UT Sets Another Enrollment Record

Published: Sep 23, 2009

For the 13th consecutive year, The University of Tampa has set another enrollment record. This year’s total — including graduates and undergraduates — is 6,291, up 8.65 percent from last year’s total of 5,790. This year’s total enrollment is nearly twice UT’s enrollment of 3,236 students a decade ago.

  • Total undergraduate enrollment rose to 5,546, an 8.3 percent increase from last year.
  • Graduate students now number 745, an 11.1 percent increase from last year.

Nearly all U.S. states are represented in the mix of undergraduates. Approximately 50 percent of all UT students hail from Florida, and about two-thirds of those are from the Tampa Bay area.

Ninety-three percent of UT undergraduate students are full time and almost two-thirds live on campus. Students are housed in 10 different residence halls all built or renovated since 1998.

This year finds 1,869 new undergraduates on campus. The University continues to be selective, this year accepting only 61 percent of its first-year applicants. Seventeen percent of the new students were eligible for the University’s distinguished Honors Program, and 10 percent are international.

In his first year as vice president of enrollment, Dennis Nostrand said the University’s increased enrollment shows the strong position UT has despite the country’s current economic challenges, as well as the degree to which students enjoy their UT experience.

“Interest in UT was at an all-time high this past year, most likely due to our increased reputation for delivering a high-quality and rich educational experience,” Nostrand said. “And once we recruit the students, we do a good job keeping them.”

UT President Ronald L. Vaughn added that the University is successfully maintaining its personal attention and community feel, which have been characteristics of UT for 78 years.

“We remain committed to pursuing quality and excellence,” Vaughn said. “We’ve hired more faculty, streamlined processes and committed resources to strengthen our total academic experience.” A total of 28 full-time faculty members — 26 with doctorates — were hired for this fall semester.