The Tampa Bay area isn’t just a paradise of beaches and boats. It has some pretty great colleges too. So if you want to get your tan on while you get your brain in gear, Tampa might just be for you. Here are a few of the best pickings:
Saint Leo University:
Saint Leo University is a Catholic university that offers a liberal arts education. It has over 15,000 students, making it smaller, but offers many locations and online degree programs. SLU looks to offer a balance for the student in growth personally, educationally and spiritually. It was established in 1889 and has grown to be one of the top universities in the south as rated by U.S. News & World Report. It offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs from its School of Arts & Sciences, School of Education & Social Services, and School of Business.
University of Tampa:
U of T has about 8,000 students and is also ranked one of the best by U.S. News & World Report, as well as Forbes and The Princeton Review. U of T offers over 200 academic programs and each is taught by faculty who are experts in their field. They offer smaller class sizes which allow students and faculty to interact on a level second to none.
The University of South Florida:
USF has campuses in St. Pete, Sarasota and Tampa, and is a public university. Tampa is home to the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, and Pharmacy. St. Pete is home to the College of Marine Science. USF is one of only four public universities in Florida classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research universities. It has more than 180 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.
Hillsborough Community College:
For the student who is looking for a more convenient and inexpensive way to continue their education, HCC has a program that can get you ready for the work world or to your next step of a 4 year college to complete that degree. They have five primary campuses, three satellite locations and the Institute for Corporate and Continuing Education (ICCE) located adjacent to the Dr. Gwendolyn W. Stephenson District Administration Center on Davis Island. They offer Associate Degrees in Arts and Science, technical programs, health science programs, adult vocational programs and dual enrollment for high school students.