The University of Tampa
Founded in 1933, The University of Tampa is a private university located in downtown Tampa. The main academic and administrative building, Plant Hall, was formerly a luxurious hotel, the Tampa Bay Hotel and the building is very much a symbol of the city. Over the years the university has expanded its campus and has built an excellent reputation for the quality of its academic programs.
The University of Tampa is ranked #13 in the US News & World Report’s Regional Universities South ranking for 2021 and its Sykes College of Business is highly regarded by both Princeton Review and Bloomberg Businessweek. The MBA program is ranked #81 in the USA by Bloomberg Businessweek.
With an average class size of just 21 students, The University of Tampa offers international students plenty of opportunities to interact with their fellow students and professors.
The Sykes College of Business runs four of the university’s 10 most popular majors at undergraduate level (International Business, Finance, Marketing & Management) as well as the majority of the graduate programs available.
The University of Tampa’s AACSB-accredited MBA program is of excellent value and offers 10 different concentrations (Business Analytics, Cybersecurity, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems Management, International Business, Marketing and Nonprofit Management, Innovation Management and Accounting). The University of Tampa is one of very few universities in the USA that will consider students with a 3-year licence (or Bachelor degree) for entry into their MBA programme, making it a firm favourite among students from Francophone countries.
Aside from Business, The University of Tampa offers a wide range of majors at undergraduate level, from Animation to Biological Sciences. The College of Arts and Letters runs a number of interesting programs at both undergraduate level (Animation, Graphic Design and Journalism) and graduate level (Professional Communication).
The University of Tampa offers scholarships valued between $6,000 and $12,000 per year to Freshmen students with a strong academic performance at high school. Students looking to transfer into The University of Tampa with a strong GPA from their university studies to date may also be eligible for scholarships up to $7,000 per year. Further information about the criteria for these scholarship awards can be found at https://www.ut.edu/admissions/financial-aid/financial-aid-for-international-students.
There are currently no scholarships available at the Master’s level. However, academically strong candidates are encouraged to apply for graduate assistantships. These positions are highly competitive but successful applicants will pay no tuition fee on up to 12 credit hours per semester and will receive a stipend of $1,500: in return, selected students will be expected to work 20 hours per week for The University of Tampa in an administrative or academic capacity, carry a full course load and they must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 overall.
The University of Tampa is located in downtown Tampa, a fast-growing city with a population of approximately 3 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area. Tampa is located in West Florida, close to some of the most popular tourist beaches in the country, such as St. Petersburg Beach.
Tampa’s cost of living is below average for Florida and the Tampa metropolitan area is one of the most affordable metropolitan areas in the United States.
As a popular tourist area, Tampa and the wider region offers lots to do – the popular theme parks of Orlando, including Disney World and Universal Studios, are a short drive away, while closer to home there is Busch Gardens theme park and many museums. Sports lovers can choose from three main professional sports teams in the city, of which the primary one right now is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, recently crowned Super Bowl champions in American Football.
You can find more information about the area at https://www.ut.edu/about-ut/tampa-bay-area.
There are more than 200 student clubs and organizations to choose from, so there is plenty to keep you occupied. Whether you are interested in micro-finance or snorkeling, you will find an organization for you. The African Student Association is looking for more recruits.
The Fitness and Recreation Center is located at the heart of the campus. For fitness there are plenty of cardio machines and free weights, as well as 6 rooms gor group fitness sessions. Students also have access to basketball and beach volleyball courts. New, expanded facilities should be available from early 2022 – an outdoor swimming pool, as well as three new basketball courts, will become available. Students also have access to BikeUT, a free bike rental scheme that allows students to explore off-campus by bike – the Bayshore Boulevard and Tampa Riverwalk are great places to explore by bike!
The University of Tampa offers 12 different residence halls, of which one is located off-campus. Most of the residence halls house between 400 and 600 students, offering different types of housing. Full details of the options can be found at https://www.ut.edu/campus-life/residence-life/residence-halls but essentially there are both single rooms, double rooms, and even some triple rooms available. The newest residence hall, Palm Hall, offers apartment-style accommodation with each apartment containing 4 single rooms with a common living space, bathroom, and kitchen.
There are 16 different eateries to choose from on-campus, some offering take-out only, some offering dining-in, some offering both. Students opting to live on campus have a range of different meal plans to choose from depending on personal preferences and the residence they have selected (some of the traditional residence halls have no kitchen access whereas students opting for an apartment-style residence hall do). Information on the different plans available can be found at https://dining.ut.edu/my-meal-plan/.
What comes next?
Upon completion of your Bachelor or Master’s program at The University Tampa, you will be eligible for OPT (Optional Practical Training). OPT is an opportunity to work off-campus in an area related to your study for up to 12 months (or 36-months if you have chosen a STEM major): you will gain valuable work experience and, at the same time, you will be paid!