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UCF’s online programs stand out at the top among the more than 300 schools surveyed annually by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings consider student engagement, student services and technology, faculty credentials and training and peer reputation.

Best Online Bachelor’s Degrees

Best Online Bachelor's Degree - U.S. News & World Report

Top 10 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2024
UCF is ranked No. 7 in Best Online Undergraduate Programs in the Nation. Using indicators of academic excellence, U.S. News & World Report ranks regionally accredited colleges and universities.

Best Online Veterans Bachelors Degree U.S. News & World Report

Top 10 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans in 2024
U.S. News and World Report ranked the ޳Ƶ as No. 5 in best online bachelor’s degree programs that help veterans reduce the cost of school.

How are the Best Online Bachelor’s Rankings chosen?

U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and information that includes usnews.com and annual print and e-book versions of its authoritative rankings of Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools and Best Hospitals. U.S. News evaluates several factors to rank the best online bachelor’s degree programs, including graduation rates, faculty credentials and support services available for fully online students.

These are assessed in four categories used to determine a school’s standing: engagement, services and technologies, faculty credentials and training, and expert opinion.

For the Best Online Programs for Veterans ranking, all schools included in these rankings first have to be ranked among the top half of schools in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Online Programs rankings. These rankings measure these factors in consideration to financial benefits available specifically to people with military experience, such as program reputation, faculty credentials, retention rates, graduate debt loads, GI Bill status, and population of students with a military background.

Best Online Graduate Degrees

Top 20 Best Online Criminal Justice Graduate Programs

UCF Online’s Criminal Justice Graduate Program was ranked No. 10 in the 2024 Best Online Master’s Criminal Justice Programs by U.S. News & World Report. The Department of Criminal Justice at UCF blends the latest technological advancements in criminal investigations with a public-policy approach to examining crime, criminals and justice policy that focuses on making the world a safer place.

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Top 10 Best Online Nursing Graduate Programs

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked UCF No. 14 in the 2024 Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs out of 179 schools. The College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and offers fully online bachelor’s, master’s, certificate and doctorate programs taught by nationally recognized faculty.

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Top 20 Most Innovative University in the Nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF above Harvard, Princeton, Duke and Johns Hopkins as most innovative in its annual list of best colleges.

US World New Most Innovative University Badge

How Are Most Innovative Rankings chosen?

A Most Innovative school, as determined by U.S. News & World Report, is one making promising innovations in technology, curriculum and other areas. To help identify these schools, U.S. News asks university presidents, provosts and admissions deans at some of the top academic colleges and universities across the country to name the institutions they think develop and deliver innovative ideas, opportunities and solutions. In a peer assessment survey, each university leader who contributed to the survey rankings were tasked to nominate up to 15 institutions in their U.S. News Best Colleges ranking category that are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.

Why UCF Online?

Online degree programs combine an outstanding learning experience with personalized convenience and flexibility — plus the empowering ability to advance your career and create your own success.

For alumna Loreen Hand ’81 ’13MS, who was part of UCF’s first class of BSN graduates, our online programs enabled her to earn a master’s degree while working full time as a nurse. Life-changing outcomes like this are just one of the reasons UCF offers accredited and in-demand degree programs online that have been ranked among the best in the nation.


Undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs offered fully online through UCF Online


Full-time, tenure-track faculty teaching online programs

Top 5

UCF Online Graduate Majors Based on Enrollment

  1. 1. Social Work, MSW
  2. 2. Nursing, MSN
  3. 3. Healthcare Informatics, PSM
  4. 4. Nonprofit Management, MNM
  5. 5. Criminal Justice, MS
Top 5

UCF Online Undergraduate Majors Based on Enrollment

  1. 1. Psychology, BS
  2. 2. Nursing, BS
  3. 3. Health Services Administration, BS
  4. 4. Criminal Justice, BA/BS
  5. 5. English, BA

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