- 1 PhDs
- 12000 Students
- Public Institution Type
Founded in 1963, the University of West Florida is a vibrant, distinctive institute of higher learning with undergraduate, graduate and targeted research programs. With multiple locations in Northwest Florida, the University serves a student population of more than 12,000.
Dedicated to helping students realize their full potential, UWF favors small class sizes with quality teacher-scholars who deliver personalized, hands-on learning and leadership opportunities. The University offers a dynamic learning environment that inspires innovation, creativity and collaboration and is focused on student success.
UWF is a member of the Gulf South Conference, with 15 athletic teams, 73 Gulf South Conference championship titles and seven national championship titles.
The University of West Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor's, master's, specialist, and Doctor of Education degrees. In addition, numerous programs are accredited by various prestigious agencies.
The UWF main campus spans 1,600 acres and is located just minutes away from historic Pensacola and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. It features state-of-the-art facilities comfortable residence halls, and a beautiful landscape that offers a variety of recreational activities.
UWF serves students along the Emerald Coast through its Fort Walton Beach Campus, Crestview Office, Eglin Air Force Base Center, Hurlburt Field Office and UWF/UF REEF (Research and Engineering Educational Facility). Catering to the needs of traditional and non-traditional students, UWF Emerald Coast offers curriculums specifically for students who have already earned 60 or more semester hours.
Managed by UWF Historic Trust, the University owns and operates 28 properties on 8.5 acres in historic downtown Pensacola as well as the Arcadia Mill archeological site in Santa Rosa County. The properties include museums, centers, monuments and sites, which serve as living laboratories for students interested in history, archaeology and tourism fields. UWF Historic Trust is a non-profit direct support organization of the University that is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the history of Northwest Florida.
Located in Northwest Florida, UWF is minutes from the Alabama border and some of the world’s best beaches. Convenient to both I-10 and I-65, the University's main campus in Pensacola is only three hours from Tallahassee, less than four hours to New Orleans and approximately five hours to Atlanta.
Pensacola's waters provide a wealth of opportunities for activities including swimming, surfing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and diving. The white sands and warm waters along the Gulf of Mexico attract thousands of locals and vacationing visitors to the beach throughout the year.
The area boasts various prized attractions, such as the USS Oriskany, a World War II aircraft carrier that was sunk 24 miles offshore to create a 130-foot-deep artificial reef for sport divers. Other popular spots include Fort Pickens at Santa Rosa Island and several Spanish American War batteries.
Known as the "Cradle of Naval Aviation," Pensacola boasts American air and space history on display aboard Pensacola NAS at the National Museum of Naval Aviation.
Pensacola is home to a vibrant arts and culture scene, showcased at the Pensacola Museum of Art, Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts, Museum of Commerce, Pensacola Lighthouse, Pensacola Historic Museum, Ballet Pensacola and Pensacola Saenger Theatre. Pensacola also hosts annual festivals, cultural events and performances throughout the year.
The University of West Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor's, master's, specialist, and Doctor of Education degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of West Florida.
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