Florida offers a wide variety of online options for students in grades K-12, from supplemental courses to fully-online schools. In fact, it is the first state to legislate that public schools must have full-time and part-time virtual options for students who want to take advantage of the opportunity. The Florida Virtual School is the largest online state school in the country, racking up more than two million course completions since its inception in 1997. The state also boasts several online charter schools, blended learning options, the Virtual Instruction Program, and course offerings that cross district lines.
|SCHOOL NAME||GRADE LEVELS||CITY||SCHEDULE||TYPE||PHONE NUMBER|
|Florida Virtual Program||K - 12||Jacksonville Beach||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(904) 247-3250|
|Florida Virtual School||K - 12||Orlando||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(407) 513-3587|
|Florida Virtual School Full Time||K - 12||Orlando||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(407) 857-6588|
|Miami-Dade Virtual School||9 - 12||Miami||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(305) 995-1000|
|WiloStar3D Interactive Academy||6 - 12||Bonita Springs||Live/Synchronous||Private||(877) 711-8117|
|Duval Virtual Instruction Academy||K - 12||Jacksonville||On-Demand/Asynchronous||Public||(904) 390-2037|
|Forest Trail Academy||K - 12||Wellington||On-Demand/Asynchronous||Private||(800) 890-6269|
|Solid Rock Virtual Academy||K - 12||Tarpon Springs||On-Demand/Asynchronous||Private||(727) 834-8586|
|Broward Virtual School||6 - 12||Davie||On-Demand/Asynchronous||Public||(754) 321-1100|
Florida is home to 394 schools of higher education, and the majority of them offer a variety of online opportunities, from stand-alone courses to full degrees. One of the highlights in the state is University of Florida’s UF Distance Learning, which offers 650 majors. Other colleges that shine a spotlight on online learning include Florida Gulf Coast University, with mostly graduate degrees; Florida International University, with practice courses for students who are on the fence; University of West Florida, offering a wide variety of degree options; and Florida Institute of Technology, a private, nonprofit school with several fully-online degrees.
|SCHOOL NAME||ADDRESS||CITY||SEE PROGRAMS|
|Tallahassee Community College||444 Appleyard Dr||Tallahassee||+|
|Pasco-Hernando Community College||10230 Ridge Road||New Port Richey||+|
|Eastern Florida State College||1519 Clearlake Rd||Cocoa||+|
The University of Florida is a research university that was named 14th in U.S. News & World Report’s list of the best public universities in the country for 2013. Its online educational division, UF Distance Learning, currently has more than 650 majors leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional certifications. Programs are administered entirely online, with any necessary laboratory or other mandatory campus meetings to be arranged by the school.
At the undergraduate level, UF offers two online degree tracks: a four-year, 60-hour bachelor program and a 30-hour two-year bachelor completion program for students who already hold an associate degree. The College of Education conducts programs that lead to graduate degrees in special education and curriculum. At the master’s level, UF Distance Learning is known for its extensive range of programs in education, agricultural and life sciences, engineering (with more than 15 specializations), business administration, design, journalism, veterinary medicine and many more. Doctorate programs are offered in the fields of education, public health, liberal arts and sciences, nursing and pharmacy science.
UF Distance Learning students are subject to the same admissions requirements as students who earn their degree on-campus at the University of Florida. The one exception is identity verification, which requires students to use special log-ins and passwords, complete proctored exams and meet other criteria. This ensures that the admitted student is the one who actually participates in and completes the program. Each program has its own specific admissions criteria.
To find out more about UF Distance Learning, visit http://www.distance.ufl.edu/.
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU)
Florida Gulf Coast University’s online offerings skew toward graduate degrees, though students earning bachelor’s degrees do have some options. After students complete lower division courses, upper division courses are offered online in criminal justice, health studies and legal studies. Students can complete fully-online graduate degree programs in business administration, public administration, health science, special education and educational technology. FGCU also has a health services administration certificate that can be earned online, as well as a host of non-degree Web courses, such as composition, public policy and children’s literature.
FGCU offers a variety of resources to online students, including a “How to Succeed at Distance Learning” guide that offers tips about starting online courses, keeping up with the workload and finishing strong. Distance learners also have access to first-year advising services, program-specific guidance, and academic and technology support.
To learn more about FGCU’s online academic programs and resources, as well as admission requirements and tuition and fees, visit http://itech.fgcu.edu/distance/index.asp.
Florida International University (FIU Online)
With 50,000 students attending in 2012, Florida International University ranked #7 on a list of the largest public universities by enrollment. As such a high-enrollment school, it makes sense that FIU would offer an extensive variety of online courses and degrees. FIU online offers classes, continuing education, and bachelor’s and graduate degrees. Online bachelor’s degree programs are available in academic areas such as organizational communication studies, finance, psychology and hospitality management. Graduate students will also find distance learning options to suit many interests, including construction management, health care, human resources management, music education and international real estate.
FIU Online uses not only Blackboard for classes, but also a host of other programs to enhance the experience. Adobe Connect helps with web conferencing, Turnitin helps instructors detect plagiarism, and ProctorU allows exams to be taken at home while ensuring integrity of results. Another unique feature of FIU Online is that prospective students can actually experience a practice course to gauge their enjoyment of the format and various technologies before actually enrolling.
To learn more about FIU Online, visit http://www.fiuonline.com/.
Through its Online Campus division, the University of West Florida offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as certificate programs. Online bachelor’s programs typically require 60 semester hours of upper division coursework. Lower division courses can also be taken online, either directly through UWF or through partnership with other Florida state and community colleges.
Undergraduate major subjects include engineering technology, health sciences, information technology, workforce and program development, nursing, maritime studies and more. Online graduate degree requirements vary, but typically require the successful completion of 36 semester hours. Master’s degrees can be earned in subjects such as administration, computer science, mathematics, nursing, public health, reading, political science and many others. Certificate programs are also available in a range of subjects, including Arabic language and culture, database systems and medical informatics.
Out-of-state students admitted to a UWF online degree program may be eligible for a tuition waiver.
For more information on this and other UWF distance learning programs, visit http://onlinecampus.uwf.edu/.
Florida Institute of Technology
The Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) is a private, nonprofit institution that offers distance learning degrees and credential programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Florida Tech online students can choose from among eight associate and 14 bachelor’s programs in various disciplines, such as accounting, business administration, criminal justice and computer information systems. Master’s degree subjects cover information technology, cybersecurity and supply chain management. Online MBAs are also available in 11 specializations. Additionally, Mini MBA For-Credit Graduate Certificates in health care management, information technology management, Internet marketing and management can be earned 100 percent online.
Like other online schools in Florida, Florida Tech’s distance learning programs employ several Web-based teaching tools and systems for course delivery, including asynchronous classes, streaming video lectures, faculty-hosted discussion groups, mp3 and mp4 lecture downloads, live chat and email. Florida Tech is a member of the University Alliance, a facilitator of eLearning tools and services for 14 colleges and universities throughout the nation.
For more information, visit the Florida Tech website at http://www.floridatechonline.com.
Best Online Schools in Florida for 2015-2016
|Score||Student/teacher ratio||Financial aid||Cost||more|
As many as 13 undergraduate degrees are taught online at Broward College. Webinars help adults adjust to taking virtual courses while pursuing degrees like the school's Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology Management. Other ways that the school support adults enrolled in virtual programs are by providing information sessions, academic advisors, accelerated associate degrees and student services specialists. If learners need technological help, to download class materials or to connect with student services, they log into Desire2Learn. This is the same system that military personnel use to complete classes while serving abroad or within the country.
Since 1990, Hodges University has been preparing adults residing in and outside of Florida for technical, medical, legal and business careers. Online degrees at the private school are administered through MyHugo. Chat and email keep students and teachers in touch. Robust and challenging, the degrees are conferred at the associate, bachelor's and master's levels. Self-paced certificate courses are shorter programs that enhance a secondary education or augment work experience. Business minded professionals could get an MBA. The Bachelor of Science in Psychology is one of 24 undergraduate degrees that could be finished in as little as three years.
|3||Eastern Florida State College||98.67||20:1||76%|
Accessibility while taking Eastern Florida State College's fully online Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree courses is made possible with myEFSC, campus mail, official chats, videos and downloadable documents. Courses are challenging because they are put together and taught by the same instructors who teach traditional classes. Although the Arts degrees has a general education focus, the Applied Science degrees come in three specialty fields, namely business administration, office administration and criminal justice technology. Options with the general education degree open adults up to more than 100 online classes. Keeping in touch with instructors is a key to success. So too is working with academic advisement should one or more classes prove especially difficult.
|4||South Florida State College||98.62||17:1||98%|
Goals of comprehensive online courses at South Florida State College are similar to objectives for classroom programs. More than 20 subjects, including computer programming, dental hygiene and business administration, are built into 51 different online degrees. As a member of the Association of Florida Colleges, all of the school's distance education programs are taught through the Florida Virtual Campus. Panther Central is the gateway into a host of services, among which are Smarthinking, MyPsychLab, Derive and teleweb lectures. It's possible to download documents onto iPods and other mobile devices. Panther Network is a private system that works similar to a television channel, broadcasting seminars and classroom discussions.
|5||Indian River State College||98.55||25:1||79%|
Opportunities to earn online degrees across a broader range of subjects have grown in recent years at Indian River State College. Accessibility to classes is through Blackboard and My IRSC. Previously having used Angle, the school has tutorials on Blackboard for current and future students. A total of 11 undergraduate degrees are available in the virtual campus. Degrees like the Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Management and the Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in Middle School Math are fully online. Tutoring support, career services, registration and student orientation are also accessed virtually.
|6||Pensacola State College||98.38||23:1||82%|
The fact that Pensacola State College accepts approved transferrable credits into its fully online programs, it's possible to graduate with degrees like an Associate of Science in Accounting Technology, Associate of Arts in Business and an Associate of Science in Business Administration in less than two years. Non-degree programs, like certificate courses, are also taught. Students log into Canvas mobile applications and complete assignments without having to use a laptop. Spyglass is logged into to register for classes, apply for admission to the college and keep up with class requirements. PirateMail is the resource that the college uses to push out messages and other communications to and from students, administrators and teachers.
|7||Saint Leo University||98.33||15:1||94%|
The academic performance of dedicated online students is acknowledge at Saint Leo University. Top performers earn a spot on the Dean's List or gain membership into the Delta Epsilon Sigma honor society. Both levels of undergraduate and graduate degrees are taught online. Advanced degrees fit adults who want to continue their education in a field they've previously been trained in as well as adults who want to explore a different career. Help choosing an online program or whether online classes are a good fit is available in the Online Toolkit. Tests are taken through mySaintLeo. Support services like academic advising and registration are also stored in mySaintLeo.
|8||University of Florida||98.32||21:1||96%|
Its international student population exceeding 1,300, the University of Florida has a history of teaching complex lessons remotely. All accepted applicants must meet general admissions requirements, whether or not they are pursuing an online degree. In addition to Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate degrees, the school has specialist and international degrees. Four year programs are in liberal arts, life sciences, communications, business and health and human performance. Adults who are new to the computer world or who have not engaged with an instructor virtually before, can enroll in e-learning courses. The main entry to registration, class schedules, exam schedules and online classes is through myUFL.
Operating on a set admissions schedule rather than a rolling admissions system, Warner University offers 12 online degrees. These degrees are complemented with online certificates in church ministry. The Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management prepares adults for management and leadership roles in the expanding healthcare industry. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. While completing courses, it is not necessary to log into the school's portal. Students are required to complete and submit weekly class assignments by deadlines that are established by their professors.
To foster a personal and collaborative learning atmosphere, class sizes are kept small at Everglades University. Adults enrolled in one of the school's eight undergraduate online programs or one of its four graduate programs, log into the campus portal to check for upcoming assignments. The way that the school creates live classroom environments is with threaded discussions, webmail and live chats. Advising, orientation and open house are services benefitting current students. As adults near graduation, they can contact the placement office and start aligning their skills and studies with careers they want to work in. These services are provided through College Central.
|11||University of North Florida||97.97||20:1||94%|
Adults who major in the University of North Florida's online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree do not have to step foot on campus. It's possible to complete the entire program at home or from another offsite location on a traditional or accelerated eight week schedule. Graduate certificates, master's degrees and a doctorate in nursing are also taught at the school. Courses are designed to make it flexible, while at the same time stretching adult learning, for students to complete full course loads with short time spans. MyWings post upcoming events, awards, course catalogs and data necessary to finish degree programs.
|12||Palm Beach Atlantic University||97.97||13:1||100%|
A faith based school, at Palm Beach Atlantic University, distance education courses are designed for high levels of interactivity and student learning. Responsibility for online course student support rolls, in part, to the Office of Online Learning. There are four fully online degrees at the school, including the Bachelor of Arts in Ministry and the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management. These degree programs are built to adapt to adults' full home and work schedules through the eCollege learning management system. If adults have attended another university, they could be eligible for credit transfers.
|13||Daytona State College||97.72||21:1||81%|
Excelling academically in high school and college is a prerequisite to getting into online programs at Daytona State College. Low admissions scores could require that adults take development courses before they start taking courses that are directly related to their degree. Upon meeting admissions criteria, adults could choose certificate, associate's or bachelor's programs to continue developing their critical thinking, management, leadership and communication skills. The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology is one of 12 degrees to choose from. Online classes are delivered in partnership with Southern Regional Education Board and the Florida Virtual Campus. MyDaytonaState is a web application that houses assignments, student account data and exam information.
|14||Florida Atlantic University||97.67||24:1||87%|
Six departments at Florida Atlantic University administer online degrees. It's advisable that adults track their education through departments that best fit their personal career and professional goals. Among the departments are the College of Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Business and the College of Education. Fully and partially online degrees are taught. Registration is performed online. Although adults can transfer credits from other institutions into online degrees, they must have more than six credits remaining to fulfill degree requirements to be eligible to enroll in an online program. Regardless of the chosen major, taking the classes equips adults with streamline video, discussion forum, chat and mobile media skills.
|15||Florida International University||97.4||27:1||91%|
Finishing a college degree has never been easy. Finishing a degree on campus while juggling a full-time job and a family keeps some adults from completing their postsecondary education. Florida International University reduces that struggle with its graduate and undergraduate online degrees. A catalog of 12 Bachelor's degrees and another 17 graduate degree programs are taught by the same professors who teach campus classes. Technology that delivers assignments are Blackboard, Adobe Connect, Turnitin, Respondus Study Mate Class, NBC Learn and ProctorU. Computers that students use at home must be compatible with the school's plug-ins and software.
|16||Miami Dade College||97.24||24:1||79%|
Confidential connections put adult learners in touch with Miami Dade College online instructors and support experts like advisors, help desk technicians, tutors and career consultants. Exams for some midterms and finals are proctored. Proctor U and remote proctoring services allow adults to conduct supervised testing without leaving home. Assignments and tests are submitted by deadlines. Flexibility is achieved because students determine when they will work on assignments. Four Bachelor degrees, in the public safety management, supervision and management, information systems technology and supply chain management are launching at the college in Spring 2016. The RN to Bachelor of Science is the only fully online four-year degree. An Associate of Arts and an Associate of Science are also currently available.
|17||Florida State University||97.14||26:1||95%|
Active participation in discussions and chats is a hallmark of Florida State University's virtual campus. Whether adults major in a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety and Security, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or a Bachelor of Science in Criminology or Social Science, they must show up for instruction as specified in the program syllabus. Class participation takes place on myFSU. Blackboard is the engine that runs myFSU, putting catalogs, assignments, tests, software and a listing of campus events at students' fingertips. If tests are required to be supervised, adults have the option of taking tests on Blackboard, at a nearby proctored location or at the school.
|18||Seminole State College of Florida||97.13||28:1||85%|
The eServices department provides electronic forms, registration documents and academic plans for new and continuing students taking courses associated with online degrees like the Bachelor of Science in Construction and the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology at Seminole State College of Florida. Sakai and Canvas are the two platforms that push courses out to students, with most classes using Canvas. Important notes about courses are read by students using Seminole State College Catalog. Access to class schedules is through My.Seminole State. Tests are given throughout the term, as well as a final exam, to measure how well adults have absorbed lessons.
|19||Florida Gulf Coast University||96.9||22:1||81%|
Strong time and project management skills are needed to perform well in Florida Gulf Coast University online classes. After a new term starts, class materials become available by logging into Canvas, the school's virtual learning system. Course overviews, faculty listings, student accounts and upcoming class deliverables are stored in Gulfline. In addition to offering three undergraduate degrees and five graduate degrees online, the university gives adults the option to complete three certificate programs as well as take even more courses through the Southern Regional Education Board's virtual campus. Programs meet state accreditation requirements for 20 states. School administrators mandate that each program adheres to the university's strategic plan for distance learning.
|20||Webber International University||96.79||22:1||100%|
Webber International University offers a number of online degree programs. Students can earn bachelor's degrees entirely online in general business, finance, sports business management, computer information systems and more. Associate of Arts and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees can also be earned fully online. Courses can be completed in 15-week segments, too, with the school recommending two classes per 15-week segment. And even though students never have to come to campus, the school hosts several open house events a year in case they want to stop by. Meeting faculty and taking a tour are both included in that.
|21||Pasco-Hernando State College||96.35||27:1||82%|
More and more courses at Pasco Hernando State College are being offered online. The school's College of Education, for example, boasts offering its courses both online and on campus. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, which is targeted to currently registered nurses, is even offered completely online. This program is intended for nurses looking to move up into leadership or management. The school also offers noncredit online courses to the community in many subjects. Some upcoming noncredit online course offerings include: Writing Effective Grant Proposals; Teaching Math (Grades 4-6); and Introduction to Natural Health and Healing.
At Lynn University, the curriculum for online courses is powered by an iPad. Courses are offered online, on campus or a blend of both. Bachelor's degrees offered entirely online are available in aviation management, business administration, communication and media, criminal justice, liberal arts and psychology. The schools boasts offering accelerated terms, industry-expert professors teaching every class and not requiring the SAT or ACT for admission. Work experience credits can also be transferred into whichever program the student's enrolled in, as can credits from another college. Also available entirely online are a number of certificate programs.
|23||Hobe Sound Bible College||95.92||5:1||88%|
Hobe Sound Bible College offers many degrees completely online, ranging from an Associate of Art in Bible (which takes two years to complete) to a Bachelors of Arts in Ministerial Studies. One thing that distinguishes the school's online programs from that of other colleges is that it's taught with a "Christ-centered, Bible-based" mentality. Specifically that of the Wesleyan tradition. Courses typically take seven weeks to complete. Exams are done through a proctor, such as a pastor. Online courses do incorporate video and audio components, though much of it is based off printed materials.
Northwood University offers a number of online degrees, specifically in business. Students can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration entirely online. Within this degree program, they can concentrate on accounting, aftermarket management, automotive marketing and management, computer information management, entrepreneurship, finance, franchising management, health care management, management and marketing. The school even offers flexibility. Students can earn the degree entirely online, on campus completely or a blend of the two to whatever extent they want. Online courses are available in summer, spring and fall, with two registration dates in summer and spring.
Johnson University offers degrees of all levels completely online. Students can earn online associate's degrees in biblical studies, intercultural studies and ministry leadership. Certificates are available online, both undergraduate and graduate, in subjects ranging from intercultural studies to biblical interpretation. And at the graduate level, students can earn master's and PhD degrees in everything from leadership studies to business administration. Many resources are available to online students, such as a virtual library and one-on-one academic advising. A Christian school, Johnson University distinguishes itself from other schools with its mission to "extend the kingdom of God."
|26||Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach||94.83||13:1||92%|
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University offers degrees of all levels completely online. Students can choose from five online associate's degree programs, in aeronautics, aviation business administration, aviation maintenance, engineering fundamentals and technical management. There are dozens of bachelor's, master's and certificate programs that can be completed online, with subjects ranging from communication to transportation. Some programs are even combined with graduate work, meaning students can earn both a bachelor's and a master's in five years. There's even a PhD in aviation available. Online students can collaborate in real time and learn through everything from video to audio.
|27||University of South Florida-Main Campus||94.83||24:1||98%|
Online students at the University of South Florida enjoy an array of services often reserved to only campus students, such as technical support, academic support and career services. The school offers many undergraduate and graduate degrees and courses fully online. At the undergraduate level, students can earn bachelor's degrees online in nursing, public health, criminal justice and more. At the graduate level, students can study public administration, electrical engineering, instructional technology, global sustainability and more. The online programs are targeted to students who need the flexibility to complete coursework anytime and anywhere, to juggle busy lifestyles.
City College boasts that it supplies online students with an interactive learning environment, personalized student experience, dynamic class content and an active student community. Online students watch video lectures, filmed by online faculty, as well as digest assignments through other mediums. The school offers three bachelor's degrees completely online. One is the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which is an RN to BSN degree targeted to current, registered nurses. Students can also earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management degree completely online. And also available entirely online is a bachelor's degree in health administration.
There are many online degree programs at Jones College. Students can earn an online Bachelor of Science in business administration, interdisciplinary studies and computer information systems. Those three programs are available to any online student. The bachelor's degree program in legal assistant is available to Florida residents only. A number of Associate of Science degrees are also available. At this level, students can study business administration, computer information systems and legal assistant (available to Florida residents only). One thing that sets the online programs at Jones College apart is that students complete a student orientation, introducing them to skills required to succeed.
|30||Johnson & Wales University-North Miami||93.04||26:1||98%|
Online students at Johnson & Wales University receive many of the same services that students on campus receive. This includes new student orientation, academic resources, technical resources and career resources. The school also boasts small class sizes, personal advising and flexible credit transfer policies. Online degrees are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students can earn bachelor's degrees in many subjects, including business studies, liberal studies, supply chain management, hospitality management and more. At the graduate level, students can earn master's degrees in many subjects, ranging from nonprofit management to criminal justice. The school even offers an MBA online.
|31||Trinity International University-Florida||89.35||10:1||N/A|
Trinity International University offers three programs completely online. They are the Bachelor of Art in Business, the Bachelor of Art in Christian Ministries and the Bachelor of Art in Psychology. Online courses are offered at the graduate level as well, through the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and the Trinity Graduate School, though no fully online programs are available there. Assignments include everything from reading document uploads of article excerpts and journals to online quizzes. Communication between students and faculty and students and students happens in an online management system. Online students even have access to the same services as on-campus students.
|32||Florida Institute of Technology-Online||87.55||32:1||N/A|
Online students at Florida Tech University enjoy many of the same benefits as on-campus students. This includes a student orientation, a program advisor, renowned faculty and more. Online degrees are entirely online at all levels. At the undergraduate level, students can earn associate and bachelor's degrees in accounting, psychology, criminal justice, aviation management, business administration and more. At the graduate level, students can earn online master's degrees in information technology, supply chain management, information assurance and cybersecurity and more. There's even an MBA program available entirely online and a for-credit graduate certificate in information assurance and cybersecurity.
4 Year Online Colleges in Florida
|SCHOOL NAME||TYPE||ADDRESS||CITY||SEE PROGRAMS|
|Remington College||Private not-for-profit||500 International Parkway||Heathrow||+|
|University of Miami||Private not-for-profit||University of Miami||Coral Gables||+|
|Florida Southern College||Private not-for-profit||111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr||Lakeland||+|
|Trinity International University-Florida||Private not-for-profit||8190 West State Road 84||Davie||+|
|Daytona State College||Public||1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.||Daytona Beach||+|
|Florida Institute of Technology-Florida Tech Online||Private not-for-profit||150 West University Blvd||Melbourne||+|
|Jones College-Jacksonville||Private not-for-profit||5353 Arlington Expy||Jacksonville||+|
|Florida Gulf Coast University||Public||10501 Fgcu Blvd S||Fort Myers||+|
|City College-Gainesville||Private not-for-profit||7001 N.W. 4th Blvd.||Gainesville||+|
Best for Future Service Members
For students who prioritize service to their country, many online schools in Florida offer special programs catering to Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC members. Below is a collection of high quality, nonprofit Florida colleges that offer four-year degrees and at least two ROTC programs.
|Tuition||City||ROTC - Army||ROTC - Navy||ROTC - Air Force|
|University of Florida||$4,425||Gainesville||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|University of South Florida-Main Campus||$4,506||Tampa||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Florida State University||$4,587||Tallahassee||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Clearwater Christian College||$15,680||Clearwater||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Santa Fe College||$1,840||Gainesville||Yes||No||Yes|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||$2,076||Jacksonville||Yes||Yes||No|
|Seminole State College of Florida||$2,365||Sanford||Yes||No||Yes|
|Florida Atlantic University||$2,480||Boca Raton||Yes||No||Yes|
|Miami Dade College||$2,483||Miami||Yes||No||Yes|
|Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University||$3,100||Tallahassee||Yes||Yes||No|
|The University of West Florida||$3,682||Pensacola||Yes||No||Yes|
|University of North Florida||$3,806||Jacksonville||Yes||Yes||No|
|University of Central Florida||$4,426||Orlando||Yes||No||Yes|
|Florida International University||$4,668||Miami||Yes||No||Yes|
|Florida Memorial University||$12,384||Miami Gardens||Yes||No||Yes|
|Bethune-Cookman University||$14,410||Daytona Beach||Yes||No||Yes|
|Saint Leo University||$18,700||Saint Leo||Yes||No||Yes|
Best for Personal Attention
Florida is known for its dozens of exceptional colleges and universities, some offering targeted training and others providing a broader scope of education and degree programs. Regardless of their degree goals, most students seek a quality college experience without classroom overcrowding. The following online schools in Florida accomplish both, with class ratios of less than 20 students per instructor. Congrats to the following nonprofit four-year colleges in Florida for achieving the state’s best student-teacher numbers.
|Nova Southeastern University||20 to 1||7,643||$23,850||Private not-for-profit||Fort Lauderdale|
|Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University||20 to 1||12,103||$3,100||Public||Tallahassee|
|Polk State College||20 to 1||16,397||$2,483||Public||Winter Haven|
|University of North Florida||20 to 1||16,816||$3,806||Public||Jacksonville|
|Florida Atlantic University||20 to 1||30,319||$2,480||Public||Boca Raton|
|University of Florida||20 to 1||35,908||$4,425||Public||Gainesville|
|Southeastern University||19 to 1||2,845||$17,998||Private not-for-profit||Lakeland|
|Chipola College||19 to 1||2,997||$2,365||Public||Marianna|
|Florida Institute of Technology||19 to 1||3,001||$35,460||Private not-for-profit||Melbourne|
|Flagler College-St Augustine||19 to 1||3,150||$15,340||Private not-for-profit||Saint Augustine|
|College of Central Florida||19 to 1||11,806||$1,910||Public||Ocala|
|City College-Fort Lauderdale||18 to 1||1,244||$13,920||Private not-for-profit||Fort Lauderdale|
|Florida Gateway College||18 to 1||4,577||$2,369||Public||Lake City|
|Flagler College-Tallahassee||17 to 1||540||$6,300||Private not-for-profit||Tallahassee|
|Lynn University||17 to 1||1,858||$31,100||Private not-for-profit||Boca Raton|
|The University of Tampa||17 to 1||6,692||$23,520||Private not-for-profit||Tampa|
|Carlos Albizu University-Miami||16 to 1||457||$11,304||Private not-for-profit||Miami|
|Warner University||16 to 1||1,094||$17,180||Private not-for-profit||Lake Wales|
|Florida Memorial University||16 to 1||2,001||$12,384||Private not-for-profit||Miami Gardens|
|Bethune-Cookman University||16 to 1||3,826||$14,410||Private not-for-profit||Daytona Beach|
|Saint Leo University||16 to 1||22,007||$18,700||Private not-for-profit||Saint Leo|
|Trinity Baptist College||15 to 1||288||$7,990||Private not-for-profit||Jacksonville|
|Northwood University-Florida||15 to 1||694||$20,040||Private not-for-profit||West Palm Beach|
|University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee||15 to 1||2,226||$5,519||Public||Sarasota|
|Hodges University||15 to 1||3,114||$11,760||Private not-for-profit||Naples|
|Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach||15 to 1||5,028||$29,520||Private not-for-profit||Daytona Beach|
|University of Fort Lauderdale||14 to 1||67||$7,200||Private not-for-profit||Lauderhill|
|Remington College||14 to 1||330||$13,315||Private not-for-profit||Heathrow|
|Florida Christian College||14 to 1||428||$9,552||Private not-for-profit||Kissimmee|
|Ave Maria University||14 to 1||774||$20,800||Private not-for-profit||Ave Maria|
|Edward Waters College||14 to 1||858||$11,158||Private not-for-profit||Jacksonville|
|Florida Southern College||14 to 1||2,500||$26,600||Private not-for-profit||Lakeland|
|St. Thomas University||14 to 1||3,455||$25,110||Private not-for-profit||Miami Gardens|
|South Florida State College||14 to 1||4,011||$3,135||Public||Avon Park|
|Barry University||14 to 1||5,516||$28,160||Private not-for-profit||Miami|
|Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale||14 to 1||30,869||$14,784||Private not-for-profit||Fort Lauderdale|
|Clearwater Christian College||13 to 1||582||$15,680||Private not-for-profit||Clearwater|
|The Baptist College of Florida||13 to 1||689||$9,000||Private not-for-profit||Graceville|
|Eckerd College||13 to 1||2,680||$35,620||Private not-for-profit||Saint Petersburg|
|Jacksonville University||13 to 1||4,159||$29,100||Private not-for-profit||Jacksonville|
|Remington College-Tampa Campus||12 to 1||421||$15,549||Private not-for-profit||Tampa|
|Florida College||12 to 1||516||$13,020||Private not-for-profit||Temple Terrace|
|City College-Miami||12 to 1||598||$13,920||Private not-for-profit||Miami|
|Ringling College of Art and Design||12 to 1||1,386||$33,960||Private not-for-profit||Sarasota|
|Stetson University||12 to 1||2,385||$36,344||Private not-for-profit||DeLand|
|Palm Beach Atlantic University||12 to 1||3,184||$24,500||Private not-for-profit||West Palm Beach|
|Trinity College of Florida||11 to 1||229||$11,808||Private not-for-profit||Trinity|
|Trinity International University-Florida||11 to 1||340||$10,608||Private not-for-profit||Davie|
|Adventist University of Health Sciences||11 to 1||3,408||$10,200||Private not-for-profit||Orlando|
|University of Miami||11 to 1||12,980||$39,980||Private not-for-profit||Coral Gables|
|Remington College of Nursing Orlando||10 to 1||158||$30,020||Private not-for-profit||Lake Mary|
|New College of Florida||10 to 1||868||$5,164||Public||Sarasota|
|Rollins College||10 to 1||2,839||$39,900||Private not-for-profit||Winter Park|
|Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-Miami Campus||9 to 1||86||$11,340||Private not-for-profit||Miami|
|Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide||9 to 1||15,296||$7,320||Private not-for-profit||Daytona Beach|
|Yeshivah Gedolah Rabbinical College||8 to 1||33||$8,000||Private not-for-profit||Miami Beach|
|Saint John Vianney College Seminary||8 to 1||54||$17,000||Private not-for-profit||Miami|
|Hobe Sound Bible College||8 to 1||105||$4,840||Private not-for-profit||Hobe Sound|
|Beacon College||8 to 1||173||$29,510||Private not-for-profit||Leesburg|
|Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-Orlando||8 to 1||177||$10,620||Private not-for-profit||Orlando|
|South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary||7 to 1||88||$4,950||Private not-for-profit||Deerfield Beach|
|Jones College-Jacksonville||7 to 1||893||$7,320||Private not-for-profit||Jacksonville|
|Everglades University||7 to 1||1,797||$13,200||Private not-for-profit||Boca Raton|
|Talmudic College of Florida||6 to 1||60||$12,250||Private not-for-profit||Miami Beach|
|Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine||5 to 1||73||$15,000||Private not-for-profit||Fort Lauderdale|
Best for Women in Technology
Florida boasts some of the country’s finest colleges for women seeking engineering and technology degrees. What sets these online schools in Florida apart are their numerous programs that encourage a healthy learning environment for women in these male-dominated fields. Some schools have mentorships for women in technology programs, allowing them to learn from more experienced females. Many of these Florida schools also offer all-female residence halls for greater support and camaraderie. With the attention given to retaining women in technology fields, these colleges have succeeded in matching female-to-male ratios in their classrooms to the overall school population. The top Florida colleges for women seeking technology and engineering degrees are listed below.
|TUITION + FEES||CITY||WOMEN IN TECH DEGREES AWARDED||TOTAL ENROLLMENT||TYPE|
|University of Florida||$6,143||Gainesville||505||42,949||Public|
|University of Central Florida||$6,247||Orlando||263||41,007||Public|
|Florida International University||$6,417||Miami||195||28,636||Public|
|University of South Florida-Main Campus||$6,334||Tampa||177||28,190||Public|
|Adventist University of Health Sciences||$10,780||Orlando||160||689||Private Not for Profit|
|Florida State University||$6,402||Tallahassee||132||34,970||Public|
|Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide||$7,320||Daytona Beach||124||5,217||Private Not for Profit|
|Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach||$30,720||Daytona Beach||121||4,706||Private Not for Profit|
|Florida Institute of Technology||$36,020||Melbourne||88||5,112||Private Not for Profit|
|St Petersburg College||$3,172||Clearwater||56||10,678||Public|
|University of Miami||$41,220||Coral Gables||53||14,736||Private Not for Profit|
|The University of West Florida||$6,238||Pensacola||47||7,629||Public|
|Nova Southeastern University||$24,414||Fort Lauderdale||43||14,891||Private Not for Profit|
|Florida Atlantic University||$4,789||Boca Raton||38||17,024||Public|
|Saint Leo University||$19,370||Saint Leo||30||11,705||Private Not for Profit|
|Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University||$5,785||Tallahassee||28||11,923||Public|
|University of North Florida||$6,235||Jacksonville||24||11,228||Public|
|Ringling College of Art and Design||$36,640||Sarasota||24||1,326||Private Not for Profit|
|Florida Gulf Coast University||$6,068||Fort Myers||19||9,563||Public|
|Barry University||$28,160||Miami||13||6,088||Private Not for Profit|
|Hodges University||$12,260||Naples||13||1,589||Private Not for Profit|
|Everglades University||$14,800||Boca Raton||9||1,064||Private Not for Profit|
|Broward College||$2,494||Fort Lauderdale||8||13,880||Public|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||$2,790||Jacksonville||7||10,778||Public|
|Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale||$15,664||Fort Lauderdale||7||10,673||Private Not for Profit|
|Bethune-Cookman University||$14,410||Daytona Beach||5||3,365||Private Not for Profit|
|Florida Memorial University||$15,000||Miami Gardens||5||1,576||Private Not for Profit|
Schools Fighting for Families
Florida colleges boast many premier social work programs. These online schools in Florida are ideal for those pursuing a career assisting families and children. Leveraging experiential learning, advanced curriculum and involvement in clinical settings, these programs offer a multitude of concentrations and fieldwork opportunities. With generous scholarships available, these exceptional academic facilities also make higher education more affordable. Listed below are some of Florida’s best colleges for social work that concentrate on the social and psychological health of families.
|CITY||SOCIAL DEGREES AWARDED||WOMEN||MEN||TUITION & FEES||TOTAL ENROLLMENT|
|Florida State University||Tallahassee||563||443||120||$6,402||34,970|
|University of Central Florida||Orlando||391||315||76||$6,247||41,007|
|Florida Atlantic University||Boca Raton||366||304||62||$4,789||17,024|
|University of South Florida-Main Campus||Tampa||314||271||43||$6,334||28,190|
|Florida International University||Miami||280||224||56||$6,417||28,636|
|University of Florida||Gainesville||190||142||48||$6,143||42,949|
|Saint Leo University||Saint Leo||153||129||24||$19,370||11,705|
|The University of West Florida||Pensacola||113||98||15||$6,238||7,629|
|Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University||Tallahassee||103||83||20||$5,785||11,923|
|Florida Gulf Coast University||Fort Myers||78||65||13||$6,068||9,563|
|University of North Florida||Jacksonville||58||47||11||$6,235||11,228|
|University of Miami||Coral Gables||47||33||14||$41,220||14,736|
|Flagler College-St Augustine||Saint Augustine||27||18||9||$15,340||2,785|
|Bethune-Cookman University||Daytona Beach||26||19||7||$14,410||3,365|
|The University of Tampa||Tampa||19||16||3||$25,222||5,956|
|Florida Memorial University||Miami Gardens||18||15||3||$15,000||1,576|
|Eckerd College||Saint Petersburg||9||3||6||$35,926||2,078|
|Nova Southeastern University||Fort Lauderdale||8||7||1||$24,414||14,891|
|Rollins College||Winter Park||8||5||3||$39,900||2,663|
|Florida Southern College||Lakeland||7||3||4||$27,200||2,093|
|Warner University||Lake Wales||7||7||0||$17,480||891|