About The University of West Florida

Founded in 1963, The University of West Florida. is a Public college. Located in Florida, which is a city setting in Florida, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 10,078 full time undergraduate students, and 2,888 full time graduate students.

The The University of West Florida Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 22:1. There are 348 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at The University of West Florida include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate40%
Application Deadline
Application Fee30
SAT Range950-1130
ACT Range21-26

Admissions at UWF are considered More Selective, with ,52% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 17 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

73% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 33% were in the top quarter, and 13% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at The University of West Florida.

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”

The University of West Florida REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    109 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    90 Students rated off-campus housing 3.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    126 Students rated campus food 3.2 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    141 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    142 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 58 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    142 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    141 Students rated local services 4.2 stars. 48 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    142 Students rated academics 4.3 stars. 54 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of The University of West Florida?

47 Students rated The University of West Florida

Brandon - 08/16/2020

It's a great school with great facilities and academics. I feel they are lacking in some academic areas by not offering certain major programs, like statistics for example, but overall the selection is good. Pensacola isn't a small town, but it's not a big city either, and I think UWF offers good education and a wide array of programs considering the area, and they do it at an affordable price, especially for in-state students. The culture there is great as well. There are political liberals and conservatives that attend and teach at the school, but I'd say the environment leans more politically left. I'm rather conservative, and I don't feel comfortable enough to vocally share my political opinions there out of fear that a liberal professor will give me worse grades out of spite, or that the college will try and oust me somehow out of spite for my views, BUT no one there is really shoving their ideology down my throat, even if they're more vocal about it than I am.


over all the university of west Florida is a great campus. the faculty are helpful, and are usually quick to respond. the campus also has several easy to use services to help students in areas that they struggle in; such as the writing lab that provides tutoring and paper readings, as well as ACE that provides general tutoring for students. Also, the library is amazing, and has a Starbucks in side it for late nights.


I have never a apart of a more close-knit community than that of UWF. Not only are the students here very friendly and eager to help, UWF offers programs such as Argo Camp, a three-day summer camp for incoming freshmen, to help make first time in college students feel welcome and at home here at UWF. We all support each other and want each other to succeed. It's great to be an Argo.


I love this school! It is the perfect combination of a big school campus with a homey small school feel. All of the staff has set you up for success and our school spirit in incomparable. Go Argos!

The University of West Florida FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at The University of West Florida?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for The University of West Florida is 40%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I would go an visit my school and its' surroundings more to become familair with the environment.

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  3. What's unique about your campus?

    The University of West Florida is a relatively small state university with a student population of roughly ten thousand students. The University uses this to ensure small class sizes, personalized learning, and that no student will fall through the cracks. The transition from high school to college is never easy and, thanks to the massive amounts of free time associated with college life, tends to cause students to fall behind. The UWF understands how overwhelming this change can be, and does its best to ensure that students are all provided for to reduces failure rates.

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    UWF is a school that people should go to if they really want to get a bang for their buck and have the support from teachers that they should have.

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  5. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    I think this school is fit for anyone who is willing to put in the effort in their studies, prepared to study at least 20 hours a week. Definetly someone who is able to stay focused; that is not only at the University of West Florida, but at other post- secondary schools also.

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  6. Describe the students at your school.

    Students at my college go from extreme to another. They are either very good students who are focused on school or they are the kids who do nothing but drink and smoke pot.

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  7. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The University of West Florida is unique to me because it is a local school where I grew up. It is a pretty big school but it has no football team up until last year when they started to make one. The campus has nature trails and disk golf courses which appeal to me because I like being outside. Not many schools that I looked at have nature trails.

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  8. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about my school, I think, is that the ArgoGalley (i.e. food) closes to early.

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  9. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Want to get away from home but loe the hometown feeling. Hard workers that love encouragement.

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  10. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    The University had responded very well to all questions I had by having campus tours, and seminars for students going to attend The University.

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  11. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    The University of West Florida is known for not allowing college overwhelm students. UWF is a small-big school. They keep their classroom sizes to a minimum; so students feel comfortable and get more attention from teachers. However, UWF is still growing tremendously compared to its' humble beginnings.

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  12. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I really like that all of the teachers I have know my name.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The only real frustrating thing about UWF is trying to get a job on campus. They are good to have since they follow the school calander, but so many people apply for the few openings that it is hard to get a job. Any edge you have when applying for an on campus job will help here.

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  14. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    Anthony discusses why he chose UWF for his studies.

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  15. Describe the best and worst parts of the social scene on campus.

    Roommates express their love/hatred for each other. Music copyrights owned by: "Why Can't We Be Friends?" by Smashmouth

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  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    In all of my years being at The University of West Florida I have never really seen any Jocks or geeks or people that you can identify as frat. The people that are on the baseball, basketball or soccer teams are involved in other clubs as well. The president of a fraternity was on my mock trial team and I did not know that he was in a fraternity until someone else on my team mentioned it. I do know of so people that smoke weed but I would not qualify them as stoners. Since my school has an assortment of students everybody gets a chance try anything.

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  17. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    The University of West Florida is a great school. I consider it a small school but my major is History so my classes are small, it's nice because everyone can participate and we're not all fighting to get noticed. The campus is large and hilly, it is very easy to get your daily exercise by walking across the campus. I would say the best thing about the school is the teachers they know your name and they work with you. The only significant complaint is about parking spaces, a lot of people commute and those spots fill up fast.

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  18. What are your classes like?

    Christine discusses her experiences with the UWF Honors Program

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  19. What are the academics like at your school?

    I love that my school offers night classes, it's great for people that work during the day or people that are night owls. All of my classes are fun but my favorite class would probably be Cold War and Film. It is a night class so the teacher assigned a group to bring food. It's awesome! In all of my classes participation is mandatory which I love because the more questions we ask the more we learn. My major is History and it is not the biggest department so the students are on first name basis with their teachers. The advisor is really cool and she went to the school too so she tells us what to expect from classes. I don't have any classes that I don't like I just have classes that require more time and effort to stay on top.

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  20. Describe your school to someone who's never heard of it.

    University of West Florida President Judy Bense gives an overview of UWF, including academics, athletics, campus life and more.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

87% of students attending The University of West Florida receive some sort of financial aid. 38% were awarded federal grants. While 48% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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