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An Innovator in Online Learning

At UCF, students get the best possible education at a university that’s a leader in online learning. We’ve been doing online since the beginning — bringing 25 years of experience. It’s the same quality education, just virtually. From new technologies to course materials to faculty support, UCF provides students with all the tools needed to succeed in online learning.

We consider how students learn as much as what they learn. This ensures a meaningful learning environment that sets them on the path to success. And although not physically present in a classroom, learning doesn’t stop. Students still have class, participate in projects and coursework, talk with professors, as well as collaborate and connect with other classmates. Our students have adapted to these changes and continue to learn as much as they would on campus.

It’s not just taking learning and putting it online. We’re rethinking the entire college experience in the virtual world.

Teaching Designed for the Online Classroom

Every year, faculty participate in development programs to ensure students receive the best possible education. This includes remote instruction training, which covers topics from how students receive assignments, communicate with their professor and classmates, find resources, and take exams. Faculty tailor their curriculum in a way that serves the diverse background of our students and their individual needs.

Staying updated on the latest techniques helps reduce barriers and promotes an online learning environment where all students can gain the knowledge and skills to achieve their dreams. Whether students are in the classroom, online or a mix of both, UCF continuously looks for ways to improve the student learning experience.


Ranked among the top 15 best online bachelor’s programs in 2021.

U.S. News & World Report


For best online graduate criminal justice programs.

U.S. News & World Report


For best online bachelor’s programs for veterans

U.S. News & World Report


Awards for excellence in online teaching from the Online Learning Consortium/Sloan Consortium


full-time faculty-level instructional designers employed to support UCF faculty in online course design and delivery


UCF faculty have completed IDL 6543, a rigorous award-winning professional development program to prepare for online teaching

Coronavirus Impact: On Campus to Online

At UCF, we understand the unprecedented challenges that many have faced over the last few months due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. And while things look a bit different these days, we’re helping students maintain a focus on the future and continue on the path to graduation.

Since moving to remote instruction, the university put together a number of resources to aid students in making a smooth transition to online learning as a result of the coronavirus. The UCF Keep Learning site provides information, including:

  • Best practices on creating an optimal learning space at home
  • Computer specifications — from browser information to getting a webcam working
  • How to find free digital textbooks
  • [email protected] video resources
  • Guides on using Zoom
  • Ensuring academic integrity of proctored exams

We’ve taken what we do online and developed resources to help best serve students remotely. For instance, individual departments work directly with students to help them find ways to best fulfill clinicals, internships or other requirements to ensure as little disruption as possible.

And to keep students updated through this fluid situation, we created the UCF coronavirus website to provide the latest news, information, FAQs and helpful resources.

Transforming Student Services for a Digital Learner

It’s more than just classes that are offered online. From academic advising and orientation, recreation, exercise, as well as health, counseling and psychological services — there are virtual options for everything. And graduation? We love celebrating our grads and had a great time taking it online.

Explore all virtual student services

Students have told us, time and time again, of this online learning environment, ‘You’re making education more convenient. You’re reducing the logistical demands for getting an education. You’re increasing my learning flexibility’ … We’re committed to that.”

— Charles Dziuban, director of UCF’s Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness

Benefits of Distance Learning

A virtual learning experience provides students with the flexibility to learn when, where and how they want. More productive in the mornings? Start your day off on the right foot. Prefer taking your studies outdoors? Today’s looking bright. Students have access to courses and materials right at their fingertips — making learning online that much more convenient. Plus, with so many advancements in technology, coursework is still as fun and engaging as the classroom.

A Faster Path to Graduation

Distance learning also keeps students on track, or in some cases, puts them on a fast track to graduation. For transfer and graduate students, this can help go from classroom to workforce in as few as two years. On average, students who take more online classes graduate sooner.*

Transfer Student

  1. <20%
  2. 50%
  3. 100%

Master’s Student

  1. <20%
  2. 50% – 100%

*Graduation data representing the percentage of online courses a graduate or transfer student from a Florida College System institution takes throughout their degree program.

Distance Learning News

UCF Pioneer in Remote Learning Had an ‘Unmatched Optimism for the Work’
Alumna Barbara Truman, who helped pave the way for the university’s online success, died July 17.
Arts & Culture
UCF Professor Brings Online Classes to Life with Custom TV Shows
With the help of UCF’s Center for Distributed Learning, a Judaic studies professor transports online students to the Middle East.
Colleges & Campus
UCF Celebrates 25 Years of Online Learning with Top-15 U.S. Ranking
U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked UCF among the Best Online Bachelor’s programs in the nation — this time, coming in at…
Colleges & Campus
UCF Faculty Collaborate to Provide Students Free Course Materials
By using open educational resources, UCF faculty helped students save more than $750,000 during the Fall 2020 semester.

A Pathway to Complete a Fully Online Degree

From application through graduation, UCF Online provides students with dedicated team to guide them every step of the way — serving as advocates to help them reach goals and set out to do big things. Having a support system in place not only helps students stay on track to graduate, but also connects them with various resources needed to succeed in school and life.

Learn more about UCF Online coaches

With more than 100 programs available fully online, UCF Online offers convenience and flexibility for those trying to balance school, work and life. Students have the ability to learn wherever they live and make a difference in their own communities.

UCF offers online degrees in healthcare, engineering, hospitality, leadership and management, among many others. From online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs to professional certificates, UCF gives students the competitive edge to achieve their dreams.

Get the degree you want.

UCF has more than 230 degree programs in 13 colleges, plus a talented team of faculty and staff to help find what’s right for you. Whatever your passion, we’ll put you on the path to success.

Thirteen colleges. Unlimited possibilities.

At UCF, we offer an array of academic options for just about every interest. Check out our 230+ degree programs, award-winning faculty and groundbreaking research. You’ll quickly discover all there is to experience and get inspired by at one of the nation’s largest universities.

Arts and Humanities
Burnett Honors
Community Innovation and Education
Engineering and Computer Science
Health Professions and Sciences
Optics and Photonics
Rosen College of Hospitality Management
Graduate Studies
Undergraduate Studies