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Located in Pensacola, Florida, The University of West Florida is a public institution. The location of UWF is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

74 Undergraduate Degrees
488 Graduate Degrees
$24,970 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
50% Acceptance Rate

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The University of West Florida Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UWF.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Most Popular Online Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Curriculum & Instruction Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is The University of West Florida?

Location of The University of West Florida

Contact details for UWF are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32514-5750
Phone: 850-474-2000

How Do I Get Into UWF?

You can apply to UWF online at:

Admission Requirements for UWF

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UWF?

50% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
47% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate of The University of West Florida is 50%. While it may not be as selective as some schools, it does screen its applicants very carefully. Do what you can to stand out among others in the pool of applicants!

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 50%, and the acceptance rate for women is 49%.

Average Test Scores

About 47% of students accepted to UWF submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 630. Math scores were between 530 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for The University of West Florida  ( 550 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for The University of West Florida  ( 530 to 610 )
UWF received ACT scores from 81% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 27. Math scores were between 21 and 26. Composite scores were between 22 and 27.

ACT English Scores for The University of West Florida  ( 22 to 27 )
ACT Math Scores for The University of West Florida  ( 21 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for The University of West Florida  ( 22 to 27 )

Can I Afford The University of West Florida?

$24,970 Net Price
35% Take Out Loans
6.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UWF is $24,970. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UWF, approximately 35% of students took out student loans averaging $6,488 a year. That adds up to $25,952 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UWF is 6.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

The University of West Florida Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,789 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,733 undergraduate students at UWF, with 6,789 being full-time and 2,944 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UWF

There are also 3,114 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,789 full-time undergraduates at UWF, 45% are male and 55% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UWF

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of The University of West Florida students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UWF Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 205
Black or African American 793
Hispanic or Latino 615
White 4,396
International Students 217
Other Races/Ethnicities 563

Geographic Diversity

Florida students aren't the only ones who study at The University of West Florida. At this time, 34 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 68 countries are represented at UWF. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.

Online Learning at The University of West Florida

4,432 Took All Classes Online
8,193 Took At Least One Class Online
8.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 10 bachelor’s degree and 15 master’s degree programs available online at UWF. In 2017-2018, 8,193 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UWF has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 3rd most popular in Florida for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UWF

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at The University of West Florida was 8.6%. This is the #1,013 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UWF regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UWF majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Curriculum & Instruction 1%
Curriculum & Instruction 1%
Educational/Instructional Technology 41%
Instructional Media Design 41%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UWF ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UWF.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Trade & Industrial Teacher Education #5
Reading Teacher Education #45
General Special Education #75
Educational/Instructional Technology #84
Instructional Media Design #84
Curriculum & Instruction #86
Curriculum & Instruction #86
Special Education #118
Teacher Education Subject Specific #123
General Educational Leadership & Administration #139
Educational Administration #169

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

The University of West Florida Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 0 191 0 191
Curriculum & Instruction 0 89 48 21 158
General Special Education 44 0 107 0 151
Educational/Instructional Technology 0 0 17 0 17
Trade & Industrial Teacher Education 12 0 0 0 12
Elementary Education 12 0 0 0 12
College Student Counseling & Personnel Services 0 0 11 0 11
Music Education 6 0 0 0 6
Reading Teacher Education 0 0 4 0 4
TOTAL 74 89 378 21 562


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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