“Esse quam videri.” In English, this means “to be, rather than to seem to be.” And since the University of Tampa embraces this motto, one could argue its challenging educational standards are far from an illusion. UT offers its 8,000 students (the Spartans) over 200 programs of study, including such specialized fields as Aerospace Studies, Sports Management and Teaching English as a Second Language, and enforces a strict policy of hiring no TA’s; you’ll only get true professors at the top of their fields teaching classes here! Their focus on experiential education emphasizes not just information, but also acting upon information, and the small 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio here ensures excellent individual attention. But life as a UT Spartan is about more than just academics; four student publications and various clubs about everything from fishing and climbing to sociology and alternative music help keep students here involved and happy. The weather here in Florida isn’t the only thing that’s hot: UT is blazing a path to new heights of quality education!