Published: September 24, 2013
For the 17th consecutive year, The University of Tampa has set another enrollment record. This year’s total — including graduates and undergraduates — is 7,343, up 5.5 percent from last year’s total of 6,958. This year’s total enrollment is over triple the University’s enrollment of two decades ago.
All U.S. states and approximately 136 countries are in the mix of students. About 20 percent of UT students are international, and 19.3 percent of UT students declare themselves as Hispanic, African-American, Asian or American Indian.
Ninety-eight percent of UT undergraduate students are full time and almost 65 percent live on campus. Students are housed in 11 different residence halls all built or renovated since 1998, including West Kennedy Hall, which opened this past August.
The University continues to be more selective, receiving more than 103,000 inquiries and just under 18,000 applications for this fall’s 2,061 new undergraduate students. Entering students’ SAT scores remain strong, and 19 percent of the new first-year students were eligible for the University’s distinguished Honors Program.
At 844, the graduate school student population is up 4 percent from last year, and is the highest enrollment in UT’s graduate school history. UT received approximately 2,000 applications for 292 spots.
Vice President of Enrollment Dennis Nostrand said the University’s increased 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 in its more than eight decades.
“We remain committed to pursuing quality and educational excellence,” Vaughn said. “We hired 16 more full-time faculty and additional staff for this year. We also completed new academic facilities to support and continue improving the total educational experience.”