U.S. News & World Report ranks UF's undergraduate and graduate online programs as among the best in the country

U.S. News & World Report ranked several University of Florida online programs as among the top in the country, continuing the university’s overall rise on the national stage. In September, UF was ranked as No. 6 among public universities.

“UF’s ascent is the result of the investment by the state and the university toward creating world-class fully online undergraduate and graduate programs as well as our commitment to a first-class online experience across the university,” said Joe Glover, UF’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “With top-tier faculty and engaging programs, students can have the flexibility of the online experience combined with a level of quality they expect from the University of Florida.”

U.S. News has ranked UF Online among the nation’s top five best online bachelor’s programs for the third year in a row, rising to No. 3 from No. 4. Additionally, UF reclaimed its title as No. 1 in the nation for those seeking an online master’s degree in education.

“We are proud to have regained the honor of being called No. 1,” added Glenn Good, dean of UF’s College of Education. “It is a direct reflection of the work our faculty and staff have done to provide our distance learners with an exceptional education.”

The master’s in business administration remains among the top five online programs in the country.  And the master’s in engineering online program has advanced four years in a row, climbing four spots this year to No. 11. Further, UF Online is ranked as the No. 2 for veterans in online bachelor’s programs.  Also, the undergraduate online programs in business and psychology were recognized as No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation, respectively.

UF’s Warrington College of Business’s online MBA program was ranked No. 2 in the country for veterans — and among the top 10 in the country for online graduate programs in finance, general management, and marketing. Meanwhile, UF’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering ranked No. 8 in the country for veterans, and three specializations are ranked in the top 20: electrical, industrial, and mechanical.

The rankings recognize the unique nature of UF’s approach that combines high-quality, faculty-led online learning environments with a dedicated focus on enabling students to engage instructors and their peers. UF’s online programs are also recognized for their faculty credentials, diverse online technologies that aid student engagement for learning, and strong support outside of the classroom through academic advising, career guidance, financial aid and other resources.

Founded in 2014, UF Online’s distinctive pathway allows students to pursue 24 degrees from 10 colleges with several academic specializations.

“UF Online’s unique model offers a welcoming learning environment and community for students who value higher education, have the credentials to gain admissions to UF, but seek a more flexible path and format,” said Evangeline Tsibris Cummings, assistant provost and director of UF Online. “I’m proud that the University of Florida now welcomes learners worldwide to earn a UF bachelor’s degree taught entirely by UF faculty and fully-supported by an in-house UF campus-wide team. And, we’re just getting started.”

The full list of rankings is available at U.S. News & World Report: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education

UF News January 26, 2021