University of Tampa
College review by Diane Forman
The University of Tampa (UT) offers a beautiful campus located right on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. It is about one and a half hours from Orlando, 30 minutes from the beaches and will be home to the 2012 Republican National Convention. Plant Hall is a national historical landmark that is surrounded by new buildings which gives the campus an interesting feel. Many of the dorms have been redone and have more of an upscale feeling with nice amenities and eateries on the first floors.
There is a focus on learning by doing and the students are encouraged to participate in internships, research and community service. Business is one of their more popular majors and they are very proud of their highly ranked John H. Sykes Business School. While speaking to the students on campus, many said what they enjoyed most about UT is the size of the school, allowing for good relationships with their professors as well as the nice friends they have made. Although they are home to the Spartans, a division II sports program, the school spirit is not great since there is no football team. However, for the avid sports’ spectators, Tampa is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, The Tampa Bay Rays, and Tampa Bay Lightening which covers football, baseball and hockey. There are activities on campus but the students enjoy spending time in downtown Tampa with lots of restaurants, shopping options and activities in Ybor City, Hyde Park Village, or Tampa Bay.
Academic Support for students with Learning Disabilities
The University of Tampa’s services for students with any type of disability is considered the second level of support or coordinated services. The office is located in North Walker Hall and falls under the umbrella of the Academic Center of Excellence (ACE).
Students are required to submit their documentation and accommodations are determined based on the specific disability. In addition to granting accommodations, students are able to meet on an individual basis with the director or associate director of ACE for individual assistance.
The ACE offers academic and support services to all UT students including Peer tutoring, Academic skills course and individual assistance with learning related issues.