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Founded in 1963, the University of West Florida is a vibrant, distinctive institute of higher learning with undergraduate, graduate and targeted research programs serving multiple locations in Northwest Florida.

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Overview

Applicants
7,104
Acceptance Rate
42%
Average HS GPA
3.58

GPA Breakdown

27%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
21%
2.50 - 2.99
8%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
1.00 - 1.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
470 - 570
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 550
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Deadlines

Regular — June 30


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
22:1
Total Faculty
606
with Terminal Degree

319
Men
287
Women
87
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Finance, General.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Information Technology.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Social Science Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.
  • Trade and Industrial Teacher Education.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Engineering Technology, General.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling.
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN).

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Biological and Physical Sciences.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Oceanography, Chemical and Physical.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Social Sciences, Other.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music Performance, General.


Students Say

The University of West Florida has a main campus in Pensacola and satellite campuses dotting the Gulf Coast (and "amazing online classes"). Students at UWF call this "affordable" mid-sized school "the best kept secret in Florida." Perks include a "state of the art" engineering building and a fairly unique undergraduate program in marine biology. "Class sizes are big enough to get the college feel but small enough for the professors to know you individually." "Professors tend to know everyone by name, and students become well acquainted with one another," explains an electrical engineering major. "There is a great deal of research going on" but the faculty's first priority is teaching. Professors "are always willing to make time for their students." Most are also "very good teachers, and they know what they are talking about." They're "knowledgeable" and adept at "taking the material beyond the text into real-world application." The faculty is far from uniformly perfect, though. There are also professors who are "hard to follow," "fairly apathetic," or "just rude."

Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


James Buchli
'89 Shuttle Discovery

Ken Cockrell
NASA/Johnson Space Center

Bruce Melnick
Boeing Co. VP-Florida

Bryan O'Conner
Fultron Corporation

Suzanne Lewis
Superintendent, Yellowstone Nat'l Park

John L. Phillips
NASA

Richard N. Richards
Boeing Reusable Space Systems

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,752

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,185

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,097

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,360
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$19,241
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,800

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,912
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
10,200
Foreign Countries Represented
71

Demographics

3.08%
Asian
13.23%
African-American
9.18%
Hispanic
65.26%
Caucasian
1.84%
Unknown
1.70%
International

57% female
43% male
9% are out of state
70% are full time
30% are part time

Students Say

UWF is a largely commuter campus and "parking is a nightmare." Once you find a spot, though, "there is no combination of buildings that is not walkable." There's also a trolley system. For students who choose to live in the dorms, the rooms are "spacious" and life is pretty vibrant. "The scenery is breathtaking," too. UWF is situated "on a beautiful nature preserve." "Recreational facilities are very nice." There's "a bundle of events to get students interacting with each other." Fraternities and sororities have a presence, but "the Greek community isn't as active as they would like to seem." Parties "can always be found if that's your thing." It's nothing crazy, though. "There is not a great deal of wild partying here," reports a senior. "It's relatively quiet." Some students tell us that "there is not much school spirit." According to others, "there is plenty of school spirit," and, in fact, students are "fiercely loyal to UWF." Whatever the case, "if it is football games and massive partying you seek, you may have to go to Tallahassee or Gainesville." Off campus, Pensacola is "a beach town with a laid-back mentality." Nightlife is "okay" but Florida's Panhandle is "full of retirees and military bases." It's "not so heavy on college life." On the other hand, Pensacola is "a great town for the adventure seekers." "The weather is amazing nearly year round." There are "many wonderful trails to hike and run on" and "fishing, scuba diving, and outdoor experiences" are world-class.

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
18%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
54%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other

Students Say

The University of West Florida has a main campus in Pensacola and satellite campuses dotting the Gulf Coast (and "amazing online classes"). Students at UWF call this "affordable" mid-sized school "the best kept secret in Florida." Perks include a "state of the art" engineering building and a fairly unique undergraduate program in marine biology. "Class sizes are big enough to get the college feel but small enough for the professors to know you individually." "Professors tend to know everyone by name, and students become well acquainted with one another," explains an electrical engineering major. "There is a great deal of research going on" but the faculty's first priority is teaching. Professors "are always willing to make time for their students." Most are also "very good teachers, and they know what they are talking about." They're "knowledgeable" and adept at "taking the material beyond the text into real-world application." The faculty is far from uniformly perfect, though. There are also professors who are "hard to follow," "fairly apathetic," or "just rude."

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
154
Number of Honor Societies
7

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
10

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

12% participate in intramural sports
3% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Argonauts)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Argonauts)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups: Gay Straight Alliance uwf.edu/gsa/aboutus.html

Minority Support Groups: African American Student Association aasa@uwf.edu

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admissions
11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32514-5750

Phone
850-474-2230

Email
admissions@uwf.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Commons (has cafeteria and bookstore)
Fitness Facilities
Center for Fine and Performing Arts
Nature Trails
Library
Archeology Institute Artifact Display

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Pensacola Beach
Historic Pensacola Village
Naval Air Museum
Cordova Mall
University Mall
Monthly RadioLive Shows: see http://radiolive.org for schedule

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central
850-474-2230

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Monday - Friday, 10 AM and 1 PM
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
mornings

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://uwf.edu/admissions/visit.cfm

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Limitations
Only for students here for orientation, not parents

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Pensacola Regional Airport is 10 miles south of campus city bus runs to UWF campus from downtown and malls. Taxi's would be available from airport and bus station.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-10, take exit 13. From exit ramp, turn north on Davis Highway and proceed about .6 miles to University Parkway - a left only intersection. (University Parkway is the next traffic light north of Olive Road. Turn left onto University Parkway and continue through the intersection at Nine Mile Road until the road ends at Campus Drive. Turn left at the traffic light, look for the Welcome Center on your right.

Local Accommodations
Courtyard by Marriot 850-857-7744;Fairfield Inn 850-484-8001; Hampton Inn at Airport 850-478-1123; Holiday Inn 850-474-0100; the Residence Inn 850-479-1000; Hampton Inn and Suites 850-505-7500


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