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University of West Florida 11000 University Parkway Pensacola, FL 32504 USA

Location info of University of West Florida

Top 10 Reasons to Study in Florida
Every year Florida is a top choice – 7th most popular state – for international students looking to continue their higher education in the United States. Here are the Top 10 Reasons why they choose Florida.

1. Perfect Climate – Florida is called the Sunshine State for a good reason. The average annual high temperature 27° C, while the average annual low temperature remains a comfortable 16° C.

2. International – We will make you feel at home! We are experts in supporting international students through academic advising, career counseling, research opportunities and over 1000 student organizations.

3. Quality Education – Florida’s colleges and universities are among the nation’s top performers and offer Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Ph.D., JD, LLM degrees, English language and pathways programs.

4. Program Diversity – Florida schools offer 150+ undergraduate, 200+ graduate, and tens of certificate programs.

5. Institution Diversity – 12 public universities, 6 major medical schools, and numerous private colleges and universities range in size, structure and setting: small or large, 2 or 4 year, private or public, rural or urban

6. Smooth transition – Florida’s network of colleges and universities enables students to easily transfer from 2 year community colleges to 4 year universities.

7. Affordability – Many international students are surprised to find themselves studying in Florida at a high quality institution for a fraction of the cost students may pay elsewhere. Florida has the 6th lowest tuition of all 50 states in the U.S.A. and Linkage Programs provide in-state tuition

8. Social Life – Florida offers a broad spectrum of arts, history and culture. In addition to hosting numerous international festivals, high-profile art exhibitions, well-known entertainers, and traveling Broadway shows, Florida is home to white sandy beaches, unique shopping experiences, and thousands of lakes, and regional parks. Add to that a myriad of cultural amenities, world-class theme parks, and sporting events and you have a clear recipe for a well-rounded and rewarding lifestyle.

9. Cost of Living – Florida’s affordable cost of living allows you to enjoy all of the activities listed above.

10. Employment – Ranked 5th in the nation for high-tech employment and home to 15 Fortune 500 companies, students pursue internships and career opportunities in a variety of industries from aerospace and aviation to financial and professional services.

Top Reasons to Study in University of West Florida

1) Nationally-Recognized Majors and Programs: With five academic colleges and more than 70 undergraduate degree programs our campus has a program to meet almost any educational goals. Our nationally ranked programs provide students with the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members in a personalized environment.

2) Location: Located on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Florida, UWF is just minutes away from downtown Pensacola and the world’s best beaches. Pensacola was named one of the “Top 125” cities to live in the U.S. And UWF’s 1,600-acre main campus doubles as a stunning nature preserve. Have a look around with our virtual tour!

3) Professors Who Know Your Name: UWF’s small class sizes provide unparalleled opportunities for professors and students to work together within a close-knit environment. 25:1 student to teacher ratio in upper division courses.

4) International Student Scholarships: UWF also has scholarships for international students! Over 50 students were awarded in-state tuition or scholarships worth at least $10,000 annually last year.

5) Affordable: UWF offers one of the most affordable tuition plans in Florida and in the US and Pensacola offers great cost of living. Being a student in Pensacola costs 35% less than being a student in Miami!

6) Research Opportunities: UWF also awards money for undergraduate research and has been selected as the host site for the 2022 National Conference on Undergraduate Research!

7) Safe and Secure: University of West Florida has been ranked the 4th safest campus in Florida in the National Council for Home Safety and Security rankings! Learn more about campus safety here.

8) Modern Facilities: One of the perks of being part of a vibrant and growing institution like UWF is making use of its new, state-of-the-art facilities.

9) Student Life: With over 200 student organizations to choose from, there are plenty of ways to get involved. Global Quarter is one of the most popular UWF student organizations where students from all backgrounds come to meet and learn. Follow the Discord link on the UWF Global Quarter Instagram page to meet any Thursday evening at 5:30 pm Central time in the Fall or Spring semester.

10) Career Connections: UWF students have numerous opportunities to network with working professionals and alumni, building connections that will serve them well beyond college. International students also take advantage of OPT and CPT opportunities with the help of UWF International Programs.

University details

About University of West Florida

Based in Pensacola with additional locations in the region, UWF has awarded more than 100,000 degrees from over 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. The small class sizes ensure personalized, focused attention from some of the nation’s most engaging professors.

As the home of the Argonauts, UWF builds champions for life through an intercollegiate athletics program, leading the Gulf South Conference in all-time championships and all-sports trophies.

A driver of economic impact in Northwest Florida and beyond, UWF generates approximately $1 billion in total annual sales across the Florida economy. UWF is more than a university. It’s a symbol of success, commitment to lifelong learning and change.

– About Pensacola

Beyond the natural beauty of UWF’s 1,600-acre main campus (which doubles as a stunning nature preserve), we want you to experience all that the city of Pensacola, Florida has to offer.

Located on the Gulf of Mexico, UWF is minutes from the emerald waters and white sand of some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. A vibrant and energetic beach town is only 30 minutes from campus, as well as pristine state and national parks that capture our coastal beauty.

We are also convenient to some of the most popular cities in the southeastern U.S. With easy access to major interstates, we are about 3 hours from New Orleans, 4 ½ hours to Atlanta, and 5 hours from Jacksonville.

Pensacola is home to numerous tourist attraction, sports teams, and other cultural highlights, including:

  • Blue Wahoos minor league baseball team
  • Pensacola Ice Flyers hockey
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore
  • U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team
  • USS Oriskany (a 130-foot-deep artificial reef for sport divers)
  • National Museum of Naval Aviation
  • Historic Pensacola Village
  • Pensacola Comic-Con
  • …And more!

The downtown area offers 450 years of history, nightlife, fresh local cuisine, art and culture, unique shopping, and festivals throughout the year celebrating the arts, culture, music, food, and Mardi Gras.

Career at University of West Florida

Did you know there are a number of opportunities for you to engage in employment while at UWF and after you graduate? As a student, you can work on campus up to 20 hours per week, and during breaks you may engage in on-campus employment up to 40 hours per week.

You can also gain practical employment experience while studying at UWF through Curricular Practical Training (CPT), which allows you to gain real-world experience in job related to your major, so long as you are able to receive academic credit for this employment or internship experience.

After you graduate, you may have the opportunity to work in the United States in employment that is directly related to your major area of study through Optional Practical Training (OPT). Students in STEM fields may be eligible for an additional 24-month extension of post-completion OPT. Please see the STEM OPT HUB on the Study in the States website for more information.

UWF’s Office of Career Development and Community Engagement is prepared to assist you in the job search through by assisting you in research job opportunities, hosting networking events, creating a resume and practicing job interviews.

Campus life

At UWF, there’s no limit to your potential. Find your place in one of our 160-plus registered student organizations, watch a theatre production or hike the nature trail. Our campus is filled with ways to make your college years unforgettable.

Student Services:

  • Bookstore
  • UWF Libraries
  • Career Services
  • Child Care
  • Copy Services
  • Counseling and Wellness
  • Dining Services
  • Equity & Diversity
  • Center for Academic Success (tutoring)
  • Health Services
  • Housing
  • ID/Nautilus Card
  • Information Technology Services
  • Parking and Transportation Services
  • Postal Services
  • Recreation and Sports Services
  • Skills Improvement Centers
  • Testing Services
  • Vending Services


Admissions Academic Merit Scholarship Consideration*
Total / Annual Award Test Scores High School GPA
Out of State SAT or ACT (Cumulative Weighted)
$32,000 / ($8,000) 1400+ or 31+ 4.00+
$24,000 / ($6,000) 1260-1390 or 27-30 3.80-3.99
$8,000 / ($2,000) 1160-1250 or 24-26 3.50-3.79

Ranking & Accreditation of University of West Florida

The University of West Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees.


  • UWF has been ranked a “Best Regional College – Southeastern” by the Princeton Review each year since 2003.
  • Listed in Forbes “America’s Top Colleges” (2011, 2012, 2014-2019)
  • Earned the second-highest score in the Florida Board of Governors’ Performance-Based Funding Metrics (2019)

Student Accommodation at University of West Florida

UWF offers affordable housing options located directly on campus. Options range from traditional shared accommodations to apartment-style residence halls.

  • Costs: $2,900-$3,700 per semester depending on type of residence.
  • All utilities (water, electricity, garbage, internet, etc. are included)
  • Open year round
  • Global living communities available

There are also a number of apartment complexes located within walking distance to campus, which are not operated by UWF.

Programs at University of West Florida


  1. Anthropology, B.A.
  2. Art, B.A.
  3. Interdisciplinary Humanities, B.A. – Arts Administration
  4. Communication, B.A.
  5. English, B.A.
  6. Fine Arts, BFA
  7. General Studies, BGS
  8. History, B.A.
  9. International Studies, B.A.
  10. Maritime Studies, B.A.
  11. Music & an Outside Field, B.A.
  12. Music Education, BME
  13. Music Performance, B.M.
  14. Philosophy, B.A.
  15. Political Science, B.A.
  16. Theatre, B.A.
  17. Theatre, BFA
  18. Interdisciplinary Humanities, B.A. – Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies
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  1. Anthropology, M.A.
  2. English, M.A.
  3. History, M.A.
  4. International Affairs, M.A.
  5. Political Science, M.A.
  6. Strategic Communication & Leadership, M.A.


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  1. Accounting, BSBA
  2. Business Economics, BSBA
  3. Economics, B.A.
  4. Finance, BSBA
  5. General Business, BSBA
  6. Global Hospitality and Tourism, B.S.
  7. Human Resource Management, BSBA
  8. Management, BSBA
  9. Management Information Systems, BSBA
  10. Marketing, BSBA
  11. Supply Chain Logistics Management, BSBA
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  1. Accountancy, M.Acc.
  2. Master of Business Administration, MBA
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  1. Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, B.A. – Children & Society
  2. Construction Management, B.S.
  3. Criminal Justice, B.A.
  4. Elementary Education, B.A.
  5. Exceptional Student Education, B.A.
  6. Instructional Design & Technology, B.S.
  7. Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, B.A. – Community Education
  8. Legal Studies, B.A.
  9. Social Work, BSW
  10. Sport Management, B.S.
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  1. College Student Affairs Administration, M.Ed.
  2. Criminal Justice, M.S.
  3. Social Work, MSW
  4. Curriculum & Instruction, Ed.D
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  1. Biology UWF-Teach, B.A.
  2. Biology, B.S.
  3. Biomedical Sciences, B.S.
  4. Chemistry UWF-Teach, B.A.
  5. Chemistry, B.S., B.A.
  6. Computer Engineering, BSCE
  7. Computer Science, B.S.
  8. Cybersecurity, B.S.
  9. Electrical Engineering, BSEE
  10. Earth and Space Science Teaching, B.A.
  11. Environmental Science, B.S.
  12. Information Technology, B.S.
  13. Marine Biology, B.S.
  14. Mathematics UWF-Teach, B.S.
  15. Mathematics, B.S.
  16. Mechanical Engineering, BSME
  17. Physics UWF-Teach, B.A.
  18. Physics, B.S., B.A.
  19. Software Design & Development, B.S.
  20. Interdisciplinary Sciences, B.S. – Zoo Science
  21. Interdisciplinary Sciences, B.S.
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  1. Biology, M.S.
  2. Computer Science, M.S.
  3. Data Science, M.S.
  4. Engineering, M.S.
  5. Environmental Science, M.S.
  6. Mathematical Sciences, M.S.
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  1. Exercise Science, B.S.
  2. Health & Physical Education, B.S.
  3. Medical Lab Sciences, B.S.
  4. Psychology, B.A., B.S.
  5. Dr. D.W. McMillan BSN Nursing Program
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  1. Athletic Training, M.S.
  2. Movement Sciences & Health, M.S.
  3. Psychology, M.A.
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