University of Florida Degree Programs
University of Florida Offers Unique Online Choices
The University of Florida (UF) is the first public institution in the state and one of the first in the nation to offer fully online bachelor's degree programs, giving students the opportunity to earn their college degree without stepping into a traditional classroom.
Based in Gainesville, UF is a land-grant college located on a 2000-acre campus in northern Florida. The college has been consistently listed as one of the nation's best schools, earning the 14th spot overall among public universities in the U.S. News and World Report's rankings in 2014. The school also was named one of the top 100 universities in the world.
UF enrolls nearly 50,000 students annually, but the school has to turn away qualified students every year because of the limited size of its residential campus. About 6400 freshmen enroll each year, but many others are turned away. The institution receives about 29,000 applicants for those first-year spots. The university's new online options will allow many more of those qualified students to have the benefit of a UF education.
New Online Degrees
UF will be offering a total of seven bachelor's degrees through its new online undergraduate program. The current online degree programs are health education and behavior, environmental management, sports management, business administration, and criminology. Biology and psychology majors will begin in June, 2014.
The university projects that it will be adding new majors every year, with the goal of having about thirty-five bachelor's degrees available to students by 2019. The institution is expecting thousands of students to take advantage of the new online offerings. In its ten-year forecast, UF estimates that it will have as many as 24,000 online students by 2024 and that more than 40%of those enrolled will be from outside the state.
Online programs aren't new to UF, but the fully online four-year bachelor's degrees are a unique choice. The university already had been offering e-learning programs for graduate students, transfer students, and international students.
Online Admission Process
UF has signaled that it will maintain its admission requirements for the new e-learning programs. All applicants will have to meet the university's general admission requirements, and individual degree programs may have additional standards as well. School officials have also said that they do not intend to water down the curriculum in the new online classes. The university has already begun accepting applications for the first round of its new online bachelor's programs.
For in-state students, online tuition will be capped at 75%of the tuition cost for on-campus attendance. The current cost is $112 per credit hour. Out-of-state students will be paying a higher fee that has yet to be determined, but officials project that it will be about $400 to $500 per credit hour.
Students also won't have to worry about paying for room and board on the residential campus, and they may be able to avoid other campus fees.
More Online Choices
If an online four-year degree isn't the right option for you, there may be other e-learning programs at UF that meet your needs.
UF offers ten two-year programs that allow transfer students with associate's degrees to earn bachelor's degrees online. The institution has more than sixty online master's degree programs in areas such as engineering, nursing, education, agriculture, and journalism. Students also can choose from ten online doctorate degrees, including several educational and medical specialties.
In addition, the university has four online graduate programs that are open to international candidates. They include an online doctorate in audiology as well as master's degree programs in international construction management, pharmaceutical sciences with a clinical pharmacy specialty, and pharmaceutical sciences with a forensic science specialty.