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UWF online programs receive high marks in U.S. News & World Report rankings

The University of West Florida ranked 39th among 358 institutions for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings released on Tuesday, Jan. 14. This marks a dramatic increase from last year when UWF’s online bachelor’s program ranked No. 200.

UWF students studying at Boneheads Fire Grilled restaurant in Argonaut Village.

“UWF is reaching higher and developing new ways to deliver online learning. We are connecting our community, our region and our world,” said UWF President Martha D. Saunders. “This ranking is a result of the University’s 20-year commitment to providing distance learning programs of the highest quality.”

U.S. News & World Report awarded UWF four Best Colleges award badges as symbols of excellence. UWF earned badges in the following categories for online programs: Bachelor’s; MBA; Business (non-MBA); and Master’s Education. UWF also ranked in the categories Online Computer Information Technology (Masters) and Online Nursing (Masters). UWF ranked in the top 40 for the following categories relating to programs for veterans: Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, Best Online Master’s in Business Programs for Veterans (Excluding MBA); and Best Online Master’s in Education Programs for Veterans. The rankings evaluate more than 1,600 distance education bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

The UWF Online Campus offers more than 600 online course sections each semester that lead to over 50 different undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as credit-earning certificate programs. UWF launched its first fully online degree program, offering a master’s degree in instructional technology within the College of Education and Professional Studies, in Fall 1998, when the world wide web was just eight years old.

In September, U.S. News & World Report ranked UWF among the top 15 public regional institutions in the South and awarded the University four Best Colleges badges in the following categories: Regional Universities; Top Public Schools; Social Mobility; and Best Colleges for Veterans.

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