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About Northwest Florida State College

A History of Excellence

Located in the coastal heart of the Florida panhandle, Northwest Florida State College has earned a reputation for educational excellence and community involvement. As part of Florida’s public system of 28 state and community colleges, NWF State College offers bachelor’s degree programs, associate degrees, and certificates. The college’s primary service district stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to the Alabama state line.

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Northwest Florida State College improves lives. We deliver outstanding educational programs that are relevant, accessible, and engaging for students of all ages and provide exceptional cultural, athletic, and economic development activities for the communities served. We commit to excellence, creativity, integrity, and service.


  • A Learning-Centered Community
  • Access to Opportunity
  • Community Engagement
  • Institutional Growth
  • Financial Stewardship
  • A Great Place to Work

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  • Opportunity: Meeting each student’s educational need at his or her level of ability
  • Excellence: Achieving the highest standards
  • Learning: Acquiring new skills, insights and ideas
  • Success: Preparing students for the future
  • Creativity: Finding innovative ways to accomplish our objectives
  • Community: Listening and responding to community needs
  • Teamwork: Supporting and respecting each other and those we serve

Diversity & Inclusion Commitment Statement

In support of building a culture where differences are valued and every individual feels empowered to bring their full, authentic self to work or school, we adopt the following Value Statement for Diversity and Inclusion:

Northwest Florida State College is fully committed to diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. We are responsible for inclusion in all forms. Our ability to thrive in a multicultural world depends on our respecting differences and dismantling barriers. Our institution embraces this challenge by creating educational opportunities, raising awareness, and implementing programs and initiatives that bring the celebration of diversity to life on our campuses, at our centers, and in the community.

Why the Raiders?

A proud name and a proud tradition. Northwest Florida State College is honored to use the name Raiders and pay tribute to the heroes of the past who have shaped our future today.

In the college’s first year of operation, in 1964, then Okaloosa-Walton Junior College set about to choose a school mascot. It was decided that the college use the name “Raiders” in honor of the heroic airmen who trained at Eglin Air Force Base for their famous World War II raid on Tokyo.

In dedication to keeping the legacy of the Doolittle Raiders alive, NWF State College is honored to feature various Raider memorabilia throughout the campus, including a mini-museum at the entrance of Raider Arena, a painting bearing the signatures of surviving crewman from each of the 16 participating aircrafts, including Jimmy Doolittle himself, and an autographed edition of Doolittle’s autobiography.

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NWFSC President Dr. Devin Stephenson

At Northwest Florida State College, we are committed to helping each student who comes through our doors to achieve their individual goals for education and career success. In everything we do, from academics, arts, and athletics, our mission is to improve the lives of citizens in Northwest Florida.
– Dr. Devin Stephenson, NWF President

Convenient Locations

In addition to a 264 acre campus in Niceville, NWF State College operates a joint campus with the University of West Florida in Fort Walton Beach, the Chautauqua Center in DeFuniak Springs, the Robert L.F. Sikes Education Center in Crestview and fulltime centers at Hurlburt Field and a center in South Walton County.

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Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence 2019Military Friendly School 2019-20 Designation 600x600Blackboard Catalyst Award 2019 Winner

Top Notch Instruction

In addition to a record of regional and national accolades, NWF State College offers state-of-the-art student computer labs, a top-rated sports complex and a full program of intercollegiate and intramural sports, a child development center, and a criminal justice training center. A 120,000 square foot Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center on the Niceville Campus provides students the finest in instructional facilities for dance, music, theater, the visual arts and the humanities.

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