The University's mission statement reads, "The University is committed to the development of each student to become a productive and responsible citizen." For many students, this citizenship means donating their time to others through community service activities.
Seventy percent of all students at UT participate in community service activities prior to their graduation. Each year, approximately 100,000 hours are volunteered by students, faculty and staff at more than 200 local organizations. The PEACE (People Exploring Active Community Experiences) Volunteer Center records these hours for students. Students may also record their activities on a co-curricular transcript, which can be sent to prospective employers and graduate schools in addition to academic transcripts and credentials.
A significant number of UT students join the U.S. Peace Corps. UT graduates have served in the East Caribbean, Kyrgyz Republic, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Belize, Morocco and China.
UT's mission and tradition of community service does not go unrecognized. Recent awards include a Seniors in Service Award, a Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful Award and Florida Campus Compact's Graham-Frey Civic Award. For three years in a row, UT was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for distinguished community service, one of the highest recognitions a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.
Many UT fraternities and sororities also sponsor philanthropic activities to raise awareness and money for different causes.
Best Buddies International
Best Buddies creates opportunities for...
Best Buddies creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships by matching student volunteers with persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read More
The Diplomats strive to...
The Diplomats strive to recruit positive members with diverse backgrounds and motivate them to develop into productive and responsible citizens, leaders and role models. Read More
Life Music is a service and music therapy program...
Life Music is a service and music therapy program that is centered on Jesus Christ, using God-given musical talents to be a blessing to others in nursing homes, cancer centers, memory care centers and more. Read More
Peace Corps Club
The Peace Corps Club is dedicated to
The Peace Corps Club is dedicated to informing students of unique career opportunities through volunteer service, and to act as a medium between the students and the Peace Corps. Read More
People for People
People for People is an UT outreach group with...
People for People is an UT outreach group with the mission of spreading awareness to the student body about the homeless in hopes of diminishing the stereotypes society has often created about the homeless population. Read More
Relay for Life
Relay for Life is committed to...
Relay for Life is committed to helping people get well, stay well, find cures and fight back against cancer. The group fundraises to provide the American Cancer Society with money for its groundbreaking research and the many community programs it offers for cancer patients and their families. Read More
Roots & Shoots
Roots & Shoots is dedicated to...
Roots & Shoots is dedicated to green sustainable practices and conservation in the community through projects that target one of three areas: the UT and local Tampa Bay community, animals and the environment. Read More
Rotaract works as a community of students to...
Rotaract works as a community of students to address the Upstate’s physical and social needs, while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service. Read More
She’s the First
She’s the First sponsors girls’ education in...
She’s the First sponsors girls’ education in developing nations, giving them the opportunity to be the first in their families to graduate from secondary school. This is achieved by connecting sponsors and scholars to foster mentorship, philanthropy, equality and leadership. Read More
St. Jude Up ’til Dawn
St. Jude Up ’til Dawn is a nationwide...
St. Jude Up ’til Dawn is a nationwide, student-led, student-run, philanthropic program in which college students raise funds for and awareness of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This all night event is combined of student-led teams of six, which fundraise ($100 per student or $600 per team to enter the all-night event) for the kids at St. Jude. Read More
Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC)
SEAC is a group of students committed to...
SEAC is a group of students committed to making a difference in the environment of the University and community through community service, campus campaigns and weekly meetings. Read More
Students Helping Honduras
Our goal is...
Our goal is to raise money to help provide an education for the children of Honduras. Through donations and fundraisers the group aims to supply them with school building materials. Read More
UNICEF at UT
The purpose of this organization is...
The purpose of this organization is to organize students for the survival, protection and development of children worldwide through education, advocacy and fundraising. Read More
United Nations Student Alliance
The United Nations Student Alliance is...
The United Nations Student Alliance is an organization that advocates the United Nations and spreads awareness of various global issues. Read More
Women’s Federation for World Peace, University of Tampa Chapter
Women’s Federation for World Peace works to...
Women’s Federation for World Peace works to provide women with the knowledge, tools and support needed to create peace at home, in the community, the nation and world. Read More