Local University Named One of Country’s Best by Princeton Review


The University of Tampa is true gem just outside of the city’s urban core. Its historic minarets, cobblestone roads, lush green space and academic excellence make it a banner institution in the city, state and country.

The Princeton Review, a college admission services company offering test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, and online courses, recently released its ranking of The Best 382 Colleges. Once again, the University of Tampa was listed.

UT’s continued inclusion in this well-respected guide is a testament to the expertise and commitment of our faculty and staff to provide an outstanding educational experience for students.

  • UT President Ronald L. Vaughn

Only 15% of America’s 2,500 4-year colleges are profiled in book

Colleges included are based on data TPR obtains in its annual data surveys from its 24-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, through personal visits to schools, and through the wide range of feedback gleaned from surveys of students attending these schools, as well as administrators.

The university is praised for its rich diversity, outstanding academics, insightful teachers and ample student engagement opportunities. Student life at UT is elevated by the brand new, spacious dorm rooms, recently finished chapel and an updated college of business.

We chose The University of Tampa for this book because it offers outstanding academics.

  • Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief

University breaks ground on new 6-story academic building

UT just broke ground on a 6-story academic building, as well. Spanning 90,000 sq. ft., the new academic building will be UT’s largest. Students will be able to take advantage of a state-of-the-art audiovisual system that is designed to capture clinical and learning events for future review.

The first floor will feature general classroom space along with study spaces. The second and third floors will be home to UT’s program in physician assistant studies. The facility includes a clinical skills lab, patient simulation labs, assessment rooms, a digital anatomy lab, offices, a conference room, and a moulage room — a specialized space for applying mock injuries for student training.

The fourth and fifth floors will serve as the home of UT’s nursing program. Measuring 30,000 sq. ft., the floors feature a large patient care center, ICU simulation rooms, health assessment clinical spaces, a student lounge and staff offices.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of ThatsSoTampa.com. New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape.” He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. Phone: (727) 896-3435 / Email: andrew@rkc.me