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Located in Niceville, Florida, Northwest Florida State College is a public community college, with a student population of close to 15,000. The school was formerly known as Okaloosa-Walton College, until 2008, when the name was officially changed to Northwest Florida State College. During the year 2008, this former junior college also began to offer four year degrees and was named part of Florida’s upper education under the Florida College Pilot Project. Northwest Florida State College’s campus encompasses approximately 328 acres of land within the city of Niceville. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is part of Florida’s public community college system.


Northwest Florida State College offers numerous degree programs. Students who matriculate at the college can pursue an Associate of Arts, an Associate of Science & Applied Science, a Bachelor’s Degree, or one of many certifications available. Pursuing an Associate of Arts degree involves essentially enrolling in the same courses that are required for the first two years of matriculation of those pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Many enrollees are increasingly considering the school’s Associate of Science and Applied Science degree program due to its applicability and value in many jobs in the expanding technology and science sectors of the economy. If students decide that they would like to continue their education after receiving their Associate’s degree, the credits they have acquired can be transferred and applied toward receiving a bachelor’s degree. For those looking to gain a specific certification rather than an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, Northwest Florida State College offers a variety of programs in numerous disciplines. Among these, some of the most popular are those certification programs for accounting operations, administration assistant, computer programming, insurance/medical coder, and computer specialist. Northwest Florida State College also offers customization options to students who would prefer to tailor a program to meet their specific career training needs. Certain technical courses can be adjusted in students’ chosen degree programs so that the courses reflect more of the students’ individual needs.

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Unique Programs

For those looking to enroll in specific courses or training programs, without pursuing a degree, Northwest Florida State College also offers Adult General Education and Continuing Education programs. Among the numerous courses offered through the Adult General Education Program are Adult Basic Education, General Education Development preparation, English-as-a-Second-Language, and vocational preparatory/job readiness skills training. Northwest Florida State College also offers programs for those who need more scheduling flexibility than traditional full-time students. Among the continuing education programs offered at the college, are retirement learning programs and distance learning courses. There are also contract training courses available for those interested in increasing their potential for upward mobility in the business world.


Northwest Florida State College maintains a commitment to educating the community through an open-door admissions policy. It should be noted, however, that students are generally required to have a GED certificate or a high school diploma. For those looking for more information about the specific admissions criteria and qualifications, the school offers a free catalog on its website. Admissions to NFSC is open to citizens of all countries. There are also opportunities for non-traditional students to enroll in courses without being admitted to the college as part of a degree program. For those seeking admission to Northwest Florida State College, forms are available on the school’s website and may be submitted online.

Financial Aid

Northwest Florida State College has long maintained a commitment to educating member s of the local community, regardless of their personal financial situation or limitations. As a result of this commitment, the college provides numerous resources to students and potential students seeking assistance in financing their education. Northwest Florida State College offers scholarships, grants, employment, and loans to its students to help ensure that all who matriculate will be able to find a package to suit their particular needs. The school assesses need based upon criteria including individual educational costs, availability of funds, individual need, and merit. There are counselors at the school who can help with advising on the filling out of FAFSA forms as well. Potential students and current enrollees are generally advised to begin to apply for financial aid as soon as possible, as there are limited funds available.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6309th for the average student loan amount.
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The school’s size is approximately four thousand, one hundred and thirty-four degree-seeking undergrads. Moreover, it is part of an Rural setting, Large town (10,000 – 49,999) and Commuter campus. Okaloosa-Walton College offers Associate and Bachelor’s degrees.

This school features the Rural setting, Large town (10,000 – 49,999) and Commuter campus. In addition, the university has many unique facilites such as fine and performing arts center with 2 theaters and 2 art galleries. Incidentally, the school is located 55 miles from Pensacola.

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Student Graduation Demographics


The Raiders are a member of NJCAA. The following sports can be found here:

  • Men’s Intercollegiate and Men’s Scholarship Baseball
  • Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Scholarship and Women’s Scholarship Basketball
  • Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural, Women’s Intramural and Women’s Scholarship Softball
  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Volleyball


Some of the school’s notable alumni are NBA player, Donnell Taylor, MLB player, Jason Michaels, and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ray Samson.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 15 0.12
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 2 0.02
Robbery 4 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 27 0.21
Larceny 136 1.05
Vehicle theft 9 0.07

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Niceville, FL 32578-1295
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population27,967 (27,796 urban / 171 rural)
Households10,763 (2.57 people per house)
Median Household Income$54,534
Families8,254 (2.94 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public 4-year Primarily Associate's
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work required2
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1201

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3306th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,313 $2,313 $9,252
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $751 $751 $2,122
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $102 $102 $379
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $4,504 $4,504 $12,813
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,820 $17,820 $26,129
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,880 $8,880 $17,189

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,851 $3,004 $2,851 $3,004 $10,945 $11,376
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,440(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,930(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,386 $4,386
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,376(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2646th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $56,975 ($58,010 male / $55,736 female)
Number of FT Faculty 100 (44 male / 56 female)
Number of PT Faculty 275
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $2,029,113

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