UT Recognized by Peers as an Up-and-Coming Institution

Published: Sep 2, 2009
The University of Tampa has been identified as one of 77 “up-and-coming” colleges and universities in the country in the 2010 issue of the U.S. News and World Report’s America’s annual “Best Colleges” list.

The designation is based on opinions by top academics. College presidents, provosts, and admissions deans were asked to nominate up to 10 colleges in their U.S. News “America's Best Colleges” ranking category that are making improvements in academics, faculty, students, campus life, diversity and facilities.

Within UT’s category — Master’s Universities (South) — UT shared the up-and-coming designation with Elon University, Rollins College, Appalachian State University, James Madison University and University of North Carolina-Wilmington, among others.

“These schools are worth watching because they are making promising and innovative changes," according to U.S. News. These are schools “that are rapidly evolving in ways that the public should be aware of and that are not always quickly noticeable in a college's year-to-year rankings or the regular peer assessment survey.”

In the general rankings, UT was ranked No. 23 in the Master’s University (South), up from No. 26 in 2009.

“Our increased reputation among our peers is certainly an indication of the progress we’ve made in providing young minds an exceptional educational experience,” said UT President Ronald L. Vaughn. “This, along with our upward movement in the rankings, illustrates that UT has achieved a high level of excellence and that we are well positioned to move forward in the future.”