UF Online Ranked No. 1 Online College Program and in Economic Return by Degree Choices

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida holds steady at the top of the nation for its exemplary online undergraduate programs across numerous ranking systems. After earning the No. 1 ranking for the best online bachelor’s degree program by the U.S. News & World Report 2023, UF Online now ranks the No. 1 overall online college program in the nation and in economic return on investment by Degree Choices. The news comes at the heels of the University of Florida being ranked the overall No. 2 public university in the nation, according to Degree Choices Best College Rankings.

”Now more than ever, students deserve a high-quality college pathway that won’t leave them in debt and will help them ascend in their careers and livelihoods. I’m proud to see UF Online ranked number one in the nation for economic return.” -- Evangeline Tsibris Cummings, senior assistant provost and director of UF Online.

UF Online’s No. 1 ranking for economic return on investment is a testament to the university’s commitment to making a prestigious UF degree affordable and accessible. UF Online is proud to offer the lowest in-state tuition among top programs, while out-of-state students pay 40% less in tuition and fees than on-campus rates. Sustained state investments and UF Online’s student-first approach have resulted in continued decreases in average student debt and in the number of students borrowing to pay for college.

“UF Online is probably the highest-ranked school with the lowest tuition rate. The return on investment is just insane,” said Jaime Suarez Berrocal, a UF Online alum and active-duty service member. “It’s good to know that your investment in your education and your career will really pay off because you chose a great school.”

UF Online currently supports over 4,000 students that learn and engage from 45 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and 23 countries around the world. UF Online’s unique course structure allows students to obtain their UF degree while leading busy lives, with 66% of UF Online students being employed and 29% being caregivers. The flexibility of UF Online invites learners of all ages, life stages, and locations who are often also working within and outside their homes. These students thrive, as demonstrated by UF Online’s overall student retention rate of 89% and the University of Florida’s recent milestone of over 5,000 graduates via UF Online to date. UF Online students are supported by an assigned personal, dedicated academic advisor, and also enjoy 24/7 tech support, full UF library access and services, writing workshops, resume support, career placement assistance, tutoring, and much more.

As UF Online continues to set the standard for online learning at a modern university, these latest rankings by Degree Choices represent UF Online’s unwavering commitment to accessible high-quality education for students.