Rankings & Designations


University of West Florida

  • Ranked No. 34 in the "Best Regional Universities South" by U.S. News & World Report (2020)
  • Ranked No. 21 in the "Top Performers on Social Mobility - Regional Universities South" by U.S. News & World Report (2020)
  • Ranked No. 15 in the "Top Public Schools - Regional Universities South" by U.S. News & World Report (2020)
  • Ranked No. 19 in the "Best Colleges for Veterans - Regional Universities South" by U.S. News & World Report (2020)
  • Ranked No. 52 in the "Best Value Schools - Regional Universities South" by U.S. News & World Report (2020)
  • Ranked in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings (2017-2020)
  • Ranked No. 7 in the state in WalletHub's list of top higher education institutions (2020)
  • University of West Florida ranked #77 for veteran friendliness by College Factual (2020)
  • Earned the second-highest score in the Florida Board of Governors' Performance-Based Funding Metrics (2019)
  • Earned the third-highest score in the Florida Board of Governors' Performance-Based Funding Metrics (2017, 2018)
  • Ranked silver on the "Schools of Distinction Award for Online Education Excellence" by BestColleges.com (2018)
  • Ranked No. 11 in the "The Best Online Colleges in Florida for 2018" by TheBestSchools.org (2018)
  • Ranked No. 2 in the "20 Best Value College for Students with Autism" by BestValueSchools.com (2018)
  • Ranked a "Best Regional College - Southeastern" by The Princeton Review (2003-2019)
  • Received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine (2015, 2016, 2018)
  • Named a "Best Online College in Florida" by AffordableCollegeCommunity.net (2018)
  • Ranked No. 18 in the "Top 20 Cheap Online Bachelor's Degrees" by GreatValueColleges.net (2018)
  • Named a “Best for Vets College" by Military Times (2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020)
  • Listed in Forbes “Top Colleges” (2011-2012, 2014-2019)
  • Listed in the “Great Colleges to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016)

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

  • Ranked No. 4 in the "The 5 Best Online Master's in Political Science Degree Programs" by TheBestSchools.org (2018)
  • Ranked No. 9 in "Best Colleges for Communication Majors in Florida" by Zippia.com (2018)

College of Business

  • Ranked No. 22 in the "Best Online MBA in Entrepreneurship Programs" by onlinecollegeplan.com (2019)
  • Ranked No. 15 in the "Best Online Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Programs" by BestColleges.com
  • Ranked No. 20 in the "Best Online Programs: Master's in Human Resources" by BestColleges.com (2019)
  • Ranked No. 13 in the "Best Online MBA in Supply Chain Management Programs" by BestColleges.com (2019)
  • Ranked No. 12 in the "Best Online Master’s in Entrepreneurship Degree Programs" by BestColleges.com (2019)
  • Ranked No. 29 in the "Best Online MBA Programs & Degrees" by Study.com (2019)
  • Ranked No. 9 in the "Top 50 College Financial Literacy Programs of 2019" by LendEDU.com (2019)
  • Ranked No. 17 in the "Best Online Master's in Supply Chain Management Programs" by TheBestSchools.org (2019)
  • Ranked No. 16 in the "Best Online Master's in Supply Chain Management Programs" by TheBestSchools.org (2018)
  • Ranked No. 31 in the "Top 50 Most Affordable MBA Programs" by TopManagementDegrees.com (2018)

College of Education and Professional Studies

  • Ranked No. 8 in the "15 Best Affordable Paralegal Studies Degree Programs (Bachelor's)" by Affordable Schools (2019)
  • Ranked No. 15 in the "Best Online Master's in Curriculum and Instruction Programs" by BestColleges.com (2019)
  • Ranked No. 13 in the "Best Online Master's in Elementary Education Programs" by BestColleges.com (2019)
  • Ranked No. 17 in the "The Best Online Master's in Reading & Literacy Programs" by BestColleges.com (2019)
  • Ranked No. 1 in the "20 Most Affordable PhD in Online Teaching Online 2019" by AffordableSchools.net (2019)
  • Ranked No. 2 in the "15 Cheapest Online Programs in Educational Leadership and Administration" by TopEducationDegrees.org (2019)
  • Ranked No. 20 in the "The Best Online Master of Criminal Justice Degree Programs" by TheBestSchools.org (2019)
  • Ranked No. 34 in the "Best Online Master's in Special Education" by onlineschoolsreport.com (2019)
  • Ranked No. 9 in the "Best Legal Studies Degrees" by CollegeChoice.net (2018)
  • Ranked No. 2 in the "14 Cheap Doctorates in Curriculum and Instruction Online 2019" by BestValueSchools.com (2018)
  • Ranked N. 5 in the "Top 45 Cheapest Master’s in Educational Technology Online 2019" by BestValueSchools.com (2018)
  • Ranked No. 11 in the "The 30 Best Online Master's in Educational Leadership Degree Programs" by TheBestSchools.org (2018)
  • Ranked No. 4 in the "The 10 Best Online Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction Programs" by TheBestSchools.org (2018)
  • Ranked No. 4 in the "10 Most Affordable Master’s in Public Administration Online 2018" by GradSchoolHub.com (2018)
  • Ranked No. 8 in the "Best Online Doctorate in Educational Technology Degree Programs" by TheBestSchools.org (2018)
  • Ranked No. 2 for "Best Bachelor's in Special Education Online Degree Programs" by BestCollegeReviews.org (2018)
  • Ranked No. 9 for "Best Legal Studies Degrees" by CollegeChoice.net (2018)
  • UWF Doctoral Program welcomed to the Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED) Consortium (2018)
  • Ranked No. 12 in the list of "Most Affordable Online Master's Degrees in Special Education" by BestEducationDegrees.com (2018)
  • Ranked No. 18 for the "Most Affordable Online Master's in Educational Leadership" by BestCollegesOnline.org (2018) 
  • Ranked No. 8 in the "Top 15 Best Applied Behavior Analysis Online Programs" by AppliedBehaviorAnalysisPrograms.com (2018)
  • Ranked No. 8 in the "Best Online Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction Programs" by TheBestSchools.org (2018)
  • Ranked No. 8 in the "Most Affordable Online Doctoral Degrees" by SR Education Group (2018)
  • Ranked No. 17 in the "Best Early Childhood Education Degrees" by CollegeChoice.net (2018)
  • Ranked by MastersProgramGuide.com for the Best Online Master's Programs (2018) 
    • No. 48 in the "50 Best Online Master of Special Education Degree Programs"
    • No. 40 in the "50 Best Online Master of Public Administration Programs"
  • Ranked No. 5 for the "Best Online Doctorate's in Curriculum and Instruction" by CollegeChoice.net (2018)

Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering

  • Ranked No. 2 in the IEEE SoutheastCon Hardware (Robotics) competition (2019)
  • Ranked No. 14 in the "Best Online Master of Mathematics Degree Programs" by MastersProgramsGuide.com (2019)
  • Ranked No. 27 in the "The Best Online Master’s in Computer Science Programs" by OnlineMasters.com (2019)
  • Ranked No 7 in the "33 Cheap Master’s in Computer Science Online 2019" by BestValueSchools.com (2018)
  • Ranked No. 7 in the "Top Online Master's Degrees in Geographic Information Systems" by BestCollegeReviews.org (2018)
  • Ranked No. 29 in the "Best Master's Degrees in Environmental Science" by CollegeChoice.net (2018)
  • Ranked No. 26 in the "Top 50 Institutions for Online Master's Degrees in Computer Science" by MastersProgramGuide.com (2018)

Usha Kundu, MD College of Health

  • Ranked No. 1 in the "Best Online Bachelor's in Health Science Programs" by BestColleges.com (2019)
  • Ranked No. 23 in the "Best Online Master of Healthcare Administration Programs" by BestColleges.com (2019)
  • Ranked No. 3 in the "Best Online Bachelor's in Healthcare Administration Programs" by BestColleges.com (2019)
  • Ranked No. 4 in the "25 Best Affordable Master’s in Public Health Online Degrees 2019" by AffordableSchools.net (2019)
  • Ranked No. 8 in the "Best Online RN to BSN Program" by BestColleges.com (2019)
  • Ranked No. 24 in the "Best Online Master's in Public Health Program" by BestColleges.com (2019)
  • Ranked No. 3 in the "10 Most Affordable Master’s in Public Health Online 2018" by GradSchoolHub.com (2018)
  • Ranked No. 6 in the "Top 25 Most Affordable Online Master's in Public Health" by Healthcare-Management-Degree.net (2018)
  • Ranked No. 20 in the "30 Best Online Bachelor's in Healthcare Administration Degrees" by TheBestSchools.org (2018)
  • Ranked No. 25 in the "50 Best Online Master of Public Health Online Degree Programs" by MastersProgramGuide.com (2018)
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