The University of Tampa (UT) has been ranked as one of the top educational
institutions in the nation by U.S. News & World Report magazine in its 2002
selection of America’s Best Colleges.
UT is ranked 33rd out of 130 colleges and universities in the Master’s
Category, southern region. Including all geographical regions, the category
includes 573 institutions nationwide that are listed in one of the four
The Master’s category is defined by the Carnegie Foundation as a class of
schools that “provide a full range of undergraduate programs and some master’s
Rankings are based on several key measures of academic quality: academic
reputation, first-year retention of freshmen, six year retention, faculty
resources (class size, teaching aids), average admission test scores of incoming
students, financial resources, and alumni giving.
“We’re very pleased to be recognized in the top tier of schools because the
designation confirms what we have been working toward and also supports what we
already knew, that The University of Tampa is an institution of high quality and
educational excellence,” said President Ronald L. Vaughn.
Six years ago, the University began a comprehensive and broad-based effort on
all educational fronts to enhance the educational experience at the
It included recruitment of many outstanding faculty members, a much expanded
academic support system, recruitment of higher ability students, improved
learning environments, enhanced faculty development, support of numerous
teaching innovations, a transformed technology infrastructure, and a
strengthened curriculum, including development of an exceptional Baccalaureate
Experience and Honors Program.
When the University first began its re-emphasis on quality (in 1995), UT was
in the third tier of the U.S. News and World Report college rankings.
“In 1996 we moved to the second tier and in this year’s report, we’re in the
top category. We remain committed to our focus on academic excellence,” said
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