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University of West Florida

At the University of West Florida, we believe in the power of higher education to drive change: on campus, in our region, across the state and around the world. We’re equipping today’s students with the knowledge and skills needed to become tomorrow’s leaders, blazing new paths, shaping their environment and creating an even brighter future.

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Law (1)



When the doors to the University of West Florida opened in the fall of 1967, it didn’t just mark the beginning of classes. It marked the beginning of a story—the UWF story. This timeline details the University’s history over the past five decades, characterized by vision, hope and strategic growth. Where we’ve been is only the beginning—our foundation for the future.


The University of West Florida is home to five academic colleges, offering a variety of undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral degree programs. Learn more about each of our colleges and the programs offered at UWF below.


At the heart of the University of West Florida, you’ll find a drive for research and the belief that big ideas, when nurtured and supported, can become even bigger solutions to local, regional, state and global issues.We bring together scholars, students, business leaders, community members and government experts to collaborate on real-world problems. They are driven by collaboration, curiosity, and investigation into all things new: new ideas; new insights; new solutions; new possibilities.


The GHTM program’s proximity to these beautiful Florida and Alabama Gulf Coast tourist communities provide opportunities for UWF students to gain experience while in school; and to forge career prospects beyond graduation. Graduates may work in any facet of the hospitality industry. Below are a few areas of interest:

  • Resorts
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Food Service
  • Spas
  • Private Clubs
  • Country Clubs
  • Commercial Recreation Areas
  • Event Planning
  • Convention & Visitors Bureaus
  • Cruising
  • Transportation/Travel
  • Casinos
  • National/State Parks

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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Student services

  • Staff Senate
  • Student Accessibility Resources
  • Student Affairs Assessment
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Student Disability Resource Center
  • Student Government Association
  • Student Health Services
  • Student Involvement
  • Student Leadership Development
  • Student Organizations

Housing services

Riverside Mews specializes in providing accomodations for longer-term residents. It's located about a mile from the UCC campus (quite a nice walk), 1/2 mile to downtown Cork, and overlooks the River Lee. The apartments are furnished nicely and include a microwave, refrigerator, clothes washer/dryer, shower, phone, television (with cable box), and a abundance of cookware and utensils.

Library services

The library classroom contains:

  • 30 all-in-one student workstations;
  • SMART Board, SMART podium, and two 55-inch LED displays controlled by the instructor's workstation;
  • SMART Document camera;
  • Instructor podium Laptop connections (VGA, HDMI & Ethernet)
  • In-room "voice lift" microphone/speaker system
  • DVD/VHS/BluRay players;
  • Crestron equipment-control unit.

ICT services

The ITS Help Desk is your point of contact for all information technology issues. The ITS Help Desk provides technical support to UWF students, faculty, and staff on a variety of university technology services.

Medical services

The University of West Florida does not require proof of insurance (with some specific exceptions) nor does Student Health Services bill insurance for services provided, but we highly recommend that students have coverage.

Student Life

Campus life

The UWF main campus spans 1,600 acres and is located just minutes away from historic Pensacola and some of the worlds most beautiful beaches. It features state-of-the-art facilities comfortable residence halls, and a beautiful landscape that offers a variety of recreational activities.

Sports facilities

The Lower Level houses the selectorized and free weight equipment. The Upper Level includes an 1/8th mile indoor track that offers alternating views of the 36-foot rock climbing wall, the Rec Gym, the scenic woods outside, and the Upper and Lower Levels. The Upper Level also includes (12) 32-inch LCD monitors offering Broadcast Vision to participants using the cardio equipment.

Student clubs

UWF has more than 100 registered student organizations. This site has information and tools for students hoping to find the organization that is right for them, for student organization leaders who want to take their organization to the next level, for faculty and staff members who work with student organizations and for Pensacola community partners interested in engaging our organizations. 


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

Student Reviews

UWF is great if you're serious about your studies and want to benefit from smaller class sizes.
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I loved the University of West FLorida. The Psychology Department is absolutely fantastic. I do wish, however, that there was better communication between the Psychology and Biology departments, given the rapid growth of Neuroscience related fields.

UWF is a GREAT small school
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I've really enjoyed my time at the University of West Florida. The Psychology department fantastic. I've been very involved and have maintained a very high GPA during my time here.

Ferry Pass, Florida, United States

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