The university is part of the State University System of Florida. It also has campuses at Elgin Air Force Base, Fort Walton Beach, and Hurlburt Field, as well as shared facilities at regional community colleges.
West Florida offers both traditional and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
The student population, amounting to over 12,800 students, represents all 50 states and over 80 countries.
The research university, which specializes in engineering and the humanities, provides undergraduate degrees in 51 subjects and master's degrees in 25 subjects, as well as two specialist degrees and a doctorate in education.
As a research university. the University of West Florida operates an array of institutes and centers, such as the Archaeology Institute, the Florida-China Linkage Institute, and the Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation.
The Hass Center for Business Research and Economic Development provides economic impact studies for government agencies and industry.