University of Florida Review

The University of Florida's stellar reputation and highly rated graduate programs help them stand out as a leading online college. Florida is also rated as one of the best value schools so you can be sure you're getting the most out of your education investment.

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The Good

One of the most reputable universities in the nation:

The University of Florida is regarded by many to be one of the top schools in the nation. In the recent U.S. News & World Report survey, the University of Florida was ranked as one of the top 50 schools in the country. The school was featured in The Princeton Review’s Best 378 Colleges 2014, and recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Top Colleges. The strong reputation established by the University of Florida has carried through to their online education programs, as their online bachelor’s and several graduate degrees have also received praise.

Great value for the money:

The University of Florida is consistently recognized as an institution that provides a high-value education to their students. The school was ranked number two in The Princeton Review’s Best Value Public Colleges in 2011, and number seven in 2012. They were also listed number three by Smart Money Magazine in an article that discussed colleges that help graduates get high-paying jobs. Even though out-of-state students pay a considerably higher tuition rate, the University of Florida still holds their value, as the school was ranked number 11 by Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges for out-of-state tuition. Whether you are paying in-state or out-of-state tuition, the education you receive for the price you pay is a great deal.

Access to advanced degrees:

The University of Florida provides opportunities for students to earn bachelor’s, graduate, and doctorate degrees. Many of the top online schools don’t offer all three levels of degrees, and the fact that the University of Florida does speaks to the school’s commitment to distance learning. With more than ten years of online education experience, the University of Florida stands out as a great school to earn an advanced degree from.

Highly rated graduate business program:

The University of Florida offers an online graduate business degree that is among the best in the nation. The university was one of only two schools that earned an “excellent” rating fromThe Economist in 2010 for distance learning MBA programs, and was more recently ranked number four by U.S. News & World Report. If you’re interested in an accelerated program, the school offers a one-year MBA program to those with a bachelor’s degree in business (if you earned the degree in the previous seven years). A standard two-year graduate MBA program is available to those with any undergraduate degree.

Extensive alumni network:

The University of Florida has a well-established alumni community that provides multiple opportunities for you to network with fellow graduates. Nearly 100 Gator Clubs® are located around the world, providing you an opportunity to connect locally with University of Florida alumni members. You can also take advantage of career services and search for jobs posted on the Gator CareerLink website. The school also has a strong online community, with over 15,000 LinkedIn members in the alumni group and an active Facebook community.

The Bad

Distance learning websites and online processes need work:

Conducting online research is a common practice when you look into attending a new school. Finding information on the University of Florida’s distance learning website is tough, and getting through the application process is even worse. The admissions page and application process are really outdated and difficult to navigate. The websites of many of the other top online schools are easy to navigate, provide a variety of helpful online tools, and have a simplified application processes. Although this probably won’t be a deal breaker for most applicants, it’s the one thing that doesn’t reflect well on the online program overall.

The Details

General Information

  • Application Fee: $30
  • Location: FL
  • Region: Southeast
  • School Type: Public
  • Term Schedule: Semester

Number of Programs

  • Online Bachelor's: 10
  • Online Graduate Business: 2
  • Online Graduate Education: 5
  • Online Graduate Engineering: 8
  • Online Graduate IT: None
  • Online Graduate Nursing: 1

Tuition Rates (per credit)

  • Online Bachelor's (In-State): $148 - $750
  • Online Bachelor's (Out-of-State): $812
  • Online Doctorate (In-State): $448 - $592
  • Online Doctorate (Out-of-State): $483 - $1,317
  • Online Master's (In-State): $204 - $448
  • Online Master's (Out-of-State): $483 - $1,249
  • Online MBA (In-State): $525
  • Online MBA (Out-of-State): $1250

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