Florida Online Colleges & Universities – Top Online Schools for 2015

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Quick Facts:
  • 139 Colleges

    in Florida offer
    full online programs

  • 2,553 online programs

    were available
    in 2014

  • 705 online graduate degrees

    were offered by Florida
    schools in 2014

Best Online Colleges in Florida for 2015

Florida is well-known for its commitment to online learning, both at the secondary and postsecondary levels. Data from the State University System of Florida reveals that approximately 40 percent of college students take at least one course online, and more than 700 Internet-based academic programs are available in the state. Find out which schools in Florida ranked highest in developing and fostering online learning opportunities and providing top overall value.

RANK COLLEGE Score Student-Teacher Ratio Financial Aid Cost MORE INFO
1 University of Florida 99.3121:196%

As one of the largest educational providers in the state, UF also provides a great number of completely-online degrees at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Bachelor’s programs currently available include those offered from the colleges of journalism and communication; liberal arts and sciences; agricultural and life sciences; business administration; and health and human performance. There are also a number of 2+2 programs for students who have already completed an associate degree. Postgraduate options are wide ranging and include a number of degrees with further specializations available, and a large number of certificates are also offered.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary Studies in Environmental Management in Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Education
2 University of Central Florida 99.2331:196%

The online degrees offered by UCF are a mix of traditional and out-of-the-box courses. With over 50 degrees offered at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels combined, students can take advantage of engaging courses in topics like anthropology, international and global studies, creative writing and Latin American studies to name a few. There are also certificates for students seeking continued professional development. While the majority of online courses are delivered fully via a digital learning platform, a select number may require a few on campus visits, so interested students should research this fully before undertaking any program.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Cultural Studies
3 Adventist University of Health Sciences 98.4410:195%

Adventist University of Health Sciences offers an online degree completion program to students who have already received credit for general education courses at another postsecondary institution. Adventist University of Health Sciences provides bachelor’s degrees in radiologic sciences, diagnostic medical sonography and an RN to BS in nursing. All courses and degree programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Incoming online undergraduates are assigned an academic coach to provide support. Residents living in Wisconsin, Indiana, Massachusetts, Iowa and Minnesota are not eligible to apply to this university.

Programs Offered:
  • RN to BS Nursing (completion option)
  • Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences (completion degree)
  • Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (completion degree)
4 University of North Florida 98.3320:194%

UNF provides an assortment of degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Currently one undergraduate degree is available for students looking to convert their RN qualification into a BSN degree. Postgraduate courses include studies in nutrition and dietetics, educational leadership, special education and American Sign Language. All online learning is overseen by the Center for Instruction & Research Technology, which is responsible for ensuring all education delivered online lives up to the same standards as courses being taught at the university’s physical campus. The majority of classes are delivered asynchronously, allowing students to complete assignments in their own time.

Programs Offered:
  • RN-BSN Bridge Track
  • Master of Education in Special Education: Autism Track
  • Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
5 Florida State University 98.3326:195%

Undergraduate degrees in topics of study such as criminology, public policy and social sciences are available online from FSU. Students enrolling in the university’s baccalaureate programs must have already completed all general education requirements at another college or university. Master’s level students can choose from 15 different degree plans including nursing, information technology, social work and business administration. Flexibility is a key component of all programs offered and the majority of courses are delivered asynchronously to allow students the flexibility to complete their education alongside other responsibilities. All courses follow a traditional semester schedule.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdiciplinary Social Science
6 Florida Atlantic University 97.5524:187%

The Center for eLearning at Florida Atlantic University provides multiple courses and degree plans offered fully online to students seeking degrees at the baccalaureate to doctoral level. Degree programs are available from the colleges of business, education, nursing, geosciences, engineering and computer science. Numerous professional certificates are also offered within these fields of study. All faculty teaching online courses undergo special training and instructional designers are on hand to lend professors support for any technical needs during each course. Students will undertake their courses via Blackboard, an interactive learning management system that manages assignments and allows engagement with peers and faculty.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Business Administration Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business Administration Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration Marketing
7 Everglades University 96.428:192%

Degree plans at both the bachelor’s and master’s level are offered by Everglades University, which provides science-focused degree plans in multiple fields of study, including crisis and disaster management, aviation science, business, human resources, public affairs and alternative medicine. All faculty members are at the top of their respective fields and have been trained in delivering education through an online platform using tools such as online group discussions, live chats and one-on-one instruction. Students are provided with a range of services, ranging from academic advising and career support to technical assistance and library services.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science Degree - Major: Alternative Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science Degree - Major: Land and Energy Management
  • Bachelor of Science Degree - Major: Environmental Policy and Management
8 Florida International University 96.1427:191%

Students at Florida International University can choose from several fields of study at the bachelor’s level, including early childhood education, finance, health services and communication arts. The university also offers a number of specialized programs in areas such as network security, writing and publishing and construction management. All programs at Florida International University have been designed to accommodate the lives of online students by offering several start times throughout the year. Students are provided with multiple outlets for engaging with their peers and professors in both academic and extra-curricular settings through the Blackboard learning platform.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Sports Management
  • RN to BSN
9 Hobe Sound Bible College 95.665:188%

Hobe Sound Bible College is a Christian university providing multiple fully-online degrees at the undergraduate level. Degree programs include fields of study in counseling, education, ministerial studies and general biblical studies. Both the core and upper-level curriculums are designed for students looking to work in full-time ministry or within a Christian organization. Several associate degrees with similar degree programs are also offered. Each course lasts seven weeks for maximum flexibility. Students can elect to study at their own pace and learning plans for both part-and full-time study are available.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of General Christian Studies
  • Bachelor of Ministerial Studies
  • Bachelor of Elementary Education
10 Florida Gulf Coast University 95.1422:181%

Florida Gulf Coast University offers online students multiple options for study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Baccalaureate students are able to enroll in programs concentrated on criminal justice, health sciences and legal studies, while postgraduate students can choose from programs in business, public administration, health science and education. All of the online courses are fully accredited and are taught by the same faculty members leading classes at the Florida Gulf Coast University’s main campus. Teaching is delivered primarily through an online learning platform and via interactive video sessions.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies
11 Warner University 95.0922:199%

The Adult Learning department at WU offers four degree completion programs for students who have already obtained at least 45 transfer credits at another institution. Areas of study available include healthcare administration, transformational Christian ministry, business administration and educational studies. Depending on how many transfer credits students have, these degrees can be completed in as few as 13 months by taking one intensive class at a time. All professors have real-world experience in their field and students find it easy to excel in the university’s supportive learning environment with a small student-to-faculty ratio.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor in Business Administration
  • Bachelor in Educational Studies
  • Bachelor in Health Care Administration
12 Southeastern University 94.8020:197%

A large variety of online learning options are available at SEU and are provided by the schools of business, criminal justice, nursing, education, ministry, and behavioral and social sciences. Degrees are available at levels ranging from associate to doctoral and all can be completed fully online. The university is particularly appealing to students seeking a Christian faith-based curriculum. All professors leading online classes are certified and have real world experience in their fields. Over 97 percent of students receive financial aid, including online learners. Special tuition discounts are also available to active pastors, missionaries and their families.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • BS in Organizational Leadership
  • BS in Criminal Justice
13 Barry University 94.7313:197%

Degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels are offered entirely online at Barry University. Baccalaureate students can study either emergency management or business management, while master’s level candidates can undertake studies in administration or public administration. The university places a strong emphasis on maintaining the same levels of engagement and academic integrity for their online classes as those offered on campus and students learn under faculty experienced in their respective fields of study. Courses are delivered to online students using the Moodle system. BU provides online learners with professional, academic, career and personal counseling during their educational journey.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management
  • Master of Arts in Administration
14 The University of West Florida 94.3824:191%

Whether seeking an undergraduate or graduate program, there’s a good chance that one of UWF’s 30 degrees will meet a student’s needs. With over 500 courses offered each semester, online learners can customize their curriculums to maximize their educational experience. While the university is located in Florida, all non-residents are able to apply for an out-of-state waiver to significantly reduce their tuition costs. Online coordinators are on hand to assist students at every step in the educational journey, including planning their schedules, understanding technical requirements, using online research tools and seeking employment opportunities.

Programs Offered:
  • B.S. In Career and Technical Education
  • B.S. In Information Engineering Technology
  • B.A. in Exceptional Student Education
15 Palm Beach State College 93.9730:172%

The Dynamic Learning-Online programs at PBSC allow students to select from a number of associate and bachelor’s degree programs, in addition to numerous 2+2 programs where students can complete an associate degree while working towards their baccalaureate diploma. Courses are delivered asynchronously via Blackboard Learn and students are encouraged to participate in lively discussions with their professors and their peers, many of whom are logging on from across the world. The Student Success and Support Center is available every step of the way to provide assistance with advising, technical queries, library and textbook requests and more.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Applied Science Degrees
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
16 Palm Beach Atlantic University 93.8813:1100%

With a firm commitment to providing educational options to busy professionals or working parents whose schedules don’t allow a traditional educational experience, PBA offers three bachelor’s programs and one master’s level program fully online. Baccalaureate students can choose from programs of study in ministry, organizational management, or psychology, while postgraduate students can undertake an MS in leadership. All classes maintain a small student to teacher ratio and are taught by the same faculty members leading campus-based programs. There is a dedicated team at the school managing the eCollege program, meaning online learners receive support and encouragement throughout their educational journey.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts Ministry
  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
17 Broward College 93.4824:182%

A select number of associate and bachelor’s level degrees are brought to students in a fully-online format through Broward College. The school offers undergraduate programs in information technology, supervision and management, technology management and nursing. Technical certificates are also available for a number of technological and business specialties. Some of the degree programs at Broward College can be completed in as few as 15 months. Actual completion time depends on the number of applicable transfer credits and the number of courses students take at a time. Online courses are taught by the same faculty leading campus-based programs and are delivered by the Desire2Learn online platform.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology Management
18 Florida State College at Jacksonville 93.2924:177%

At Florida State College at Jacksonville, prospective students can select from nine associate programs or four bachelor’s degrees. Courses are offered in topics of study including histologic technology, supervision and management and office administration. All classes are delivered asynchronously, allowing students to complete assignments according to their own schedules. Florida State College at Jacksonville also provides multiple certificate programs and stand-alone courses online. Some courses may require students to take examinations offline, but the university will find an approved proctor exam location near the student’s location. All courses are delivered using the Blackboard system.

Programs Offered:
  • B.S. Degree in Business Administration
  • B.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • B.A.S. Degree in Information Technology Management
19 Daytona State College 92.6521:181%

A number of associate and bachelor’s level programs are offered to students enrolling in the Daytona State College online program. Online degree completion plans are offered in topics of study including engineering technology, computer programming and nursing. Students completing an undergraduate degree at DSC will follow a 2 + 2 model that requires students to complete an associate of science degree prior to completing their baccalaureate coursework. A number of certificate programs are also available fully-online. Students undertaking their degrees virtually learn under the same faculty teaching courses at the institution’s brick-and-mortar campus.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology
20 Indian River State College 92.3925:179%

The Virtual Campus of IRSC offers students two associate degrees and six bachelor’s degrees available wholly online. Topics available at the baccalaureate level are in areas of business and management, nursing, education, IT and public administration. All courses are designed and taught by the same faculty members providing instruction to campus-based students, ensuring a high level of academic excellence is maintained across the board. Resources available to online learners include a job bank, tutoring services, course advising, financial aid assistance and an online orientation program for all incoming students.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
21 Hodges University 92.2014:199%

Hodges University offers several online degree plans at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s level. All degrees earned at Hodges University provide students with a science degree. Hodges University offers an accelerated program called UPower for a select few degree plans for students who wish to complete their educations faster. UPower students also have the added benefit of a cost cap no matter how many courses students choose to take. Hodges University offers nearly 30 degrees focusing on marketing, legal studies, management, psychology, management, digital design and information technology. Hodges University also offers a certificate program in e-discovery/e-litigation.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Forensics
22 Saint Leo University 92.2015:194%

This Florida-based institution provides fully-online degree programs at levels ranging from associate to doctorate in a variety of fields. At the bachelor and master’s levels, programs are available from the schools of arts and sciences, education, social services, and business, and there are graduate certificates available in similar fields. At the doctoral level, there is a DBA through the school of business.  Since all programs were designed with the adult learner in mind, students can expect a flexible yet supportive educational environment where professors understand that many students will have additional commitments outside their schoolwork.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Accounting
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Logistics
23 Trinity College of Florida 91.8813:178%

This Florida-based institution provides fully-online degree programs at levels ranging from associate to doctorate in a variety of fields. At the bachelor and master’s levels, programs are available from the schools of arts and sciences, education, social services, and business, and there are graduate certificates available in similar fields. At the doctoral level, there is a DBA through the school of business.  Since all programs were designed with the adult learner in mind, students can expect a flexible yet supportive educational environment where professors understand that many students will have additional commitments outside their schoolwork.

Programs Offered:
  • B.S. in Christian Ministry
  • B.S. in Counseling
  • B. S. in Management & Ethics
24 Nova Southeastern University 91.8717:198%

Students at NSU have five bachelor’s programs and 50 master’s topics including a number of choices they may not find elsewhere, such as clinical vision research, coastal zone management and national security affairs. An additional eight doctoral degrees are also available, besides a number of certificate programs. All online students benefit from full access to the university’s electronic library and wide selection of online databases to supplement their research. Courses are delivered asynchronously but regular dialog and interaction with both fellow classmates and faculty members is encouraged.

Programs Offered:
  • BS in Management
  • B.S. in Computer Information Systems
  • B.S. of Health Science
25 Webber International University 91.6522:1100%

The Department of eLearning at WIU provides AA, BS and MBA degree programs totally online in a variety of topics, including business, computer information systems and sport business management to name a few. Each course lasts 15 weeks and the majority of students take two classes per term, providing a flexible plan of study that easily fits into the busy lives of adult learners. All incoming students will take an online program and Moodle training course to introduce them to the online learning platform. Those enrolled will also have access to full technical support to ensure they are taking full advantage of their online education.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Computer Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Sport Business Management
26 Lynn University 91.3317:179%

Online learners – referred to as “iLynn” students at Lynn – can choose from 25 undergraduate and 19 postgraduate programs in a variety of fascinating subject areas, including composition, aviation management, sports management and drama. The cutting-edge online learning environment is enhanced by an iPad-powered curriculum and terms are at an accelerated pace, allowing students to complete their degrees more quickly. All classes are taught by professors highly regarded and recognized in their specific fields, and students benefit from engaging with peers from over 100 countries worldwide. Both college and certified work experience credits earned by incoming students are transferrable.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management
27 University of South Florida 90.8624:198%

At USF, students who have already completed their first two years of higher education at another institution can take advantage of the bachelor’s degree in general education, which provides specializations in areas such as criminal justice, information architecture, public administration and public health. There are also a number of postgraduate programs delivered fully online, including unique programs in global sustainability, sport business, cyber security and epidemiology. With hundreds of courses offered online each term, students have many options when it comes to personalizing a degree program to meet their individual goals and aspirations.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences – Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences – Information Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences – Public Health
28 Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale 89.5912:192%

Over 30 degree programs are currently available at this university, ranging from the associate to doctoral levels and covering a spectrum of topics in areas such as technology, business, health sciences, arts and sciences, nursing and security. There are even a number of degrees taught fully in Spanish. The Department of Student Services is committed to preparing all students for jobs within their field upon graduation and offers a number of services to ensure success. Whether seeking assistance with resume building, learning how to interview confidently, weighing the possibility of undertaking professional development courses or looking for prospective jobs, the university will be there to help students along the way.

Programs Offered:
  • Accounting BA (ACCTG)
  • Business Administration BA (BABA)
  • Criminal Justice BA (CJ)
29 Jones College-Jacksonville 89.397:150%

JC has a select number of associate and bachelor’s degree programs available wholly online, including baccalaureate programs with majors in business administration, computer information systems, interdisciplinary studies and legal assistant (available to Florida residents only). Courses are delivered asynchronously via Blackboard, allowing students to complete their work in a way that fits in with responsibilities outside of schoolwork. Special assistance is available for those who have served in the military, and all online students are able to take advantage of a wealth of student resources. Some of these include program advising, technical assistance, career services and library resources.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science Computer Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary Studies
30 St Thomas University 89.2414:1100%

Currently 12 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level are offered entirely virtually at St. Thomas University. Though the online program is smaller than those of some other institutions, the degrees available are relevant and held to the highest levels of educational excellence. The university is very proud of its student-driven philosophy and encourages online learners to take part in shaping the future of the institution by regularly sharing views on their educational experience. High school students can also take part in an online dual enrollment option, allowing them to get a number of undergraduate credits under their belts while still working towards their high school diploma.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services Management
  • Bachelor of Arts In Health Records and Information Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership
31 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide 88.9712:132%

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Online offers degrees in topics such as aerospace and aviation or fire science and technical management. Students can undertake programs in these fields at any level ranging from associate to doctoral. In addition to a degree earned fully online from day one, the institution also offers a 4+1 program whereby students can complete both a bachelor’s and master’s program with as little as five years of full-time study. Courses are offered to aeronautical students from around the world at ERAU and are delivered using the EagleVision online learning platform.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics
  • Bachelor of Science in Aviation Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance
32 Northwood University-Florida 87.9013:196%

At NU, online students can choose from 10 undergraduate programs including aftermarket management, automotive marketing and management, franchising management, and entrepreneurship. There is also a computer information management program available as a completion degree for those who have already finished their first two years of study at another institution. The same faculty leading campus classes teach the university’s online courses, ensuring a consistent level of academic excellence. Additionally, students receive support from a dedicated team of staff entrusted with providing an excellent educational experience to all online learners.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
33 St Petersburg College 85.8322:181%

In addition to 14 associate degrees offered fully-online, SPC also has a number of baccalaureate programs offered under Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science. Innovative programs include veterinary technology, international business and sustainability management. Currently over 20,000 students from across the world are enrolled in the eLearning programs and take advantage of over 650 courses available wholly online. Web-based learners have access to all the traditional support services offered at the institution’s brick-and-mortar campus, including admissions, advising, tutoring, library services, technical assistance and financial aid counseling. Most courses are asynchronous but a few do incorporate web conferencing for live interactions with peers and professors.

Programs Offered:
  • Dental Hygiene B.A.S.
  • Health Services Administration B.A.S.
  • International Business B.A.S.
34 City College-Miami 82.3510:1100%

Students who seek undergraduate degree plans in business administration, healthcare administration or nursing may find interest in City College. Classes are offered on a quarter basis with four set start times each year. Enrolled students can complete their degrees at their own pace while enrolled at City College Online, though all assignments and exams have deadlines that students must honor. Online students have access to multiple support features, including academic advising, technical support, library services and career development. Online students at City College interact with their professors and peers via the MyCity online learning platform.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
35 Florida Institute of Technology-Online 76.1332:180%

Nearly 50 fully-online degrees are offered by the Florida Institute of Technology, which is also known as Florida Tech. The school offers multiple degrees at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s level, with degree programs in business, psychology, criminal justice, liberal arts, computer information systems and information assurance. All online courses are delivered through a partnership with University Alliance. While the majority of learning takes place within an online learning platform, students may also engage with professors and their peers via a number of other digital methods, including live chat rooms, MP3 lectures, video lectures and discussion boards.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology with a Concentration in Child Advocacy

Search Tool for Accredited Florida Colleges

With nearly 400 colleges and more than 1.7 million college students, Florida is well-positioned as a leader in higher education. For prospective students, making sense of the sheer number of universities and academic programs can be challenging. The search tool below can help students narrow the scope of their search, concentrating on factors that are important to them, such as tuition, enrollment and types of degree programs.

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139 results TUITION ACCEPTANCE RATE STUDENT POPULATION SCHOOL TYPE
Miami Dade College Miami, Florida Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE NR STUDENT POPULATION 66,298 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
ASSOCIATE DEGREES
  • Associate in Accounting Technology
  • Associate in Business Administration
  • Associate in Computer Programming And Analysis - Business
  • Associate in Financial Services - Financial Management
  • Associate in Marketing Management - Entrepreneurship
  • Associate in Marketing Management - International Business
  • Associate in Marketing Management - Marketing
  • Associate in Criminal Justice Technology
  • Associate in Health Information Management - Preselect
  • Associate in Arts Degree
University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 49% STUDENT POPULATION 59,589 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Criminal Justice B.A./B.S.
  • Technical Education and Industry Training, B.S.
  • Health Services Administration, B.S.
  • RN to B.S.N Program
  • English Creative Writing B.A.
  • English Literature B.A.
  • English Technical Communication B.A.
  • Latin American Studies B.A.
  • Religion and Cultural Studies B.A.
  • Anthropology B.A.
  • History B.A.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A. or B.S.
  • Political Science B.A.
  • Psychology B.S.
  • Sociology B.A.
  • International and Global Studies B.A.
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Educational Leadership, M.A.
  • Nonprofit Management, M.N.M.
  • Criminal Justice M.S.
  • Digital Forensics M.S.
  • Applied Learning and Instruction M.A.
  • Career and Technical Education, M.A.
  • Exceptional Student Education M.Ed.
  • Instructional Design & Technology M.A.
  • Aerospace Engineering M.S.A.E.
  • Civil Engineering M.S.
  • Civil Engineering M.S.C.E.
  • Environmental Engineering M.S
  • Environmental Engineering M.S.Env.E.
  • Health Care Informatics P.S.M.
  • Industrial Engineering M.S.
  • Industrial Engineering M.S.I.E.
  • Materials Science and Engineering M.S.M.S.E.
  • Mechanical Engineering M.S.M.E.
  • Executive Health Services Administration M.S.
  • Nursing, M.S.N.
  • English, M.A.
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management M.S. (coming in Fall 2015)
  • Forensic Science, M.S.
  • Research Administration M.R.A.
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • Nursing Practice D.N.P.
University of Florida Gainesville, Florida Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 47% STUDENT POPULATION 49,878 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Sport Management
  • Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary Studies in Environmental Management in Agriculture And Natural Resources
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Law
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Education And Behavior
  • Bachelor of Health Science in Communication Sciences And Disorders
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geology
  • Bachelor of Science in Fire And Emergency Services
  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology And Cell Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication Media & Society
  • Bachelor of Arts in Digital Arts & Sciences
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Web Design And Online Communication
  • Master of Music in Music Education
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education Curriculum And Instruction - Teacher Leadership For School Improvement
  • Master of International Construction Management
  • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering Sciences - Water Resources Planning And Management
  • Master of Science in Industrial And Systems Engineering - Logistics And Transportation Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences - Applied Pharmacoeconomics
  • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences - Institutional Pharmacy Leadership
  • Master of Science in Sport Management
  • Master of Arts Art Education
  • Master of Education Curriculum And Instruction - Education Technology)
  • Master of Education Special Education - Teach Well
  • Master of Science in Agricultural Education And Communication
  • Master of Arts in Urban And Regional Planning - Geographic Information Systems
  • Master of Engineering Aerospace Engineering
  • Master of Engineering Electrical And Computer Engineering
  • Master of Engineering Environmental Engineering Sciences - Water Resources Planning And Management
  • Master of Engineering Industrial And Systems Engineering
  • Master of Engineering Materials Science And Engineering
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Master of Science in Computer Engineering - Bioinformatics
  • Master of Science in Electrical And Computer Engineering - Communications
  • Master of Science in Electrical And Computer Engineering - Semiconductor Device Technology
  • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering Sciences - Systems Ecology & Ecological Engineering
  • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering Sciences - Water, Wastewater, And Stormwater Engineering
  • Master of Science in Industrial And Systems Engineering - Communication Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Industrial And Systems Engineering - Environmental Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Industrial And Systems Engineering - Information Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Industrial And Systems Engineering - Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Material Science And Engineering - Electronic Materials
  • Master of Science in Material Science And Engineering - Metals
  • Master of Science in Material Science And Engineering - Polymers
  • Master of Science in Material Science And Engineering - Structural Materials
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Dynamics, Systems & Controls
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Solid Mechanics And Design
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Thermal Fluids Transport
  • Master of Public Health - Public Health Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences - Clinical Pharmacy)
  • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences - Forensic Dna And Serology
  • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences - Forensic Drug Chemistry
  • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences - Forensic Science
  • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences - in Forensic Science
  • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences - Medication Therapy Management
  • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences - Patient Safety & Medication Risk Management
  • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences - Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences - Pharmaceutical Regulation & Policy
  • Master of Science in Pharmacy - Clinical Toxicology
  • Master of Science in Pharmacy (Concentration in Clinical Pharmacy)
  • Master of Science in Veterinary Medical Sciences - Forensic Toxicology)
  • Master of Arts Latin
  • Master of Science in Master of Latin
  • Master of Science in Agronomy - Agroecology
  • Master of Science in Forest Resources And Conservation - Ecological Restoration
  • Master of Science in Forest Resources And Conservation - Geomatics
  • Master of Science in Forest Resources And Conservation - Natural Resource Policy And Administration
  • Master of Science in Soil And Water Science - Environmental Science
  • Master Arts in Mass Communication - Social Media
  • Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Global Strategic Communications
  • Master of Science in Family, Youth And Community Science
  • Master of Arts in Urban And Regional Planning - Sustainability
  • Master of Science in Entomology And Nematology - Entomology
  • Master of Science in Entomology And Nematology - Pest Management
  • Master of Science in Fisheries And Aquatic Science
  • Master of Sustainable Design
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • Doctor of Education Educational Leadership
  • Doctor of Education Curriculum And Instruction - Educational Technology
  • Doctor of Education Higher Education Administration
  • Doctor of Education in Curriculum And Instruction - Curriculum Teaching And Teacher Education
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Pharmacy Distance Pharm.D. Campus Sites
  • Doctor of Pharmacy Working Professional Pharm.D.
  • Doctor of Audiology
  • Doctor of Philosophy Classical Studies - Classical Civilization
  • Doctor of Philosophy Classical Studies - Latin And Roman Studies
Florida International University Miami, Florida Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 43% STUDENT POPULATION 47,663 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Business Administration - Finance
  • Bachelor of Business Administration - Human Resource Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration - International Business
  • Bachelor of Business Administration - Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration - Marketing
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Recreation And Sports Management - Recreational Therapy Track
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts - Organizational Communications Track
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Corporate MBA
Broward College Fort Lauderdale, Florida Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE NR STUDENT POPULATION 43,883 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
ASSOCIATE DEGREES
  • Associate of Science in Accounting Technology
  • Associate of Science in Office Administration - Medical Office Specialist
  • Associate of Science in Office Administration - Office Software Specialist
  • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice Technology
  • Associate of Science in Computer Systems Support
  • Associate of Science in Emergency Management
  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate of Science in Aviation Operations
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Rn To Bsn)
University of South Florida-Main Campus Tampa, Florida Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 45% STUDENT POPULATION 41,428 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminology
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences - Public Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Rn To Bs
  • Bachelor of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences - Information Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Studies
MASTERS DEGREES
  • M.A. in?Music Education
  • M.B.A. in?Sport Business
  • M.S. in?Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies
  • Ed.S. in?Instructional Technology
  • M.A. in?Adult Education
  • M.A. in?Career & Technical Education
  • M.A. in?Gifted Education
  • M.A. in?Physical Education
  • M.A. in?Reading K-12
  • M.A. in?Special Education w/concentrations in ESE, BD, LD, ID
  • M.Ed. in?Instructional Technology
  • M.Ed. in?Secondary Education w/ Emphasis in TESOL
  • M.S. in?Cybersecurity
  • M.S. in?Electrical Engineering for Professionals
  • M.S. in?Engineering Management
  • M.S. in?Health Informatics?
  • M.S. in?Information Technology
  • M.S. in?Management Information Systems
  • M.P.H. in?Executive MPH in Public Health Practice
  • M.P.H. in?Health, Safety & Environment
  • M.P.H. in?Public Health Administration
  • M.P.H. in?Public Health Practice
  • M.S. in?Medical Sciences - Concentration in Athletic Training
  • M.P.H. in?Epidemiology
  • Master of Public Administration?(MPA)
  • M.A. in?Autism Spectrum Disorder and Severe Intellectual Disabilities
  • M.A. in?Global Sustainability
  • M.P.H. in?Global Disaster Management and Humanitarian Relief
  • M.P.H. in?Infection Control
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • Ph.D. in?Career & Workforce Education
Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 57% STUDENT POPULATION 40,909 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology, Bs
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Safety And Security in Law Enforcement Intelligence
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Safety And Security in Law Enforcement Operations
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Rn/Bsn
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Social Science, Bs
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Safety And Security in Police Science
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Educational Leadership/Administration, Specialist
  • Master of Business in Administration - Real Estate
  • Master of Business in Administration, MBA
  • Master of Science in Educational Leadership/Administration, Ms
  • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering in Management of Orthotics And Prosthetics
  • Master of Science in Management Information Systems, Ms
  • Master of Science in Management, Ms
  • Master of Science in Criminology in Criminal Justice Studies
  • Master of Science in Instructional Systems And Learning Technologies, Ms
  • Master of Science in Learning And Cognition, Ms
  • Master of Science in Special Education Studies, Ms
  • Master of Science in Information Technology, Ms
  • Master of Science in Nurse Educator, Ms
  • Master of Science in Nurse Leader, Ms
  • Master of Science in Communication Disorders, Ms
  • Master of Social Work
  • Library And Information Studies, Specialist
  • Master of Science in Library And Information Studies, Ms
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, Florida Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 48% STUDENT POPULATION 30,759 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • BBA Accounting
  • BBA Management
  • BBA Marketing
  • BS in Civil Engineering
  • Registered Nurse - to - Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN
  • Bachelor of Public Safety Administration
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master of Accounting
  • Master of Science degree in Nursing Administration and Financial Leadership?
  • Master of Tax
  • Exceptional Student education: Early Childhood, M. Ed.
  • Higher Education Leaders Program, Masters
  • Master of Education in Social Foundations of Education - Instructional Technology, M. Ed.
  • Master's Degree (M.Ed.) in Social Foundations of Education: Educational Psychology
  • MS in Nursing Education
  • School Leaders (K-12), Masters
  • Computer Engineering, MS
  • MS Computer Science
  • MS Electrical Engineering
  • MS in Civil Engineering
  • MS Ocean Engineering
  • Master of Science degree in Advanced Holistic Nursing, MSN
  • Master of Science degree in Clinical Nurse Leader, MS
  • Master of Science, Exersice Science and Health Promotion, MS?
  • FNP
  • MS in ANP/GNP
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • PhD in Nursing
  • PhD in Nursing Practice
Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, Florida Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE NR STUDENT POPULATION 18,427 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
ASSOCIATE DEGREES
  • Associate in Arts Major in Radio-Television
  • Associate in Arts Major in Advertising And Public Relations
  • Associate in Arts Major in Business - General
  • Associate in Arts Major in Business Administration
  • Associate in Arts Major in Economics - Business Track
  • Associate in Arts Major in Economics - Social Science Track
  • Associate in Arts Major in Event Management
  • Associate of Science Major in Administrative Office Management
  • Associate of Science Major in Business Administration
  • Associate in Arts Major in Criminal Justice
  • Associate in Arts Major in Political Science-Pre-Law Track
  • Associate of Science Major in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Associate in Arts Major in Early Childhood Education - Non-Teaching Track
  • Associate in Arts Major in Early Childhood Education - Teaching Track (Pre-K)
  • Associate in Arts Major in Elementary Education
  • Associate in Arts Major in English Language Arts Education
  • Associate in Arts Major in Exceptional Student Education
  • Associate in Arts Major in Social Science Education
  • Associate in Arts Major in Technical Education And Industry Training
  • Associate of Science Major in Computer Programming And Analysis
  • Associate in Arts Major in Health Services Administration
  • Associate in Arts Major in English-Creative Writing
  • Associate in Arts Major in English-Literature
  • Associate in Arts Major in English-Technical Communication
  • Associate in Arts Major in Humanities
  • Associate in Arts Major in Anthropology
  • Associate in Arts Major in Communication Sciences And Disorders
  • Associate in Arts Major in Human Communication
  • Associate in Arts Major in Journalism
  • Associate in Arts Major in Psychology
  • Associate in Arts Major in Public Administration
  • Associate in Arts Major in Social Sciences
  • Associate in Arts Major in Social Work
  • Associate in Arts Major in Sociology
  • Associate in Arts Major in International And Global Studies
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An Inside Look: Interviews With Florida Online Colleges

We spoke to Palm Beach State College and four more of Florida’s most affordable online colleges to get a closer look at educational opportunities in the state. These interviews showed that the Sunshine State is setting the bar high for quality and ingenuity in distance learning. Read the interviews below:

Online Departments in FLORIDA

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

The first approach that FAMU applied when establishing its online program was to assess the need. It was very important to understand why an online program was necessary at the institution. That need was identified in that the current student body expressed the desire to have an all around twenty-first century experience to learning. Additionally, administrators and other stakeholders of the institution recognized the importance of offering a global learning environment that could attract individuals to our institution both nationally and internationally.

The second approach that FAMU identified was quality assurance. It is imperative that the online students experience the same quality education as the face-to-face students. FAMU has developed a comprehensive faculty development training process to ensure that the same rigor associated with the traditional courses is transitioned into the online environment.

The third approach that FAMU applied to the development of its online program was collaboration with other sister institutions that have established online programs as well as maintaining consortium memberships. FAMU continuously establishes and maintains working relationships with other institutions who have online programs in an effort to discover best practices.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

FAMU has a unique brand that is worthy to students who choose to enroll in its online degree programs. The three online degree programs consists of only five semesters in which students receive a high quality, professional educational experience.

The online MBA program affording students the opportunity to network with representatives from Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, the program includes an international residency that affords students a global experience of assuming leadership roles in the profession of business administration.

The online MPH program is an extension of FAMU's premier College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. This program is unique to current health professionals or related areas in preparation for leadership and management positions in the public health workforce.

The online MSN program prepares nurses to become Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioners (AGPCNP) or Women's Health Nurse Practitioners (WHNP). The MSN program was created with the national certification exam in mind and has a consistently high rate of certification.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years?

In the next five years we envision that FAMU will continue to offer online degree programs in the current disciplines of Business Administration, Public Health and Nursing. We anticipate tremendous enrollment growth across all three programs. Additionally, we are certain that FAMU will continue to produce graduates of the online degree programs with the expectation of them acquiring leadership roles in the three existing areas of study as a result of the online graduate degrees that they will have obtained.

As FAMU's online program extends beyond five years, we certainly anticipate enrollment growth by extending our offerings to both graduate and undergraduate disciplines. FAMU is committed to providing its online students with a robust educational experience that will afford them the opportunity to compete on a global level within any profession that is desired. Furthermore, FAMU is confident that increasing its online offerings will ultimately serve as a major catalyst in increasing its retention, progression, and graduation rates. We strongly encourage everyone who is pursuing an online institution to further their education to allow FAMU to become their online connection to excellence with caring.

Indian River State College

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

The Indian River State College combination of quality with affordability makes IRSC online programs an exceptional educational value. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, IRSC is ranked as the 12th top public regional college in the South by US News & World Report and as the 4th Most Affordable College in the country by the US Department of Education. IRSC delivers online learning with an emphasis on personal attention and flexibility at low tuition cost.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

IRSC online programs are valued by students for their convenience and quality courses are nationally certified by Quality Matters (QM) with a consistent, easy-to-navigate layout so students can focus on content. There are many opportunities for interaction with faculty, virtual office hours, video enhancement, and real-time participation. IRSC online students benefit from the College's combination of quality at affordable cost. Courses are accepted for transfer at most colleges and universities throughout the U.S.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years?

IRSC will continue to expand online services, particularly related to career and employment support, as well as introducing additional degree programs, with particular emphasis on Bachelor's Degree programs.

Palm Beach Atlantic University-West Palm Beach

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

Palm Beach Atlantic University was the first institution of higher education in state to be completely wired for the Internet and the first to introduce a wireless network. These initiatives established the framework that continues to support the University’s online efforts today. The establishment of the of the Office of Online Learning in 2006, the infrastructure it provides and the recognition it has received by experts in the field testify to the importance of these early decisions and commitment to technology integration at the University.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

  • Interactivity with students is a hallmark of Palm Beach Atlantic’s online courses, which have garnered awards for the intentional design elements the engage learners with the educational content.
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  • Faith integration is incorporated into the online experience from the gateway to the opening web pages to the educational components of the courses.
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  • Single sign-on experience conveniently allows students to remain within the learning management system to access embedded elements and additional course materials.
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Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

Professional Design to Create Content to Drive Student Engagement

  • Accommodation for special needs and a variety of learning styles
  • Addition of more social tools to increase student/faculty and student/student interaction
  • Real-time components that provide immediate feedback

Growth and Innovation

  • Blended or hybrid learning can reduce the need to build more classrooms
  • Offer additional online programs and in-demand career tracks
  • New applications for study abroad and workplace technology
Palm Beach State College

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

Palm Beach State College has been in the online learning field for almost two decades, first offering online classes in 1996. We have continued to evolve our online learning program and organizational approach. Five years ago we made some significant changes to our online learning program by developing a common course template that faculty use in course development, and instituting a very robust quality review process. We have moved away from certifying online instructors to certifying online courses to ensure that each course includes the College’s required elements involving instructor expertise and content in the course, student engagement with interactive elements, and frequent feedback from the instructor. Faculty do complete an introductory course on the learning management system from a technical perspective, but what really counts is that the online courses they produce meet our quality standards. More recently the College started offering Bachelor’s degree programs; from the onset the programs were designed as online programs using our organizational approach to online education.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

As the leading provider of higher education in Palm Beach County, online courses allows Palm Beach State College to offer general education courses, elective courses, and full degree programs online to our students so they can learn without traveling to the campus. This permits many students who work full-time and attend on campus classes to take an extra class online and speed completion time to degree. For degree programs, having a fully online program is greatly beneficial to students. For example, in the College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, students in the program typically work a 12-hour shift, making classroom-based courses very difficult to attend. Online learning allows these students to learn and study at times convenient to them, even if its 2 AM.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

In Palm Beach State College’s strategic plan, online learning is targeted for growth in all areas. Our plans include expansion of online degree offerings and continued exploration of new and emerging technologies to help online students stay engaged and actively learning. We also plan to increase online courses offered in a blended/hybrid format, where students have some time on campus but also complete some instruction online. We know that online learning will continue to grow and we plan to support that growth.

University of North Florida

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

The University of North Florida's investment in distance learning is focused on faculty development, student support services and quality assurance processes in order to facilitate the development of high-quality distance-learning courses and programs that are based on the best practices identified by national organizations, such as the Sloan-C Pillars of Quality; the Southern Regional Education Board’s Principles of Good Practice; and the American Distance Education Consortium’s Guiding Principles for Distance Learning. Our courses employ the best pedagogical practices based on the existing research literature and are compatible with the highest levels of student learning, interaction and engagement.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

The University of North Florida provides programs in which students have the opportunity for high-peer interaction, collaboration group work and frequent interactions with faculty. Distance-learning offerings are selected and developed to meet student needs in a manner that is consistent with the University’s mission. Our programs allow students from around the country to have access to faculty who are nationally known scholars in their field. Students are able to earn degrees that allow them to grow personally and professionally, while having the flexibility to take care of work and family responsibilities.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

The University of North Florida's Distance Learning Strategic Plan calls for continued growth of high-quality online courses and programs. The plan establishes goals for 2017 of at least 10 fully online degree programs and an increase in the number of distance learning courses to 20 percent of total course offerings. UNF also plans to develop at least one distance-learning path through general education courses, allowing for the possibility of fully distance-learning undergraduate degrees.

Choices for Florida Colleges Online

Florida’s academic institutions offer myriad online learning options. In 2013, 53 four-year schools in the state featured online programs as various institutions adopted web-based delivery in addition to traditional coursework. Among Florida online colleges, the University of Florida shows an impressive collection of degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. UF Distance Learning provides more than a dozen bachelor’s degree programs, 10 doctorate programs and over 60 master’s degree programs. The focus on advanced study helps working professionals earn a quality degree in a flexible setting.

To gain a better understanding of the breadth of academic options in the state, let’s look at one of Florida’s major metropolitan areas—Jacksonville—and its diverse assortment of educational institutions.

Higher Education in Jacksonville

Jacksonville is located on the St. Johns River, offering residents a spectacular cityscape to go along with this urban North Florida center of tourism, performing arts and international deep-water trade. The biggest U.S. city in terms of geographical area, Jacksonville is buoyed by industries like transportation, biomedical research, insurance and financial services. It doesn’t require a major in the arts or natural sciences to appreciate the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Jacksonville Landing and Riverwalk, and more than 335 city parks covering 80,000 acres – the largest expanse of public parks in the nation.

The largest public university in Jacksonville is the University of North Florida (UNF), known for its maritime biology, nursing and business programs. The school offers 53 undergraduate degrees and 28 programs at the graduate level. The Princeton Review has named UNF among its Best Value Colleges and Best Southeastern Colleges. Florida State College at Jacksonville offers popular associate degree and workforce certification programs in addition to its Bachelor of Applied Science degree. Its programs draw students from 120 countries.

Jacksonville University (JU), a private school, provides a liberal arts education through more than 70 undergraduate majors. Its graduate programs give area students an opportunity to pursue Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. JU reports that its Davis College of Business is the only North Florida business school accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. CEO Magazine has ranked Davis as the No. 3 business school in the United States.

Distance Learning in Jacksonville

For students who can’t earn a degree on campus, Jacksonville universities offer associate, bachelor’s, master’s and postgraduate credentials via distance education, while area colleges and trade schools feature a range of online vocational certificates. Columbia College, for example, provides online degrees and certificates through eight-week sections, allowing participants to start and stop studies to fit their lifestyles. The University of North Florida offers electronic delivery of master’s and doctoral degree programs and professional certificates, spanning options such as nursing PhDs and RN-to-BSN studies, nutrition, special education and early childhood education.

Jacksonville State University has been named among U.S. News & World Report’s best online graduate business programs. Courses in JSU’s web-based programs are recorded for 24/7, 365-day access by business students. Another Jacksonville landmark, the Florida Institute of Technology, supplies undergraduate, graduate and professional certificate programs entirely online. U.S. News & World Report listed Florida Tech among the 2014 best online programs for bachelor’s degrees and graduate business studies.

Tuition and Living Expenses in Florida

When planning a college education through Florida online colleges, cost is a significant factor. Tuition, the largest college expense, varies according to each institution. The tuition at many colleges is cheaper for eligible state residents. The annual tuition for Florida residents was $12,503 in 2012, giving Florida the 21st highest in-state tuition in the country.

Living expenses, particularly room and board, represent a large portion of college costs. Expenditures vary considerably depending on whether students choose residential housing or off-campus alternatives. The cost of living (COL) in Florida is comparable to the national average, and this table addresses COL rates in Florida’s different metro areas compared to the national average (100):

Urban Area Composite Index Housing Groceries Utilities Transportation Health Care Misc.
Tampa -7.6% -15.3% -3.7% -6.2% 3.3% -1.6% -6.6%
Jacksonville -7.1% -20.0% 2.8% -8.1% 3.6% -1.3% -1.1%
Cape Coral-Fort Myers -4.4% -12.5% 7.9% -16.3% 3.0% 13.3% 22.1%
Cape Coral-Fort Myers -4.4% -12.5% 7.9% -16.3% 3.0% 13.3% 22.1%
Bradenton -7.1% -20.0% 2.8% -8.1% 3.6% -5.5% -2.7%
Jacksonville -4.2% -9.8% 6.6% -9.6% 1.3% -1.2% -3.9%
Vero Beach-Indian River -2.6% -16.5% 9.1% 4.5% -2.2% -2.3% 2.5%
Orlando -2.2% -14.6% -2.2% 8.5% 1.8% -4.5% 4.5%
Panama City -0.6% 1.5% -6.3% -0.3% 8.8% -5.5% -2.4%
Gainesville -0.2% 1.8% 6.3% -0.8% 3.3% -7.3% -4.5%
Sarasota 1.5% 2.9% 7.7% -2.6% 2.5% 5.2% -1.9%
Miami-Dade County 6.0% 7.7% 10.9% -8.1% 8.8% 5.7% 6.2%
Fort Lauderdale 15.7% 44.0% 12.5% -7.5% 6.3% 2.4% 3.7%

Return on investment (ROI) remains one of the most important yet overlooked metrics when evaluating colleges. ROI looks at the total cost of attending a college, and subtracts it from the average lifetime earnings of that school’s graduates. In Florida, a number of colleges and universities demonstrated high ROI, according to 2013 data:

  1. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  2. Florida Tech
  3. University of Florida
  4. Barry University
  5. Jacksonville University

Financial Aid and Scholarships for Florida Students

In order to reduce costs for college students, the federal government offers the opportunity to apply for financial aid. Interested students must complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) form, which begins the process of determining the potential amount of aid they may be eligible to receive. In 2012, 70 percent of Florida undergraduate students received federal financial aid, ranking the Sunshine State 17th in the nation.

Students have other options in addition to federal financial assistance. State and local governments, nonprofit organizations and various companies have established awards for Florida students. Many colleges and universities have their own scholarship programs as well. The following list includes some of the scholarship awards open to students in Florida colleges and universities.

  • AQHF Joan Cain Florida Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship Program
  • Barnes Scholarship
  • Central Florida Orchid Society Scholarship
  • Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
  • Florida Department of Higher Education
  • Florida Early Achievers Scholarship
  • Florida First Generation Matching Grant
  • Florida Student Assistance Grants
  • Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund
  • Minority Teacher Education Scholarship
  • NTA Florida Scholarship
  • Partner Florida Foundation Scholarship
  • PMI Central Florida Chapter Scholarship
  • Salute to Education
  • William Boyd Florida Resident Access Grants

Accreditation Impacts Educational Standards

Prospective Florida students choose accredited colleges and universities in order to qualify for possible financial assistance. Regional and national accrediting agencies set their own accreditation standards. In Florida, the main regional accrediting body is the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Public and private not-for-profit colleges based in the state seek and maintain accreditation from SACS.

In addition, many institutions reach out to specialized accrediting bodies to vet individual schools and programs. Florida State University’s College of Law, for example, has been recognized by the American Bar Association. Before applying to any institution or program, whether campus-based or online, aspiring students should check accreditation carefully. Potential employers may only hire candidates with diplomas from qualifying schools.

Great Resources for Florida Online Students

Prospective students at Florida online colleges may have a long list of questions about student aid, scholarships, state-based support and more. The resources below can serve as a starting point when making a decision about where to attend college. These sources also provide information from Florida’s higher education office and the state university system.

Major Florida Educational Resources: