TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2018) – Several of the University of South Florida’s online degree programs are considered among the best in the nation, according to new rankings released today by U.S. News and World Report (U.S. News).
The publication’s 2018 Best Online Program rankings place USF’s graduate engineering program at No. 21, in a tie with the University of Florida for best in the state and 19 spots higher than last year’s ranking. U.S. News places USF’s graduate computer information technology program at No. 23 in the nation, a six-position improvement from 2017. USF’s graduate education program ranks No. 46.
“Ensuring that students have access to rigorous and engaged learning in a way that fits their life and schedule is essential to the mission of the University of South Florida,” USF System Provost Ralph Wilcox said. “Even more important is ensuring that our educational offerings are of a consistently high quality, whether on campus, online, or in classrooms across the globe. The university remains committed to maximizing career readiness and advancement, together with ensuring that our students graduate well prepared and ready to compete successfully in the global workforce.”
While the individual methodology for each ranking varies slightly by program, U.S. News ranks accredited online programs based on various factors, including faculty credentials and training, student engagement, peer reputation and student services and technology. All programs, except for online bachelor’s degrees, also weigh admissions selectivity.
USF offers hundreds of distance learning courses each semester, giving students the opportunity to take individual courses or complete entire degree programs online. The university currently offers seven undergraduate degree programs fully online and 30 graduate programs.
For more information on USF’s online programs and courses, visit USF Innovative Education.
About the University of South Florida
The University of South Florida, established in 1956 and located in Tampa, is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three, separately accredited institutions: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Serving more than 49,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF ranks in the top 30 nationally for research expenditures among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2016, the Florida Legislature designated USF as “Emerging Preeminent,” placing USF in an elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.