Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility Overview | University of West Florida
Skip to main content


Learn more about the University of West Florida (UWF), the department of Housing and Residence Life (HRL), and the city of Pensacola.

Overview of the University of West Florida

Founded in 1963, the University of West Florida is a vibrant, distinctive institute of higher learning with undergraduate, graduate and targeted research programs. With multiple locations in Northwest Florida, the university serves a student population of nearly 13,000.

Dedicated to helping students realize their full potential, UWF favors small class sizes with quality teacher-scholars who deliver personalized, hands-on learning and leadership opportunities. The university offers a dynamic learning environment that inspires innovation, creativity and collaboration and is focused on student success.

UWF is a member of the Gulf South Conference, with 15 athletic teams, 91 Gulf South Conference championship titles and 9 national championship titles.



Overview of Housing and Residence Life

The University of West Florida’s Housing and Residence Life department works to establish an educational living and learning environment for approximately 1,500 students residing in 7 residential communities, including traditional-style communities, suite-style living, and apartment complexes. There are also opportunities for Living Learning Communities and themed living communities available.

Each residential community is assigned a team of undergraduate student staff members, supervised by both a graduate assistant and a professional staff member.

Learn more about our administrative structure via the department of Housing and Residence Life organizational chart.


Overview of Pensacola

In addition to being a wonderful place to work, Pensacola and Northwest Florida is a great place to live! Some of Pensacola's claims to fame are:

Rich Historian Heritage

Pensacola's history goes back to 1559 when Don Tristan de Luna attempted the first major settlement in America. St. Augustine may be the "oldest continuously occupied" settlement, but Pensacola was the "first.” We are known as the “City of Five Flags” because of our history of being ruled by Spain, France, Britain, the Confederacy and the United States. This gives our area a broad and unique cultural heritage with many influences. Pensacola is recognized as being the cradle, or birthplace, of Naval Aviation as we are home to the first U.S. Naval Air Station (NAS), created in 1914.

Events and Activities

Our community is full of major musical, culinary, and cultural events that keep us busy all year long. Among our annual celebrations are the Pensacola Seafood Festival, Mardi Gras, Crawfish Festival, Greater Gulfcoast Arts Festival, and the Fiesta of Five Flags. More regularly, we enjoy Gallery Night, Blue Wahoos baseball games (double-A affiliate of Cincinnati Reds), Evenings in Olde Seville Square, Bands on the Beach, Blue Angels air shows, Winterfest, and Pensacola Ice Flyers hockey games.

Arts & Culture

Pensacola offers a variety of opportunities for art lovers, from Broadway-level shows, opera, symphony and ballet. For aficionados of visual arts, we have many galleries, art festivals, and museums.


Pensacola Beach has long been known for its stunning sugar white sands and emerald green waters. In fact, Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach were named in Trip Advisor's 2014 Travelers' Choice Top 25 U.S. Beaches in the United States. To name just a few of the activities we enjoy almost year-round, you will find: beaches; camping; canoeing; nature preserve tours; parks; sailing, etc.