From the School

The University of Tampa is a private, medium-sized, comprehensive university in the heart of Tampa. The university offers exciting learning experiences in over 140 areas of study. All programs offer students a combination of challenging coursework and real world experience. Situated on a beautiful 100 acre campus, the university is adjacent to the Hillsborough River and downtown Tampa. Students enjoy a traditional self-contained campus, only steps away from the excitement and opportunities of the bustling city. At the center of campus lies Plant Hall, once a luxurious hotel for the rich and famous. This historical landmark is complemented by modern surroundings and excellent facilities including a student union, art studios and gallery, theatres, computer resource center, complete athletic facilities, science labs, and new residence halls. Over 6,600 students (5,600 full-time undergraduates) are enrolled at the university. UT students represent 50 states and 114 countries. Students choose from more than 160 different clubs and organizations including honors societies, social clubs, Greek Life, community service and others. The University of Tampa has one of the top NCAA Division II sports programs in the nation, winning twelve national championships including recent championships in Baseball (2006 & 2007), Women's Volleyball (2006), and Women's Soccer (2007).

Overview

Applicants
17,208
Acceptance Rate
52%
Average HS GPA
3.30

GPA Breakdown

16%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
21%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
490 - 580
SAT Math
500 - 580
ACT Composite
22 - 27

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

From The School

The University of Tampa's undergraduate curriculum is designed to give students a broad academic and cultural background as well as a concentrated study in a major. Students complete a comprehensive core curriculum known as the Baccalaureate Experience, which is highlighted by the unique and innovative first year program known as Gateways. Gateways is an extensive orientation program which encourages student development via exploration of global issues, career possibilities, and development of critical thinking and communication skills. International experience has always been a major focus at the University of Tampa. Students are essentially educated and prepared to live and work internationally. Academic opportunities in this area are available to students immediately and in 2011 there are over 20 faculty led study abroad opportunities available to students. For qualifying students, the university has a rigorous and rewarding Honors Program of expanded instruction and student research.

Students Say

The riverfront campus in Tampa, Florida, may be a big draw for The University of Tampa, but the school boasts more than an appealing location. It is a “great university in general with an exceptional business school,” and students say that the academics “are hands-on and actually fun.” The goal here is “preparing students to function as global citizens in specified career fields.” Leading the way to help students achieve this goal are “very thorough” professors who “make themselves available for office hours so that students are able to do their best.” Students here like the small class sizes, working with “professors that love what they teach,” and the fact that “the student/teacher ratio is very good.” Some complain that the professors “go too fast,” making classes “hard to follow,” but most students praise these educators as “very insightful and understanding when I had trouble in class.” The university’s business, nursing, communication, and education programs have all won acclaim, especially in preparing students for post-college careers. “I learn a lot about the subject and how it applies to the real-world,” one student notes. “I never feel scared to ask questions and to comment about something we are discussing.” All in all, one student summarizes, “The University of Tampa is a school that brings individuals from all around the world together with excellent classes, professors, athletics, clubs, and other extracurriculars.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
646
with Terminal Degree
354

377
Women
269
Men
93
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
83%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Governor Bob Martinez
former governor of Florida

Tino Martinez
professional athlete

Amy Hearth Hill
noted author

Pete Peterson
former ambassador to Vietnam

Virginia Hernandez Covington
United States District Judge

Connie May Fowler
noted author

Douglas B. Peterson
former congressman

Overview

From The School

The cost for the 2011-2012 academic year is $23,909 for tuition & fees and $8,866 for room & board. The average financial aid award for students at the University of Tampa in 2011 was $17,500 with 91% of students receiving financial assistance.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
73
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,813

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,927

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,285

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,742

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
62%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$10,697

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$24,528
Required Fees
$1,802
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,365

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

From The School

Students choose from more than 160 student clubs and organizations including honors societies, social clubs, and community service groups amongst many others. Visit The University of Tampa website at www.ut.edu to learn more about student organizations and activities.

Students Say

Friendly. Hardworking. The University of Tampa is home to “students from all over the world,” a “very diverse” bunch “with different backgrounds [who] still mesh together fairly well.” A friendly focus on fun ensures that “even though some cliques form, everyone fits in with each other.” Students at Tampa should be prepared to embrace diversity, since there are “probably more international kids than in-state kids.” Indeed, “our school is too diverse to even consider describing a typical student.” For those who embrace the diversity—and most of the “smart, courteous” students here do—they will find that it “creates a really interesting and fun atmosphere to learn in and meet friends from all around the world.” It is not difficult to find a place to fit in, nor is it difficult to be embraced by others. Though there are a few comments about some students being “spoiled and parent privileged,” not everyone agrees. Other students say UT attendees support one another without reservation. “A fellow student will usually gladly help you out if need be.” No matter how varied the student body, the tie that binds is a willingness to embrace fun.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,823
Out of State
60%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
114

Demographics

56% female
44% male
60% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview

From The School

Located on the west central coast of Florida, Tampa has far more to offer than just beautiful beaches and a pleasant climate. Tampa Bay is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States. The city is a leading center for the arts, international business, law, education, media, and health and scientific research. Forbes magazine and Newsweek magazine consistently pick Tampa Bay as one of the best places to live in the United States.

Students Say

Pointing out that a university in Tampa, Florida, offers boundless opportunities when it comes to things to do is like pointing out the sky is blue. Boredom will never be an issue here. The Gulf of Mexico and its beaches are a short drive away. “Movies, malls, restaurants, and a lot of activities” provide entertainment when students are out of class. “Parties are great. Exploring the city and going to the beach are also great.” Greek life thrives. So do sports, whether collegiate or professional (in addition to the native pro sports teams, dozens of major league baseball teams train here). Since most students “are very sociable,” it’s easy to make friend and meet new people. Students say, “Most of the time people are thinking about the weekend and the parties they will go to,” but “no one pressures you.” Overall, “Whether it’s clubbing, the beach, scubadiving, skydiving, we have it all here in paradise!”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
63%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
85
First-Year Students living on campus
61%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
95

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
160
Number of Honor Societies
11

Number of Social Sororities
11
Number of Religious Organizations
7

10% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Spartans)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Women's Sports (Spartans)
9 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Diversity Fellowship

Minority Support Groups: African Student Association Arab Students Association Black Student Union HOLA Hispanic Organization for Latin Americans NAACP

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of South Florida
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of South Florida

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
80

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
64

Average Number of PC's per Lab
12

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
80%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admissions
401 West Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33606-1490

Phone
813-253-6211

Email
admissions@ut.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Vaughn Student Center
Plant Hall
Stadium Center
Vaughn Center Courtyard
Martinez Sports Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Channelside
Ybor City
St. Pete Beach
Soho (South Tampa)
International Plaza Shopping Center

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Contact Admissions Office for Schedule

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Admitted senior, specific dates

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Tampa International Airport just 15 minutes from campus. Greyhound Bus and Amtrak also service Tampa. Taxi ride from airport about $20.00

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Airport or West, I-275 North to Exit 44- Downtown West, Ashley Drive, right on Kennedy Blvd., across Hillsborough River, right at first light which is entrance to UT. From South: I-75 North to Leroy Selmon Expressway/Crosstown to Tampa General Hosp./Davis Islands exit, right on Plant Ave., left on Kennedy Blvd, right at first light which is entrance to UT. From East: I-4 west to I-275, Exit 44, Downtown West, Ashley Dr., follow Ashley, make right on Kennedy Blvd, cross the Hillsborough River, make right at first light which is entrance to UT. From North: I-75 South to I-275, south to Exit 44, Downtown West, Ashley Drive, follow Ashley Drive, make right on Kennedy Blvd, cross the Hillsborough River, make first right at light which is entrance to UT.

Local Accommodations
Tampa Marriott Waterside Courtyard by Marriott Marriott Residence Inn Wyndham Harbour Island Hyatt Regency Tampa
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Key Stats

17,208
Applicants
6,823
Size
52%
Acceptance Rate
1080
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists