UF achieves No. 1 ranking for online bachelor’s degree programs

Press release from University of Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked University of Florida as the top institution in the country to offer an online bachelor’s degree. The rankings organization also named UF as the country’s No. 1 university for veterans and active-duty service members to earn an online bachelor’s degree.

The top veterans ranking, achieved for the first time, recognizes student retention and graduation rates, faculty credentials, and UF’s certification for participation in the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon program. The ranking acknowledges UF’s tradition of support to U.S. military members, many of whom pursue their degrees from around the world. 

“The recognition of the university’s online bachelor’s degree program is a tribute to the team that develops and delivers that program and the students who challenge the program to be the best,” said Andrew McCollough, UF associate provost and director of UF’s Office of Teaching and Technology. “Whether we are serving veterans, working parents, career professionals, or traditional students, this evaluation suggests we are moving in the right direction.”

U.S. News also recognized several other outstanding online programs. UF’s bachelor’s in business administration ranked as the No. 1 online business bachelor’s program in the nation, and the online bachelor’s degree program in psychology ranked No. 4.

UF Online consistently is recognized as among the top online bachelor’s degree programs in the country, offering 25 degree options from 10 colleges with several academic specializations. The program provides pathways for traditional and non-traditional students, including veterans, mid-career professionals, and people with a variety of life circumstances who benefit from the flexibility and access available online. 

Further, several of UF’s online master’s programs ranked among the top in the country, including education (No. 1), business administration (No. 4), engineering (No. 12), and UF’s non-MBA business programs (No. 31). 

“Our nationally recognized faculty and staff have established an impactful, fulfilling, and supportive online educational environment that results in exceptional student outcomes,” said Joe Glover, UF’s provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. “The success of UF’s online degree programs exemplifies the university’s commitment to high-quality offerings across platforms.”

The rankings reflect a period of unprecedented achievement and momentum at UF. In September, U.S. News ranked UF the No. 5 public university in the country for the second year in a row, reaffirming UF’s status as an academic powerhouse in research, innovation, educational excellence, student outcomes, and technology transfer.

UF faculty surpassed $1 billion in research spending for the first time in 2022, developing treatments for diseases, new agricultural products, engineering solutions, and countless other advancements. Artificial intelligence is the centerpiece of a major, long-term initiative at UF to build the first AI university in the country, combining world-class research infrastructure, cutting-edge research, and a transformational approach to curriculum.

For the full list of rankings, visit U.S. News & World Report.

  • Not surprising. As one of the largest universities in the country AND having a workforce that has expressed numerous objections & concerns regarding onsite teaching why should we be?

    Kudos to those students who have earned their degrees though.

  • The business school helped pioneer distance learning at the university level. I remember when the local bookstores sold VHS tapes with lectures by Rush, Emerson, etc. They were also available online, but that was before high speed internet was commonplace. The tapes were fairly cheap, like $5 or $6 for a week’s worth of lectures on a single tape. There was the infamous ‘stoned professor’ lecture in 2006 that went viral (he was overly enthusiastic). Look on YouTube for ‘stoned professor.’

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