U.S. News ranks UF Online No. 5 in the nation for online bachelor’s degree programs

UF Online on the Rise: #12 Best Online Bachelor's Programs

GAINESVILLE, FLA. – UF Online has risen to No. 5 in the 2019 rankings by U.S. News & World Report for the best online programs in the country, up from No. 12 in 2018.

The ranking coincides with the online undergraduate program’s fifth birthday. The University of Florida (UF) continues to be the top-ranked public university for online undergraduate programs in the state of Florida, according to the U.S. News list.

“We are very proud of UF Online’s boost in the rankings and happy the news has fortuitously fallen on our fifth birthday as an online program!” says Evangeline Tsibris Cummings, Assistant Provost and Director of UF Online. “This recognition from U.S. News is a reflection of the astounding efforts by the UF faculty and staff, plus the hard work of our online students and UF Online alumni. In only five years, we have reached a notable accomplishment – a national ranking among the top five online undergraduate programs. The University of Florida continues to be devoted to creating the best online undergraduate pathway with rigorous academic coursework and a rich, engaging student experience.”

UF Online was ranked No. 5 based on the following factors: engagement (35 percent); services and technology (25 percent); faculty credentials and training (20 percent); and expert opinion (20 percent). The program earned a score of 95 out of a total of 100 points. UF Online’s rise in the rankings can be attributed to several factors, such as having high marks in categories including: faculty with a terminal degree, affordable tuition, retention rates, and technologies available to students. This year, UF Online also earned improved scores in areas such as graduation rates, average class sizes and learning analytics platforms.

Other interesting findings from the U.S. News rankings include:

  • The University of Florida continues to be ranked the No. 1 school in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) for online bachelor’s degree programs.
  • Additionally, three other public colleges in Florida were also ranked in the top 50 – University of Central Florida (No. 14), Daytona State College (No. 33) and University of North Florida (No. 37).

With 20 majors in the program, students in UF Online learn from the same reputable faculty that teach students on campus. Nine University of Florida colleges offer degrees through the UF Online pathway: College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, College of Education, College of Health and Human Performance, College of Journalism and Communications, College of Public Health and Health Professions, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Nursing, the Warrington College of Business and the College of Design, Construction and Planning. Courses are also taught and offered by faculty in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and the College of the Arts.

Review the rankings for the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs on the U.S. News site. Read more details about UF Online in its U.S. News profile. Check out the University of Florida’s announcement on UF Online’s rankings here. Visit our site for more information on how to apply. Our summer application deadline is Feb. 4 and fall application deadline is May 6.


The University of Florida, ranked No. 8 in the list of top 10 best public universities by U.S. News, launched UF Online in January 2014. Students can select from 20 majors across a variety of disciplines as well as seven minors and work with a dedicated academic advisor to design their own academic pathway. Degree programs are continually being added. Visit ufonline.ufl.edu to learn more.