About The University of Tampa
The University of Tampa is a medium-sized comprehensive, private university located on approximately 100 acres of prime riverfront land in the heart of downtown Tampa. It is the school of choice for 6,200 students from 50 states and U.S. territories and approximately 100 countries. More than half of undergraduates are from Florida. Approximately 70 percent of full-time students live on campus.
The University offers more than 120 areas of study through a strong core curriculum rooted in the liberal arts. An Evening College presents degree programs to adults who want to study part-time at night. Graduate degrees are offered for Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in Marketing, Master of Science in Nursing and Certificate in Nonprofit Management. The MBA program is one of the largest in Florida and is one of the elite private schools in the Southeast to have AACSB accreditation.
UT students enjoy a combination of academic excellence, personal attention and real world experience. An innovative first-year program helps new students fit in quickly. Internship and community service opportunities abound, and an Honors Program offers undergraduates expanded opportunities for instruction and study abroad.
Early in the morning on Aug. 2, 1933, a battered pick-up truck arrived at Hillsborough High School. This was the day when Tampa Junior College was transformed into The University of Tampa and when its headquarters moved from the local high school to what is now known as Plant Hall. Riding on the truck was its president, Frederic H. Spaulding, the former principal of Hillsborough High School and the man who had been the motivating force behind establishing the first local university for Tampa’s high school graduates.
Plant Hall, the main academic and administrative building for the University, already had an extraordinary history. Formerly the Tampa Bay Hotel, the building represented, and still remains, a symbol of the city and its history. Local historians credit its builder, railroad and shipping magnate Henry B. Plant, with the transformation of Tampa from a sleepy fishing village to what would become a vibrant city of the 21st century.
Built between 1888 and 1891, the hotel was designed to surpass all other grand winter resorts. At a cost of $3 million, the 511-room giant rose to a flamboyant height of five stories, surrounded by ornate Victorian gingerbread and topped by Moorish minarets, domes and cupolas.
The rooms that once hosted Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, Sarah Bernhart, Babe Ruth (who signed his first baseball contract in the hotel’s grand dining room), Clara Barton, Stephen Crane, Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, the Prince of Wales, the Queen of England and many other celebrities of their day, are today classrooms, laboratories, public rooms, academic and administrative offices – the heart of the University that now fans out around Plant Hall.