University of West Florida: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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The University of West Florida is a public university with an acceptance rate of 42%. Located in Pensacola, Florida, the University of West Florida is a member of the State University System of Florida. The average class size for first-year courses is 28 students. Popular majors for undergraduates include health, science and engineering, and education and professional studies. In athletics, the West Florida Argonauts compete in the NCAA Division II Gulf South Conference. Popular sports include basketball, soccer, and swimming and diving.

Considering applying to University of West Florida? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, University of West Florida had an acceptance rate of 42%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 42 students were admitted, making UWF's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 5,707
Percent Admitted 42%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 45%

SAT Scores and Requirements

The University of West Florida requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 53% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 550 640
Math 530 610
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of University of West Florida's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to UWF scored between 550 and 640, while 25% scored below 550 and 25% scored above 640. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 530 and 610, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 610. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1250 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at University of West Florida.

Requirements

University of West Florida does not require the SAT writing section. Note that UWF participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

UWF requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 76% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 22 27
Math 21 26
composite 22 27

This admissions data tells us that most of UWF's admitted students fall within the top 37% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to University of West Florida received a composite ACT score between 22 and 27, while 25% scored above 27 and 25% scored below 22.

Requirements

UWF does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, University of West Florida superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of University of West Florida's incoming freshmen class was 3.78, and more than 50% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to the University of West Florida have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of West Florida Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of West Florida Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to University of West Florida. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

University of West Florida, which accepts fewer than half of applicants, has a selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, UWF has a somewhat holistic admissions process that takes into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, not simply your grades. The university requires a minimum of four units each in English and math; three units each in natural science and social science; two units of a single foreign language; and two units of an approved elective. You'll be more competitive if you exceed these minimums and your academic record includes challenging AP, IB, and Honors courses. Also, an upward trend in your high school grades will be viewed much more favorably than a downward trend.

While grades and test scores are the most important part of an application, the university will look at optional materials such as a personal essay, extracurricular activities that demonstrate a special talent, and letters of recommendation. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside UWF's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green data points represent students who were admitted to University of West Florida. Most had SAT scores (ERW+M) of 950 or higher, an ACT composite of 18 or higher, and a high school average of a "B-" or better. Grades, SAT scores and ACT scores above these lower ranges will improve your chances, and you can see that many students who attend UWF have grades in the "A" range.

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