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Colleges / University of West Florida

About UWF

University of West Florida is a public, state school in an suburban setting in Pensacola, Florida. UWF was founded in 1963 and now enrolls around 13,075 students a year, including 9,635 undergrads.

UWF's endowment was valued at $62.813 million in 2021. For each full-time student, UWF spends about $5,238. There are 20 undergraduate students for every full-time UWF professor.

2021 UWF Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 58%
Average GPA 3.8
Mean ACT score 25
In-State Tuition $4,319
Out-of-State $16,587

2022 UWF Regular Decision Application Deadline

UWF's regular decision application deadline is June 30. All regular decision applicants should hear back from UWF by November 30.

UWF Early Admission

University of West Florida does not offer early decision or early action.

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UWF Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into UWF. In 2021, UWF accepted 58% of applicants. Out of 7,232 applications received in 2021, 4,163 students were offered admission.

UWF Waitlist 2021

UWF reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into University of West Florida?

UWF is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to UWF, applicants must submit the following items.

UWF Application Requirements

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Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0.5
Transcript of High School Record

UWF Average GPA and Test Scores

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.8 /4.0. The mean ACT score for UWF students is 25.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to UWF.

Does UWF Require Test Scores?

UWF does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 65% submitted the SAT. 70% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at UWF

Yes! UWF provides on-campus housing for up to 0 students.

UWF students are active in the school's National Society of Leadership and Service, Baptist Collegiate Ministries and Alpha Chi Omega. Argo Arrival, Homecoming, and and CAB After Dark are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at UWF.

Financial Aid at UWF

UWF meets 64% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $10,648 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is UWF a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UWF

About 84% of students who start at UWF come back for their second year of college. Out of the 1,385 students who started at UWF as first-time freshman, 433 graduate within four years.

UWF's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 48%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for UWF Grads

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 39% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $34,000 a year.

Based on this information, how does UWF sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is UWF a good school for you?

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Where is University of West Florida Located?

UWF is located in the suburban setting of Pensacola, Florida.

If you want to see UWF for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 10 to Pensacola, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Pensacola International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UWF and Pensacola are like without leaving home.

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College Info

11000 University Parkway Pensacola, FL 32514-5750

Campus Setting: Suburban

UWF Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jun 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UWF is Jun 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UWF is Jun 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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UWF ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UWF is 25. Students with an ACT score of 27 and above have a good chance of getting into UWF. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 27 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UWF SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1060 - 1220


Math SAT Range

520 - 605


Reading SAT Range

540 - 630

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UWF Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UWF is like? There are approximately 13,075 students enrolled at UWF, including 9,635 undergraduate students and 3,440 graduate students. 68% percent of students attend school full-time, 90% percent are from FL and 10% percent of students are from other states.


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