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Press Release for Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Affordable Colleges Online Recognizes UNF for Distance Learning Excellence

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102, a leader in higher education information, resources and rankings, has recognized the University of North Florida as a Best Online College of 2017 for its excellence in online learning.


The University was ranked for Best Online Master's in Nutrition and Best Online Nutrition Degrees, both in the Brooks College of Health's Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program; and Best RN to BSN Program in BCH's School of Nursing Flagship Program.


"Being nationally recognized for our online programs is a testament to the exceptional education offered at our institution," said UNF President John Delaney.


Only public, not-for-profit institutions were eligible for the ranking. The primary data points used to identify the Best Online Colleges of 2017 include the following:

  • Regional accreditation
  • In-state tuition and fees
  • Percent of full-time undergraduate students receiving institutional financial aid
  • Number of online programs offered
  • Student-to-teacher ratio

"We wanted to honor the colleges and universities setting the bar for online learning," said Dan Schuessler, CEO and founder of "These schools are going above and beyond the industry standard to help make online education programs an excellent option and more affordable." has distinguished its ranking scale by using a Peer-Based Value metric, or PBV. A "bang for your buck" metrics, the PBV compares the cost of a program to the cost of other programs with the same or a similar qualitative score. It also compares the qualitative score of the program to the score of other programs with the same or a similar cost .


UNF was recently recognized by SR Education Group as one of the top university's offering high quality online education at the best value, with the University being in the Top 10 among 25 universities across the country that made the list. Additionally, the University's online Master's in Nutrition Program was also recently identified as one of the top online master's programs in the nation by Top Masters in Healthcare Administration. ( began in 2011, featuring higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources as well as online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.


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.