Home to nearly 80 colleges, universities, and technical schools, Tampa Bay offers several different options for students to turn professional goals into a reality. With nearly one third of the population holding a bachelor’s degree or higher, we are invested in education and preparing students for the future.
One of the top research universities in the nation, the University of South Florida has three campuses in the region, with the main campus north of downtown Tampa. More than 80,000 students were enrolled in the 2017-2018 school year, with undergraduate enrollment nearly 75 percent of that figure. With more than 80 undergraduate majors and 150 degree programs at the graduate, specialist, and doctorate levels, USF offers everything from cybersecurity to medicine. In the 2016-2017 school year, USF awarded over 9,600 bachelor’s degrees, and its six-year graduation rate hit 66 percent in 2017.
USF ranks 29th in the nation among public universities for total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation (2016). USF also ranks 1st in Florida and 5th in the nation among public universities, and 12th worldwide for granted U.S. patents among all universities according to the Intellectual Property Owners Association/NAI (2017). For the past 8 years (2010-2017), USF has ranked in the Top 10 among public universities for U.S. patents granted.
Across the Hillsborough River sits the University of Tampa, a private, four-year institution that has earned a spot in Forbes’ list of America’s best colleges multiple times. UT has 200 academic programs of study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including international business, finance, communication, and nursing. As of the fall 2017 semester, the UT campus is home to nearly 9,000 students from all 50 states and 140 countries. The University of Tampa awards approximately 2,100 degrees every year.
Less than an hour outside the heart of Tampa, Saint Leo University offers over 50 academic programs to more than 16,000 students across its Central Florida campus, 40 regional locations and online programs. Saint Leo University has been ranked as one of the “Top Universities in the South” for multiple years by U.S. News and World Report. In addition to being a Top 10 provider of higher education to the military, its Tampa Education Center serves as a support center for online students throughout the world. Roughly one-third of full-time students enrolled at the private university graduate within four years.
One of the nation’s leading two-year institutions in associate degrees awarded, Hillsborough Community College operates five campuses near major employment centers throughout the county. Associate degree tracks and programs offered there include architecture, business administration, computer information systems, and health sciences.