MVRC Accolades and Accomplishments

UWF was named a 2017 Military Friendly School by

2017 Best for Vets Colleges

Military Times announced its 2017 Best for Vets College Rankings and UWF is ranked 33 out of 130 in the nation! The rankings factor in the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military students' success rates.  The detailed survey requires schools to meticulously document a tremendous array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to military and veteran students and to describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus.

Best for Vets provides service men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them. The rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill®, and availability of specific programs to help service members.

Military Friendly School


The University of West Florida was named a 2017 Military Friendly School by "G.I. Jobs Magazine." The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

The list of Military Friendly Schools highlights those institutions that exhibit leading practices to support military students.  Schools earned rights to the coveted Military Friendly trademarked designation via qualifying scores from a rigorous survey assessment. Prospective military students can see comprehensive information about schools approved for the Post 9/11 GI Bill® funding, as well as which schools have volunteered to be objectively measured through the Military Friendly Schools survey process.  Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated, and the Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend."

The Military Friendly Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of schools nationwide approved for Post 9/11 GI Bill® funding.  The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country.  This year's Military Friendly Schools list criteria also incorporate a survey of over 4.000 actual student veterans.  This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at particular institutions based on peer reviews from current students. 

Military Advanced Education (MAE)


Military Advanced Education (MAE) has awarded UWF the designation of a Top School in its 2017 MAE Guide to Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education.  MAE's 2017 Guide to Colleges & Universities arms students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.  Now in it's eighth year of publishing the Guide, MAE was the first publication to launch a reference tool of this type.  This year, institutes were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services.

Purple Heart

In August 2015, UWF was sponsored by the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 566, Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties for the designation of “Purple Heart University”.

To be designated a “Purple Heart University”, the University of West Florida has demonstrated exceptional commitment in support of all veterans and families attending UWF.  More specifically this designation officially recognizes UWF’s dedication and support honoring veterans who were wounded in combat while serving their country and who are now pursuing their academic degrees as an Argonaut. 

Additionally, a proclamation: honoring the sacrifice and courage of all veterans who were wounded in combat while serving their county, and pledging UWFs continued support of combat-wounded veterans, was signed by the then President of UWF, Dr. Judith Bense. 


Yellow Ribbon Program

The University of West Florida (UWF) has been awarded the ability to be a participating member of the Yellow Ribbon Program since 2011. UWF has voluntarily entered into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. This agreement is part of the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding.

If eligible, the Post-9/11 GI Bill® pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition and fees. You may have tuition and fees that exceed that amount if you are in an out-of-state status. UWF will pay 50% of the amount above the maximum allowed by the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and the VA will pay the remaining 50%.

To confirm your eligibility and apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program contact the Veteran Services Office at, 850-474-2262.