Why UF?

Academic Excellence Online

The University of Florida is committed to providing the same great programs and elite faculty that we offer on our main campus to students throughout the country and the world. UF offers access to more than 170 online degree and certificate programs and dozens more at locations across Florida. Our online and distance programs are designed for individuals who are seeking an alternative to the on-campus experience, yet expect the same rigorous courses and same prestigious degree. Read on to learn more about what makes UF one of America's elite institutions and one of its most affordable universities.

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It's Great to be a Florida Gator

When you earn a degree from UF, you will become part of a network that spans the globe. With more than 330,000 alumni, Gator Nation is truly everywhere. Our alumni reside in all 50 states and 135 countries and work as leaders at companies ranging from Boeing to Merrill Lynch to the New York Yankees. No matter your vocation or where in the world your path takes you, your degree will be highly-valued. And because an online degree from UF is the same as one earned on campus, you don’t have to go far to get far.

Comparing the Cost of a Degree

Comparing the Cost of a Degree

The University of Florida’s tuition and fees are the lowest among public universities who are members of the prestigious American Association of Universities (AAU). UF is consistently ranked as one of the best value universities in the country: No. 2 in Kiplinger’s “Best College Values” (2016), No. 3 in Forbes' “Top 50 Best Value Colleges” (2016), No. 15 in MONEY’s “Best Colleges” (2016), No. 6 in Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck – Southeast” (2016), No. 3 in the Fiske Guide to Colleges’ Public Best Buys (2015), and on Princeton Review’s list of “Top 50 Colleges that Pay You Back” (2016).

UF Distance Learning also has online programs which have been approved for Market Rate tuition, by the State of Florida Board of Governors under Board Regulation 7.001(15). To learn more about these programs, visit the Market Rate information page.

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Facts and Rankings

UF is recognized nationally and the world over as a leader in academic excellence, both on campus and online. U.S News & World Report ranks UF at No. 14 of Public Universities and No. 11 in their list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, while UF comes in at No. 18 among all national universities according to Washington Monthly. UF also ranks No. 18 in OnlineU’s Top Online Colleges list. UF boasts US News & World Report’s top-ranked online graduate program in Education, as well as its No. 4 Online MBA.

The value of an education from the University of Florida is greater than its rankings, though. UF is home to 43 faculty who have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, or the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as more than 50 Eminent Scholar chairs. Our distinguished faculty and graduate students received a record $724 million in research awards last fiscal year. Whether on campus, online, or at one of our locations across the state, our students engage with some of the world’s leading researchers, thinkers, and scholars.

The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

For more facts and other information about the University of Florida, please visit our facts and rankings page.

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