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.
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
- 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
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.
For more information about the Doolittle Raiders legacy, please visit www.doolittleraider.com.