US News & World Report today announced its ranking of the best online college programs, with Florida schools ranking top in several categories.
The 10th edition of the online ranking was based on different criteria than the General School Ranking released in September, as online learners tend to be older and not attending university for the first time. Programs were ranked using a formula that assessed engagement, services and technologies, faculty credentials, training, and “expert opinions”.
Among online bachelor’s degree programs, where 357 colleges and universities have been ranked, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University of Daytona ranked # 1. The University of Florida ranked # 3, University of Central Florida ranked # 14 and Daytona State College # 47.
Among online Masters of Business Administration programs, UF ranked # 5, the University of South Florida ranked # 26, Florida State University ranked # 40, and the University of Miami ranked No. 45.
For graduate programs in criminal justice, FSU ranked 8th, UCF 12th, and Florida International University 17th.
Among graduate engineering programs, UF ranked 11th, USF ranked 34th, and CRF ranked 50th.
Four schools ranked in the top 50 for graduate programs in information technology, with FSU at No.5, USF at No.12, University of West Florida at No.31 and the Florida Institute of Technology at # 34.
UF topped the list for graduate education programs and FSU ranked 15th.
Over 80% of students enrolled in UF’s online program are employed, and all online courses are recorded and available to students in their free time. UF launched “UF Online”, a program offering 24 exclusively online degrees, in 2014.
Evangeline Tsibris Cummings, deputy principal and principal of UF Online, said in a statement following the ranking announcement that the school’s online programs allow more flexibility for students.
“I am proud that the University of Florida is now welcoming learners from all over the world to earn a UF bachelor’s degree taught entirely by UF professors and fully supported by an internal team across the UF campus,” he said. she declared. “And we’re just getting started. “
At USF, more than 65 graduate programs are wholly or primarily online.
“We are proud to be recognized as a national leader in online education, which is especially important during COVID-19 as USF continues to successfully deliver courses in a range of flexible formats that meet needs. of our students, ”USF President Steve Currall said in a statement.
A full list of rankings is available here.