UF’s online-only students find early success

by Gabrielle Russon, Orlando Sentinel

Emily Long refuses to stay in her apartment all day, even though she won’t physically go to class until she is halfway through her bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida. “I’m like never home,” says Long, who rents an apartment 15 minutes from campus. “That’s a good thing.” Her friend Ethan Cassidy sometimes can’t shake the notion that he is missing out as he takes his online courses. To combat that, he has found friends whose paths to UF are similar. Cassidy and Long are among the 235 students in the second semester of their freshmen year under a new UF program that was criticized when it was announced a year ago.


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