The University of West Florida in Pensacola

Learn about the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About the University of West Florida

The University of West Florida (UWF) is a public university located about 10 miles from downtown Pensacola, Florida. The school's 1,600-acre campus is classified as a state wildlife refuge. UWF serves over 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Forbes ranked the university 27th on its list of 100 Best Buy Colleges in 2011.


UWF has three colleges and offers over 50 undergraduate degree programs, 25 master's degree programs, two specialist degree programs and a doctorate program. Popular fields include health, business and education. UWF's online campus offers 28 degree and certificate programs, which can be completed entirely online.

The John C. Pace Library at UWF houses a technology center and the West Florida historical collections of rare manuscripts and maps. The university also has two satellite libraries on campus and several other collections at remote teaching locations. Other campus facilities include a mock courtroom, a half-mile nature trail boardwalk and a sports facility with an Olympic-sized pool.

The average class size at UWF is 24 students; the average freshmen class size is 34 students. UWF has an honors program which offers priority registration, travel opportunities, smaller class sizes, scholarships and priority registration.


The priority deadline for freshmen applicants is January 1st. To apply, prospective students should submit an online application, a processing fee, high school transcripts and SAT or ACT test scores. Applicants may also submit essays, resumes and letters of recommendation, but these items are not required. UWF accepts AP and dual credits.

Applicants to UWF's graduate programs must submit an online application, standardized test scores and official college transcripts. The type of standardized test scores that are accepted varies depending on the department's requirements, and some departments have additional requirements.

In 2010, over 5,000 applicants applied to UWF; 66% were admitted, and 36% of those students chose to enroll. In 2011, UWF students came from all 50 states and 87 different countries.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In 2012, undergraduate tuition for in-state students was $207.95 per credit hour, including mandatory fees. Undergraduate tuition was $637.34 per credit hour for non-residents and $312.95 per credit hour for Alabama residents. In 2011-2012, undergraduate students spent an estimated $1,200 on books and supplies, $8,094 on room and board and $3,400 on other living expenses. In 2012, in-state graduate students paid an estimated $353.07 per credit hour for most programs. Non-residents and Alabama residents paid $1,012.71 and $458.07, respectively.

UWF offers a tuition loan program, in which tuition and fees are broken up into two payments. UWF also offers competitive scholarship opportunities for first-time and transfer students. Most scholarships do not require a separate application.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorate and certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 9,832 undergraduate students and 2,150 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing 1,879 students lived on campus in 2011*
Schools (and/or) Programs 3 colleges with 51 undergraduate, 21 graduate, 1 doctorate and 2 specialist degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 24 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011: Associate's: Liberal arts and sciences (161)
Bachelor's: Health professions (183)
Master's: Education (172)
Doctorate: Education (27)
Certificate programs: Education (49)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 23% in four years, 48% in six years**
Admission Rate 66% in 2010**
Entering Class Size 1,463 in 2010*
First-Year Retention Rates 73% for full-time and 58% for part-time students**
Average SAT (and/or) ACT Score of Admitted Students Average SAT scores (3-scores): 1,500 in 2010
Average ACT scores (composite): 22.75 in 2010*
Application Due Date January 1st for priority*
Tuition (2012) $207.95 per credit hour for in-state undergraduate students (includes tuition and mandatory fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship (81%), federal loan (40%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 92% of all full-time beginning undergraduate students in 2010-2011**

Sources: *University of West Florida, **IES National Center for Education Statistics, ***U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Building 18, 11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32514
  • Phone: (850) 474-2230 or (800) 263-1074
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