Published: September 27, 2012
For the 16th consecutive year, The University of Tampa has set another enrollment record. This year’s total — including graduates and undergraduates — is 6,958, up 3.2 percent from last year’s total of 6,738. This year’s total enrollment is a 62 percent increase from the enrollment a decade ago. Total undergraduate enrollment is 6,143, and graduate students now number 769.
All U.S. states and approximately 130 countries are in the mix of students, and slightly more than 50 percent of all UT students hail from Florida. About 20 percent of UT students are international, and 21 percent more 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 1,935 new undergraduates at UT. The University continues to be more selective, receiving more than 140,000 inquiries and just under 17,000 applications for the 1,935 new students. Entering students’ SAT scores remain strong, and 18 percent of the new first-year students were eligible for the University’s distinguished Honors Program.
The 769 graduate school student population is up 12 percent from last year, and is the highest enrollment in UT’s graduate school history. UT received 1,500 applications for 300 spots in the graduate program, and the average GPA was 3.4. Of the incoming class, 70 percent of graduate school students are full time, and 34 percent are international.
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’ve hired more faculty, streamlined processes and committed resources to strengthen our total academic experience.” Approximately 30 faculty members and support staff were hired for this fall semester, Vaughn added.