The University of West Florida is a four-year public university located in Penscacola, Fla. It offers 51 undergraduate degrees, 25 master’s degrees in 25 different areas, two specialist degrees, and a doctorate in education. The university enrolls 11,599 students from 49 states and 85 countries, with 1,788 of those students residing on campus.
UWF is a member of the State University System of Florida and was established in 1963. The university has three colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, and Professional Studies, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The campus itself is located on a 1,600-acre wildlife refuge among the rolling hills and natural woodland along of the Escambia River 10 miles north of downtown Pensacola. In addition to the main campus, UWF serves students in Fort Walton Beach, at Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, and also at many shared facilities at regional community colleges. The university also owns waterfront property on Santa Rosa Island available for recreational, academic, and research pursuits. The university manages 24 historic properties in Pensacola, offering hands-on learning opportunities for students of history, archaeology, and tourism.
UWF is focused on research and education, with students having the opportunity to partake in research opportunities such as exploring historic shipwrecks, conducting research into the health of Florida’s natural resources, and also working hand-in-hand with local businesses though the university’s Small Business Development Center.
Many of UWF’s programs of study are also accredited by area-specific organizations, including: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the American Chemical Society (ACS), the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), the Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET), the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Education Training (CAATE), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the Masters in Psychology Accreditation Council (MPAC), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the Florida Bar Association (FBA).