TAMPA — For the 20th consecutive year, The University of Tampa has set another enrollment record. This year’s total — including graduates and undergraduates — is 8,310, up 3.4 percent from last year’s total of 8,037. This year’s total enrollment is more than triple the University’s enrollment of two decades ago.
All U.S. states and approximately 140 countries are in the mix of students. About 17 percent of UT students are international, and 19.5 percent of UT students declare themselves as Hispanic, African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native or Asian.
Almost 97 percent of UT undergraduate students are full time and the majority of them live on campus. Students are housed in 11 different residence halls all built or renovated since 1998.
The University continues to be more selective, receiving more than 160,000 inquiries and approximately 20,000 applications for this fall’s 2,491 new undergraduate students. In fact, this year MSN.com named UT one of the top 100 universities (ranked No. 31) where applications are on the rise, increasing more than 224 percent over 10 years.
Entering students’ SAT scores also elevated with 22 percent of the new first-year students being eligible for the University’s distinguished Honors Program.
The graduate school student population included 928 students, many from all over the world.
Vice President of Enrollment Dennis Nostrand said the University’s record enrollment shows UT’s increasing appeal amongst prospective students, as well as the degree to which students enjoy their rich and meaningful UT experience.
“Interest in UT set an all-time record this past year, due in large part to our increased reputation for delivering a high-quality, rich educational experience,” Nostrand said. “Plus, once undergraduates decide to attend UT, we do an excellent job of graduating them in four years or less.”
UT President Ronald L. Vaughn added that the University is successfully maintaining its personal attention and community feel, which have been characteristics of UT throughout its 85-year history.
“We remain committed to pursuing quality and educational excellence,” Vaughn said. “We hired about three dozen faculty and additional staff for this year. We also completed new facilities to support and continue improving the total educational experience.”
The University of Tampa is a private, residential university located on approximately 110 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. UT is known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs.