U.S. News & World Report names University of Florida No. 1 in the country for online bachelor’s degrees

UF Online, the University of Florida’s online bachelor’s degree program, is No. 1 in the nation, according to the latest rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report, recognizing UF’s excellence in delivering world-class educational opportunities across platforms.

The UF College of Nursing’s RN-to-BSN program is offered via the UF Online pathway.

The announcement, which comes at the heels of UF being named the No. 5 public university in the country, marks the first time UF has earned the top spot for online bachelor’s degree programs. UF also ranked No. 2 in the list of best online bachelor’s degree programs for veterans.

“The College of Nursing is so proud to be a part of UF Online through our RN-to-BSN program,” said Anna M. McDaniel, PhD, RN, FAAN, College of Nursing dean and the Linda Harman Aiken Professor. “The RN-to-BSN program is offering opportunities to registered nurses across the state to advance their education and careers through a convenient online pathway. Graduates of our program expect the best, and this top ranking proves that.”

Across categories, the rankings symbolize UF’s upward trajectory as well as year-over-year gains in metrics such as student-teacher ratio, graduation and retention rates and the value of each student’s degree after graduation.

“Due to a sustained state investment as well as institutional focus, UF provides a high level of excellence in online education for students that is recognized by our comprehensive national rankings,” said Joe Glover, UF’s provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. “Online education is not simply a matter of transferring in-person classes to an online format. Rather, our nationally recognized faculty and staff have established an impactful, fulfilling and supportive online educational environment that results in exceptional student outcomes.”

The No. 1 ranking for online bachelor’s degrees is largely a testament to the success of UF Online. Offering 25 degree options from 10 colleges with several academic specializations, the program provides pathways for traditional and non-traditional students, including veterans, mid-career professionals, and people with a variety of life circumstances who benefit from the flexibility and access available online. Nearly 4,300 students are enrolled in UF Online and more than 3,900 have graduated since the program was founded in 2013.

Today’s announcement is additional recognition of the excellence of the university’s undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs, as well as its focus on providing a comprehensive and engaging educational experience, whether residential or online.