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The University of West Florida Admission Requirements

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Your chances of getting into The University of West Florida

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

48%
Admission Difficulty for The University of West Florida
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Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at The University of West Florida is 48%.  Its admission rate is the 13th lowest in Florida.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into The University of West Florida and can you get accepted?

The University of West Florida is a more competitive school to get into. You have a good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 4,377 out of the 9,113 who applied were admitted.

The University of West Florida typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.6. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into The University of West Florida?

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to The University of West Florida you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.6 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1140 on the SAT
  • Score 24 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

The University of West Florida GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.6

Typical High School Grades 

B+

What GPA do you need to get into The University of West Florida?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into The University of West Florida are to have around a 3.6 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

Even with a competitive GPA, admission to The University of West Florida will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at The University of West Florida is 3.6 on the 4.0 scale. 27% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #20 in Florida for highest average GPA.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.6 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted The University of West Florida students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 27.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 18.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 21.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 14.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 14.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 6.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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The University of West Florida SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1050-1230

Applicants Submitting SAT 

60%
SAT Scores for The University of West Florida
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 540
Math 25th Percentile 510
Composite 25th Percentile 1050
SAT Scores for The University of West Florida
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 630
Math 75th Percentile 600
Composite 75th Percentile 1230
Average SAT Score 1140

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to The University of West Florida?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at The University of West Florida is 1140 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1050-1230. Students who get into The University of West Florida score in the top 51 percent of all SAT test takers..  The University of West Florida ranks #20 in the state of Florida for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1140 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. The University of West Florida regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1050 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1050, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 960, but scores this low are outside the normal range. 60 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

View other colleges which accept students in the 1140 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1140, you have around a 48% chance of being admitted. A 1230 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 64% chance of getting in.

The University of West Florida admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1230 and Above Good >64%
1140 to 1230 Avg + 48%-64%
1050 to 1140 Avg - 33%-48%
960 to 1050 Reach 20%-33%
Less than 960 Low <20%
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The University of West Florida ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

21-27 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

66%
ACT Scores for The University of West Florida
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 21
Math 25th Percentile 19
Composite 25th Percentile 21
ACT Scores for The University of West Florida
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 27
Math 75th Percentile 26
Composite 75th Percentile 27
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into The University of West Florida?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to The University of West Florida is 24, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 21 and 27.  The school ranks #17 in Florida for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 24. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 21 and score in the score in the top 43 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 18.

Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 66 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to The University of West Florida.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into The University of West Florida for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 24 score has around 48% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 64% with a 27 ACT score.

The University of West Florida admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
27 and Above Good >64%
24 to 27 Avg + 48%-64%
21 to 24 Avg - 33%-48%
18 to 21 Reach 20%-33%
Less than 18 Low <20%
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High School Class Rank

80% of The University of West Florida freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 41% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted The University of West Florida students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 12%
Top 25% of class 41%
Top 50% of class 80%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

The University of West Florida admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,269 3,844 9,113
Accepted 2,513 1,864 4,377
Acceptance Rate 48% 48% 48%
Enrolled 646 537 1,183
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 29% 27%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jun 1, 2024

Days left to Apply

None

The application deadline for Fall 2024 has passed. Applications were due on Jun 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to The University of West Florida is $30.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to The University of West Florida and what student information is used for admission decisions?

The University of West Florida Application Requirements
Test Scores Required to be considered for admission
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Recommendations Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at The University of West Florida
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because The University of West Florida is fairly competitive, you have a decent chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.6 GPA, you have a good shot at getting in. An SAT score of 1140 will further improve your application. If you can get a 1230 on the SAT you will have a very good chance on getting in. Additionally a 24 on the ACT places you in a strong position.

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Students applying to The University of West Florida often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=138354 IPEDS survey data for The University of West Florida.

FAQs

Does The University of West Florida prefer SAT or ACT?

60% of students submit their SAT scores to The University of West Florida. 66% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into The University of West Florida?

48% of those who apply are granted admission to The University of West Florida. Admission competition is low and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for The University of West Florida?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1050 and 1230. The average SAT score is 1140. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for The University of West Florida?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 27. The average ACT score is 24. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.