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Press Release for Wednesday, June 3, 2015

UNF Ranks Among 2015 Best Florida Online Colleges List

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida was ranked one of the top colleges in Florida on the 2015 Best in State Online Colleges list by Affordable Colleges Online, an authoritative resource dedicated to online learning and college affordability.

UNF ranked No. 4 on the list, topping Florida State University, No. 5; Florida Atlantic University, 6; Florida Gulf Coast University, 10; University of West Florida, 14; Florida State College at Jacksonville, 18; and the University of South Florida, 27.

“When it comes to online learning, these schools set the bar,” said Dan Schuessler, founder and CEO of Affordable Colleges Online. “These programs have made attending college accessible and affordable while maintaining rigorous academic standards of excellence and providing support services for their students.”

To find the Best Online Colleges in each state for 2015, researchers and higher education experts collected and analyzed data from every accredited post-secondary institution in the United States. The goal was to determine which colleges offered the most notable balances of academic rigor, student support and affordability for online learning.

“At UNF, online courses and degree programs are developed and delivered to provide greater access to our academic offerings and to meet the increasing needs of our students,” said Dr. Len Roberson, UNF associate vice president for Academic Technology and Innovation. “Ensuring our online courses and programs are of the same high quality as our traditional offerings is critical.”

UNF offers eight degree and certificate programs through distance learning. Distance learning offerings are selected and developed to meet student needs in a manner that is consistent with the University’s mission. Some programs require occasional campus visits, and most online courses are asynchronous, allowing students to complete coursework while meeting other work and family responsibilities. Online programs are designed to employ the best pedagogical practices based on the existing research literature and to be compatible with the highest levels of student learning, interaction and engagement. UNF is a member of the Florida Virtual Campus and the Southern Regional Board Electronic Campus.

For a full listing of the colleges and universities that were ranked among 2015’s Best in State Online Colleges list, visit

This latest recognition comes on the heels of UNF receiving several other national designations, including Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s 2015 Best Value Public College, the 2015 Best Online College by the Affordable Colleges Foundation, Best Regional University, 2015 Best Online Programs and Best Online Graduate Education Program, all by U.S. News& World Report, Best in the Southeast and Best Value College, both by Princeton Review, Best College by College Factual and Top Florida College for Return on Investment by The College Database, to name a few.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.