University of West Florida

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The University of West Florida, often called UWF, is a public research university residing in Pensacola, Florida. It is a part of the State University System of Florida and its campus is the third largest within that system. The campus encompasses 1,600 acres of natural preserve that is bordered by Escambia Bay and two rivers. The university prides itself on its view of change and its ability to lead forward. It is committed to providing students with a close-knit academic community that works progressively with the community. Its mission is to provide students with top-notch, relevant, and cost efficient undergraduate and graduate education. It is committed to conveying, applying, and uncovering knowledge through instruction, research, scholarship, and public service. It is also dedicated to participating in community partnerships that react to shared concerns and opportunities and that process the economy and quality of life in the surrounding area. UWF is also committed to strategic planning and investment to improve student access and academic achievement. The university aspires to become a widely known institution of excellence and relevance with a top academic and cultural center. It also strives for recognition as a university that is "different by design." The distinct core values of UWF include: caring, collaboration, distinctiveness, inclusiveness, innovation, integrity, quality, relevance, and stewardship. The University of West Florida offers more than 45 undergraduate degree programs, 25 master's degree programs, two specialist programs, and a doctoral program in education. It houses five schools of education: The College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, College of Business, College of Health, College of Education and Professional Studies, University College, and the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering. The University of West Florida was founded in 1963 and the first classes started in 1967. It earned university accreditation in 1969. It divided into traditional colleges in 1979 and additional colleges were added from 1988 to 2014. Today, UWF is home to about 13,000 students and has an average faculty to student ratio of 22 to one.

University of West Florida Accreditation Details

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accredits the University of West Florida to grant degrees at the associate, bachelor's, master's and doctorate levels. The computer and electrical engineering programs at the University of West Florida are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

University of West Florida Application Requirements


• Submit undergraduate application

• Submit official high school transcripts

• Submit official transcripts from any previously attended colleges or universities

• Submit official scores from standardized tests, such as the SAT or ACT

• Submit option items: letters of recommendation, personal essay, and resume

• Pay $30 nonrefundable application fee


• Select specific graduate program

• Submit online graduate application

• Pay $30 nonrefundable application fee

• Submit official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions

• Submit official scores from graduate admissions examinations, such as the GMAT, MAT, and GRE

• Submit option items: letters of recommendation, personal essay, and resume

Tuition and Financial Aid



• Florida resident: tuition and fees- $211.98 per credit hour or $6,356 per year, books and supplies-$1,200

• Alabama resident: tuition and fees-$316.98 per credit hour or $9,506 per year, books and supplies-$1,200

• Florida non-resident: tuition and fees- $641.37 per credit hour or $19,238 per year, books and supplies: $1,200


• Florida resident: tuition and fees-$377.60 per credit hour, books and supplies-$900

• Alabama resident: tuition and fees-$482.60 per credit hour books and supplies-$900

• Florida non-resident: tuition and fees-$1,037.24 per credit hour, books and supplies-$900

Financial Aid

The University of West Florida offers an array of financial aid programs to assist students with paying for their higher education. The types of aid include scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study.


• Pace Presidential Scholarships

• John C. Pace Jr. Honors Scholar Awards

• National Merit Finalists

• Admissions' Foundation Scholarships

• Pensacola Pledge Scholars Scholarship

• Transfer Scholarships

• University of West Florida Athletic Scholarships

• Florida Bright Futures Scholarship


• Federal Pell Grant

• Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

• TEACH Grant

• Florida Student Assistance Grant

• First Generation Matching Grant

• University of West Florida Educational Enhancement Grant

• UWF Financial Aid Grant

• UWF Graduate Grant


• Federal Direct Subsidized Loan

• Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

• Federal Direct PLUS Loan

• Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

• Federal Perkins Loan


UWF participates in the Federal Work Study program that offers part-time, on-campus or off-campus jobs to students who demonstrate financial need. Students work a specified number of hours set by employers and receive a bi-weekly paycheck. The hours and pay vary by employer and responsibilities.

Engineering Programs at the University of West Florida

The Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering offers undergraduate programs in electrical engineering, computer engineering, and mechanical engineering. The electrical engineering program focuses on the concepts and applications dealing with electric energy and it prepares students to specialize in various areas including electronics, electronic-based communications, robotics, signal and image processing, controls, and power systems. The core courses include engineering mechanics-statics, programming for engineers, circuits, engineering statistics, software engineering tools, basic electric energy engineering, electromagnetic fields and applications, engineering economy, and intermediate engineering analysis. Students must also complete capstone courses. The computer engineering programs concentrates on the development of computer hardware and software solutions for use in today's ever-changing technological world. It provides students with a solid understanding in engineering analysis, design, and the ability to use effective skills to lead successful careers. The curriculum provides a balance of computer theory and applications with hardware and software as well as a fundamental background in electrical engineering. The core courses include digital logic and computer systems, digital design, digital computer architecture, microprocessor applications, data structures and algorithms, programming and algorithms, systems and networks, computer and network security, discrete structures, and software engineering tools. The mechanical engineering program focuses on the design, analysis, production, and maintenance of mechanical systems. The program prepares students for a career or advanced education in an array of sectors, such as manufacturing, energy, environment, aerospace, transportation, materials, and structures. Students will learn the main disciplines of mechanical engineering, such as machine design, thermodynamics, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, and materials. The core courses include engineering design, engineering mechanics-dynamics, circuits, engineering materials, numerical methods, mechanics of materials, machine design, thermal fluid systems, dynamic systems, and mechatronic systems. All three programs require the completion of 130 credit hours for graduation. Students also have the ability to complete a dual degree in both electrical and computer engineering by satisfying the requirements for both degrees at the University of West Florida.