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University of Tampa

Categories: College

This private university occupies a prominent space on the Hillsborough River downtown and is known for its iconic minarets atop the beautiful and historic former Tampa Hotel. It boasts 140 areas of undergraduate study plus four graduate programs.

UT’s collection of undergraduate majors provides a lengthy list of options both for traditional-minded students as well as those with more specific programs in mind. Choices include such traditional options as education, communications, English and psychology, but also the lesser-known marine biology and chemistry, allied health and media production. UT offers six forms of education majors as well as seven international business majors.

UT offers master’s degree programs in business, education, fine arts and nursing.

The University of Tampa features Plant Hall, established by businessman Henry Plant in 1988 as part of the Tampa Hotel. The university itself was founded in 1933 by Frederic Spaulding, the principal of Hillsborough High School, in an attempt to offer the graduates of that high school a quality establishment of secondary education to attend.

According to the university’s website: “The rooms that once hosted Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, Sarah Bernhardt, 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's classrooms, laboratories, public rooms, academic and administrative offices – the heart of the University that now fans out around Plant Hall.”

The Spartans baseball team has produced several Major League players, notably Tino Martinez and Lou Piniella.


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