UWF's Accreditation Status


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Year of Initial Accreditation: 1969
Year of Most Recent Reaffirmation of Accreditation: 2005
Year of Next Reaffirmation Decision: 2015


 SACSCOC Reaffirmation Approval Letter (PDF)


The University of West Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of West Florida.

Normal inquiries about the University of West Florida (UWF), such as admission requirements, financial aid, education programs, etc., should be addressed to UWF and not to the Commission's office. The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support UWF's significant non-compliance with a Commission requirement or standard.


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission on Colleges that award associate, baccalaureate, master's, or doctoral degrees.

Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that the institution (1) has a mission appropriate to higher education; (2) has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission; and (3) maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.

UWF is actively preparing for its next review for reaffirmation of accreditation by SACSCOC in 2015.

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