Florida Institute of Technology

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150 W. University Boulevard

Melbourne, FL 32901-6975

Phone: (321) 674-8000
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#167 Overall Score: 34 out of 100. National Universities

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Florida Institute of Technology is a private institution that was founded in 1958. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,978, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 130 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Florida Institute of Technology's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 167. Its tuition and fees are $36,020 (2013-14).

The Florida Institute of Technology, known as Florida Tech, was originally started as training grounds for space industry professionals working at what is now the Kennedy Space Center. But the school also offers undergraduate degree programs in science, engineering, liberal arts, psychology, STEM education and more. About half of the student body enrolls in the school's College of Engineering. The school's location on what's known as the Space Coast of the Atlantic Ocean puts students in an ideal spot for water sports such as surfing, boating, kayaking and fishing. For a more traditional collegiate athletic outlet, students can check out the Florida Tech Panthers sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division II Sunshine State Conference. There are also more than 100 student organizations to consider joining, including about 10 fraternities and sororities.

Florida Tech runs a variety of science-focused research centers and institutes, including the Wind and Hurricane Impact Research Laboratory, or WHIRL, and the Institute for Marine Research. There are programs for graduate students, too, through the Florida Tech engineering school, education school and more. Notable alumni of Florida Tech include Ann Dunwoody, the first female four-star general in the U.S. Army, and David King, former director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Florida Institute of Technology is unique among Florida colleges and universities in that it offers the resources of a national research institution combined with the robust, personalized learning experiences of a small college; a combination the university calls "High Tech with a Human Touch". As a result, Florida Tech students experience the rigor of strong academic programs, impactful relationships with expert faculty, and the excitement of a diverse and dynamic campus life.

In official terms, Florida Tech is a regionally accredited, coeducational, independent, privately supported university. But it is so much more. As the only independent technological university in the Southeastern United States, it is also an international center for innovation, high-caliber research and world-class education. A truly global university, Florida Tech attracts undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 United States and more than 100 other countries worldwide.

Florida Tech awards bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in aeronautics, business, engineering, science, mathematics, psychology, humanities, communication and education. Popular programs include biological science, marine biology, aerospace and mechanical engineering, environmental science, physics and space science, civil engineering, aeronautical science and aviation, and computer science. The university also offers programs in meteorology, bioengineering; construction management, international business, biomedical engineering, premedical studies, prelaw, sports management, forensic psychology, nuclear technology, systems engineering, human-centered design, biomathematics and astrobiology.

Florida Tech has more than 125 special focus laboratories devoted to professional-level research in fields such as aquaculture, fluid dynamics, remote sensing, environmental education, infectious diseases, laser optics and instrumentation, magnetic levitation, microelectronics, robotics and spatial systems, and wind and hurricane research.

Since 2008, when the university celebrated its 50th anniversary, Florida Tech has engaged in extensive new construction on the Melbourne, Fla. campus. Recent additions include a new student services building, state-of-the-art dining facility, aquatic center and residence village, as well as two new centers of excellence, the Scott Center for Autism Treatment and Harris Center for Science and Engineering, both designed to enhance student learning-and have a positive impact on society as a whole-through basic and applied research.

Florida Tech's proximity to the Atlantic coastline of Central Florida in Brevard County, better known as the "Space Coast," places the university in the state's High Tech Corridor, which is home to Kennedy Space Center, United Space Alliance, Harris Corporation, and many other significant government agencies and technology companies. The area has the most concentrated high-tech economy in the state and one of the largest high-tech workforces in the nation, which results in ample opportunity for students to network with top employers and find internships, co-op positions and careers.

Florida Tech is ranked a Tier One Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. Florida Tech has also been ranked by Times Higher Education as one of the top 200 universities in the world in its 2013 edition of World University Rankings. Additionally, it has been listed as a Barron's Guide "Best Buy" in college education, ranked a "Best Southeastern College" by The Princeton Review, and named among the top private universities in Florida by Washington Monthly College Rankings. Most recently, Florida Tech was named by Bloomberg Businessweek as the top university in Florida for return on investment.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1958
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $48,845,386


When applying to Florida Institute of Technology, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 59.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 59.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Florida Institute of Technology is 9:1, and the school has 52.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Florida Institute of Technology include: Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering; Electrical and Electronics Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Civil Engineering, General; and Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 37%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 12%
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 8%
Mechanical Engineering 7%
Civil Engineering, General 5%
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 5%

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Student Life

Florida Institute of Technology has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,978, with a gender distribution of 72.4 percent male students and 27.6 percent female students. At this school, 47 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 53 percent of students live off campus. Florida Institute of Technology is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 5,384
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Florida Institute of Technology offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Florida Institute of Technology also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Florida Institute of Technology, 65 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Florida Institute of Technology.

Students who have cars on campus 65%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Florida Institute of Technology, 57.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $21,384.

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Tuition and fees $36,020 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,470 (2013-14)
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