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A recent report by U.S. News & World Report ranked UCF's online bachelor's degree program No. 20 in the nation.

The ranking took into account factors such as faculty credentials and training, student services and technology and student engagement.

In 2015, UCF's online bachelor's programs ranked No. 50 out of the 1,200 programs considered by the rankings.

UCF tied for 20th place with three other universities: University of Denver, Utah State University and Creighton University in Omaha. Among Florida universities, it was beaten by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (No. 1), Daytona State College (No. 7) and the University of Florida (No. 11).

In 2014-2015, almost 38 percent of student credit hours were earned through online courses, according to a press release from UCF News and Information. About 78 percent of students have at least one online course and, during the summer semester, almost 12,000 took all of their courses online.

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Bernard Wilchusky is the Editor-in-Chief of the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter @cameraphotodude or email him at BernardW@centralfloridafuture.com.

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