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University of Tampa

Orlando, FL
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University of Tampa, Orlando FL

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The University of Tampa, a private university that attracts a lot of international students, has an absolutely incredible architectural gem in the middle of its lovely riverfront campus. The former Tampa Bay Hotel, built by railway magnate Henry B. Plant at the turn of the century, stands with its silver stainless steel minarets reaching to the sky, like a fantasy from a children's book. Make sure you walk to the side of the building that faces Plant Park and the Hillsborough River to see the incredible front porch with its Moorish details that will awe you!Plant Park, also a part of campus, has a fountain and cute tropical trees. Follow it to the gorgeous stone Kennedy Blvd bridge, that is lit in changing colors at night, and cross over the river to check out the city of Tampa and the happening area around Curtis Hixon Park. You can see the campus from that side of the river and its an incredibly romantic sight at night. People come with light-up hula hoops to the sloping great lawn of Curtis Hixon Park and play here at the river in front of the Tampa Museum of Art with its rainbow lights and seat terraces where people hang out. For young kids, there is a space age playground thats a ton of fun, plus Glazer Children's Museum with a large attractive splash fountain in front.Definitely the University of Tampa is in an exciting and beautiful urban environment. Students can enjoy gelato at one of the cute downtown cafes on the other side of the river. Because of its location, the university attracts independent, cosmopolitan students, many very far from home. 50% are from outside Florida (mostly the east coast) and 30% of those are from another country (a hugely varied assortment of countries). This makes for a stimulating social environment. The heavily air-conditioned dorms have a modern European feel; some (Urso Hall) even provide a personal fridge, stove, kitchen sink, and bathroom! Students can walk a few blocks from campus to Bayshore Blvd, where there is a 4.5 mile jogging trail on the bay (no shade though). Students can also walk two miles to the SoHo area (S. Howard Ave) to find a strip of cool restaurants. There's also Hyde Park and Ybor City to explore.University of Tampa stands out in its journalism program which is rated number one by Associated Press. Tampa has two of the top 30 newspapers in the country, one being the Tampa Bay Times. International Business and Biology are other popular majors. Many of the majors are career-focused.

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Spanish moss and palm trees at the entrance to University of Tampa.
Spanish moss and palm trees at the entrance to University of Tampa.
Modern-style eatery inside Vaughn Center.
Modern-style eatery inside Vaughn Center.
Palm trees and minarets.
Palm trees and minarets.
View of Sykes Chapel and the impressive sports fields from the top floor of Vaughn Center.
View of Sykes Chapel and the impressive sports fields from the top floor of Vaughn Center.
Minarets with city behind.
Minarets with city behind.
John Sykes College of Business with its pretty white columns and old trees.
John Sykes College of Business with its pretty white columns and old trees.
Sykes Chapel at sunset.
Sykes Chapel at sunset.
A student walks past Sykes College of Business.
A student walks past Sykes College of Business.
Brick architecture and trees on the University of Tampa campus.
Brick architecture and trees on the University of Tampa campus.
Plant Hall, the former Tampa Bay Hotel, is incredible!
Plant Hall, the former Tampa Bay Hotel, is incredible!
Fairytale tower.
Fairytale tower.
Scrumptious architecture inside Plant Hall, the former Tampa Bay Hotel.
Scrumptious architecture inside Plant Hall, the former Tampa Bay Hotel.
Ornate dark-wood staircase inside Plant Hall.
Ornate dark-wood staircase inside Plant Hall.
The stunning front porch of the former Tampa Bay Hotel with its Moorish details.
The stunning front porch of the former Tampa Bay Hotel with its Moorish details.
Magical minaret at dusk.
Magical minaret at dusk.
Plant Park with its cute tropical plants and city views.
Plant Park with its cute tropical plants and city views.
Nighttime sculpture and city skyline from Plant Park.
Nighttime sculpture and city skyline from Plant Park.
Looking back at campus from the Kennedy Blvd bridge over the river.
Looking back at campus from the Kennedy Blvd bridge over the river.
Moorish details on the front patio of the former Tampa Bay Hotel, at sunset.
Moorish details on the front patio of the former Tampa Bay Hotel, at sunset.
View of Plant Hall (former Tampa Bay Hotel) from Tampa Riverwalk, across the river from campus.
View of Plant Hall (former Tampa Bay Hotel) from Tampa Riverwalk, across the river from campus.
The gorgeous front porch at night.
The gorgeous front porch at night.
People enjoying a warm summer night on the front porch of Plant Hall.
People enjoying a warm summer night on the front porch of Plant Hall.
The lovely architecture of the University of Tampa, as seen from Curtis Hixon Park.
The lovely architecture of the University of Tampa, as seen from Curtis Hixon Park.
 

Directions

University of Tampa is located at 401 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa FL 33606, call (813) 253-3333.

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Last Updated Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:05:31 GMT