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Top Colleges in Florida for 2017

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s newly redesigned Top Colleges 2017 tool. We ranked more than 2,500 accredited colleges and universities on a variety of factors, including affordability, student services and the availability of online programs. The result is a list of the best online colleges in the U.S. that is built into this interactive tool.

The filters on the left let you create customized lists of schools based on the factors that are most important to you, including location, price and religious affiliation, among others. Choosing the right school is the first step toward success in higher education, and we’re excited to help you get started.

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STATE
TUITION
INSTITUTION TYPE
DEGREE LEVEL
MILITARY BENEFITS
RELIGIOUS AFFILATION
1 University of Florida Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
57%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
47
OVERALL SCORE
99.6
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
2 Saint Leo University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
71%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
57
OVERALL SCORE
99.56
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
3 University of Central Florida Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
52%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
38
OVERALL SCORE
99.4
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
4 Florida International University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
53%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
19
OVERALL SCORE
97.32
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
5 University of South Florida-Main Campus Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
50%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
22
OVERALL SCORE
96.88
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    Career Counseling Services
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6 Florida National University-Main Campus Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
22
OVERALL SCORE
96.72
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
7 Florida State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
95.32
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
8 Florida Atlantic University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
93.72
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
9 North Florida Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
47%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
93.28
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
10 Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
46%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
46
OVERALL SCORE
91.76
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
11 Nova Southeastern University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
52%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
114
OVERALL SCORE
90.8
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
12 Full Sail University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
100%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
30
OVERALL SCORE
89.2
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
13 University of North Florida Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
32%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
88.2
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14 Florida Gulf Coast University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
49%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
86.41
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    Placement Services
15 Tallahassee Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
84.73
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
16 Hillsborough Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
82.61
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
17 The University of West Florida Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
54%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
22
OVERALL SCORE
80.45
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
18 Herzing University-Winter Park Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
8%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
21
OVERALL SCORE
80.21
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
19 Southern Technical College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
79.49
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
20 Southeastern University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
69%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
20
OVERALL SCORE
74.06
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
21 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
7%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
72.1
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
22 Hodges University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
72%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
29
OVERALL SCORE
71.78
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
23 Argosy University-Sarasota Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
70%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
70.46
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
24 University of Miami Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
67.38
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
25 University of South Florida-St Petersburg Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
57%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
63.66
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
26 The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
48%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
63.02
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
27 Stetson University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
76%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
61.51
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
28 Barry University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
10%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
61.27
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
29 Palm Beach Atlantic University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
25%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
58.63
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
30 South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
27%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
55.75
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
31 Everest University-South Orlando Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
98%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
16
OVERALL SCORE
55.67
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
32 Taylor College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
61%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
51.83
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
33 Florida Institute of Technology Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
11%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
51.63
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
34 St Thomas University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
51.03
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
35 Florida Memorial University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
21%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
49.12
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
36 AI Miami International University of Art and Design Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
54%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
45.44
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
37 Johnson University Florida Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
73%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
44.32
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    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
38 Florida Keys Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
33.69
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
39 Lynn University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
27%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
31.13
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
40 Florida Southern College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
28.65
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    Career Counseling Services
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41 Johnson & Wales University-North Miami Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
2%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
28.45
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
42 Virginia College-Jacksonville Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
8%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
27.93
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
43 Carlos Albizu University-Miami Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
10%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
26.29
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
44 Schiller International University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
52%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
25.69
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
45 Everest University-North Orlando Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
25.09
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
46 The Baptist College of Florida Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
58%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
17
OVERALL SCORE
24.5
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
47 Ave Maria University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
1%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
23.58
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
48 Jacksonville University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
22.9
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
49 Digital Media Arts College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
8%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
22.42
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
50 Everest University-Pompano Beach Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
74%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
20.58
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services

Methodology and Sources

Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either “Four or more years” or “At least 2 but less than 4 years”
  • At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • Data is reported for all 14 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section

We ranked 2,503 colleges on 14 criteria, using 2015 data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the weights specified:

  • Number of programs offered via distance education
  • Ratio of students participating fully or partially in distance education to total enrollment
  • Average in-state tuition for undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate students
  • Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases and media
  • Graduation rate
  • Retention rate
  • The availability of the following tuition plans:
    • Payment plan
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Other alternative tuition plan
  • The availability of academic/ career counseling services
  • The availability of job placement services for graduates
  • The availability of virtual reference services
  • Offers dual credit
  • Offers credit for life experience
  • Offers advanced placement (AP) credit
  • Offers credit for military training

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools’ tuition amounts are based on 2015-16 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Sources

  1. Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed February 2017, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
, if applicable,