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Online and On-Campus Colleges in
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Online and On-Campus Colleges in & Florida

Article Sources
  • Undergraduate Programs, Florida State University, Accessed March 2017, https://distance.fsu.edu/students/undergraduate-programs
  • Distance Learning Programs, University of North Florida, Accessed March 2017, https://www.unf.edu/distancelearning/about/Programs.aspx
  • Online Degrees, Florida Atlantic University, Accessed March 2017, http://www.fau.edu/onlinedegrees/
  • Academics at New College, New College of Florida, Accessed March 2017, https://www.ncf.edu/academics/academics-at-new-college/
  • University of Central Florida, Accessed March 2017, https://www.ucf.edu/
  • Online Campus, The University of West Florida, Accessed March 2017, http://uwf.edu/online/
  • Transfer, The Florida College System, Accessed March 2017, https://www.floridacollegesystem.com/students/transfer.aspx
  • University of Florida Online, Accessed March 2017, https://ufonline.ufl.edu/degrees/undergraduate/
  • About USF, University of South Florida, Accessed March 2017, http://www.usf.edu/about-usf/index.aspx
  • FIU Online, Florida International University, Accessed March 2017, http://fiuonline.fiu.edu/
  • Online Programs, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Accessed March 2017, https://www.usfsp.edu/academics/online-programs/
  • State Scholarship and Grant Programs, Office of Student Financial Assistance, Accessed March 2017, http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/home/uamain.htm
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While it may be known for its warm weather and beautiful beaches, Florida is more than a popular vacation spot. It is also a great state for students who are ready to pursue a higher education. The state boasts a diverse mix of public and private universities and colleges that offer degrees both on-campus and online.

The State University System of Florida includes 12 public universities. Some of these institutions have flagship campuses as well as satellite locations to make them more accessible. As for private institutions, Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida represents 30 not-for-profit schools across the state.

Some students may prefer to begin their education at a two-year school. In that case, the Florida College System includes 28 member schools that offer both technical training and associate degrees. Thanks to the "2+2 system," those earning an A.A. degree at a Florida community college can easily transfer their credits to one of the state's public universities or a participating private institution.

Best 4-Year Colleges in Florida

There are many quality schools in the state, but here's a list of the best traditional and online colleges for Florida.

Methodology
1University of Florida+
ADMISSION RATE
48%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
47

The University of Florida isn't just one of the best schools in the state; it's one of the best schools in the nation. When ranked against 1,649 colleges and universities nationwide, the University of Florida comes in fifth overall.

Among 56 Florida institutions, it ranks first for its graduation rate, the number of programs it offers and the low median debt carried by graduates. The school also ranks third in the state for its net price and fifth for the amount of grant aid it awards as a percentage of its tuition and fees.

What's more, the University of Florida makes the cut as one of the best online colleges for Florida. It ranks fourth for the number of distance education programs it offers. These include online bachelor's degrees in popular fields such as psychology and nursing. The school also has a top-rated online MBA.

Additional Info
2University of South Florida-Main Campus+
ADMISSION RATE
45%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
22

Based in Tampa, the University of South Florida is another affordable option for students seeking on-campus or online Florida degrees. The school ranks eighth in the state for its average net price. When it comes to the average net price for low-income students, the University of South Florida lands in the fourth spot statewide.

Founded in 1956, the school is part of the University of South Florida System. It enrolls more than 40,000 students representing more than 130 countries. Those who aren't able to attend classes in Tampa can earn an online bachelor's degree in Florida through the school's degree completion program. This option allows those with an associate degree or the equivalent education to take their upper-level classes online. There are also online graduate programs available.

The University of South Florida ranks high for its institutional grant aid, graduation rate and the number of educational programs it offers.

Additional Info
3Florida International University+
ADMISSION RATE
50%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
19

Florida International University is noteworthy for its generous financial aid. The university ranks first out of 56 Florida schools when it comes to the amount of institutional grant aid it awards when calculated as a percent of its tuition and fees. That money may be responsible for keeping students out of debt. The school ranks fourth for the low median debt of its graduates. It also ranks in the top ten for its low net price and retention rate.

Those looking for online Florida degrees will find plenty of options at Florida International University. The school offers more than 20 undergraduate bachelor's degrees in majors such as criminal justice, political science and finance. There are also graduate degrees, undergraduate and graduate certificates and continuing education courses offered online.

Florida International University is part of the State University System of Florida.

Additional Info
4The University of West Florida+
ADMISSION RATE
42%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
22

The University of West Florida is another top school from the State University System of Florida. It offers a number of support services which makes it an appealing choice to diverse students. There are remedial classes for those who need to improve skills, dual enrollment options for high school students and weekend, evening and online classes for nontraditional learners.

All that comes at an affordable price. The University of West Florida ranks third among 56 schools for its low tuition and fees. Once financial aid is factored in, its average net price is the second best in the state. The school also receives strong marks for its institutional grant aid, median debt held by graduates and the number of distance education programs it offers.

Students hoping to earn an online bachelor's degree in Florida can choose from one of the school's seven degree completion programs.

Additional Info
5University of Central Florida+
ADMISSION RATE
49%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
38

When it comes to education options, the University of Central Florida is another standout. It ranks seventh in the state for the number of programs it offers and eighth for how many of those available online. The University of Central Florida is also the only school on this list that may offer credit for life experiences.

The university's 13 colleges offer more than 200 majors. As one of the best online colleges for Florida, there is a long list of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees available to distance learners. These include a B.A. in criminal justice, a B.S. in psychology, an M.A. in educational leadership and several doctoral degrees in nursing. The school also has a number of online certificate programs.

Students enrolled at the University of Central Florida return year after year. The school ranks seventh in the state for its retention rate and sixth for its graduation rate.

Additional Info
6New College of Florida+
ADMISSION RATE
61%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
0

New College of Florida is not the place to earn online Florida degrees, as it has no distance education programs. However, its Sarasota campus is still a top pick for students in the state. The school takes an innovative approach to education. Its one that doesn't rely on grades, but instead offers narrative evaluations from professors for each course or project. Rather than earn credit hours, students must complete seven educational contracts in order to graduate.

The average net price at New College of Florida is the most affordable in the state, and the college takes the top spot for that metric for this survey. That's likely thanks, in part, to the amount of institutional grant aid it awards. The school ranks third in the state for grant aid when calculated as a percentage of tuition and fees.

Students who study at New College of Florida often graduate on time, and the college ranks fifth for its graduation rate.

Additional Info
7Florida Atlantic University+
ADMISSION RATE
68%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
7

In terms of sticker price, there is no cheaper university in Florida than Florida Atlantic University. The school ranks first in the state for its published tuition and fees. It also ranks fourth for the institutional grant aid it offers as a percentage of that tuition. Combined, those factors help graduates walk away with their degree and the third lowest median debt in the state.

For distance learners, there are online degrees available through seven of the university's colleges. These include popular fields of study such as business, nursing and the arts. Many majors are available fully online at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition to online courses, the school offers night and weekend classes for those who need a nontraditional schedule.

Florida Atlantic University is another member of the State University System of Florida. Its campus is in Boca Raton.

Additional Info
8University of North Florida+
ADMISSION RATE
57%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
4

Founded in 1972, the University of North Florida is yet another affordable choice for Florida students. The school ranks second in the state for its low tuition and fees. It is also sixth out of 56 schools for the amount of institutional grant aid it awards as a percentage of its tuition and fees. When graduates leave the school, their median debt is the fifth lowest out of the schools surveyed.

With the exception of an RN-to-BSN track, online learning at the University of North Florida is limited to graduate programs. There are several master's and doctoral degrees in nursing and health sciences as well as graduate degrees and certificates in education. In the College of Arts & Sciences, there is an online M.S. in criminal justice.

Students at the University of North Florida have access to career counseling and placement services among other student support programs.

Additional Info
9Florida State University+
ADMISSION RATE
56%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
13

Florida State University holds the distinction of being the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. It was founded in 1851 and has its flagship campus in Tallahassee. Other university locations include Panama City, Sarasota and the Republic of Panama.

With more than 300 educational options, Florida State University is second only to the University of Florida when it comes to the number of programs it offers. Psychology is the university's most popular on-campus program, based upon the number of degrees conferred in 2015. Meanwhile, students wishing to earn an online bachelor's degree in Florida may be interested in the school's degree completion programs. These are available in fields such as criminology, computer science and social sciences.

The school is also noteworthy for its graduation and retention rates. It ranks third and sixth, respectively, for those metrics.

Additional Info
10University of South Florida-St. Petersburg+
ADMISSION RATE
47%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
3

The University of South Florida System fills in the last spot on this list of the best traditional and online colleges for Florida. The system's St. Petersburg campus earns high marks for its affordability. It ranks fifth in the state for the low sticker price of its tuition and fees. Meanwhile, its net price is the fourth lowest out of 56 Florida schools.

Online programs at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg include a fully online MBA, master's degree in digital journalism and design and a master's degree in educational leadership. Other individual courses may be offered online, and the school has weekend and night classes for on-campus students.

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg also made the list of best four-year schools in Florida thanks to its institutional grant aid and the relatively low median debt carried by graduates.

Additional Info

Most Popular Degree Programs in Florida

On-campus and online Florida degrees are available in a variety of majors. However, these are the programs that attract the most students in the state.

In-Demand Careers in Florida

The available degree options can be overwhelming, but students may be able to narrow their choices by looking for programs that will lead to in-demand careers. Here are a few of the occupations expected to see the most growth in Florida in coming years.

Career Title Projected Job Growth Total Employment Annual Salary
Statisticians59.7%830$69,180
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists55.9%520$62,160
Commercial Divers53%400$48,600
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers51.9%980$39,530
Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters50.1%1,050$24,570
Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons47.1%470$24,860
Nurse Practitioners46.8%8,940$95,650
Rail Car Repairers46.3%770$55,650
Brickmasons and Blockmasons46%4,640$35,960
Insulation Workers, Mechanical45.2%1,310$37,990
Segmental Pavers45%590$35,840
Physician Assistants44.9%5,290$103,200
Helpers--Roofers44.6%1,210$26,660
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers43.2%11,360$34,320
Stonemasons42.3%550$41,510
Plasterers and Stucco Masons41.7%2,460$34,820
Genetic Counselors40.8%100$72,770
Occupational Therapy Assistants40.4%2,280$61,670
Physical Therapist Assistants40.3%5,340$62,730
Mechanical Door Repairers39.9%1,400$38,060
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers39.7%5,120$62,650
Roofers39%15,930$32,510
Fence Erectors38%1,450$33,430
Helpers--Electricians37.6%6,680$26,850
Web Developers37.3%7,740$62,320
Helpers--Carpenters37.1%2,330$28,770
Parking Lot Attendants36.9%17,190$20,350
Interpreters and Translators36.5%2,770$42,170
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers36.2%11,830$23,930
Physical Therapist Aides35.8%2,480$25,860
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Financial Aid and Scholarships in Florida

The Office of Student Financial Assistance in the Florida Department of Education offers a number of financial aid programs to state residents. These include the Bright Futures Scholarship, First Generation Matching Grant and Florida Resident Access Grant, among others. Plus, students may be eligible for federal aid, institutional grants or private scholarships.

 
J. Hugh and Earle W. Fellows Memorial Fund
Applicant must be a permanent resident of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, or Walton County, FL, be of good moral character, and qualified scholastically and intellectually. Ministry majors must be associated with the Episcopal church or a faith whose religious beliefs are not in substantial conflict with the Episcopal church. Recipient must have been accepted by or be successfully pursuing training at an accredited college or university in the appropriate field of study.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$120,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Rolling

 

 

 
Roy W. Likins Scholarship
Applicants must be undergraduate upperclassmen or graduate students who are enrolled at an accredited postsecondary institution located in Florida. They must be majoring in a subject that is related to the drinking water industry and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a four-point scale. Previous recipients of this award are ineligible. Selection is based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, character and stated career goals.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$25,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

May 15

 

 

 
John M. and Mary A. Shanley Memorial Scholarship
Applicant must be a graduating senior from a Charlotte, Hendry or Lee County, FL high school who will pursue a degree in accounting, agriculture, architecture, computer science, dentistry, education, engineering, law, medicine, or ministry. Minimum 3.0 GPA required.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

March 1

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable for up to four years.

 
Provost Scholarship
Applicant must be an out-of-state resident with a minimum 3.75 GPA and minimum combined SAT Reasoning score of 1400 (composite ACT score of 32).
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 15 (Early Action admissions deadline)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.25 GPA and full-time status.

Additional Resources

Article Sources
Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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University of Central Florida
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
4000 Central Florida Blvd
City
Orlando
State
FL
Zip Code
32816
Website
www.ucf.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
540-630
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
540-640
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
510-610
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
24-28
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Suburb: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
54,662
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admission Rate
49%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,368
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
132903
Number of Online Programs Offered
38
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
52%
Florida Atlantic University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
777 Glades Rd
City
Boca Raton
State
FL
Zip Code
33431
Website
www.fau.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
480-570
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
470-570
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
470-550
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
20-25
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
25,471
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admission Rate
68%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$4,831
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
133669
Number of Online Programs Offered
7
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
34%
Florida International University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
11200 S. W. 8 Street
City
Miami
State
FL
Zip Code
33199
Website
www.fiu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
500-590
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
490-580
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
490-570
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
22-26
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Suburb: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
41,032
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admission Rate
50%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,556
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
133951
Number of Online Programs Offered
19
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
53%
Florida State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
222 S. Copeland Street
City
Tallahassee
State
FL
Zip Code
32306
Website
www.fsu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
560-640
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
560-640
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
560-640
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
25-29
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
32,706
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admission Rate
56%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,507
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
134097
Number of Online Programs Offered
13
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
31%
University of North Florida
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1 UNF Drive
City
Jacksonville
State
FL
Zip Code
32224
Website
www.unf.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
540-630
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
530-610
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
500-590
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
22-27
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
13,817
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admission Rate
57%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$5,755
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
136172
Number of Online Programs Offered
4
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
32%
University of South Florida-Main Campus
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
4202 East Fowler Ave
City
Tampa
State
FL
Zip Code
33620
Website
www.usf.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
530-630
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
540-640
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
510-600
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
24-28
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
31,111
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admission Rate
45%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,410
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
137351
Number of Online Programs Offered
22
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
50%
The University of West Florida
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
11000 University Parkway
City
Pensacola
State
FL
Zip Code
32514
Website
uwf.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
470-570
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
460-550
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
450-540
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
20-26
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
10,193
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admission Rate
42%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$5,776
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
138354
Number of Online Programs Offered
22
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
54%
New College of Florida
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
5800 Bay Shore Road
City
Sarasota
State
FL
Zip Code
34243
Website
www.ncf.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
610-720
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
560-660
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
570-670
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
27-31
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
861
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admission Rate
61%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,916
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
262129
Number of Online Programs Offered
0
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
N/A
University of South Florida-St Petersburg
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
140 Seventh Ave S.
City
St. Petersburg
State
FL
Zip Code
33701
Website
www.usfsp.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
510-600
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
500-570
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
480-580
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
22-26
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,129
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admission Rate
47%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$5,821
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
448840
Number of Online Programs Offered
3
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
57%
University of Florida
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
N/A
City
Gainesville
State
FL
Zip Code
32611
Website
www.ufl.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
580-670
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
590-680
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
570-670
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
27-31
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
33,402
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admission Rate
48%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,381
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
134130
Number of Online Programs Offered
47
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
57%
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