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University of West Florida: Narrative Description


11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32514-5750
Tel: (850)474-2000
Free: 800-263-1074
Admissions: (850)474-2230
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of State University System of Florida. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1963. Setting: 1,600-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $50.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $22.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5625 per student. Total enrollment: 9,518. Faculty: 547 (257 full-time, 290 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 3,583 applied, 66% were admitted. Full-time: 5,738 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 2,236 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 49 states and territories, 13% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 10% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 30% 25 or older, 18% live on campus, 17% transferred in. Retention: 72% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; protective services/public administration; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at other members of the State University System of Florida. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 6/30. Notification: continuous. Preference given to applicants with associate degrees from Florida public junior colleges.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $2045 full-time, $68.16 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $14,552 full-time, $485.04 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $994 full-time, $33.15 per semester hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to location. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to location. College room and board: $6294. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 109 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 5% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Marketing Association, Student Council for Exceptional Children, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Baptist Student Ministry, Golden Key Honor Society. Major annual events: Homecoming, Exam Jam, Love Fest (Valentine's celebration). Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,340 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Option: coed housing available. Pace Library with 414,418 books, 1.6 million microform titles, 3,236 serials, 4,303 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.1 million. 900 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Pensacola is Florida's westernmost metropolitan area, situated approximately 50 miles east of Mobile, Alabama. A mild climate and more than 200 miles of Gulf and bay shoreline combine to produce an environment perfect for outdoor recreation. Pensacola is the home of the largest naval air training facility in the United States and of Florida's largest industrial plant. Boating, skin diving, swimming, surfing, and sailing are among the numerous water-related sports enjoyed practically year-round. More than 20 miles of Pensacola Beach are within the confines of the National Seashore, including historic Fort Pickens. Numerous museums and related facilities provide amateur historians with a wealth of exploring. The U.S. Naval Air Training museum provides a historical compendium of naval aviation in the United States. Such annual events as the Fiesta of Five Flags, the Gulf Coast Fine Arts Festival and the West Florida Music Festival draw thousands of people annually.

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