GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The state's first completely online bachelor degree programs will place a University of Florida education within reach of any student who qualifies for admission.
Applications are now being accepted for UF Online – poised to be one of the nation's first fully-online undergraduate divisions at a public university.
"Many students have the academic skills to get into the University of Florida but haven't been able to attend, either because we don't have enough space on campus or because their life circumstances prevent them from leaving home," UF President Bernie Machen said. "This online undergraduate initiative removes both of those roadblocks, providing access to all students in Florida and around the world who have what it takes to be a Gator."
The Board of Governors, which oversees the Florida public university system, approved UF's online school Friday.
Recently-passed legislation caps online tuition for in-state students at 75 percent of the price of on-campus classes. Out-of-state students will pay market rates.
UF Online is scheduled to start in January with five majors:
• Business administration
• Criminology and law
• Environmental management
• Health education and behavior
• Sport management
The application deadline for the 2014 school year is Nov. 1.