Top Ten Reasons to UWF

Here are 10 reasons why UWF is a first choice institution.

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?

1.  Nationally-Recognized Majors and Programs

With more than 70 academic programs, UWF offers a variety of nationally-recognized academic opportunities.  We focus on hands-on learning, internships, and research.

Learn more about our world-class academics.

2.  Location

Located on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Florida, Pensacola is nestled in the heart of the Southeast.  We are less than 3 hours from Tallahassee or New Orleans, less than 4 hours from Birmingham, and 5 hours from Atlanta and Jacksonville.  The UWF campus is just minutes away from downtown Pensacola and the world's best beaches.

Learn more about visiting the Pensacola area.

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3. Small Class Sizes

At UWF, small class sizes provide endless opportunities for hands-on learning within a collaborative environment.

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

  • 12,798 Students
  • 22-to-1:  Average faculty-to-student ratio
  • 87% of classes hold less than 60 students
  • 8% of classes hold between 60 and 99 students
  • 3% of classes hold between 100 and 169 students
  • Lower-level class size average:  39
  • Upper-level class size average:  23
  • Average Freshmen class size:  34

4.  Committed to High-Impact Practices

Our dedicated faculty members take every opportunity to interact with students both inside and outside the classroom.  Whether exploring centuries-old shipwrecks in our Maritime Archaeology Program, 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.

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5.  Professors Who Know Your Name

UWF’s 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.

6.  Beautiful Campus

Situated on a beautiful 1600-acre campus, 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.  See for yourself - schedule a visit today!

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7.  Modern Facilities

One of the perks of being part of a vibrant and growing institution like UWF is making use of its new, state-of-the-art facilities.  Two modern residence halls; the College of Business Education Center; the Science and Engineering Building; and the Health, Leisure, and Sports Facility are the newest additions to UWF’s expanding campus landscape.  See for yourself - take our virtual tour!

8.  Student Life

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, give back to the local community, and have fun.  Learn more about life as an Argonaut!

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9.  Authentic and Affordable

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 UWF awarded nearly $99 million in undergraduate financial aid, benefiting 75% of our student population.

Learn more about cost & aid at UWF.

10.  Career Connections

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.

Additionally, the UWF Career Center provides resources and one-on-one mentoring to help students transition from college to career.

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