Why UWF?

Everybody has their "first choice" college, but here's just a few reasons why you should make UWF yours.


UWF is all about change you can see, touch, feel, investigate, believe it, and aspire to - change that's the beating heart for a community, a driving force for the region, and the surging waters of innovation and imagination. Are YOU ready to sea change?

High-Impact Practices in the Classroom and the Workplace

Our dedicated faculty members take every opportunity to interact with students both inside and outside the classroom.  Whether exploring centuries-old shipwrecks, preparing a public relations campaign for a real-life client, or developing fully-functioning robots to compete nationally, UWF students gain practical experience working side-by-side with professors who are the best at what they do.

Beyond the classroom, UWF students have numerous opportunities to network with working professionals and alumni, building connections that will serve them well beyond college.  Participation in internships, co-ops, study abroad experiences, conferences, and more help students connect with future employers.

All this means that your time in class will give you the skills and experience you need to excel in your field, and pursue your dreams with a fulfilling career.

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An Affordable College Experience

We understand that college is expensive, and you're looking for the highest value in return for your time and effort.  That's why UWF offers one of the most affordable tuition plans in Florida, while upholding first-class academic programs, engaged faculty, and unmatched student life experiences.

Last year, we awarded nearly $99 million in undergraduate financial aid, benefiting 75% of our student population.  There are plenty of opportunities for scholarships, grants, and loans - not to mention other forms of financial aid.  Our team will work with you to make sure your college experience is an affordable one.

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Community on Campus and on the Gulf Coast

With more than 200 student organizations to choose from, there are plenty of ways to get involved.  From Greek life to volunteering, athletics to arts, our organizations provide a great way to make friends and share your passions with others.  Plus, our student groups work together to give back to causes that really make a difference, strengthening relationships across campus.

What's more, we are deeply connected to the city of Pensacola and its well-being.  Located on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Florida, Pensacola is nestled in the heart of the Southeast - less than 3 hours from New Orleans, less than 4 hours from Birmingham, and 5 hours from Atlanta and Jacksonville.  The UWF campus is just minutes away from a vibrant downtown and the world's best beaches.

Learn more about life as an Argonaut and about the Pensacola area.

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Small Class Sizes Where Professors Know Your Name

With more than 90 majors & specializations, UWF offers a variety of nationally-recognized academic opportunities that focus on hands-on learning, internships, and research.

And our small class sizes provide unparalleled opportunities for professors and students to work together in a close-knit environment.  Our caring faculty and staff spend time getting to know their students and are always available to support them through their coursework, research, or professional pursuits.

Learn more about why our world-class faculty choose UWF.

  • 12,975 Students
  • 22-to-1:  Average faculty-to-student ratio
  • 87% of classes hold less than 60 students
  • Average Freshmen class size:  34

Want to find out more about us?  Get more UWF facts & figures.

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The Perfect Destination for Your Big Splash!

Situated on a beautiful campus that's nestled in the natural Florida landscape, UWF offers a learning environment like no other.  As a student, you can study under towering, moss-draped oaks; take a leisurely jog on one of numerous nature trails; or hop in a canoe and paddle along the river in UWF's Edward Ball Nature Trail.

One of the other perks of being part of a vibrant and growing institution like UWF is making use of its new, state-of-the-art facilities.  Our residence halls, classroom buildings, athletic facilities, and more continue to grow our campus and provide you with the best possible environment to continue your education.

See for yourself - take our virtual tour or schedule a visit today!

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