University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama (UNA) is a public university in Florence, Alabama. It is the state's oldest public university. Occupying a 130-acre (0.5 km2) campus in a residential section of Florence, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals. The four cities compose a metropolitan area with a combined population of 140,000 people.[3]

University of North Alabama
Motto"Veritas Lux. Orbis Terrarum" (Latin: "Truth and Light of the World")
TypePublic university
Established1830; 191 years ago (1830)
Endowment$48 million
PresidentKenneth D. Kitts[1]
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States

34.81°N 87.68°W / 34.81; -87.68
CampusUrban, 130 acres (0.526 km²)
ColorsPurple and Gold[2]
AthleticsNCAA Division IASUN
MascotLeo III & Una
2 Harrison Plaza at the University of North Alabama in Florence. The school was chartered as LaGrange College by the Alabama Legislature in 1830.

The University of North Alabama was founded as LaGrange College in 1830. It was reestablished in 1872 as the first state-supported teachers college south of the Ohio River. A year later, it became one of the nation's first coeducational colleges.[4][5]