Questions and Answers About Florida’s New Online University

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Century Tower at the University of Florida. UF Online will open in January.

Last week, the Florida State University System Board of Governors approved a business plan for a statutorily created online university at the University of Florida.

The school, UF Online, will begin offering classes in January. Students will be able to earn their bachelor’s degree entirely online (although they may need to take a lab at a state college or other institution). The school will offer degrees in seven majors to start: biology; business Administration; criminology and law; environmental management in agriculture and natural resources; health education and behavior; psychology; and sports management.

We caught up with Andrew McCollough, Associate Provost for Education and Technology at the University of Florida, to talk about UF Online

McCollough says he doesn’t yet know who the typical UF Online student is, but expects the school to initially have a stronger appeal to transfer students. It also explains why the University of Florida insists that UF Online will be similar to an on-campus student.

In ten years, the school plans to enroll 24,000 students and offer 35 degrees.

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