2019 Best Online Colleges in Florida

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This list highlights the best online colleges in Florida based on alumni salaries and tuition rates. Ranked #1, University of South Florida - Main Campus offers the highest median salary at $80,100 and charges $6,410 per year for degrees in criminal justice, information studies, and more. Florida Atlantic University offers a wide range of degrees in subjects such as geoscience, business administration, and geography for $4,356 per year.

Alumni salaries were provided by PayScale. View our methodology for more details or learn more about SR Education Group. To see all online schools in Florida, view our comprehensive list.

Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 University of South Florida - Main Campus $6,410 $80,100
#2 #2 Nova Southeastern University $28,980 $82,500
#3 #3 Florida Atlantic University $4,356 $79,200
#4 #4 Florida International University $5,481 $79,200
#5 #5 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide $11,700 $79,500
#6 #6 University of Central Florida $3,152 $76,100
#7 #7 Adventist University of Health Sciences $14,550 $76,700
#8 #8 Webber International University $23,380 $70,300
#9 #9 Southeastern University $11,700 $66,600
#10 #10 Seminole State College of Florida $2,753 $64,200
#11 #11 Florida SouthWestern State College $2,753 $64,000
#12 #12 Palm Beach Atlantic University $10,500 $64,400
#13 #13 Warner University $13,140 $60,500
#14 #14 Broward College $4,076 $58,200
#15 #15 Hodges University $17,100 $58,200
#16 #16 Bethune-Cookman University $14,844 $56,200
#17 #17 Johnson University Florida $12,000 $51,700
#18 #18 The Baptist College of Florida $6,900 $50,100
#19 #19 College of Central Florida $2,954 $49,000

2019 Online Colleges in Florida Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,410
  • Median Salary: $80,100
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Tampa
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The University of South Florida - Main Campus offers partial undergraduate degrees online in subjects such as applied sciences, information studies, nursing, and information technology. They also offer several graduate degrees online, although some programs require internships, practica or other clinical experiences that call for on-campus or in-person attendance. Advanced graduate certificates are also available in a number of areas like addictions and substance abuse counseling, criminal justice administration, africana studies, women's and gender studies, and bioinformatics. Tuition for in-state students is $461.43 per credit hour and tuition for out-of-state residents is $482.65 per credit hour.

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  • Annual Tuition: $28,980
  • Median Salary: $82,500
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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Nova Southeastern University currently offers nine undergraduate degrees online. These programs include health science, human services administration, nursing, and psychology. They have well over 50 online graduate degrees as well, including medical education, employment law, developmental disabilities, computer science, and child protection. They have a number of scholarships available for students seeking help with their tuition, including the Chancellor Fellows Endowment, the Frederick W. and Grace P. Brecht Scholarship, and the Barnes and Noble Book Scholarship.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,356
  • Median Salary: $79,200
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Boca Raton
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Florida Atlantic University offers a number of low-cost, online undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Their undergraduate degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Bachelor of Public Management. They offer over 25 online graduate programs, including a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Education in Adult and Community Leadership, a Master of Science in Nurse Educator, and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering. 

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,481
  • Median Salary: $79,200
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Miami
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Florida International University offers online undergraduate degrees in many areas including computer science, criminal justice, electrical engineering, health service administration, and hospitality management. Their online graduate programs include construction management, forensic science, health informatics & analytics, and human resource management. Undergraduate degrees cost $212.71 per credit hour for in-state tuition and $299.77 per credit hour for out-of-state tuition. Graduate tuition varies by program so prospective students should check the website for tuition related to their major. There are also a number of scholarships available for eligible students.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Median Salary: $79,500
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Daytona Beach
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide offers a number of degree options for interested distance learners. Their online undergraduate degrees include an Associate in Science in Aviation Business Administration, an Associate in Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management, a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Security, and a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Business Administration, among others. There are also a number of graduate degrees available including a Master of Science in Management Information Systems, a Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance, and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering.

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  • Annual Tuition: $3,152
  • Median Salary: $76,100
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: 8 Cities
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The University of Central Florida offers 20 online undergraduate degree programs, including political science, health service administration, anthropology, criminal justice, and health services administration. Tuition for in-state online students is $179.19 per credit hour, while out-of-state students will pay $383.86 per credit hour. They offer 25 graduate degree programs, including public administration, instructional design and technology, hospitality and tourism management, aerospace engineering, and art education. For graduate students, rates are $327.32 per credit hour for in-state tuition and $694.82 per credit hour for out-of-state tuition.

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,550
  • Median Salary: $76,700
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Orlando
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Adventist University of Health Sciences offers a number of online degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences. They also have a number of master's programs such as a Master of Healthcare Administration in Strategy and Innovation, a Master of Science in Nursing, and an Executive Master of Healthcare Administration. Many of these degrees can be completed in 18 months, which is advantageous for students who are interested in completing their degree in a short period of time.

  • Annual Tuition: $23,380
  • Median Salary: $70,300
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Babson Park
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Webber International University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with specializations in Sports Business Management, Criminal Justice Management, Finance, and Computer Information Systems. They also offer a Bachelor of Science in General Business Studies degree. Students can take the online courses for these programs in either a 15-week semester or 7-week A and B sessions during the semester, allowing distance learners the flexibility to choose the duration of the program. Online classes are also offered in the summer in 6-week sessions. Their application fee is $35 and can be completed online.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Median Salary: $66,600
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Lakeland
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Southeastern University offers several online undergraduate degrees including a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science in Human Services, and a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media & Design. They also have a number of online graduate degree programs, including elementary education, international community development, ministerial leadership, and business administration. Over 97% of students at Southeastern University receive some form of financial assistance, so students looking for some help with their tuition have many options.

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,753
  • Median Salary: $64,200
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: 4 Cities
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Seminole State College of Florida offers five online Bachelor of Science degrees in Business and Information Management, Construction, Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, and Information Systems Technology. The Bachelor of Science in Business and Information Management has three available concentrations: Entrepreneurship, Interdisciplinary, and Supply Chain Management. The college has nine online Associate in Science degrees in fields like Business Administration, Social Media and Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Business Management, Information Systems Technology, and Computer Programming and Analysis. They also have one online Associate in Arts degree with general education requirements that is designed for students who are seeking to eventually transfer into a bachelor's program.

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,753
  • Median Salary: $64,000
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: 4 Cities
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Florida SouthWestern State College offers online undergraduate programs for a number of degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Sciences, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Safety Administration, and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management. Students in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management degree can take courses in Information Resources Management for Business, Organizational Behavior and Leadership, Human Resources Management, Leadership and Management Practices, and Business Ethics and Society.

  • Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • Median Salary: $64,400
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: West Palm Beach, Orlando
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Palm Beach Atlantic University offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees online, including a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry, a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership, and an RN to BSN. They also offer a Master of Science in Leadership. Tuition varies by program so potential students should check the website for rates relevant to their degree. Scholarships between $1,000-$3,000 are available for eligible students who are looking for tuition assistance.

  • Annual Tuition: $13,140
  • Median Salary: $60,500
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Lake Wales
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Warner University has six online degree programs, including education studies, criminal justice, business administration, Christian ministry, and more. Some degrees can be completed in one year, while others take up to three years to complete. All online programs cost $438 per credit hour, which equates to about $5,256 per semester. Their courses are flexible and allow students to complete their work as their schedules allow, as long as they can meet assigned deadlines. Students interested in Warner University's online undergraduate programs should note that most students need a 2.0 GPA in order to be accepted into their programs.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,076
  • Median Salary: $58,200
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Fort Lauderdale
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Broward College offers over 70 online programs to help distance students further their education and reach their career goals. Their online business program has quite a few options, including an Associate of Arts in Business Administration, Finance, and Health Services Administration, a bachelor’s degree in supervision and management, and many technical certificates. They also have quite a few online degrees offered through their STEM program, including associate degrees in computer and network security, computer information technology, engineering, mathematics, and statistics, and bachelor’s degrees in information technology and technology management.

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  • Annual Tuition: $17,100
  • Median Salary: $58,200
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Naples
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Hodges University offers quite a few online options for interested distance learners, including a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration. They also offer five graduate degrees: a Master of Accountancy, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Science in Legal Studies, a Master of Science in Management, and a Master of Arts in Visual Communication.

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,844
  • Median Salary: $56,200
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Daytona Beach
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Currently, Bethune-Cookman University offers eight online undergraduate programs and four graduate programs. Some of their undergraduate degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, and a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management. Their graduate degree program includes the following options: a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration, a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, a Master of Education in Exceptional Student Education, and a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry.

  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • Median Salary: $51,700
  • Accreditation: SACS COC, ABHE, and TRACS
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Kissimmee
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Johnson University Florida is a Christian college that offers eight online undergraduate degree programs, including applied linguistics, nonprofit administration, intercultural studies, business administration, and pastoral care & counseling. They have three online graduate degrees in business administration, new testament, and intercultural studies. They also have one online Ph.D. in Leadership Studies. Tuition varies between programs but for most undergraduate degrees, tuition is priced at $4,800 per semester. Most graduate programs cost $425 per credit hour, though some are slightly more.

Online Associate Degrees (5)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (14)

Online Master's Degrees (19)

Online Doctoral Degrees (5)

Online Certificate Programs (9)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,900
  • Median Salary: $50,100
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Graceville
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The Baptist College of Florida offers all of their courses and degrees online. Online undergraduate students can major in English secondary education, business leadership, ministry studies, psychology, and music. They also offer a Master of Arts in Music and Worship Leadership, and a Master of Arts in Christian Studies. Students interested in their BA in Elementary Education need 61 hours of coursework in their major and can choose from courses like classroom management, foundations of reading, psychology of teaching and learning, and survey of special education.

Online Associate Degrees (3)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (24)

Online Master's Degrees (5)

  • Annual Tuition: $2,954
  • Median Salary: $49,000
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Ocala, Lecanto, Levy
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The College of Central Florida has five online degree options: an Associate in Science in Criminal Justice Technology, an Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education, an Associate in Science in Business Administration, an Associate in Arts, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Their Associate in Science in Criminal Justice Technology degree allows students to take courses in Introduction to Criminal Investigation, Crime and Punishment, Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures, Policing in America, and Criminal Victimization.

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in Florida (79)

While tuition for Florida's 79 accredited online universities varies, degrees can be obtained for as little as $3,942 per year from Pinellas Technical Education Center in St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Criminal justice, nursing, and psychology are among the most common majors in Florida. Students can obtain a bachelor's degree in psychology from Brenau University or Palm Beach Atlantic University, while University of Central Florida offers degrees in both criminal justice and nursing. Other majors popular with Florida students include biology, organizational management, and international relations.

At a Glance:

  • Over half of Florida's accredited online universities offer degrees for under $15,000 per year.
  • The Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG) Program is a need-based grant program available to qualifying degree-seeking, resident, undergraduate students who are enrolled in participating postsecondary institutions.
  • The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program offers renewing annual scholarships to students who maintain the required GPA and earn the required credit hours.

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