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Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL


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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

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

Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Aquatic Biology/limnology Checkmark
Biochemistry Checkmark
Biology/biological Sciences Checkmark
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, And Computational Biology Related Checkmark
Biomedical Sciences Checkmark
Conservation Biology Checkmark
Genome Sciences/genomics Checkmark
Marine Biology And Biological Oceanography Checkmark
Molecular Biology Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
Accounting Checkmark
Business Administration And Management Checkmark
Business Administration, Management And Operations Related Checkmark
International Business/trade/commerce Checkmark
Management Information Systems Checkmark
Marketing/marketing Management Checkmark
Organizational Leadership Checkmark
Small Business Administration Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Communication And Journalism Related Checkmark
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Public Relations, Advertising, And Applied Communication Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Chemistry Teacher Education Checkmark
Earth Science Education Checkmark
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Mathematics Teacher Education Checkmark
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
Aerospace, Aeronautical And Astronautical/space Engineering Checkmark
Bioengineering And Biomedical Engineering Checkmark
Chemical Engineering Checkmark
Civil Engineering Checkmark
Computer Engineering Checkmark
Computer Software Engineering Checkmark
Electrical And Electronics Engineering Checkmark
Engineering Checkmark
Mechanical Engineering Checkmark
Ocean Engineering Checkmark
Engineering Technologies/Technicians Associate Bachelors
Construction Engineering Technology Checkmark
Legal Professions And Studies Associate Bachelors
Pre-law Studies Checkmark
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
Applied Mathematics Checkmark
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Military Technologies Associate Bachelors
Strategic Intelligence Checkmark
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Multi/interdisciplinary Studies Related Checkmark
Sustainability Studies Checkmark
Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
Environmental Science Checkmark
Water, Wetlands, And Marine Resources Management Checkmark
Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
Sport And Fitness Administration/management Checkmark
Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Astronomy And Astrophysics Related Checkmark
Chemistry Checkmark
Chemistry Related Checkmark
Meteorology Checkmark
Oceanography (chemical And Physical) Checkmark
Physics Checkmark
Physics Related Checkmark
Planetary Astronomy And Science Checkmark
Psychology Associate Bachelors
Applied Behavior Analysis Checkmark
Forensic Psychology Checkmark
Psychology Checkmark
Transportation And Materials Moving Associate Bachelors
Aeronautics/aviation/aerospace Science And Technology Checkmark
Air Transportation Related Checkmark
Aviation/airway Management Checkmark


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Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
A minimum high school GPA of 2.6
One recommendation
Recommended A minimum high school GPA of 3.3

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 597 550 640
SAT Math 625 580 680
ACT Composite 27 24 29

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
Room & board
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Senior Citizens

Financial Aid

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Student Body

Total Undergrad students
International Students
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 8.69%
Black or African American 6.07%
White or Caucasian 45.35%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.21%
Asian 2.74%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.41%
Two or more races 2.27%
Other 2.44%


Male (71.09%)
Female (28.91%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 45%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Homecoming, International Fest and President's Picnic

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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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 and Campus Activities Board

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Archery Checkmark No No
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Basketball No Division 2 Checkmark
Bowling Checkmark No No
Crew No Checkmark Checkmark
Cross-country Running No Division 2 Checkmark
Fencing Checkmark No No
Football No Division 2 Checkmark
Golf No Division 2 Checkmark
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse No Division 2 Checkmark
Rugby Checkmark No No
Sailing Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Softball No No No
Swimming And Diving No Division 2 Checkmark
Tennis Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Track And Field No Division 2 Checkmark
Triathlon Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Archery Checkmark No No
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball Checkmark No No
Basketball No Division 2 Checkmark
Bowling Checkmark No No
Crew No Division 2 Checkmark
Cross-country Running No Division 2 Checkmark
Fencing Checkmark No No
Football No No No
Golf No Division 2 Checkmark
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse No Division 2 Checkmark
Rugby Checkmark No No
Sailing Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Softball No Division 2 Checkmark
Swimming And Diving No Division 2 Checkmark
Tennis Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Track And Field No Division 2 Checkmark
Triathlon Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 306
Part-time - 220
Male - 387
Female - 139