U.S. News & World Report Ranks UCF in Top 15 for Best Online Programs


The University of Central Florida’s commitment to an accessible, high quality and affordable education has earned it a spot among the nation’s top 15 schools for online undergraduate programs. Released today, U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF No. 14 on its 2019 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs list, an all-time high.

Why we excel:

  • UCF offers more than half a million credit hours online, which includes fully online courses and blended-learning courses that combine face-to-face and online instruction. More than 80 programs or certificates are offered fully online.
  • UCF invests in its faculty to ensure they are equipped to teach online courses with the same rigor and quality as face-to-face classes. Faculty receive up to 80 hours of specialized training to teach online, and are paired with an instructional designer to develop their online courses.
  • Through an initiative called UCF Online, students from all over the world can enroll in online degree programs at UCF. Students from 42 of the 50 U.S. states already do.
  • Each fully online student is paired with a dedicated success coach, who helps guide students through their college careers and what resources and opportunities are available to them at UCF.
  • Students who take a majority of their classes online graduate quicker than those taking only face-to-face classes and they have higher grades.
  • A faster time to degree means less debt. UCF Online students pay $33 less per credit hour than on-campus undergraduate students do because they do not pay some of the university fees that support on-campus programs.

About 82 percent of UCF’s more than 68,500 students take at least one online or blended learning course, compared to about 32 percent of students, nationally. The number of students in fully online programs at UCF has grown by 56 percent since fall 2017, and to support this growth, the university has added a substantial amount of success coaches, too.

In 2018, Bill Gates applauded UCF’s work in online education, saying on his blog “a key reason for UCF’s success is its focus on digital learning, which has allowed the university to meet the needs of its expanding student population and keep tuition costs low.”

UCF has invested in online education for more than 20 years to afford students the flexibility to juggle jobs, community and campus involvement, internships and more along with their education. UCF consistently climbs in the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs rankings, moving up two spots from No. 16 in 2018 and up 22 spots from No. 36 in 2017.

U.S. News & World Report this year also ranks UCF No. 10 for Best Online Programs for Veterans, No. 26 for Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs, and No. 50 for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs. The rankings consider student engagement, student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation.

For more on UCF’s rankings, see here: https://today.ucf.edu/ucfs-online-undergraduate-programs-recognized-among-the-best-in-the-nation/

Online courses have benefitted students like Jacob Stewart, a local law enforcement officer who works the night shift and is pursuing a degree in criminal justice. Similarly, online classes allow James Mills to pursue a degree in health administration to excel in his career change from music to health care. Mills, a father of two under the age of 4 and a full-time worker in the health care industry, would not be able to return to school if not for the flexibility of online classes.

For media, interviews are available with Tom Cavanagh, vice provost for digital learning at UCF, a UCF Online success coach, and Stewart and Mills upon request.

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