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School history

The University of Florida's tumultuous beginnings started way back 1853. In that year, the East Florida Seminary took over the Kingsbury Academy in Ocala. In the 1860s, however, the seminary moved to Gainesville and quickly consolidated with the Florida Agricultural College, a land-grant school located in Lake City. In the early 1900s, the school transitioned once again, when it was named a university by legislative action. The school then moved back to Gainesville and has remained there up to today.

Although the University of Florida originally started with just 102 students, enrollment expanded rapidly as the educational aspirations of students increased. Years later, UF is one of the largest universities in the nation with more than 50,000 full-time and part-time students.

Distinctions

Although the University of Florida offers a plethora of on-campus degree options for students, it's also known for its bevy of excellent online degree programs, many of which have been recognized by national ranking agencies. Here are a few of the school's most celebrated online degree programs:

US News & World Report college rankings:

  • Best Online Bachelor's Programs (2015): No. 13
  • Best Online MBA Programs (2015): No. 4
  • Best Online Graduate Education Programs (2015): No. 13
  • Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs (2015): No. 56

In addition to achieving these rankings for excellence in online offerings, UF itself achieves high marks all around. For example, US News & World Report ranked the school at #48 among all schools nationally, and #14 among public schools across the entire country.

Cost to attend

The University of Florida publishes updated information on the cost of tuition and fees for students pursuing various levels of higher education. Here's a quick rundown of the tuition costs, based on data published on UF's website:

Tuition and Fees for 2015/16 School Year:

  • Undergraduate, on or off-campus: $6,310
  • Undergraduate living at home: $6,310
  • Graduate off-campus: $12,680
  • Undergraduate Sum.15 (A+B) on or off-campus: $2,530

In addition to basic tuition and fees levied by the school, additional costs may be associated with your online degree program depending on the specific arrangements you make. Those additional costs can include books and supplies, computers and cell phones, housing, food, transportation and clothing. Adding those costs into the equation, UF estimates that an undergraduate student pursuing their degree on-campus can expect to spend a total of $20,590 for the 2015-16 school year.

Financial aid

The University of Florida offers a wealth of information on financial aid for students seeking on-campus and online degrees. Students are encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA), so that state and federal agencies can determine what type of aid they may qualify for. Although the state of Florida and the federal government may offer considerable resources when it comes to financial aid, UF itself also offers its share of relief for cash-strapped students. The following list includes a summary of the various types of aid UF has made available:

  • Florida College Transfer Scholarships - Designed for transfer students, these college scholarships offer aid to students transferring from a Florida College to the University of Florida.
  • Florida Bright Futures Scholarship - This scholarship is administered by the Florida Department of Education and is available to students who graduate from any Florida high school.
  • Out-of-State Tuition Scholarships - These scholarships are aimed at decreasing tuition costs for out-of-state students that meet certain guidelines.
  • Presidential Scholarships - These UF scholarships are awarded to students with excellent academic records and stand-out personal achievement. This scholarship is awarded in three tiers: $5,000, $8,000 and $10,000.

Online offerings

UF offers a wealth of options when it comes to both hybrid and online degree programs. Currently, the schools offers dozens of online Bachelor's degree programs, Bachelor's completion programs, graduate programs, and certificates in everything from business to media to geology and geography.

Even better, all online degree programs offered through UF are the equivalent of their on-campus counterparts, and are often taught and administered by the same staff and instructors.

Highlighted programs

Here are a few of UF's stand-out online degree programs, as well as some information on each:

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Students who earn a B.S. in Business Administration can gain an introduction to the many inner workings of the business world. Ranked #16 among public universities for Best Undergraduate Business Programs by US News & World Report, UF gears this degree program to students interested in nearly any business discipline - from real estate to management and marketing and even international business.

Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication Media & Society

This online degree program instills students with a strong foundation in communication and personal development while also offering instruction in both traditional and digital media. Upon graduation, students who participate in this program can parlay their wealth of knowledge into a potential future in law school, or pursuing a career in sports, media, marketing, or public relations.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Working professionals who want to take their career to the next level should consider pursuing an online MBA from the University of Florida's Hough Graduate School of Business. Regarded as one of the best online MBA programs by the Financial Times and US News & World Report, this program can prepare students for the upper levels of management within their corporation or firm, or to pursue a launch of their own start-up or business.

Student life

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) tracks a variety of different categories among their student body each year. Here's the school's 2013 age breakdown for both undergraduate and graduate full-time student bodies:

University of Florida Demographic Breakdown by Student Age

Age Range

# Undergraduates

# Graduate Students

18-19

10,606

2

20-21

13,753

283

22-24

4,925

4,878

25-29

670

4,448

30-34

168

1,562

35-39

63

524

40-49

41

362

50-64

18

115

65 and over

1

2

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, May 2014

Here's the breakdown of student body ethnic makeup for full-time students as of 2013:

University of Florida Demographic Breakdown by Student Sex/Ethnicity

Ethnicity

# Undergraduates

# Graduate Students

Caucasian

17,518

5,699

Black or African American

2,214

563

Hispanic or Latino

5,720

1,136

Asian

2,313

730

Two or More Races

878

121

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

213

19

American Indian or Alaska Native

75

37

Nonresident Alien

319

3,393

Total Women

16,751

6,129

Total Men

13,303

6,047

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, May 2014

As you can see, UF has plenty to offer students from every ethnic background and age group, whether they want to pursue on-campus, traditional education or hybrid or online degree programs. Not only have many of their programs been recognized on a national level for excellence, but they are also affordable. UF's online offerings also make it easier for certain types of students, such as working parents, to continue earning their degree while remaining in the workforce. Meanwhile, the ability to earn a degree remotely can make it easier for students who don't want to relocate to earn online degrees and use them to excel in their careers.

If you're interested in finding out more about the many online degree programs offered at the University of Florida, scroll back to the top and click the "Request Info" button on the right.

Sources

"About UF," University of Flordia, 2015, http://www.ufl.edu/about-uf/

"Basics: Cost of Attendance," University of Florida, Student Financial Affairs, 2015-16, http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/basics/cost-of-attendance/

IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, May 20, 2015, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter/InstitutionByName.aspx

"Scholarships for Undergraduates," University of Florida, 2015, http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/scholarships.html

"University of Florida, Online Programs," US News & World Report, 2015, http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/university-of-florida-134130

University of Florida, http://ufonline.ufl.edu/

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