The University of North Alabama (UNA) is the state's oldest four-year public university which is in Florence, Alabama 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 University of North Alabama was founded as LaGrange College in 1830. It was re-established in 1872 as the first state-supported teacher’s college south of the Ohio River. A year later, it became one of the nation's first coeducational colleges.
The UNA is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Colleges and departments that have earned accreditation include the colleges of Education, Business, and Nursing and Allied Health, and the departments of Social Work (and Criminal Justice), Music, Art and Chemistry and Industrial Hygiene. The English Language Program Association accredit English as a Second Language program.
The Department of Chemistry also is certified by the American Chemical Society. The Department of Human Environmental Sciences is endorsed by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. The College of Business is accredited by the AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The mass communication program at the University of North Alabama is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).
The 2008 edition of U.S. News and World Report's America's Best Colleges ranked the university as a top-tier public university. UNA operates a successful collegiate athletic program in NCAA Division II's Gulf South Conference. UNA operates 14 varsity teams, which have collected more than 40 conference championships, dozens of No. 1 national rankings and seven national titles.
Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, III, stumbled upon a major family discovery sparked by a visit to Florence, where he delivered the 2002 annual commencement address at the University of North Alabama - a discovery he discusses in his autobiography "Work Hard, Study...and Stay out of Politics." Alumni and other former students of the University of North Alabama include business leaders; a number of governors, congressmen and other government and military leaders; professional athletes; artists and entertainers.
The following is the list of scholars from University of North Alabama who contributed and/or serves as editors for one or more OMICS International journals and conferences
The following is the list of proceedings by scholars from University of North Alabama that are published in OMICS International journals and conferences.