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The University of West Florida Overview

Located in Pensacola, Florida, The University of West Florida is a public institution. Pensacola is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is The University of West Florida Known For?

3,287 Undergraduate Awards
$24,970 Avg Cost After Aid
50% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at UWF is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.

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The University of West Florida Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

UWF has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#103 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#231 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#265 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#349 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UWF.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#4 Most Popular Mathematics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Mathematics & Statistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Mathematics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Value Other Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Curriculum & Instruction Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Mathematics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Most Popular Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Best Mental & Social Health Services Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Best Public Health Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#65 Most Popular Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is The University of West Florida?

Location of The University of West Florida

Contact details for UWF are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32514-5750
Phone: 850-474-2000
Website: uwf.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WestFL
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UWF

How Do I Get Into UWF?

You can apply to UWF online at: uwf.edu/admissions/

Admission Requirements for UWF

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UWF?

50% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
47% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate of The University of West Florida is 50%. While it may not be as selective as some schools, it does screen its applicants very carefully. Do what you can to stand out among others in the pool of applicants!

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 50%, and the acceptance rate for women is 49%.

Average Test Scores

About 47% of students accepted to UWF submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 630. Math scores were between 530 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for The University of West Florida  ( 550 to 630 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for The University of West Florida  ( 530 to 610 )
200
800
UWF received ACT scores from 81% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 27. Math scores were between 21 and 26. Composite scores were between 22 and 27.

ACT English Scores for The University of West Florida  ( 22 to 27 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for The University of West Florida  ( 21 to 26 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for The University of West Florida  ( 22 to 27 )
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36

Can I Afford The University of West Florida?

$24,970 Net Price
35% Take Out Loans
6.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UWF is $24,970. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UWF, approximately 35% of students took out student loans averaging $6,488 a year. That adds up to $25,952 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UWF is 6.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

The University of West Florida Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,612 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,521 undergraduate students at UWF, with 6,612 being full-time and 2,909 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UWF

There are also 3,036 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,612 full-time undergraduates at UWF, 45% are male and 55% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UWF

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of The University of West Florida students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UWF Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 208
Black or African American 669
Hispanic or Latino 614
White 4,370
International Students 206
Other Races/Ethnicities 545

Geographic Diversity

Florida students aren't the only ones who study at The University of West Florida. At this time, 34 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 68 countries are represented at UWF. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.

Online Learning at The University of West Florida

4,432 Took All Classes Online
8,193 Took At Least One Class Online
8.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 10 bachelor’s degree and 15 master’s degree programs available online at UWF. In 2017-2018, 8,193 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UWF has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 24th most popular in Florida for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UWF

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at The University of West Florida was 8.6%. This is the #1,419 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UWF regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UWF majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 4%
Curriculum & Instruction 1%
Engineering Technologies 7%
General Engineering Technology 7%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 58%
Health Professions 17%
Health Sciences & Services 5%
Instructional Media Design 41%
Mathematics 23%
Mathematics & Statistics 23%
Nursing 26%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UWF ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UWF.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Social Sciences #4
General Engineering Technology #5
Mathematics #23
General English Literature #28
General Social Sciences #29
Political Science & Government #30
Mathematics & Statistics #33
Health Sciences & Services #38
Public Health #57
English Language & Literature #65
Instructional Media Design #84
Engineering Technologies #85
Curriculum & Instruction #86
Computer Information Systems #99
Special Education #118
Social Sciences #119
Teacher Education Subject Specific #123
Educational Administration #169
Computer & Information Sciences #222
Nursing #311
Education #398
Business Administration & Management #479

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

The University of West Florida Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 877 5 0 0 0 882
Nursing 0 557 0 53 0 610
Business Administration & Management 0 63 0 144 0 207
Educational Administration 0 0 0 191 0 191
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 89 48 21 158
Health & Physical Education 0 140 0 14 0 154
Special Education 0 44 0 107 0 151
General Psychology 0 129 0 20 0 149
Computer Information Systems 0 103 0 31 0 134
Health Sciences & Services 0 130 0 0 0 130
Communication & Media Studies 0 124 0 1 0 125
General Biology 0 90 0 15 0 105
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 74 0 7 0 81
Mathematics 0 28 0 37 0 65
Social Work 0 53 0 0 0 53
Electrical Engineering 0 52 0 0 0 52
Mental & Social Health Services 0 9 0 42 0 51
Marketing 0 49 0 0 0 49
General English Literature 0 36 0 13 0 49
Hospitality Management 0 48 0 0 0 48
Accounting 0 30 0 17 0 47
General Business/Commerce 0 47 0 0 0 47
General Social Sciences 0 43 0 0 0 43
History 0 35 0 7 0 42
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 41 0 0 0 41
Public Health 0 0 0 39 0 39
International Relations & National Security 0 37 0 0 0 37
Political Science & Government 0 26 0 10 0 36
Legal Support Services 0 35 0 0 0 35
Natural Resources Conservation 0 26 0 8 0 34
Fine & Studio Arts 0 34 0 0 0 34
Anthropology 0 19 0 11 0 30
Chemistry 0 29 0 0 0 29
General Engineering Technology 0 28 0 0 0 28
Mechanical Engineering 0 28 0 0 0 28
Finance & Financial Management 0 24 0 0 0 24
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 24 0 0 0 24
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 18 0 4 0 22
Drama & Theater Arts 0 22 0 0 0 22
Computer Engineering 0 21 0 0 0 21
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 17 0 17
Allied Health Professions 0 15 0 0 0 15
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 14 0 0 0 14
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 12 0 0 0 12
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 12 0 12
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 11 0 11
Student Counseling 0 0 0 11 0 11
Other Social Sciences 0 11 0 0 0 11
Management Information Systems 0 8 0 0 0 8
Biological & Physical Science 0 8 0 0 0 8
Philosophy 0 8 0 0 0 8
Physics 0 8 0 0 0 8
Economics 0 7 0 0 0 7
Music 0 7 0 0 0 7
Business/Managerial Economics 0 5 0 0 0 5
Geography & Cartography 0 0 0 5 0 5
Information Technology 0 3 0 0 0 3
Computer Science 0 2 0 0 0 2
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 1 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 877 2,410 89 875 21 4,272

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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