Florida Institute of Technology is a private, four-year technical research university
located in Melbourne, Fla. It offers 75 bachelor’s degree programs, 8 associate’s degrees,
85 master’s degrees, and 23 programs of doctoral studies. The institute enrolls a total
of 8,985 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, with 4,146 students
enrolled as full-time online students.
Florida Tech was founded in 1958 as Brevard Engineering College with the intention of
providing advanced educational opportunities to employees in the United States space
program, and it still maintains a strong core of engineering, science, and aeronautics
offerings. Degree programs in those colleges include aeronautical science, aerospace
engineering, biochemistry, space sciences – astrobiology, ocean engineering, and
meteorology. The institute also features colleges of business, psychology and liberal arts,
and an online university offering criminal justice, accounting, and more.
Recent construction at the school includes a 2008 groundbreakings for the Scott Center
for Autism Treatment, Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, and Harris Center for Science
and Engineering, and the installation of the Ortega reflecting telescope, the largest
research telescope in Florida. In 2011, the institute merged with the Brevard Art Museum
and applied a $1 million gift to establish it as the Foosaner Art Museum. Also in 2011,
the Panther Aquatic Center was completed on the main campus.
Florida Institute of Technology is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In addition, the institute’s
engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission
of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The computer
science program is accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Commission of the
Computing Sciences Accreditation Board, and the chemistry program is accredited by
the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. Aeronautical
Science and Aviation Management programs are accredited by the Council on Aviation
The institute also receives significant research funding, with $35,087,585 awarded in
2010. Projects include the National Science Foundation InStep Program, the Office of
Naval Research Advanced Nontoxic Anti-Fouling Coatings Research, Phased Antenna-
coupled Detector Arrays for THz and IR Imaging, Department of Homeland Security
Detection of Heavily Shielded Nuclear Contraband, and National Institutes for Health
Cell Cycle Assembly of Nucleoprotein Complexes.
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Florida Tech operates on a rolling admissions basis, which means students may apply and
be accepted throughout the year. While the institute does not require a minimum GPA,
class rank, or standardized test score, a high school diploma from a regionally accredited
or state approved high school or a high school equivalency diploma (G.E.D.) is required
by the date of first enrollment.
Applicants to science and engineering programs should have completed four of
mathematics, the minimum level including trigonometry, mathematics analysis,
analytical geometry or pre-calculus prior to enrollment. They are expected to have taken
four years of science, including physics and chemistry.
Applicants to aeronautics, business, psychology and liberal arts programs must have
completed at least three years of mathematics, with a fourth year of mathematics highly
recommended. Applicants for these programs must also have completed at least three
years of science, with a fourth year recommended.
All enrolling student seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, and may also participate in the Panther Payment
Plan to manage tuition and other payments.
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Of the institute’s 8,985 students, about 1,700 live on campus in four complexes, the
newest of which was opened in 2009 and features 382 beds in a three-building complex.
The campus is centered around the Clemente Center for Sports and Recreation, the
Denius Student Center, and Panther Plaza. Also, a new dining center was opened in 2011.
Florida Tech students can participate in intramural sports including flag football,
volleyball, softball, basketball and golf, as well as more than 100 student organizations
and clubs that are active on campus. In 2006, the institute also announced a Civic
Engagement Initiative that provides opportunities for students to get involved in meeting
the needs of surrounding communities with the goal of developing students who engage
their studies beyond the classroom. Service hours are tracked, and an effort is made to
match student skills and desires with community opportunities.
Florida Tech also has Greek life opportunities for students, including fraternities Alpha
Tau Omega, Chi Phi, Delta Tau Delta, Lambda Chi Alpha, Beta Nu Zeta, Pi Kappa
Alpha, Pi Lambda Phi, and Tau Kappa Epsilon, and sororities Alpha Phi, Gamma Phi
Beta, and Phi Sigma Sigma.
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Florida Tech’s teams are known as the Panthers and compete as a member of the
Sunshine State Conference in NCAA Division II. Men’s sports include baseball,
basketball, lacrosse, cross country, golf, rowing, swimming and diving, tennis, soccer,
and football, which will begin competitive play in 2013. Women’s sports include
basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefield is a notable alum.
- Florida Institute of Technology. Web. 18 August 2011.
- City of Melbourne, Florida. Web. 18 August 2011.