From the School

The University of Tampa is a private, medium-sized, comprehensive university in the heart of Tampa. UT offers students an exciting combination of challenging coursework and real-world learning experience in more than 200 areas of study. Situated on a beautiful 110-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 professional and cultural opportunities of a 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, theaters, computer resource centers, athletic facilities, science labs and new residence halls. Approximately 8,310 students (7,000 full-time undergraduates) are enrolled at UT. With students from all 50 states and 140 countries, UT provides diverse and dynamic environment. Students may choose from 230 clubs and organizations, including honor societies, student media, fraternities and sororities, community service groups and intramural sports. The University of Tampa has one of the top NCAA Division II sports programs in the nation, winning 15 national championships, including recent championships in baseball (2015, 2013, 2007, 2006), women’s volleyball (2014, 2006) and women’s soccer (2007).


From The School

The University of Tampa is an academically competitive institution that offers several non-binding early action admission dates. Visit for more details.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 580
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
480 - 570

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 600

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 27

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended


Early Action — November 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

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 Experience — an extensive orientation program that encourages student development via exploration of global issues, career possibilities and critical thinking and communication skills. International experience is an important focus at The University of Tampa. Through globally oriented courses and study abroad opportunities, students are prepared to live and work internationally. In 2016 there were more than 20 faculty-led travel courses to countries such as Costa Rica, Ghana, Cuba, Morocco and France. For qualifying students, UT offers a rigorous and rewarding Honors Program of expanded instruction, student research, internships and the opportunity to study at Oxford University.

Majors and Degrees Offered

The University of Tampa offers bachelor's degrees in accounting, advertising and public relations, allied health, applied dance, art, athletic training, biochemistry, biology, business information technology, chemistry, communication, criminology and criminal justice, cybersecurity, digital arts, economics, education (elementary and secondary certification), English, entrepreneurship, environmental science, film and media arts, finance, financial enterprise systems, forensic science, graphic design, history, human performance, international business, international studies, journalism, liberal studies, management, management information systems, marine science (biology and chemistry), marketing, mathematical programming, mathematics, music, music education, music performance, musical theatre, new media production, nursing, philosophy, physical education, physics, political science, psychology, public health, sociology, Spanish, sport management, theatre and writing. Minors and concentrations are offered in advertising, aerospace studies, applied sociology, art history, art therapy, Asian studies, biology/business, biology/molecular, biology/organismal and evolutionary, business administration, business analytics, criminal investigation, exercise physiology, French, international studies, law, justice and advocacy, leadership studies, military science, naval science, professional and technical writing, recreation, speech/theatre and women’s and gender studies. Pre-professional programs offered include pre-dentistry, pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary science, allied health and chemistry. Certificate programs include Chinese, European studies, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. An undergraduate School of Continuing Studies offers 30 degree programs designed for adults who want to study part-time. Four summer sessions also offer excellent learning and professional advancement opportunities. At the graduate level, the business school offers an MBA (full time and part time), 4+1 MBA and M.S. degrees in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance and marketing. An M.S. in Nursing, M.S. in Exercise and Nutrition Science, M.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice, MFA in Creative Writing, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, 4+1 M.Ed. and M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology are also offered. For a full list of programs, visit

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Spanish and Iberian Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology, General
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Business/Management
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Knowledge Management
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Communication, General
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, other any instructional program in organizational communication, public relations, and advertising not listed above

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer and Information Systems Security

  • Education

  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Writing, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Computational Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis
  • Mathematics and Computer Science

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC, ROTC)

  • Naval Science and Operational Studies

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Forensic Science and Technology

  • Social Sciences

  • Criminology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Digital Arts
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General
  • Musical Theatre

Students Say

Located in the center of sunny Tampa, Florida, the University of Tampa "is a school rich in diversity, student engagement opportunities, and academics." Students particularly praise the John Sykes School of Business, adding that "the primary focus of our school is business as we are in the heart of downtown Tampa and many businesses and alumni stop by which gives us many networking opportunities." Although the Florida environment—a big draw for many students from colder climates—might make it seem like everything is about lounging on the beach, students say that life at UT is actually about "having fun in the sun while getting good grades." The "small class sizes" and "amazing professors" are a draw, with students noting that their professors "are encouraging, insightful, well-versed in their fields of study, and have many connections in the Tampa area they are always willing to share." When it comes to both embarking on their college and post-college careers, UT students appreciate "the opportunities for networking and the amount of assistance provided into transitioning to college life." The beautiful campus and the perpetually nice weather are definite draws, but students stay for what goes on inside the classroom, underscoring that "the school prides itself on being a teaching school and not research based," leading to more individualized teacher-student interactions.


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

The average cost for the 2017-2018 academic year is $28,390 for tuition and fees and $10,502 for room and board. The average financial aid award for students in 2016 is $18,088, with 94% of students receiving financial assistance.

Financial Aid

The high-quality, private education offered by The University of Tampa is not as difficult to finance as some students may think. Each family's situation is evaluated individually for need-based assistance. Academic achievements, leadership potential, athletic skills and other special talents are also recognized, regardless of need. Academic scholarships are awarded to most entering first-year students with a 3.0 unweighted GPA or above. Transfer, leadership, departmental, Phi Theta Kappa, International Baccalaureate and ROTC scholarships are also available. Learn more at


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

UT offers 230 clubs, organizations and teams, making it easy for students to get involved in campus life. Options include academic and social clubs, leadership groups and student government, amongst many others. For a full list, visit

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



58% female
42% male
97% are full time
3% are part time

Students Say

While some Tampa students feel it's a stereotype to describe the student body as primarily middleand upper-class white students, others find this description pretty accurate: It's "bittersweet when you don't really fit into the affluent, rich, good-looking, well-dressed stereotype at UT." But students generally agree that "most people here are very friendly and easy to talk to. It is easy to find friends through the dorms, clubs, or other activities." When it comes to diversity, students emphasize that "there is a wide breadth of states and countries represented" and add that UT "is trying to be more inclusive of the LGBTQ community. Recently, gender-neutral bathrooms and housing have become a thing on campus." Students say, when looking at the school as a whole, "The culture of UT seems to be more social than academic-oriented for the underclassmen, and the opposite is apparent with upperclassmen. There are, however, niches available for almost every [kind] of student."


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

Campus Facilities & Equipment

UT has invested approximately $530 million in new academic facilities, technology and residence halls since 2000, making this national historic landmark the model of a modern university. Ninety-three% of residence halls are new within the past 15 years and most others have been renovated recently. (For residence hall video tours, visit The Vaughn Center and residence hall complex serves as the hub of student life. Here students find food courts, recreational areas, a theater, student office space, the Barnes & Noble campus store and a ninth-floor conference center with incredible views of Tampa Bay. Morsani Hall offers state-of-the-art amenities and eight separate dining venues. Other outstanding facilities and resources include the Sykes College of Business, a waterfront Marine Science Field Station and research vessels, Ferman Music Center, Reeves Theater, the 1,000-seat Falk Theatre, R.K. Bailey Art Studios and Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values. The newly renovated Martinez Athletics Center, Naimoli Family Softball Complex and Naimoli Family Athletics and Intramural Complex represent some of the best athletic facilities in the country. Students also enjoy a new 21st-century fitness center, completed in fall 2016.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Across the river in downtown is the Tampa Museum of Art, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Florida Aquarium, Amalie Arena and an outstanding public library. Busch Gardens is several miles from campus, and Walt Disney World and Universal Studios are only 90 minutes away. Tampa International Airport is 5 miles from campus.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Students Say

University of Tampa students say that "Greek life is an ever-growing community on our campus so a lot of time is dedicated to that," with others putting a less positive spin on that expansion: "If you don't join a sorority/ fraternity you probably don't have much of a social life." But clubs and student organizations abound on campus and "the school is always jumping with events to go to and opportunities to take advantage of." In general, students say, "A lot of people play sports, join student organizations, [and] go to bars and clubs over the weekends," especially in glamorous Tampa, which is crawling with nightlife opportunities, but "the rest of the week is class and studying." Keeping in shape is a popular pastime for student athletes and novices, and runs around the Tampa Riverwalk are popular. Students say that there's always a way to fit in something fun, regardless of your particular schedule: "Some people study all day and then hang out at night, others take the day to go to class and relax and then study through the night. Either way there are plenty of options."

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Stacey Davis

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

16% join a fraternity


Athletic Division
Division II

60% participate in intramural sports
7% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Spartans)
8 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Spartans)
11 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: African Student Association, Asian Media Club, Black Student Union, Caribbean Students Association, Diversity Fellowship, Friends of Internationals, Indian Cultural Association, International Student Organization, Spartan Sustained Dialogue, Russian Club, Spartans Seeking Justice, UTampa Pride

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Office of Admissions

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



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
Ybor City
St. Pete Beach
Soho (South Tampa)
International Plaza Shopping Center

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon - Sat
9:30a - 3:30

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Contact Admissions Office for Schedule

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Admitted senior, specific dates


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.

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