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Economic Impact

The University of West Florida is a major engine of growth and development, with an economic impact that stretches far past campus, into Northwest Florida and beyond.

At UWF, we are driven by a mission to not only provide a high-quality education to our students, but to contribute to our region with our time and resources. We’re here to drive growth now and into the future—on campus, in our community and around the world.

UWF is hitting its stride as a powerful economic engine. As a regional resource, we are a catalyst for moving Northwest Florida forward.

President Martha Saunders

We drive a $1.1 billion annual economic impact on the region

UWF is an economic driver for the eight counties that comprise Northwest Florida, including Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay and Gulf.

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Industry Output or Revenues

UWF generates more than $1.1 billion in total annual sales for the regional economy.


Value Added to Florida’s Economy

UWF generates approximately $703 million in gross domestic product.


UWF supports approximately 11,592 jobs in the region that are directly or indirectly related to the University.

Incomes and Wages

UWF generates local incomes and wages of nearly $1.2 billion annually.

$5.39 to $1
Return on Investment

UWF returns $5.39 to the regional economy for every dollar
of state support and fees received.

We foster impact driven by people

The University’s large number of students, faculty and staff also impact the region through local spending.

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Faculty and Staff

We produce graduates who will make an impact for decades to come

The University’s main contribution to the Florida economy is our graduates, through increased lifetime earnings that stem from earning a college degree.

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Alumni Around the World
Alumni Living in
Northwest Florida