While University of Florida’s earliest roots go back to 1853, the school did not become a university as we know it today until 1905, after many mergers and relocations. The institution’s first classes as a university were held in 1906 with a mere 106 students. From these humble beginnings, the University of Florida has grown into one of the largest public land-grant universities in the nation with more than 50,000 students. While the University of Florida is best known for its expansive, 2,000-acre campus and traditional degree programs, the university also has an online presence, offering many programs through distance education. The university is distinguished as a member of the Association of American Universities, which encompasses the top 63 public and private institutions in North America. Aside from this, U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks the University of Florida among the nation’s top public universities.
The University of Florida Online offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, as well as certificate and specialist programs through distance education. Online bachelor’s programs are available in microbiology and cell sciences, business administration, fire and emergency services, health education and behavior, sport management, and applied physiology and kinesiology (fitness/wellness specialization).
The University of Florida Onlineoffers a vast number of online master’s programs through its colleges of agriculture and life sciences; business administration; design, construction, and planning; education; engineering; fine arts; journalism and communications; liberal arts and sciences; nursing; pharmacy; public health and health professions; and veterinary medicine. A few of these master’s programs include nonprofit management, international construction management, aerospace engineering, materials science and engineering, Latin, and pharmaceutical chemistry. Finally, the university offers 10 different online doctoral programs, including a Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).
The University of Florida has been regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges since 1913. The university also holds specialized accreditation for specific programs through the following accreditors: Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education; Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education; American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar; American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation; American Dietetic Association, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education; American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education; American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education; American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology; American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education; Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Council on Education for Public Health; Liaison Committee on Medical Education; National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation; National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation; National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation; National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation; and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Admission into the University of Florida is highly selective. Prospective students must fill out their application online by the specified application deadline, a process which includes essay and resume sections. Applicants must also submit a $35 application fee, send in their high school transcripts, and submit official ACT and/or SAT scores. Minimum requirements for admission to graduate programs at the University of Florida Online include a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, minimum “B” average for all upper-division undergraduate course work, and acceptable scores on standardized tests, such as the GRE or GMAT, depending on the graduate program. Beyond this, prospective students must check the individual admissions requirements for each particular program.
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