UF takes No. 1 spot for best online bachelor's program

The University of Florida has found itself in top rankings once again.

The U.S. News and World Report has ranked UF as a top public institution in the country for a second consecutive year where students can receive an online bachelor's degree.

The university also took first place for veterans and active-duty service members to earn a bachelor's degree online.

Though it's the second time UF has taken the No. 1 spot for the best online bachelor's degree program, it's a first for being recognized for its veteran ranks.

“The recognition of the university’s online bachelor’s degree program is a tribute to the team that develops and delivers that program and the students who challenge the program to be the best,” said Andrew McCollough, an associate provost and director of UF's Office of Teaching and Technology. “Whether we are serving veterans, working parents, career professionals or traditional students, this evaluation suggests we are moving in the right direction.”

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The top veterans ranking recognizes student retention, graduation rates, faculty credentials, UF's certification for participation in the G.I. Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program. It also recognizes UF's tradition of supporting military members.

A university news release states that UF Online offers 25 different options for degrees from 10 of their colleges with academic specializations. The online program provides an educational experience for traditional and non-traditional college students, such as mid-career professionals and veterans.

Among the options are advertising, anthropology, communication sciences and disorders and business administration, to name a few.

UF was also recently ranked top 5 among the best public universities for the second year in a row. The college recently celebrated raising $4.5 billion through its Go Greater Campaign, which shattered the college's original goal of $3 billion.

Gershon Harrell is an education reporter at The Gainesville Sun. He can be reached by phone at (352)338-3166, by email at Gharrell@gannett.com or on Twitter at @GershonReports.

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