Pensacola, FL
The University of West Florida


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Recent Reviews

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

It's a predominantly white school by the beach.

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

It's a predominantly white school by the beach.

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

When trying to find the right college, the best thing to do is research the college and schedule a campus tour. Looking at a brochure or a website is NOT enough. A campus tour allows one to get a feel of the campus. Do your research! Try to get in touch with students whom already attend the school. Check its academic background, affordability, and location. Make sure the school is right for you. To make the best of college do the following: work hard, stay focused, have fun, and don't forget the reason you're in college.

What kind of person should attend this school?

The kind of person who's very much into greek life, small schools, beautiful beaches, and the arts.

Mark
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The University of West Florida is known for its small classroom sizes and one-on-one time with professors. The teachers, fac...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The University of West Florida is known for its small classroom sizes and one-on-one time with professors. The teachers, faculty, and staff work for the students and take pride in making sure everyone is taken cared of and has everything they need to graduate in 4 years. We are a small school and our goal is to admit the top students and with our diverse programs and activities, more and more people want to atted UWF. Every penny is worth having an education at the University of West Florida.

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

Parents: Be a part of the college selection process and do not dictate, because your child will be taking the classes and living at the city. Communication is the biggest factor because you do not want your child to be miserable for a year at a college, then possibley drop out. Take time to research and take campus visits. Learn to let go and teach your child how to make their own decisions concerning money, college activities, and residence. Your child's college experience will become better once you have planned everything with your child before the first day of college begins. Students: Listen to your parents and be realistic. Yes, choosing a college because of the football team or friends will be a factor, but it all comes down to the education and money. Your parents may be paying for tuition, books, housing, and other expenses and if it means to stay home, then stay home. There is nothing wrong with living with your parents during college. Trust me, free rent, utilities, and food makes college life much easier. The opportunities and activities will come to you so be patient and plan ahead including all the expenses.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A prospective student should be willing to learn and grab every opportunity given at the University of West Florida. All of the resources are available for a student who is ready for a challenge to balance school, work, and extracurricular activities. UWF gets a stereotype for being an "easier" school because we are in Pensacola and our school is not really known. Students have to work hard because UWF offers very tough Business, Education, and Health Programs that people will not expect.

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

The University of West Florida is a very well maintained campus.

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

The University of West Florida is a very well maintained campus.

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

The advice I would give to parents about looking for the perfect school for their children would be to listen to your child. They will know what school they feel comfortable at and that is what is most important no matter how far away it may be from home. I would also advise the parents to check into the security available on campus. They could also look into the student/professor ratio because that makes a big difference in how their child learns. I would tell the students to base their decision on how they feel about the school and campus. I would also tell the student to not pick a school just because their friends are going to it or because it is a big party school because college is not about the parties. I would advise them to choose a school based on their major. I would also tell them to get involved in campus activities because it will make their college experience that much better.

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

I brag to my friends that my classes are a lot smaller than theirs and I love it because of the realationship between the students and professors. I also brag about the location of the campus because it is so beautiful.

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

Financial aid, dorms, school life, transportation, and degrees are all things you should consider when choosing a college. Pa...

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

Financial aid, dorms, school life, transportation, and degrees are all things you should consider when choosing a college. Parents, remember; it's okay to let go and allow your child to experience the real life, even if its not in your hometown. Students, remember that your parents are going through a hard time. They're losing something that has been their life for the past 18 years. Don't forget to call home often, they miss you and even hearing your voice will make them feel 10 times better. As far as making the most out of your college experience, I say this; GET INVOLVED! Whether you join a sorority, fraternity, student government, drama, band, art club, computer club, gaming club, whatever it is, get involved. You can only expect to get out of college what you put in it. You will find that once you are involved, you may do better in your classes. Have a lot of school spirit. Even if your school doesn't have a football team (like mine) you can still cheer them on in other sports. Do whatever it takes to have an enjoyable college experience. Trust me, it goes by WAY too fast!

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

I wish I would have known more about the clubs and extra curricular activities offered on campus. There are so many offered that I had no idea about! There really is a club for just about everything!

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

How close knit the campus life is! I lived in an on campus dorm one year, and an on campus apartment the next year! I had a blast!

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

I would tell parents to let their children pick the school that they want to go to because if they are attending a college th...

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

I would tell parents to let their children pick the school that they want to go to because if they are attending a college that they do not like, they will hate it. The student will not perform as they should or as they could. I would tell the student searching for a college to look at the activities going on at the school. They should also search for a school that is right for their intended major. They should not base their decision on where their friends are going. College is the best place to make new friends and have a great time getting an education. I would tell the student to get involved in the college community because it will make their college experience a lot more fulfilling.

What's unique about your campus?

I love the class sizes. There is direct communication between the professor and the students. The professors go out of their way to help each student individually.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A person who loves a huge school and big classes. A football player should not attend the school because there is no football team. A person that needs to party every night should not attend this school because it really is not a big party school.

Lauren
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

This shool is best known for being close to the beaches.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

This shool is best known for being close to the beaches.

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

Consider the college you choose carefully. Think about the area, and talk to many people that go to the school. Don't move somewhere that you don't know anything about. Once you get into college have fun, but remember why you are there.

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

It's fun, beautiful, and intelluctially stimulating.

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

It's fun, beautiful, and intelluctially stimulating.

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

Go visit the campus. Set up an appointment to meet with the head of whatever program or study field of interest. Get a tour of the facilities. Try the food (just incase). Look over the class lists for your major and make sure they sound interesting to you. Enjoy the school you pick!

What's unique about your campus?

I fell in love with the sheer amount of nature on the campus. I love all the trees and the winding service roads around the fields. I love all the bikes and people riding them, reading underneath the trees, and sitting on the dock with some friends. Just the sheer beauty of it all... it makes going to class not as dreadful as it could be.

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

Don't let your students put it off, the longer you wait the harder it is to start back up and do a good job. Your education ...

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

Don't let your students put it off, the longer you wait the harder it is to start back up and do a good job. Your education is the best gift you can give yourself. If you have to flip burgers so you can live in a decent place while you're going to school, do it, it's all worth it in the end. Life's too short to put your education on hold.

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

it's built on a nature park, nice surroundings with lots of trails, great teachers

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

College is for students. Choose a place that makes you happy, not one that pleases someone else. You will become your own per...

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

College is for students. Choose a place that makes you happy, not one that pleases someone else. You will become your own person, find your own way of doing things, and experience new ideas and opinions. Your choice of where to go to college will influence the rest of your life. No one should make the choice for you. Remember that it's okay to ask for help. The faculty and staff will be there to help you, and your fellow students can be great resources. But don't believe everything people say! Doing research on your own will help you make the decision that's best for you. Have fun! College is one of the most amazing things you will ever experience. Never neglect your school work, and do whatever the professor suggests you to do to prepare for class, but don't forget to leave your room! There are so many fun things to do in the world and here's your chance to try them! Most of all, RELAX! You've got four years to figure out what you want from the world. Don't be afraid to change anything!

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

It's very difficult to find our way around at first. The campus has so many trees and the maps aren't to scale so everything seems different when you're walking around trying to find classes. The buildings are also numbered in the order they were built so it appears as though there is no logical number system, which can make locating specific buildings difficult.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who needs people around all the time and requires lots of parties shouldn't go here. It's a fairly quiet campus, especially on weekends, because so many people commute or live nearby, so they usually go home instead of hang around. The city is also military oriented, so many places are closed by midnight, and the few clubs close at 2 or 3 am.

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

Don't always go with the first college that interest you. Get started early, take your time, and visit as many colleges as po...

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

Don't always go with the first college that interest you. Get started early, take your time, and visit as many colleges as possible to get a feel of the college life.

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

Before I came to UWF, I wish I would've researched it a little bit more. Its not the school I need to go to for my particular major.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Anybody that loves a relaxed atmosphere and no crowds should go to the University of West Florida

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