2015PrincetonReview_Best379 UT is regarded as one of the nation's best 384 institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review. Only 15 percent of four-year colleges in the U.S. share this honor.

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UT in the top tier of the category Regional Universities (South), and for 2020 includes it on five additional lists: Best Colleges for Veterans, Best Undergraduate Teaching, Best Value Schools, Most Innovative Schools and Top Performers on Social Mobility. It rates the Sykes College of Business a “Best Business School” and also ranks UT among the “Best Part- time MBA Programs” and “Best Nursing Schools: Master’s.”
Forbes2011 Since 2010 UT has been included on Forbes' annual ranking of America's Top Colleges. The list is based on factors such as educational quality, graduation rates and career prospects.
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UT has won 18 NCAA Division II championships in baseball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball, and 105 Sunshine State Conference championships. UT’s student athletes compete on 22 varsity teams.

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UT’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society — was recognized in 2013 as a Chapter of Merit. The award is given to chapters that excel in promoting academic excellence and engaging in service to others.

Charity Navigator Logo From 2009 to 2015  Charity Navigator awarded UT with a 4-star rating – the highest a charity can receive – for its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances. Charity Navigator no longer rates colleges and universities.  See UT's listing.
Placeholder The University of Tampa’s substantial, innovative progress toward comprehensive internationalization throughout its campus has earned it being named as one of four institutions to be awarded the 2016 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
College Access & Opportunity Guide UT is one of 284 colleges and universities highlighted for its exceptional outreach efforts, financial aid opportunities and student support services in the 2011 College Access & Opportunity Guide, published by the Center for Student Opportunity.
TBBJ Business of Year 2008 President Ronald L. Vaughn was selected as the 2008 Business Executive of the Year , and UT was selected 2008 Business of the Year in the education category by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. In the publication’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards, UT’s MBA program was listed as the “Favorite MBA program."
EPILogo The UT website is among the most highly rated in the country. It scored in the top 100 of all sites rated, and earned an “A” ranking, in the 14th annual My College Options® Enrollment Power Index® (EPI), an analysis of the admissions websites of nearly 3,000 colleges and universities.
The University of Tampa has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the 400 Best College Values for 2019. The analysis is based on objective measurements of academic quality and affordability.
  BestValueCoastalCollege_2015 UT was named as one of 30 most beautiful coastal college campuses in the United States by Best Value Schools. The ranking was based on several criteria including location, awards and recognition, student enjoyment and notable features. 
UT StormReady The National Weather Service certified UT as a StormReady community. UT is one of 244 colleges and universities around the country that have put special operations in place to monitor and react to severe weather conditions, such as hurricanes, tornadoes and storms.

Since 2016, UT has been named by Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll as one of the top universities in the nation for transfer students.

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UT is committed to conserving energy and resources, and currently has seven LEED-certified buildings.

UT was recognized as one of 77 universities accepted into the 2020-2021 cohort of First-gen Forward institutions. The First-gen Forward designation recognizes institutions of higher education that have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students.

In 2019 UT President Ronald L. Vaughn was named to the Florida Trend magazine “Florida 500,” which is a list of Florida’s most influential business leaders.
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Niche has ranked UT as one of the best 485 colleges in the U.S. and as the best college location in Florida.

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UT is a member of the Coalition for College, which represents the top 5 percent of universities in the U.S. and is committed to increasing students’ access to higher education. UT was invited to join based on its affordability, graduation rates and access to disadvantaged students.

QS Quacquarelli Symonds, a global higher education research company and publisher of the “QS World University Rankings,” in 2020 named The University of Tampa as a top university for excellence, equity and employability.


UT President Ronald L. Vaughn was awarded the 2017 William M. Burke Presidential Award for Excellence in Experiential Education by the National Society for Experiential Education.

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UT’s Sykes College of Business is accredited at
both the graduate and undergraduate levels by AACSB International (the
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), an honor held by only 6 percent of business schools worldwide.


The Sykes College of Business was named in
2018 for the third year in row as one of the top business programs by
Bloomberg Businessweek in its ranking of full-time MBA programs. UT was ranked 85th overall in the U.S. and 41st for its entrepreneurship program, tied with Yale University.

Placeholder Since 2007 UT's Sykes College of Business has been named by The Princeton Review as one of the best business schools in the world.

Additionally, its “Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools” named the MBA-Marketing program one of the top 15, alongside programs at Duke, Harvard and HEC Paris.


UT’s MFA in Creative Writing program was noted by Publisher’s Weekly in Spring 2015 as one of 14 MFA Programs to Watch.”The magazine noted that UT’s program’s low-residency structure “offers the best of workshop and individual-mentorship approaches.”

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UT is one of 39 universities in the nation that is lauded for its creative writing program in Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians, and Writers (2017).

 eduniversal UT’s Sykes College of Business was ranked 47th in the category of “Excellent Business Schools” in the U.S. in the Eduniversal Worldwide Business Schools Ranking 2011.

UT’s Executive MBA program has been named a “best value” by Fortune magazine. According to 2011 data from the Executive MBA Council, UT is one of only 34 universities nationwide that offers an Executive MBA for less than $50,000 in total tuition.

RISE logo At the Redefining Investment Strategy Education (RISE) eighth annual Global Student Investment Forum, UT students who manage a $150,000 university portfolio won first place in the 2007 student managed portfolio competition. The forum included students from 257 colleges and universities from 69 countries.

For the past six of seven years, UT undergraduate nursing students received an impressive 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN on the first try. The 2018 national average of passage for first-time exam takers was about 83 percent. In Florida, the rate was about 73 percent.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing administers this exam to test the nursing competence of candidates for licensure as registered nurses.


UT is ranked among the 25 Best Bachelor’s in Sport Management Degree Programs by BachelorsDegreeCenter.org. The program is noted for combining sports theory and practical experience.


UT’s Department of Nursing has been rated No. 1 among the Best RN Programs in Florida by RegisteredNursing.org since 2018. More than 150 schools were analyzed using current and historical NCLEX-RN passage rates.

NSHMBA logo UT’s Sykes College of Business is a member of the University Partnership Program with the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA). The partnership provides select academic institutions an expanded pool of qualified Hispanic applicants for graduate business programs. NSHMBA is widely known as the “Premier Hispanic Organization.”

In a 2015 Business Insider ranking of U.S. business schools that offer the best education for the price, the Sykes College of Business was ranked No. 7, placing it above the business schools at Notre Dame, Harvard, Duke and Ohio State in areas such as value, financial aid and quality of education.

 GCEC The Lowth Entrepreneurship Center at The University of Tampa has been awarded the Entrepreneurship Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation Award by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC). The GCEC awards are judged by peer entrepreneurship directors to recognize the very best in entrepreneurship education.
USASBE The Lowth Entrepreneurship Center in The University of Tampa’s Sykes College of Business was awarded the National Model Program Award for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship® (USASBE) in 2016.
 Placeholder College Values Online ranked UT’s Marine Science-Biology program as the No. 9 best value, and Bioexplorer ranked our marine science program No. 10 nationally.
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In 2020, the website study.com named The University of Tampa Sykes College of Business as the No. 2 best international business school in the country.


In 2018, CEO Magazine rated UT’s MBA a top tier program in North America, and ranked UT’s Executive MBA No. 43 worldwide out of 85. Programs were assessed on quality of faculty, international diversity and exposure, class size, accreditation, price and more.

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2014 Military Friendly School UT has been named as a top school by Military Advanced Education & Transition magazine.
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From 2007 to 2015, UT was regularly named to the former President’s Service Honor Roll for its work on service-learning programs and volunteer opportunities for students, faculty and staff, who serve 300,000 hours annually at more than 300 organizations.

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The Minaret, UT’s student newspaper, was named best college newspaper in the Florida College Press Association’s (FCPA) 2008 Better Newspaper Contest. The paper received the same award in 2007. The newspaper’s online edition was named the country’s best small school website by the Associated Collegiate Press in 2010 and was recently named a finalist in the 2013 ACP Online Pacemaker contest. In the 2013 FCPA awards, The Minaret was named the third best weekly student newspaper and the best college magazine in Florida. The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) recognized The Minaret in its 2012 Mark of Excellence Awards winners from Region 3 with a second place in the category Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper (Medium).

 HerCampus Logo Her Campus, an online magazine for college women, has included The University of Tampa in its 2011 Her Campus College Rankings. On a list of 10 top destination schools, UT came in at number 4 for being one of the best colleges for education and leisure.

UT’s intramural sports program is honored by BestColleges.com for the past three years as one of the Top 50 Best Intramural Sports Programs in the nation. The ranking is based on factors such as efficient team organization, number/frequency of programs, quality of facilities and leadership.

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UT is “hot and trendy,” according to The Unofficial, Biased Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges (2004). The list was based on responses from high school guidance counselors across the nation.

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UT is listed as 46th of 100 colleges that are “excellent and deserve to be put on your own list” in Harvard Schmarvard (2003). A counselor is quoted as saying UT has an “unbelievable business building and a rapidly growing arts program.”

The Best 201 Colleges for the Real World

UT’s responsiveness to student needs helped it to be named in The Best 201 Colleges for the Real World (2000). UT’s continuing studies program, MBA program and “culture without going through customs” were listed as some of its unique features.