GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida has sustained its leadership role nationally in online education with an announcement by U.S. News & World Report. Announced today, the U.S. News & World Report 2023 awarded the University of Florida the #1 ranking for the best online bachelor’s program in the United States for the second year. In addition, U.S. News is now recognizing UF Online as the #1 online program for veterans and active-duty service members, given the University’s commitment to academic quality, including faculty credentials and student retention and graduation, on top of UF’s certification for participation in the GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon program.
Furthermore, U.S. News is also recognizing the University of Florida’s online bachelor’s from the Warrington College of Business, ranking the UF Online bachelor’s in business administration (B.S. and B.A. pathways) as the #1 online business bachelor’s program in the nation. The UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences also earned the #4 spot in the nation for their online bachelor’s in Psychology.
“We continue to focus on ensuring every Gator with us via UF Online has an exemplary online experience at an affordable cost, ultimately graduating with a degree of distinction at their own pace and while often leading incredibly busy and productive lives. I am delighted that our student-centric approach is once again recognized by our peers and by the team at U.S. News and World Report.” -- Dr. Evangeline Tsibris Cummings, Assistant Provost and Director of UF Online.
Standing Tall as the Nation’s Top Online Program
Established in 2014, UF Online offers 24 UF bachelor’s degrees via versatile online and hybrid formats specifically designed to optimize the online learning environment. Students earn the very same degrees awarded to their campus peers with all courses, studios, and labs, taught by the same UF faculty that teach on UF’s main Gainesville campus. With the help of knowledgeable faculty and expert instructional designers, students are offered extensive and active engagement. They also benefit from a personal, assigned academic advisor, who provides individual support and attention throughout their entire UF academic journey.
Key metrics that kept us on top:
Student Retention Rate
89% of new UF Online students re-enrolled or graduated within the next 12 months, an increase from last year.
The number of enrolled fully online students surpassed 4,000.
Among universities with larger numbers of faculty, UF Online stands out for a significant percentage of highly credentialed faculty.
Affordability and Low Debt for graduates
With the lowest in-state tuition among the top ten programs and 40% lower tuition/fees for out-of-state students versus campus rates, sustained state investments and UF Online’s commitment to keeping college affordable resulted in continued decreases in average student debt and in the number of students borrowing to pay for college.
UF Online students are each assigned a 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 so much more.
UF Online Rises to #1 for Earning a Business Administration Bachelor’s Degree Online
In addition to its #1 overall rank, UF Online’s business bachelor’s degree program rises to #1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report 2023, tied with Arizona State University. UF Warrington College of Business allows students to earn their bachelor’s degree in business from anywhere in the world via UF Online, making the prestigious program accessible and obtainable to more students.
UF Online Rises to #1 for Veterans across the Nation
UF Online also rises to #1 in the nation for bachelor’s programs for veterans pursuing higher education. As a designated Yellow Ribbon School, UF provides distinct military service member support services via the UF Collegiate Veterans Success Center, Office of Student Veteran Success, and the Collegiate Veterans Society. UF Online is proud to offer robust financial and academic support to military veterans and our nation’s active-duty, reserve, and national guard service members.
UF Online Ranks #4 for Earning a Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Online
UF Online has been ranked #4 in the nation to earn a psychology degree online. Offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, students can earn a prestigious University of Florida bachelor’s degree online. UF Online prepares students for a wide range of related careers, including graduate study in psychology or advanced professional programs.
The Gator Nation is Everywhere
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.
Many students take advantage of UF Online’s unique course structure, which allows them to obtain their degree while leading busy lives and juggling other obligations. This added flexibility proves convenient for non-traditional students, with 29 being the average age among UF Online’s student population. According to a recent student survey, 66% of UF Online students are employed and 40% work full-time while earning their degree. Meanwhile, 29% of students are caregivers to dependents or other family members during the course of their studies.
I really like the flexibility UF Online allowed me to have with my schedule. As a mother of three, I was very busy with my children’s activities, tending to family obligations, and having a full-time job. The online program allowed me to access the lectures and assignments at times I was able to.Amelia Nichols Alava
UF Online nursing alum
With an unwavering commitment to accessible high-quality education for students, the authentic UF campus-wide commitment model, and incredible students that hail from around the globe, UF Online continues to set the standard for online learning at a modern university.---
Learn how to apply by the summer application deadline of January 30th and the fall application deadline of May 1st, 2023.
Visit the UF Online webpage for more information. Read about UF’s online graduate program rankings and more in the University of Florida News post. 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.