wesleyan Hall at the University of North Alabama
Wesleyan Hall at the University of North Alabama. Burkeanwhig / Wikimedia Commons

The UNA Lions live up to their name—two African lions live on campus. Business, education, and nursing are all popular programs, and high achieving students should check out the Honors Program. Academics are supported by a 19 to 1 student / faculty ratio.

  • Location: Florence, Alabama
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 7,488 (6,153 undergraduate)
  • Team: Lions
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of North Alabama profile.
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University of North Florida

University of North Florida Student Center
University of North Florida Student Center.

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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: 16,776 (14,583 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.