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We Sea Change

At the University of West Florida, we see change and rush forward.

Because we see change as inspirational: a source of ideas and insights, startups and breakthroughs, innovation and collaboration. We see change coming, faster than ever, and we’re ready for it. Because we’re leading it.


Sea Change: A Profound Transformation

It’s how we define the heart and purpose of the University of West Florida: to make waves on campus, in our community and around the world.

For the past 50 years, we’ve been the gathering place for bright minds in Northwest Florida. We’ve transformed the lives of our students with a close-knit academic experience and we’ve collaborated in the community with a progressive spirit. Through these efforts, coupled with our innovative programs, we've served as an economic driver in our region and state, with $1.47 billion in total annual economic impact.

UWF has undergone its own transformation over the last 50 years to become the forward-thinking, innovative side of Florida. We’ve come a long way from making small ripples of change in our community, region and state. Now, we’re creating waves and making a significant impact, not only in our surrounding areas, but across the globe.

Learn more about Sea Change through the stories of our students, faculty and alumni who exemplify what it means to make waves.

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    Emily Dennis

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  • National Merit Finalist, Cara Womacks, in the Wetlands Research Exhibition on the University of West Florida's campus. Cara is studying as a Marine Biology major.

    Cara Womacks

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  • Trista Blouin standing on a sidewalk

    Trista Blouin

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  • renee cox at the uwf track

    Renee Cox

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  • Yhana Burbel in the UWF College of Business

    Yhana Burbel

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  • natalie fallows with hiking gear

    Natalie Fallows

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  • Everette Petsinger

    Everette Petsinger

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  • National Merit Finalist, Diana Hanks, is shown a robotic arm in Building 4 of University of West Florida's campus.

    Diana Hanks

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  • Kelby Thornton, graduate student and president of the Student Collaborative Entrepreneurship Organization standing in front of the UWF College of Business

    Kelby Thornton

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  • Hannah Funk

    Hannah Funk

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  • oil spill water sampling

    2010 Oil Spill

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  • uwf scuba divers in the gulf of mexico

    Mother Mother Ocean

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  • College of Health and Andrews Research & Education Foundation

    Usha Kundu, MD College of Health and Andrews Research & Education Foundation

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  • UWF swimmer Theresa Michalak

    Theresa Michalak

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  • Historic Pensacola Village living history coordinator Phillip Mayhair

    UWF Historic Trust

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  • Ambassador and criminal justice major Kari McWhirter

    Kari McWhirter

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  • Teacher with k-12 level students for National Writing Project

    National Writing Project

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  • Quint and Rishy Studer

    Pensacola Pledge Scholars

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  • Child using paints at an easel.

    Community Outreach Research and Learning (CORAL) Center

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  • Dr. Matthew Ruckman at a park

    Dr. Matthew Ruckman

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  • Fernanda Luvizotto do Amaral, alumna

    Fernanda Luvizotto do Amaral

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  • Toni Sharpe, alumna

    Toni Sharpe

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  • Alexis Janosik, Professor of Biology - Focus on Marine Science

    Dr. Alexis Janosik

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  • John Pecore, Associate Chair, College of Education and Professional Studies  - Focus on Grant

    Dr. John Pecore

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  • Professor and students at the Archaeology Luna Settlement

    Division of Anthropology
    and Archaeology

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  • Kaley DeVito, social science major and special education minor

    Kaley DeVito

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  • Matt Lichtenberg, nursing student and Air Force adult learner

    Matt Lichtenberg

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  • Talisha Williams, business management major, mentorship

    Jonathan Griffith
    Talisha Williams

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