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Florida Polytechnic University

Lakeland, FL


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Florida Polytechnic University


A school of the future

The state of Florida is ranked No. 1 in higher education for the second year in a row by U.S. News & World Report and the State University System institutions in Florida, of which Florida Polytechnic University (Florida Poly) is one of twelve, have had more utility patents awarded in the past five years than any other entity in Florida. During the past five years, degree production in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and Health disciplines have increased more than degrees outside of STEM/Health for both baccalaureate degrees and graduate degrees. In the last five years at the baccalaureate level, STEM/Health degrees have grown 32%, compared to a -1 percent trend for non-STEM/Health disciplines. Graduate STEM/Health degrees grew 24%, compared to a -5 percent trend for non-STEM/Health disciplines.

When it was founded, Florida Poly became the only school of its kind in the state, focusing solely on a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum. 

Today, the school has nearly 1,500 students pursuing BS and MS degrees in more than 20 academic programs, including:

  • Intelligent Mobility
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Quantitative Economics and Econometrics
  • Digital Logic Design
  • Embedded System Design
  • Machine Intelligence
  • Computer Engineering
  • Game Development & Simulation
  • Information Assurance & Cyber-Security
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Health Informatics
  • Control Systems
  • Electrodynamics
  • Renewable Energy
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Materials and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Nanotechnology
  • Operations Research
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Physics


Learning through doing

A key component of the educational experience at Florida Poly is the school's commitment to a "learning through doing" approach. This is facilitated by the diverse array of Innovation Labs located on campus, where students can apply and build upon what they are learning in the classroom through hands-on research projects using the most cutting-edge equipment available.

Labs include:

  • Mechanical Engineering Lab
  • Entrepreneurship Lab
  • Visualization and Technology Collaboration Robotics Lab
  • Game Development, Simulation and Digital Media Lab
  • Rapid Development Makerspace Lab
  • Cybersecurity Lab
  • Big Data & Health Informatics Lab

One of the most essential aspects of Florida Poly's dedication to helping students develop the practical skills and knowledge they will need to thrive in the real world is the school's partnerships with various business in the community. Among their partners are:

  • Act Environmental
  • Apex IT
  • ASI Chemical Blending & Packaging
  • Bravado Health
  • Cisco
  • Coca-Cola
  • CSX
  • Daikin Applied
  • Electronic Arts
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce
  • JBT FoodTech
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Microsoft
  • Nielsen
  • Publix
  • WellDyne

Before graduating, all Florida Poly students are required to secure an internship in order to gain further practical experience that will strengthen their skillsets and enhance their attractiveness to future employers. 

Life on campus

Situated in picturesque Lakeland, between Tampa and Orlando, Florida Poly offers students the unique opportunity to pursue intense academic training under beautiful Florida sunshine.

The heart of 170-acre campus is the Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building, an architecturally stunning facility that boasts more than 25 classrooms and the aforementioned 11 Innovation Laboratories.

Located just steps away from the IST Building are two highly modern, fully furnished residence halls that are more like apartments than dormitories. Each hall offers a variety of amenities designed to make student life as comfortable as possible. These include:

  • High-speed internet access
  • In-suite washers and dryers
  • Study lounges
  • Computer centers
  • Entertainment rooms
  • Gaming areas
  • Washer and Dryer in each suite

For adventurous students, Florida Poly's location in Central Florida makes it an excellent home base from which to explore the wide variety of cultural, social and outdoors opportunities that the state has to offer. The city of Lakeland boasts a vibrant downtown that is teeming with shops, restaurants and parks. Only a 45 minute drive East is culturally diverse Tampa, and 45 minutes West is Orlando, renowned for its world-class theme parks.

Highly selective, highly affordable

Because of its rigorous and highly technical curriculum, Florida Poly attracts a selective group of students who are academically-minded and focused on preparing themselves for successful futures. The average ACT/SAT scores of the admitted freshmen class are 28.6/1285, and the average GPA is 3.9. This creates a lively learning environment in which students push themselves and one another to realize their full potential.

While it is one of the most selective universities in the state, Florida Poly is also the most affordable institution in the Florida State University System. In-state tuition is only $4,940, while out-of-state tuition is around $21,000. Nowhere else can students receive such a high-quality STEM education at such a reasonable price.

To further assist students, the school offers generous need-based and merit-based scholarships as well as access to programs such as Florida Bright Futures, an academic merit aid program designed to help in-state freshman defray the cost of their education. In fact, 72% of freshmen earn Bright Futures scholarships (many that fully cover the cost of tuition) and well over half of Florida Poly freshmen require no student loans at all.

An eye on tomorrow

While Florida Poly is proud of the educational opportunities that they currently provide to their students, they are not satisfied to rest on their laurels. That is why they have recently launched a five-year strategic plan called, "Advancing to Excellence." Its four main priorities are:

  • Degree alignment
  • Student success
  • Economic development
  • Affordability and efficiency

More specifically, it aims to influence the economic development of the surrounding areas and create a research park that will bring industry, academia and government together in a synergistic relationship that will benefit all. The school also plans to introduce five new programs in engineering and the applied sciences as well as new graduate tracks in robotics, control systems, logistics and data analytics.

Aspiring students will have the unique opportunity to benefit from this ambitious effort, which will firmly cement Florida Poly's position as one of the nation's finest STEM-based educational institutions of higher learning.

Location & Contact

Address 4700 Research Way
Lakeland, FL  33805
United States


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Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen May 1st September 1st
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Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 590 660
SAT Math 590 670
ACT Composite 25 29

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Student Body

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Hispanic/Latino 18.36%
Black or African American 5.22%
White or Caucasian 65.09%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.49%
Asian 4.38%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.21%
Two or more races 2.92%
Other 1.46%


Male (86.8%)
Female (13.2%)

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College-owned housing Not Reported
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Housing options Co-ed housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 44%

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Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 64
Part-time - 28
Male - 68
Female - 24