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University of Tampa


Welcome to the University of Tampa:

  • Located In: Hillsborough County
  • Address: 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606-1490
  • Phone: 813-253-3333
  • Size: 100 acres

History of the University of Tampa:

Plant Hall, the primary academic and administrative building for the University of Tampa, was built between 1888 and 1891 by railroad and shipping magnate Henry B. Plant to serve as Tampa Bay Hotel.

Designed to surpass all other grand winter resorts, the 511-room, five-story hotel topped by Moorish minarets, domes and cupolas once hosted Teddy Roosevelt, Sarah Bernhart, Babe Ruth and Stephen Crane. Today, the same rooms once frequented by celebrities and dignitaries now house classrooms, laboratories and public rooms.

On Aug. 2, 1933, Tampa Junior College became the University of Tampa, headquartered at Plant Hall.

University of Tampa Academics:

  • More than 120 areas of study (undergraduate and graduate)
  • John H. Sykes College of Business (AACSB accredited)
  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Natural and Health Sciences
  • College of Social Science, Mathematics and Education
  • Average SAT: 1,100
  • Average GPA: 3.3
  • Approximately 1,400 degrees conferred annually

University of Tampa Graduate Studies:

    Nine master's programs and 10 concentrations including:
  • Three MBA
  • MS in Innovation Management
  • MS in Accounting
  • MS in Finance
  • MS in Marketing
  • MA in Teaching
  • Master of Education
  • MS in Nursing (three concentrations)
  • Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Innovation

What Makes the University of Tampa Special:

Located in the heart of downtown Tampa in Hillsborough County, the University of Tampa is a medium-sized comprehensive, private university situated on approximately 100 acres of riverfront land.

The school's student population of about 5,800 includes students from 50 states and U.S. territories and almost 100 countries. More than half of undergraduates are from Florida. Approximately 70 percent of full-time students live on campus.

The University of Tampa offers more than 120 majors, minors and pre-professional programs through a strong core curriculum rooted in the liberal arts. Among the most popular majors are management, communication, marketing, international business, psychology, biology, criminology, nursing (four-year), finance and accounting. The university offers an evening college presenting degree programs to adults who want to study part-time at night.

Graduate degrees are offered for Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in Marketing, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Innovation Management and Certificate in Nonprofit Management. The MBA program is one of the largest in Florida and is one of the elite private schools in the Southeast to have AACSB accreditation.

The campus includes 48 buildings including athletic and fitness facilities, 10 residence halls, the John H. Sykes College of Business Building, the Vaughn Center (includes a new Student Center, the Allen N. Reeves Theater, ninth-floor conference/seminar center, and Barnes & Noble University Bookstore), R.K. Bailey Art Studios, two parking garages for 2,500 cars combined, the Student Health Center and the Marine Science Center.

Campus Life

  • 2,000 University and community events annually
  • 140 clubs and student organizations
  • 20 sororities and fraternities
  • 22 different food venue choices in four campus locations
  • Seven campus publications
  • Scarfone/Hartley Gallery (art)
  • Falk and Reeves theaters
  • Student-run, on-campus television station, radio station and newspaper
  • Intramurals, sports clubs and student recreation programs

Financial Facts

  • Annual budget: $135 million
  • Full- and part-time employees: 750, plus 300 vendor contracted
  • employees
  • Fundraising: $8.6 million (2007-08)
  • Annual economic impact: $450 million
  • $210 million in new construction since 1997
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