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Accreditations & Affiliations

Widely recognized for its excellent programs, the University of West Florida holds many accreditations, affiliations and rankings.

Accreditations & Affiliations

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. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of West Florida.

The Bachelor of Science in Clinical Lab Sciences – MLT to MLS program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences and is licensed by the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master’s degree in nursing at UWF is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits University of West Florida. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement

The University of West Florida is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

Social work programs at UWF are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Rankings

  • U.S. News & World Report
    • No. 34 in best regional universities south — 2020
    • No. 39 for best online bachelor’s programs — 2020
    • No. 28 in best online bachelor’s programs for veterans — 2020
    • No. 21 top performers on social mobility — 2020
    • No. 15 in the top public schools — 2020
    • No. 19 in the best colleges for veterans — 2020
    • No. 52 in the best value schools — 2020
    • No. 230-301 in best national universities — 2019
    • No. 261 in best high school counselor rankings — 2019
    • No. 117 in best engineering programs (no doctorate) — 2019
    • No. 401 in best business programs — 2019
    • No. 200 in best online bachelor’s programs — 2019
  • Ranked in Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education college rankings — 2017–2020
  • No. 7 in the state in WalletHub’s list of top higher education institutions — 2020
  • No. 77 for veteran friendliness by College Factual — 2020
  • Named a “Best for Vets College” by Military Times (2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020)
  • Earned the second-highest score in the Florida Board of Governors’ Performance-Based Funding Metrics — 2019
  • No. 3 top performing state university by the Florida Board of Governors — 2017–2018
  • No. 4 online and on-campus college in Florida by Schools.com — 2017
  • A best southeastern college by The Princeton Review — 2003–2019
  • Included in Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings — 2017
  • A best college by Money magazine — 2017
  • America’s top colleges by Forbes — 2011–2012, 2014–2018
  • A best public college or university by Bizjournals.com — 2017
  • No. 5 military-friendly school in the U.S. by MilitaryFriendly.com — 2018
  • No. 16 on top 60 nursing schools in Florida by NursingSchoolsAlmanac.com — 2018
  • No. 3 on 19 most affordable online master’s in computer science by GetEducated.com — 2019

College of Business

  • U.S. News & World Report
    • No. 33 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs for Veterans (Excluding MBA) — 2020
    • No. 78 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (Excluding MBA) — 2020
    • No. 138 in Best Online MBA Programs — 2020
  • Listed in the Best Online Business Analytics MBA Programs by College Consensus — 2020
  • No. 22 in the “Best Online MBA in Entrepreneurship Programs” by onlinecollegeplan.com — 2019
  • No. 15 in the “Best Online Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Programs” by BestColleges.com — 2019
  • No. 20 in the “Best Online Programs: Master’s in Human Resources” by BestColleges.com — 2019
  • No. 13 in the “Best Online MBA in Supply Chain Management Programs” by BestColleges.com — 2019
  • No. 12 in the “Best Online Master’s in Entrepreneurship Degree Programs” by BestColleges.com — 2019
  • No. 29 in the “Best Online MBA Programs & Degrees” by Study.com — 2019
  • No. 9 in the “Top 50 College Financial Literacy Programs of 2019” by LendEDU.com — 2019
  • No. 17 in the “Best Online Master’s in Supply Chain Management Programs” by TheBestSchools.org — 2019
  • No. 16 in the “Best Online Master’s in Supply Chain Management Programs” by TheBestSchools.org — 2018
  • No. 31 in the “Top 50 Most Affordable MBA Programs” by TopManagementDegrees.com — 2018

College of Education and Professional Studies

  • No. 19 for the “Most Affordable Online Master’s in Instructional Design” by BestCollegesOnline.org — 2020
  • No. 30 in Best Online Master’s in Education Programs for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report — 2020
  • No. 3 in “The Top 50 Online Master’s in Educational Leadership” by Intelligent.com — 2020
  • No. 96 in Best Online Master’s in Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report — 2020
  • No. 12 in the “Best Online Master’s in Public Administration Degree Programs” by intelligent.com — 2020
  • No. 8 in the “15 Best Affordable Paralegal Studies Degree Programs (Bachelor’s)” by Affordable Schools — 2019
  • No. 15 in the “Best Online Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction Programs” by BestColleges.com — 2019
  • No. 13 in the “Best Online Master’s in Elementary Education Programs” by BestColleges.com — 2019
  • No. 17 in the “The Best Online Master’s in Reading & Literacy Programs” by BestColleges.com — 2019
  • No. 1 in the “20 Most Affordable PhD in Online Teaching Online 2019” by AffordableSchools.net — 2019
  • No. 2 in the “15 Cheapest Online Programs in Educational Leadership and Administration” by TopEducationDegrees.org — 2019
  • No. 20 in the “The Best Online Master of Criminal Justice Degree Programs” by TheBestSchools.org — 2019
  • No. 34 in the “Best Online Master’s in Special Education” by onlineschoolsreport.com — 2019
  • No. 9 in the “Best Legal Studies Degrees” by CollegeChoice.net — 2018
  • No. 2 in the “14 Cheap Doctorates in Curriculum and Instruction Online 2019” by BestValueSchools.com — 2018
  • No. 5 in the “Top 45 Cheapest Master’s in Educational Technology Online 2019” by BestValueSchools.com — 2018
  • No. 11 in the “The 30 Best Online Master’s in Educational Leadership Degree Programs” by TheBestSchools.org — 2018
  • No. 4 in the “The 10 Best Online Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction Programs” by TheBestSchools.org — 2018
  • No. 4 in the “10 Most Affordable Master’s in Public Administration Online 2018” by GradSchoolHub.com — 2018
  • No. 8 in the “Best Online Doctorate in Educational Technology Degree Programs” by TheBestSchools.org — 2018
  • No. 2 for “Best Bachelor’s in Special Education Online Degree Programs” by BestCollegeReviews.org — 2018
  • No. 9 for “Best Legal Studies Degrees” by CollegeChoice.net — 2018
  • UWF Doctoral Program welcomed to the Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED) Consortium — 2018
  • No. 12 in the list of “Most Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in Special Education” by BestEducationDegrees.com — 2018
  • No. 18 for the “Most Affordable Online Master’s in Educational Leadership” by BestCollegesOnline.org — 2018
  • No. 8 in the “Top 15 Best Applied Behavior Analysis Online Programs” by AppliedBehaviorAnalysisPrograms.com — 2018
  • No. 8 in the “Best Online Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction Programs” by TheBestSchools.org — 2018
  • No. 8 in the “Most Affordable Online Doctoral Degrees” by SR Education Group — 2018
  • No. 17 in the “Best Early Childhood Education Degrees” by CollegeChoice.net — 2018
  • Ranked by MastersProgramGuide.com for the Best Online Master’s Programs — 2018 
    • No. 48 in the “50 Best Online Master of Special Education Degree Programs”
    • No. 40 in the “50 Best Online Master of Public Administration Programs”
  • No. 5 for the “Best Online Doctorates in Curriculum and Instruction” by CollegeChoice.net — 2018

Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering

  • No. 3 in the “Top 40 Online Master’s Degrees in Computer Science” by Intelligent.com — 2020
  • No. 36 in Best Online Master’s in Computer Technology Programs by U.S. News & World Report — 2020
  • No. 2 in the IEEE SoutheastCon Hardware (Robotics) competition — 2019
  • No. 14 in the “Best Online Master of Mathematics Degree Programs” by MastersProgramsGuide.com — 2019
  • No. 27 in the “The Best Online Master’s in Computer Science Programs” by OnlineMasters.com — 2019
  • No. 7 in the “33 Cheap Master’s in Computer Science Online 2019” by BestValueSchools.com — 2018
  • No. 7 in the “Top Online Master’s Degrees in Geographic Information Systems” by BestCollegeReviews.org — 2018
  • No. 29 in the “Best Master’s Degrees in Environmental Science” by CollegeChoice.net — 2018
  • No. 26 in the “Top 50 Institutions for Online Master’s Degrees in Computer Science” by MastersProgramGuide.com — 2018

Usha Kundu, MD College of Health

  • No. 25 for the Best Online Master’s in Healthcare Management by CollegeConsensus.com — 2020
  • No. 125 in Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs by U.S. News & World Report — 2020
  • No. 1 in the “Best Online Bachelor’s in Health Science Programs” by BestColleges.com — 2019
  • No. 23 in the “Best Online Master of Healthcare Administration Programs” by BestColleges.com — 2019
  • No. 3 in the “Best Online Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration Programs” by BestColleges.com — 2019
  • No. 4 in the “25 Best Affordable Master’s in Public Health Online Degrees 2019” by AffordableSchools.net — 2019
  • No. 8 in the “Best Online RN to BSN Program” by BestColleges.com — 2019
  • No. 24 in the “Best Online Master’s in Public Health Program” by BestColleges.com — 2019
  • No. 3 in the “10 Most Affordable Master’s in Public Health Online 2018” by GradSchoolHub.com — 2018
  • No. 6 in the “Top 25 Most Affordable Online Master’s in Public Health” by Healthcare-Management-Degree.net — 2018
  • No. 20 in the “30 Best Online Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration Degrees” by TheBestSchools.org — 2018
  • No. 25 in the “50 Best Online Master of Public Health Online Degree Programs” by MastersProgramGuide.com — 2018

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

  • No. 4 in the “The 5 Best Online Master’s in Political Science Degree Programs” by TheBestSchools.org — 2018
  • No. 9 in “Best Colleges for Communication Majors in Florida” by Zippia.com — 2018
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