Top Ranked Online University: A Closer Look at Everglades University

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Each year, Degree Jungle rates the top online schools to reveal “America’s Best Online College”. In both 2011 and 2012, Everglades University has topped the Degree Jungle rankings. It seems this particular university is worthy of a closer look.

Everglades University: An Overview

A privately owned not-for-profit college, Everglades University has its main base in Boca Raton, Florida. In addition to a full featured online program, smaller branch campuses are located in Altamonte Springs and Sarasota. A student population of just over 1,000 was recorded by Degree Jungle in 2012. Bachelors and master’s degrees awarded by the university are accredited by the Commission on College of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Everglades University: A Brief History

In its relatively short history, Everglades University has been known by three different names. It was originally established in September 1990 and called American Flyers College. In August 1998, it was purchased by Arthur and Belinda Keiser (owners of the for-profit Keiser University) and incorporated as Everglades College, Inc in January 2000. Its name was officially changed to Everglades University in the December of 2005. Accreditation followed later in January 2010.

Everglades University: Why Top Ranking?

Degree Jungle’s ranking of the best online colleges in America takes into account a number of different metrics, each designed to assess the comparative strengths and benefits of each university’s online program. These metrics include the average net price of attendance, acceptance rates, student to faculty ratios, and the percentage of students receiving grants, scholarship aid or federal loans, among others. How did Everglades University do? Let’s have a quick recap of the headline stats.

One of the most interesting metrics to most students will be the net price of attendance. This was calculated to be $24,342 for 2012 equating to number 44 in the Degree Jungle rankings (net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of government, institutional grant, or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance, which in turn includes the sum of tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses). As for financial support, 77% of Everglades University undergrad students receive grant or scholarship aid (financial aid is only available for those who qualify), while 96% are in receipt of federal student loans. One of the most favorable metrics reported is that of the student to faculty ratio. Everglades University, with its ratio of one faculty member per seven students, was ranked in pole position. This suggests an intimate college environment with abundant faculty resources. Naturally this will be of more interest to students physically attending courses on-campus.

Everglades University: Online Degree Programs

Students interesting in pursuing an online education at Everglades University can take an online Bachelor of Science degree with majors in subjects including Alternative Medicine and Aviation Management. At the time of writing, three Master’s Degree programs are offered in the subjects of Business Administration, Aviation Science and Entrepreneurship. Online degree programs are offered from the university’s Boca Raton campus.

Statistics shared above were found on the Department of Education College Navigator site during the Fall of 2011.

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