In this article, we review the top 10 online colleges in Florida, with a focus on the Jacksonville area.
Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida, so it should come as no surprise that a large number of colleges and universities are scattered throughout the area. From public universities to private colleges, the schools in Jacksonville accommodate the growing demand for higher education. Many of the schools offer online options for working students, or those that need to balance life obligations and education.
We reviewed accredited colleges and universities within a 90-mile radius of Jacksonville to determine a list of the top 10 schools for an online degree. We gathered a number of accredited institutions near Jacksonville that offered at least one online degree program and reviewed the school’s rankings with major publications like Forbes magazine, The Princeton Review, and U.S. News and World Report. We ranked the schools by rankings received from the major publication(s). If a school received more than one ranking, we placed the school higher on our list.
Here is our list of the top 10 online colleges in Florida — Jacksonville area.
#10 – Jones College
Jones College offers online bachelor’s degrees in business administration, computer information systems, interdisciplinary studies, and legal assistant studies. The programs are designed for working students, military personnel, and individuals who want to balance life obligations while attending school. Jones College offers approximately 100 years of experience assisting students with their career goals. The school was founded in 1918 and maintains a small student body population of just over 350 students. Online courses are capped to ensure students receive personalized instruction and convenient access to their instructors. The school is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and has earned recognition from Forbes magazine as a top private college.
#9 – Trinity Baptist College
Trinity Baptist College is a private institution that was founded in 1974 by the Trinity Baptist Church. The school offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs. For busy students, Trinity offers select online programs designed to provide flexibility and convenience while attending school. Students have the opportunity to work at their own pace rather than attending scheduled courses. Online programs include education, business management and ethics, and Christian counseling. The school is nationally accredited and has received recognition from major publications like U.S. News and World Report. The school is authorized to operate by the State of Florida through the Commission for Independent Education.
#8 – Edward Waters College
Edward Waters College is a nationally ranked institution of higher education that offers various online degree programs. Once a historically black college, Edward Waters supports a diverse and high-achieving student population. The school offers select online degree programs designed with the working student in mind. Students may major in business administration, communications, elementary education, or psychology, and complete coursework entirely online. U.S. News and World Report ranks Edward Waters College among the Tier 2 Best Regional Colleges in the South. The school is also recognized as among the Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
#7 – Florida State College at Jacksonville
Florida State College at Jacksonville is a public institution that offers a number of online degree programs designed for busy students. Online bachelor’s degree programs include business administration, early childhood education, human services, information technology management, and supervision and management. The school has earned numerous recognitions from major publications, including U.S. News and World Report and Forbes magazine. The school was also ranked among the Most Affordable in the Nation, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center. The school prides itself in assisting military personnel and veterans to successfully complete their educational goals and thus constitutes an attractive option to that segment among online colleges in Florida.
#6 – Daytona State College
Daytona Beach, Florida
Daytona State College is a public institution located approximately 89 miles from Jacksonville. The school offers four online bachelor’s degree programs in engineering technology, engineering with electrical engineering concentration, information technology, and supervision and management. Online associate degrees and certificates are also available. Daytona State College has received rankings from major publications like U.S. News and World Report. In fact, the school’s online bachelor’s programs are ranked #7 out of over 1,200 programs. The online bachelor’s has ranked in the top 10 for the third year in a row, according to the most recent publication of Best Colleges.
#5 – Jacksonville University
Jacksonville University is a regionally and nationally ranked institution that offers several online degrees designed for working students who are busy balancing life obligations. The university has received rankings by major publications like U.S. News and World Report. In fact, U.S. News ranks Jacksonville University as the 65th Best Regional University in the South and the 49th Best College for Veterans. The school’s online graduate nursing program is ranked #39 out of approximately 1,200 programs. Online program offerings include the RN to BSN, MSN and MS in Health Informatics. The school also offers graduate online education degree programs designed with the working teacher in mind. Veterans, nurses, and teachers considering different online colleges in Florida will want to take a close look at Jacksonville University.
#4 – University of North Florida
The University of North Florida offers various online master’s and doctoral degree programs specifically designed for working professionals. Students may earn master’s degrees online in education, educational leadership, special education, and nutrition and dietetics. An online RN to BSN is available and can be completed in eight-week accelerated terms. Campus visits for the online nursing program are not required. The school also offers an online doctorate in nursing practice for students who hold a master’s in nursing. University of North Florida is ranked with U.S. News and World Report as the 50th Best Regional University in the South. The school’s online programs have also received recognition. UNF’s online bachelor’s programs rank #137 and the online graduate education programs rank #46.
#3 – University of Florida Gainesville
Gainesville is approximately 70 miles from Jacksonville, and is home to the University of Florida. The institution offers various online bachelor’s degrees in anthropology, biology, business administration, computer science, nursing, sport management, and telecommunication media. There are four 2+2 programs available online and open to students with an associate’s degree. These programs include communication sciences, digital arts, fire and emergency services, and microbiology and cell science. U.S. News and World Report ranks the university as the 47th Best National University in the United States. The school’s online programs have also received high rankings from major publications. U.S. News ranks the school’s online bachelor’s programs #11, online MBA programs #4, and online graduate education programs #1.
#2 – Bethune-Cookman University
Daytona Beach, Florida
Bethune-Cookman University is a private institution, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, and located a short driving distance from Jacksonville. The school offers various online bachelor’s degree programs that are designed for students trying to balance work and family life with education. The school offers online programs in business, education, health sciences, engineering, and math. The university is highly ranked by major publications such as U.S. News and World Report. In fact, the 2016 edition of Best Colleges lists Bethune-Cookman as the 39th Best Regional College in the South, the 23rd Best Historically Black College or University, and the 27th Best College for Veterans.
#1 – Flagler College
St. Augustine, Florida
Flagler College tops our list of online colleges in Florida — Jacksonville area. Flagler is a private institution located approximately 40 miles from Jacksonville. The college offers select online bachelor’s degree programs in art and design, business administration, and communication. The school has received numerous rankings from major publications like Forbes magazine, The Princeton Review, and U.S. News and World Report. In fact, the 2016 edition of Best Colleges published by U.S. News ranks Flagler as the 6th Best Regional College in the South and the 7th Best Value School in the region. The Princeton Review names Flagler among the Best 380 Colleges, based on data retrieved by 136,000 students.
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This concludes our ranking of the top 10 online colleges in Florida — Jacksonville area.
By GVC Staff
Published February 2016