The greatest contribution of UWF to the Northwest Florida region is the education of the community. UWF is the only public four-year regional university in Northwest Florida and, in 2011-12, will educate more than 12,000 students. UWF serves 2,500 military and veteran students, and 34 percent of the 2011 freshman class is ethnically diverse.


UWF offers a unique educational environment with experiential learning, award-winning academic programs, amazing internships, affordable prices, a beautiful campus near the world's whitest beaches and nationally ranked NCAA Division II athletics.


  • 12,126 students in 2011-12
  • 9,625 undergraduate students
  • 1,759 graduate students
  • 1,463 freshman (the largest freshman class at UWF)
  • Average GPA of freshman class: 3.48
  • Average ACT of freshman class: 22.75 (higher than the Florida average of 19)
  • Average SAT of freshman class: 1,007

Educational Programs

UWF's three colleges offer 49 Baccalaureate degrees, 25 master's degrees, two specialist degrees and a doctorate in education.

  • 79 percent of UWF students come from an eight-county service area across Northwest Florida.
  • About 13 percent of students come from other parts of the world.
  • Students matriculate from all 50 states and many foreign nations.

Academic Honors

Forbes “America’s Best Colleges

  • Named one of America’s Top Colleges and No. 27 on the Top 100 Best Buy Colleges list for 2011
  • Forbes ranked UWF No. 136 in the Best Southern Colleges, as well as No. 168 in the Best Research Universities category

The Princeton Review Rankings

  • UWF named in “Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition” for the first time ever
  • UWF has been designated a Best Southeastern College every year since the program’s inception in 2003


Today, UWF's students enjoy three campuses: Pensacola, Emerald Coast and Online. The Pensacola campus sits on 1,600 acres, making it the second largest main campus in the State University System. The main campus boasts 35 academic buildings, 21 student services facilities, 25 dormitories, two apartment complexes and 20 plant support facilities.
The Emerald Coast campus has locations in Fort Walton Beach, Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field and regional community college facilities. The Online campus offers 17 degree or certificate programs and more than 200 courses fully online.
UWF also owns waterfront beach property on Santa Rosa Island and 24 historic properties in downtown Pensacola. These properties offer a unique hands-on experience for many students majoring in history, archaeology and tourism. These majors rank in UWF's most popular majors based on total number of graduates. Psychology, communication arts, biology, computer science, teacher education and business also make the list.