Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL
location
Private
type
Suburban
setting
29%
71%
student ratio
3,635
total students
Tuition Cost $41,100 | $41,100
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $37,796
Rolling
fall application deadline
63%
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
625
sat math
597
sat reading
Not
Reported
sat writing
27
act composite

Overview

Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Tech got its start in 1958 as a graduate school offering the scientists and engineers of the early U.S. space program advanced degrees in technology and engineering. Today, Florida Tech is a comprehensive tier one national research university offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in aeronautics, business, computing, communications, education, engineering, mathematics, psychology, and science.

The university is unique in that it provides the resources of a national scientific and technological research university as well as the robust, personalized learning experiences of a small college. Ranked a Tier One Best National University by U.S. News & World Report, Florida Tech is also the only independent technological university in the Southeast U.S. As such, Florida Tech attracts high-achieving students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries worldwide.

Degree Programs that Prepare Students for Dream Careers and Lives of Success

Academically, Florida Tech is challenging. More than half of classes have fewer than 20 students and the majority are taught by full professors. All majors include hands-on projects and capstone requirements, ensuring that every graduate leaves with experience in scholarly research or practical, hands-on work experience. The most popular undergraduate programs at Florida Tech are aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, marine biology, physics and space sciences. The university also draws students from around the world for its unique programs in aeronautics and aviation, business, biomedical engineering, sustainability studies, psychology, applied behavior analysis, human-centered design, cybersecurity, meteorology, ocean engineering, aquaculture, and chemistry.

If there's anything that sets Florida Tech apart from other colleges and universities, it's the university’s hands-on, dive-in, buckle-up approach to higher education. No matter a student’s major, enrolling at Florida Tech means learning by doing. From swimming with sea turtles to flying planes, building rocket engines to fighting simulated cyber-attacks, Florida Tech students are engaged in interesting fieldwork and projects starting day one. Employers that recruit at Florida Tech report our graduates stand out because they have professional-level skills with real world technologies because they've been using them all throughout their college experience.

Sunny Days Combined with Innovative Climate Make a Great Place to Live and Learn

Florida Tech’s location is hard to beat when it comes to fun and opportunity. Campus spans 130 acres in the town of Melbourne, Florida, just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and one hour east of Orlando. The area is one of the most concentrated high-tech economies in the state and home to one of the largest high-tech workforces in the nation. Melbourne’s attractive business climate is matched only by its natural resources, including the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Lagoon, ideal for scientific study and environmental research. Orlando tourist attractions and the Kennedy Space Center are within an hour drive; Miami is only 3 hours south. The climate is generally sunny and temperate; the average daily temperature is 76°F/24°C.

Students Enjoy the Florida Lifestyle and Panther Spirit

Florida Tech students take full advantage of Florida weather and the campus’s proximity to the beach, enjoying ample fun-in-the-sun activities such as sailing, biking and swimming. There is a bit of a “board culture” on campus—both students and faculty can be found skateboarding to classes or making early morning beach excursions to surf some waves. Dining halls and other common areas feature skateboard racks. There are more than 100 student clubs and organizations at Florida Tech, ranging from theater and music ensembles to sci-fi and gaming groups, not to mention honor societies and academic organizations. Club sports are popular, as are intramurals and spectating at Florida Tech’s varsity athletics home games, particularly basketball, soccer, baseball and football. Florida Tech is a member of NCAA Division II and its athletes compete in 22 intercollegiate sports, which inspire Panther Pride campus-wide.

Success of Florida Tech Alumni Speaks for Itself

More than 60,000 students from more than 120 countries have earned degrees from Florida Tech. Notable alumni include five Space Shuttle astronauts, the first female four-star general in U.S. military history, a 1984 Olympic gold medalist in rowing, a two-time major league World Series-winning pitcher, a National Teacher of the Year, and a member of the LPGA tour. Countless Florida Tech graduates have gone onto successful careers as engineers, scientists, aviators, educators, designers, entrepreneurs, inventors, communicators, and leaders in a multitude of industries. Top employers of Florida Tech alumni include Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Harris Corporation, Rockwell Collins, Boeing, Raytheon, SpaceX and agencies such as NASA, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

94% of new Florida Tech alumni responding to a recent survey reported being employed, enrolled in graduate school, serving in the military or pursuing other avenues. Of those working, the majority reported earning starting salaries of more than $50,000 per year. Florida Tech is consistently ranked among the top private universities in the country by companies that analyze the return on students’ educational investment as determined by their mid-career salaries.

Admission and Financial Aid

Students who wish to study at Florida Tech must demonstrate the readiness to succeed in a challenging academic program. A strong curriculum, as reflected by the student’s high school transcript, is the most important element of the application. Florida Tech recommends that science and engineering applicants take the most rigorous mathematics and science curriculum offered by the high school. Applicants for aeronautics, business, psychology and liberal arts majors must complete at least three years of mathematics and science. A fourth year of each is highly recommended. To be considered for generous merit scholarships of up to half the cost of tuition, prospective students need only submit an application. Scholarships will be awarded based on a student’s GPA, standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) and class rank.


Location & Contact

150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32901-6975
United States


Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Aquatic Biology/Limnology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biomedical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Conservation Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Genome Sciences/Genomics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Molecular Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration, Management and Operations Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Organizational Leadership
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Small Business Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Communication and Journalism Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Journalism Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Biology Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Earth Science Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education (Specific Subject Areas) Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Middle School Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Science Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Software Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ocean Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering technologies
    • Construction Engineering Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sustainability Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Pre-Law Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • General Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Applied Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Military Science and Military Technologies
    • Strategic Intelligence
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Meteorology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Oceanography (Chemical and Physical)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Planetary Astronomy and Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Applied Behavior Analysis
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Forensic Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Transportation and materials moving
    • Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Air Transportation Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Aviation/Airway Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

63% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied8,898
    • Accepted5,647
    • Acceptance Rate63%
    • Enrolled3,635
    • Female Applicants3,049
    • Females Accepted1,831
    • Female Acceptance Rate60%
    • Male Applicants5,849
    • Males Accepted3,816
    • Male Acceptance Rate65%
  • Applying
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of 2.6
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.67
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 597 550 640
    • SAT Math 625 580 680
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 27 24 29
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$41,100
    • Out-of-state tuition *$41,100
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$750
    • Room and board *$12,880
    • Room only *$7,000
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$37,796
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$38,128
    • Average International Student Financial Aid Package:$18,321
    • Average Loan Aid:$5,288
    • Average Grant Aid:$15,373
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$26,815
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:100%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 84%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 34%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students3,635
    • Male Student Percentage71%
    • Female Student Percentage29%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino8.69%
    • Black or African American6.07%
    • White or Caucasian45.35%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.21%
    • Asian2.74%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.41%
    • Two or more races2.27%
    • Unknown or International Student2.44%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout31.83% representing 110 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students50% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 45%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Florida Institute of Technology Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy (FITSSFF), International Student Services Organization (ISSO), Student Government Association (SGA), Surf Club, Campus Activities Board
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division II
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery Yes No No
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Basketball No Division 2 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Crew No Yes Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Football No Division 2 Yes
    • Golf No Division 2 Yes
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 2 Yes
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Softball No No No
    • Swimming No Division 2 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Track No Division 2 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery Yes No No
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball Yes No No
    • Basketball No Division 2 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Crew No Division 2 Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Football No No No
    • Golf No Division 2 Yes
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 2 Yes
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Softball No Division 2 Yes
    • Swimming No Division 2 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Track No Division 2 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 2 Yes

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty526
    • Full-time Percentage58%
    • Part-time Percentage42%
    • Female Percentage26%
    • Male Percentage74%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio15:1 or 4,378 students to 298 faculty


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