Three Florida universities placed among the top 10 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of online bachelor’s degree programs announced Tuesday, with two state schools tied for the No. 1 spot.
The national rankings were based on ratings in four categories — engagement, services and technology, faculty credentials and training, and expert opinion.
Tied for the No. 1 spot for online bachelor’s programs were the University of Florida and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, based in Daytona Beach. The University of Central Florida ranked No. 7 overall.
UF and UCF also garnered high rankings for several online majors.
UF ranked No. 2 for online bachelor’s degree programs in business and psychology, and for online master’s programs in education. It also ranked No. 5 in the online master of business administration category.
The university tied at No. 1 for online master’s in educational administration programs and was ranked No. 2 in the online master’s in special education category.
In addition, UF receive top-five rankings for two of its online programs for veterans, for its online master’s program for curriculum and instruction, and in several categories for MBA programs.
UCF ranked No. 6 for online bachelor’s degrees in psychology and No. 8 for the online bachelor’s in business. It also ranked No. 8 for online bachelor’s programs for veterans and No. 9 for online master’s in criminal justice programs for veterans.
“Online education is not simply a matter of transferring in-person classes to an online format,” UF provost Joe Glover said in a statement. “Rather, our nationally recognized faculty and staff have established an impactful, fulfilling and supportive online educational environment that results in exceptional student outcomes.”
Tom Cavanaugh, UCF vice provost of digital learning, also credited faculty for the high ratings.
“They take the time and effort to create a positive, engaging learning environment for all of our online students and have helped distinguish UCF as a leader in digital learning,” he said in a statement.