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Top Colleges in Florida for 2019-20

Methodology and Sources

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s Top Colleges Tool 2019-20. Using the most recent final data available from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 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. 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
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
58%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
50
OVERALL SCORE
100
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
58%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
45
OVERALL SCORE
99.67
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
60%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
45
OVERALL SCORE
99.56
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
4 Florida State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
99.5
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
53%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
22
OVERALL SCORE
99.39
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
48%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
26
OVERALL SCORE
98.57
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
63%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
22
OVERALL SCORE
98.29
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
57%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
22
OVERALL SCORE
97.91
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
9 Saint Leo University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
74%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
62
OVERALL SCORE
97.69
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
10 Florida Atlantic University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
96.09
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
11 Nova Southeastern University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
48%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
102
OVERALL SCORE
92.07
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
84%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
88.66
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
58
OVERALL SCORE
85.52
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
14 Everglades University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
57%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
16
OVERALL SCORE
80.84
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
76%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
19
OVERALL SCORE
78.25
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
16 University of North Florida Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
78.14
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
49%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
75.83
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
18 Jacksonville University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
16
OVERALL SCORE
70.98
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
19 Full Sail University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
98%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
64
OVERALL SCORE
70.76
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SCHOOL FEATURES
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    Placement Services
20 Southeastern University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
45%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
70.37
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
21 Warner University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
57%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
70.1
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
61%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
68.72
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
23 Bethune-Cookman University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
41%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
67.02
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
66.8
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
25 St Thomas University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
65.14
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
26 Lynn University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
16
OVERALL SCORE
65.03
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
27 University of Miami Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
63.33
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
100%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
62.06
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
17%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
61.95
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
30 Trinity Baptist College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
60.46
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
31 Hodges University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
74%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
32
OVERALL SCORE
58.81
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
32 Barry University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
15%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
53.69
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
33 Florida Southern College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
25%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
51.32
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
13%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
50.94
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
35 Hobe Sound Bible College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
52%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
49.56
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SCHOOL FEATURES
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
100%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
44.16
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
38%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
43.56
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
36.07
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
15%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
34.86
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
40 Stetson University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
3%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
31
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
41 Trinity College of Florida Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
30.73
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
21%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
22.91
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
43 Flagler College-St Augustine Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
0%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
6.06
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
27%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
5.34
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit

Methodology and Sources

Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 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"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1 percent of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using provisional 2017-18 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

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 2017-18 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Sources:

  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2017-18, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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