Florida Online Colleges & Universities – Top Online Schools for 2014

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Florida is known for its excellent research universities and many of these great schools now offer students the opportunity to earn fully online degrees. These accredited online schools in Florida make available certifications and degrees that are equivalent to the diplomas earned by on-campus peers. Florida online colleges recognize the importance of flexibility and therefore have convenient admission requirements, tuition assistance, and access to professors. We’ve compiled a list of the best colleges in Florida for distance learning to make finding the right school easier. Compare these value-based programs, ordered from lowest tuition to highest.

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Palm Beach State College

4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth, Florida 33461-4796

Palm Beach State College can choose from an online Bachelor of Applied Science degree program or an online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. The nursing program requires two clinical field experiences, while the applied science program can be completed entirely online. Students in the applied science program may also choose to complete some of their courses on campus during days, evenings or weekends.

Approach to Online Learning

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.


Santa Fe College

3000 Northwest 83rd Street, Gainesville, Florida 32606-6210

Sante Fe College offers a number of online bachelor's degree options to students interested in business administration, health management, or sports management. These programs are intended for students who have already completed their associate degrees and have approximately 60 credit hours that can be transferred in. These online college programs are available jointly through "UF Connect," a partnership with the University of Florida.


Broward College

225 E las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Broward College offers online and blended degree and certificate programs through Broward College Online. Blended programs combine online courses with traditional, on-campus courses. Online courses may still require students to complete proctored exams, fieldwork experience and practicums. Prospective students may enroll in a free college readiness online course, which begins ever six weeks.


Pensacola State College

1000 College Blvd, Pensacola, Florida 32504-8998

Pensacola State College offers seven programs that can be completed completely online. Online college students can choose from technical certificate programs, technical diploma programs and associate’s degree programs. The college offers a free online preview course for students unfamiliar with the Pensacola eLearning system. Pensacola State College is a member of the Florida Virtual Campus.


Indian River State College

3209 Virginia Ave, Fort Pierce, Florida 34981-5596

Indian River State College offers four undergraduate degree programs through its virtual campus that can be completed entirely online. The college's online associate and bachelor's degree programs are nationally certified through Quality Matters (QM). In addition to the four online programs, Indian River State College also offers a range of online courses.

Approach to Online Learning

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.


Gulf Coast State College

5230 West U.S. Highway 98, Panama City, Florida 32401

Gulf Coast State College can help prepare you to transfer to a 4-year, public Florida university with an Associate of Arts degree. Programs are taught either wholly through online college or in combination with campus classes. Transfer track associate degree programs include Accounting, Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Economics, Economics for Business, English, History, Liberal Arts, and Psychology.


Florida State College at Jacksonville

501 W State St, Jacksonville, Florida 32202

Florida State College offers online college degree and certificate programs through its Distance Learning Department. All FSC's online courses are a part of the Florida Virtual Campus and are offered through Blackboard. Students can choose to complete entire undergraduate degree and certificate programs online, or they can take stand-alone online courses as part of a traditional program. All classes and programs are SACS accredited.


Seminole State College of Florida

100 Weldon Blvd, Sanford, Florida 32773-6199

Seminole State College students can choose from a range of online degree and certificate programs. Some online classes may require students to come to campus for exams or orientations. The school offers two online Associate in Science Degree programs, 14 online Associate in Art Degree programs and more than 30 online certificate programs for a variety of majors.


St Petersburg College

6021 142nd Ave, Largo, Florida 33760

St. Petersburg College is a member of the Florida Virtual Campus and offers hundreds of accredited online courses through its award-winning eCampus program. Students can choose online courses from several dozen different majors. Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Certificate programs can be completed online. Some programs may consist of components that must be completed in the student's own geographical area.


Miami Dade College

300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida 33132-2297

Miami Dade College offers online degree and certificate programs through its virtual college. The college's online programs are part of Florida Virtual Campus, which is a statewide listing of distance learning programs and courses. Students can choose from 15 different online programs, including one Associate in Arts degree program, nine Associate in Science degree programs and five college credit certificate programs.


Daytona State College

1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, Florida 32114

Daytona State College offers online bachelor degree, associate degree and certificate programs through Falcon Online, which is a part of the Florida Virtual Campus. Some programs may be only offered partially online. Students enrolled in the school's bachelor's degree programs must complete an associate of science degree program before pursuing the four-year degree.


Florida Atlantic University

777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, Florida 33431-0991

Florida Atlantic University offers online undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Online programs are classified by whether they are offered entirely online or if at least 50 or 75 percent of the course is offered online. The school is a part of the Southern Regional Board's Electronic Campus. Online coursework is supported by Blackboard and E-College.


South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary

1100 S Federal Hwy, Deerfield Beach, Florida 33441

South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary offers two online Bachelor of Arts degree programs. The online business administration and management program and the online leadership and ministry program combine core classes with courses in bible studies and theology. Both online degree programs are part of the REACH Adult Degree Completion Program.


Hobe Sound Bible College

11298 SE Gomez, Hobe Sound, Florida 33455-1065

Hobe Sound Bible College offers online and independent study courses through its Division of Adult Distributed Education. The college's online accredited degree programs are designed with a Biblical emphasis. Students can choose from associate's degree, bachelor's degree or certificate programs. An updated online course catalog is available at the college's website.


University of South Florida-St. Petersburg Campus

140 Seventh Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-9807

University of South Florida's St. Petersburg Campus offers two fully online programs: a Master of Business Administration degree program and a Master's program in digital journalism and design. Some online courses may require on-campus orientations. Many other undergraduate and graduate level courses are available online. All of USFSP's online courses are web-based.


Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

1500 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University offers three accredited online master's degree programs. Students can choose from an online Master's of Business Administration (MBA) program, an online Master's of Public Health (MPH) program or an online Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. Tuition for the online MBA program includes a laptop and an international residency.

Approach to Online Learning

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.


Florida Gulf Coast University

10501 Fgcu Blvd S, Fort Myers, Florida 33965-6565

Florida Gulf Coast University offers several accredited online undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Eight graduate level programs can be completed completely online, while three undergraduate programs can be completed partially online. Other online college courses are also available that are not part of an online college degree program. Some online courses require students to take proctored exams through the school's testing center.


University of Florida

355 Tigert Hall, Gainesville, Florida 32611-3115

University of Florida offers undergraduate and graduate online degree programs through UF Online. UF students can choose from more than 100 online college programs, including doctorate, specialists, master's, bachelor's and international programs. Online students must meet the same requirements for admissions as traditional students, including general admission and individual program requirements.


University of North Florida

1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32224-7699

The University of North Florida offers eight different online degree and certificate programs through its distance learning program. Some online programs require students to complete on-campus work. Most online college courses are asynchronous. The online school is a part of the Florid Virtual Campus and the Southern Regional Board Electronic Campus.

Approach to Online Learning

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.


The University of West Florida

11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, Florida 32514-5750

The University of West Florida's Online Campus offers 30 online degree and certificate programs and more than 500 online course sections each semester. The school offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Online college students who don't live in Florida may apply for an out-of-state tuition waiver. The University of West Florida is a member of the Florida Virtual Campus.


University of Central Florida

4000 Central Florida Blvd, Orlando, Florida 32816

University of Central Florida offers 14 undergraduate degree programs and more than 50 graduate degree and certificate programs. Hundreds of online college courses are available each semester. Credits received from online courses are the same as credits received from traditional courses. Students must be admitted to the university in order to take online courses.


University of South Florida-Main Campus

4202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, Florida 33620-9951

University of South Florida offers degree programs that can be completed fully or partially online, as well as individual online courses and online graduate certificate programs. The university offers more than 20 master's, specialist and doctorate degree programs that can be completed entirely online and more than 15 undergraduate, masters and doctorate degree programs that can be completed partially online.


Florida State University

222 S. Copeland Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1037

Florida State University offers online college programs through its Office of Distance Learning. FSU students may choose from many online graduate degree and certificate programs and several online undergraduate degree programs. Non-degree-seeking students may also take online courses through FSU. Online courses are offered through Blackboard. The university's online courses are a part of the Florida Virtual Campus.


Florida International University

11200 S. W. 8 Street, Miami, Florida 33199

FIU Online is Florida International University's virtual campus. All of the university’s online college courses utilize Blackboard Learn, and students may enroll in a free Blackboard Learn introduction course. Online students can choose from accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as certificate and continuing education programs. Online students may be require to take proctored exams.


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide

600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, Florida 32114-3900

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University offers associate's degree, bachelor's degree, master's degree and certificate programs through its Online Campus. The school specializes in working with veteran, military and civilian students and provides 12 undergraduate and five graduate start time throughout the year. Students can choose from more than 20 different online programs.


Jones College-Jacksonville

5353 Arlington Expy, Jacksonville, Florida 32211

Jones College offers online Bachelor of Science and Associate of Science degree programs with majors in business administration, computer information systems, legal assistant and interdisciplinary studies. Programs utilize the Blackboard Learning system, and all assignments for online college courses are submitted though the class website. Some online programs are only available to Florida residents.


Florida Christian College

1011 Bill Beck Blvd, Kissimmee, Florida 34744

Johnson University, formerly Florida Christian College, offers the B.S. in Biblical online college, which is identical to the course by the same name that is taught on campus. This program offers students four areas of specialization: Christian Ministry, Counseling, Non-Profit Management, and Organizational Leadership. Students who pursue these degree programs are preparing to spread the Word of God.


Trinity International University-Florida

8190 West State Road 84, Davie, Florida 33324

Trinity International University offers three online Bachelor's of Arts programs. Online college students can major in business, christian ministries or psychology. All three programs are designed to be flexible completion programs for students who have already completed some of their college education. The online format provides access to the same faculty members and Christ-centered education as the school's traditional courses.


Carlos Albizu University-Miami

2173 N.W. 99th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33172-2209

Two online master's degree programs are available through Carlos Albizu University. The Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program can be completed entirely online. The online Master of Science degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program offers a flexible schedule, so students can work while they complete their degree.


Hodges University

2655 Northbrooke Drive, Naples, Florida 34119-7932

Hodges University offers online undergraduate and graduate degree programs in 13 concentrations. Some of the university's online programs have additional on-campus or on-location requirements, but many programs can be completed entirely online. Students can choose from a Master of Science program, a Bachelor of Science program or an Associate in Science program.


Trinity College of Florida

2430 Welbilt Boulevard, Trinity, Florida 34655-4401

Trinity College of Florida offers accelerated online college degree completion programs through TrinityQuest. TrinityQuest programs are designed for busy students who have already completed some college credits. Most online students are working full time, and can complete the bachelor's degree program within two years. Trinity College keeps an updated listing of all online courses at its website.


Bethune-Cookman University

640 Dr Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114-3099

Bethune-Cookman University offers an online Masters of Science in Transformative Leadership program and a range of online courses though its Graduate and Professional Studies Online Department, which is supported by The Office of Instructional Technology and is a part of Distributed Learning. Online courses are provided through WebCT Course Management System.


Remington College-Tampa Campus

6302 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Ste 400, Tampa, Florida 33619

Remington College is a nontraditional, non-profit school that offers online associate's degree and bachelor's degree programs that are designed to prepare students for entry-level work or to advance students in their existing careers. Online courses last five weeks, and some online programs can be completed in as few as 18 months.


Everglades University

5002 T-Rex Avenue, Suite 100, Boca Raton, Florida 33431

Everglades University offers online undergraduate and graduate degree programs in eleven different concentrations, including alternative medicine, business administration, aviation science and entrepreneurship. Online students interact with faculty and other students by sending email messages, contributing to online discussions and participating in live chats. Online students earn the same credits and degrees and traditional, on-campus students.


City College-Gainesville

7001 N.W. 4th Blvd., Gainesville, Florida 32607

Students attending City College in Gainesville can choose from one of three online Bachelor's of Science programs in business administration management, health care administration or nursing. All online programs are designed with flexible schedules to accommodate busy students. For more information on City College's online programs and courses, prospective students can request more information from the school's website.


City College-Fort Lauderdale

2000 W. Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309

City College in Fort Lauderdale offers three online Bachelor of Science programs in business administration management, health care administration and nursing. Prospective students can complete an application at the college's website in order to receive more information about the online programs. The programs are designed with flexible schedules that allow students to work full time while they complete their degrees.


City College-Miami

9300 S Dadeland Blvd. 2nd Floor, Miami, Florida 33156

City College – Miami offers online Bachelor of Science programs with flexible schedules that are designed for students who are working full time. Online students can choose from three different majors: business administration management, health care administration or nursing. Prospective students interested in learning more about the online programs can complete an application at City College's website.


Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale

1500 NW 49th St., Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309

Keiser University eCampus offers accredited associate, bachelor's, master's and doctorate online degree and certificate programs for many different majors. The school offers a unique schedule where students can concentrate on just one online class at a time. The online programs are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Southeastern University

1000 Longfellow Blvd, Lakeland, Florida 33801-6034

Southeastern University is dedicated to preparing students not only for a profession but for a professional life dedicated to faith. Online courses of study lead to bachelor’s degrees in Human Services, Business and Criminal Justice, Ministry, and RN to BSN. Master’s degree programs include Human Services, Business Administration, Ministerial Leadership, and Education.


Saint Leo University

33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo, Florida 33574-6665

Saint Leo University's online courses are identical to the ones the school offers at its on-campus location. Students can choose from a range of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree and certificate programs that are available entirely online. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Webber International University

1201 N Scenic Hwy, Babson Park, Florida 33827-0096

Webber International University offers online educational opportunities through its WIU e-Learning System. Students can complete a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in one of three concentrations or a Bachelor of Science degree in general business studies entirely online. Additional online courses are available for associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs.


Northwood University-Florida

2600 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach, Florida 33409-2911

Northwood University students can complete a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program entirely online college or through a combination of online and traditional courses. Online students can choose from seven different majors, including healthcare management or marketing. The online BBA program is designed for busy students and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Nova Southeastern University

3301 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796

Nova Southeastern University offers online courses through its Distance Education Department. NSU's online courses feature discussion forums, real-time electronic classrooms and presentations and come with access to the library and online databases. The university is a participation institution of the Southern Regional Education Board's Electronic Campus program. Online students can choose from undergraduate, master's, specialist, doctoral and certificate programs.


Palm Beach Atlantic University-West Palm Beach

901 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

Palm Beach Atlantic University offers online courses through its Office of Online Learning. Online courses are available to students who are enrolled in daytime courses or four different degree programs. Palm Beach Atlantic University was named the winner of the Online Course of the Year Award in 2012 and 2013.

Approach to Online Learning

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.
  • Faith integration is incorporated into the online experience from the gateway to the opening web pages to the educational components of the courses.
  • Single sign-on experience conveniently allows students to remain within the learning management system to access embedded elements and additional course materials.

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


Saint Thomas University

16401 NW 37th Ave, Miami Gardens, Florida 33054-6459

St. Thomas University offers 11 different undergraduate and graduate degree programs through three of its colleges. A range of online resources and services are available to online students, including career resources, library access, placement testing and academic support. Online classes utilize Elluminate Live, which is a web conferencing tool. Online tutoring is available through Smarthinking.


Johnson & Wales University-North Miami

1701 NE 127th St, North Miami, Florida 33181

Students can choose from three different online programs at Johnson and Wales University. The third and fourth years of the Bachelor of Science in Baking & Pastry Arts or Culinary Arts & Food Service Management programs can be completed online. An MBA program with a concentration in hospitality may be completed entirely online.


Barry University

11300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, Florida 33161-6695

Barry University offers three online degree programs and many online courses. Online students may choose from a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management program, a Master of Arts in Administration program or a Master of Public Administration program. Open-enrollment online courses are available for students regardless of their major. New courses are being added to the online program every term.


Jacksonville University

2800 University Blvd N, Jacksonville, Florida 32211-3394

Jacksonville University's Nursing School Online offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and a Master of Science in Nursing program. Both programs are nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and are part of the University Alliance Online. On-campus attendance is not required, and programs start six times during the year.


Remington College of Nursing Orlando

600 Century Point Ste 1050, Lake Mary, Florida 32746

Remington College is a non-profit school that offers online degree programs. The college's nursing program is not available online. Remington's online students can choose from an assortment of undergraduate degree programs in business, management, criminal justice, marketing and paralegal fields. Prospective students can take a free virtual tour of the online campus.


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach

600 S Clyde Morris Blvd, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114-3900

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Online Campus offers more than 20 different associate's degree, bachelor's degree, master's degree and certificate programs. With flexible start dates and course schedules, the university is military-friendly. Embry-Riddle also offers a variety of online minor courses to complement its degree programs. The University also offers Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), which are free online courses.


Lynn University

3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, Florida 33431-5598

Lynn University offers an online MBA program in seven different specializations. The MBA program can be completed entirely online and is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. Designed for students who are working full time, the online college program is rated one of the top 10 programs in the region by South Florida Business Journal.


Florida Institute of Technology

150 West University Boulevard, Melbourne, Florida 32901-6975

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Florida Institute of Technology offers 8-week and 15-week undergraduate and graduate courses that can be completed entirely online. The online college programs are designed for working professionals. Online students must complete the same admissions process as traditional students.


Stetson University

421 N Woodland Blvd, DeLand, Florida 32723

Students at Stetson University can choose from an online Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) program, online summer courses or online continuing education courses. All online courses cover the same material as on-campus courses. The M.Acc. program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The university is partnered with Virtual Education Software, Inc.

Finding an Affordable Higher Education in Florida

The Sunshine State has great weather most of the time, plenty of beaches, and a large population. People who are in the state want to do more than merely graduate from high school. They want to receive a higher education to make the most of their lives. The high school graduation rate in the state is 85.3%, and 25.3% of the people in the state have a bachelor’s degree or higher. About 9% of the population has an advanced degree. Getting a good education is important, and students in the state are going to find a number of different options when it comes to schooling, from traditional schools to affordable Florida online colleges. When one keeps learning and attains a higher-level degree, it opens up many more possibilities.

Pursuing a Degree in Florida

You will find quite a few different institutions for higher learning in this state thanks to the dense population. The need for schools is high, and they have 108 schools that are two-year or more and 140 schools that are four year or more. Of course, they also have private institutions of higher learning, but those are often highly expensive. In addition to traditional schools, one can also consider affordable online schools in Florida. The online schools are a great choice and it is possible to pursue many types of degrees. You will be able to receive an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and even a doctoral degree from quality online schools today.

Benefits of Choosing Online Classes in Florida

Of course, since the state has a number of the brick and mortar schools, some prospective students might be wondering just why they would choose to go to an online school instead. When you start looking at affordable Florida online colleges, you are going to find quite a few benefits, actually. One of the best things about the schools is that you will have virtually no limit to the types of classes you could take. You can find training for computer science, information technology, education, art, criminal justice and many other areas. Another reason that the affordable online colleges are a great idea is because of the convenience they can offer. When you are going to an online school, you will be able to take the classes when you have the time, which leaves you free to have a full or part time job and still spend time with family and friends.

Saving Money with Online Education

The cost of the schooling is another thing that can make many students think twice about going to a traditional school. Going to those schools is generally going to mean a large expenditure and possible debt. With affordable online schools in Florida, that is not going to be as much of a problem. The cost of a traditional two-year public school in the state averages to be $3,100, while the cost of a four-year school is an average of $6,232. Students would also have to pay room and board, as this only covers the fees and tuition of the school. It is easy to see why online schooling, where you can learn from home and still hold a job, is so attractive.

When you have a degree, you are going to see a difference in your life. You can find better jobs that pay more, and you can live the life that you want. Those who are seeking affordable online programs in Florida have to make sure that they are attending a school that has a great reputation and accreditation though.

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AC Online: Ranking the Highest ROI Colleges in Florida
AC Online: Ranking the Highest ROI Colleges in Florida

A college degree doesn’t automatically mean success in the working world, but the lack of one can spell long-term hardship in a competitive environment. A college education is an investment in developing your mind and the skills to thrive in your career. To get a good return on your investment, we’ve selected the top colleges in Florida based on tuition/fees and the boost in earning power based on 30-years of salary history compiled in PayScale.com's 2013 College Earnings Report. Findings from National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS), and the Carnegie Foundation helped us sort colleges by ROI.

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Florida Colleges Analyzed: 397
Florida Colleges Ranked: 24
# College Name City ROI Tuition Type Photo
1 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) - Daytona Beach, FL Daytona Beach $988,900 $30,720 Private not-for-profit Embry-Riddle-Aeronautical-University-Worldwide
2 Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) Melbourne $895,400 $36,020 Private not-for-profit
3 University of Florida (UF) Gainesville $729,400 $6,143 Public (In-State)
4 Barry University Miami $645,200 $28,160 Private not-for-profit
5 Jacksonville University Jacksonville $631,700 $29,100 Private not-for-profit
6 Florida International University (FIU) Miami $625,500 $6,417 Public (In-State)
7 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale $609,200 $24,414 Private not-for-profit
8 Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Boca Raton $604,200 $4,789 Public (In-State) FAU main sign
9 Saint Leo University Saint Leo $547,100 $19,370 Private not-for-profit
10 University of Central Florida (UCF) Orlando $533,700 $6,247 Public (In-State)
11 Florida State University (FSU) Tallahassee $528,700 $6,402 Public (In-State)
12 University of North Florida (UNF) Jacksonville $516,500 $6,235 Public (In-State)
13 University of Miami (UM) - Florida Coral Gables $514,400 $41,220 Private not-for-profit
14 University of Tampa Tampa $454,200 $25,222 Private not-for-profit
15 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University (FAMU) Tallahassee $367,400 $5,785 Public (In-State)
16 Rollins College Winter Park $325,600 $39,900 Private not-for-profit
17 University of West Florida (UWF) Pensacola $315,700 $6,238 Public (In-State)
18 Eckerd College Saint Petersburg $275,900 $35,926 Private not-for-profit
19 Johnson & Wales University - North Miami, FL North Miami $182,700 $26,412 Private not-for-profit
20 Florida Southern College Lakeland $176,900 $27,200 Private not-for-profit
21 Stetson University DeLand $160,600 $36,644 Private not-for-profit
22 University of South Florida-Main Campus Tampa $136,400 $6,334 Public (In-State)
23 Bethune Cookman University Daytona Beach $117,300 $14,410 Private not-for-profit
24 Southeastern University Lakeland $110,400 $18,596 Private not-for-profit