The University of Tampa: Narrative Description

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401 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606-1490
Tel: (813)253-3333; 888-MINARET
Admissions: (813)253-6211
Fax: (813)254-4955
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1931. Setting: 90-acre urban campus. Endowment: $20.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $49,738. Educational spending 2003-04: $5128 per student. Total enrollment: 4,879. Faculty: 408 (201 full-time, 207 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 5,306 applied, 53% were admitted. 32% from top 10% of their high school class, 56% from top quarter, 87% from top half. Full-time: 3,856 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 492 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 100 other countries, 53% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 9% Hispanic, 6% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 10% 25 or older, 59% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 73% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $24,838 includes full-time tuition ($17,250), mandatory fees ($922), and college room and board ($6666). College room only: $3567. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $368 per hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $35 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 104 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 12% of eligible men and 14% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: PEACE, Kappa Delta Pi, student productions, Minaret. Major annual events: Into the Streets, Homecoming, Leadership Awards Night. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,504 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Macdonald Keloe Library with 252,147 books, 16,661 microform titles, 10,854 serials, 4,181 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.4 million. 493 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The university is situated along the Hillsborough River adjacent to the downtown area of Tampa, Florida. The city of Tampa (population 300,000) is part of the Tampa Bay metropolitan area of over 2 million. This rapidly growing area is a business and resort center featuring year-round sunshine with school year temperatures averaging 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit and excellent job prospects. Tampa's ultramodern international airport is just 15 minutes from campus. The city is easily accessible by interstate highway, bus or rail. Tampa is 30 minutes from the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and 60 minutes from Central Florida's parks and amusement areas such as Walt Disney World.

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