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Northwest Florida State College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Research the certificate and degree programs offered at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About Northwest Florida State College

Located on the Florida panhandle in the suburban town of Niceville, Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) is a public, 4-year institution. In addition to its 264-acre main campus, NWFSC shares another campus with the University of West Florida in Ft. Walton Beach. NWFSC also offers programs at five off-campus centers and online.

The college began conducting classes in 1964 as Okaloosa-Walton Junior College. It has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1965 and has earned additional accreditation for its nursing and dental assisting programs. The name was changed to Northwest Florida State College in 2004 after the school began to offer bachelor's degrees.

In addition to offering degree and certificate programs, NWFSC provides a variety of other learning opportunities for its community. These include adult basic education, GED preparation, English as a Second Language, continuing education, professional development, summer youth programs, and early college credits for high school students. It also operates a free dual enrollment high school on its Niceville campus, allowing students to earn their high school diploma and an associate's degree at the same time.


Northwest Florida State College offers bachelor's degrees in five areas: nursing, project management, elementary education, middle grades math education, and middle grades science education. NWFSC also offers two different types of associate's degrees: the Associate of Arts (A.A.), which is transferrable to many 4-year colleges and the Associate of Science (A.S.), which allows students to enter the workforce with a 2-year degree. There are about 60 A.S./certificate programs to choose from. In 2010-11, the vast majority of NWFSC graduates received their associate's degree in liberal arts and sciences.

The college has approximately 321 faculty members with close to one-third teaching at NWFSC full-time. The student-to-faculty ratio is 26 to 1, and the average class size is 21 students.


Applications for most programs are accepted on a rolling basis and may be submitted online, by mail, by fax, or in person. There is no application fee. Students applying to an associate's program must submit a copy of their official high school transcripts (or GED), any previous college transcripts, and a residency form. After being admitted, students who have not attended college before must take the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT). Students who have submitted their ACT or SAT scores are exempt from taking this placement test. Each bachelor's program has different admissions requirements which are available on the NWFSC website.

The college has about 7,144 students. During fall 2011, 63% attended part-time and 37% attended full-time. 59% were female and 41% were male. The racial breakdown was 75% White, 9% Black or African American, 7% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Asian, and 6% Other.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2011-12, tuition and fees for Florida residents was $2,851 annually. Non-residents paid $10,945 to attend. The cost of books and supplies was $1,440. The college has a tuition payment plan, and the state offers prepaid plans.

Eighty-two percent of NWFSC students received some form of financial aid in 2010-11 including grants, loans, scholarships, and/or paid employment. Most assistance is based on family income, although there are some merit scholarships available. In order to receive funds in time for the fall semester, the college recommends that students apply for aid as close to January 1 as possible. This is done by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

School Type Public, 4-year*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, certificates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Suburban*
Student Body Approximately 7,144 students*
Student Housing No on-campus housing*
Programs 5 bachelor's degrees, a transferrable A.A. degree, about 60 A.S. degree and certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 26 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) For 2010-11: Associate's: Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,043); Bachelor's: Purchasing, Procurement, Acquisitions, Contracts Management (72)*
Graduation Rate (For Fall 2005 Freshman Class) 37% graduated within 150% of normal program completion time*
Admission Rate Open admissions policy for most programs*
Entering Class Size Information not available
Retention Rate (For 2007-08) Approximately 66% of students working on A.A. degree continued their studies or graduated**
Average SAT or ACT Score of Admitted Students ACT/SAT scores not required for admission**
Application Due Date Rolling for most programs**
Decision Notification Date Rolling for most programs**
Tuition (2011-12) In-state: $2,851; out-of-state: $10,945*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For 2010-11: Grant or Scholarship (72%), Federal Grant (51%), Pell Grant (51%), Other Federal Grant (18%), State/Local Grant or Scholarship (22%), Institutional Grant or Scholarship (11%), Federal Student Loan (9%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid For 2010-11: 82%*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Northwest Florida State College

School Contact Information

  • Address: 100 College Blvd., Niceville, Florida, 32578
  • Phone: (850) 729-4901
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