Published: September 28, 2011
For the 15th consecutive year, The University of Tampa has set another enrollment record. This year’s total — including graduates and undergraduates — is 6,738, up 5 percent from last year’s total of 6,423. This year’s total enrollment is a 75 percent increase from the enrollment a decade ago. Total undergraduate enrollment is 6,051, and graduate students now number 687.
All U.S. states and about 115 countries are in the mix of students, and slightly more than 50 percent of UT students hail from Florida. About 20 percent of UT students are international, and 20 percent are Hispanic, African-American or American Indian.
Ninety-four 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 1,976 new undergraduates on campus. The University continues to be more selective, receiving more than 82,000 inquiries and 16,000 applications for the 1,625 spots for new freshmen. Entering students’ SAT scores remain strong, and 19 percent of the new first-year students were eligible for the University’s distinguished Honors Program.
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 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 students 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 for 80 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.” About two dozen faculty members and support staff were hired for this fall semester, Vaughn added.