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Florida Institute of Technology

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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 Accreditation.

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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


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 volleyball.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefield is a notable alum.

Local Community

Florida Institute of Technology is located in Melbourne, Fla., on the eastern coast of Florida, just south of Cape Canaveral. The city was founded in 1867 by former slaves and was named after its first postmaster, an Englishman named Cornthwaite John Hector, who had spent much of his life in Melbourne, Australia. The city has a population of about 78,000 and is home to six institutions of higher education. The area is also known as the “Space Coast,” and is considered a high-tech center, with employers such as GE Transportation Systems, Harris Corporation, Holmes Regional Medical Center, MIMA, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Nuance Dictaphone Training Center, Rockwell Collins, and Rossi Electronics.

The downtown district of Melbourne is split into two shopping districts, the downtown Eau Gallie arts district and historic downtown Melbourne. As a result of its coastal location, outdoor beach sports, including surfing, kayaking, boating, and swimming are popular in Melbourne. The Brevard Zoo is a popular tourist destination, as well as numerous fishing and sailing charters in the area.

Melbourne residents enjoy a subtropical climate, with humid summers tempered by the ocean, and mild winters.


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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 9 0.10
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 1 0.01

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 564 0.73
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.00
Forcible Rape 25 0.03
Robbery 158 0.20
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 873 1.13
Larceny 3,021 3.92
Vehicle theft 116 0.15

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Melbourne, FL 32901-6975
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population22,542 (22,542 urban / N/A rural)
Households9,721 (2.05 people per house)
Median Household Income$25,261
Families5,146 (2.71 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateSTEM dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1208

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 199th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $35,460 $35,460 $35,460
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $560 $560 $560
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,025 $1,025 $1,025
FT Graduate Tuition $20,214 $20,214 $20,214
FT Graduate Required Fees $60 $60 $60
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,123 $1,123 $1,123
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $52,690 $52,690 $52,690
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $52,690 $52,690 $52,690
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $41,820 $41,820 $41,820

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $34,990 $36,020 $34,990 $36,020 $34,990 $36,020
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,820 $12,270
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $12,270
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $3,000
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $4,600

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 7,820 (5,570 male / 2,250 female)
Admitted 4,727 (3,387 male / 1,340 female)
Admission rate 60%
First-time Enrollment 783 (573 male / 210 female)
FT Enrollment 781 (571 male / 210 female)
PT Enrollment 2 (2 male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment5,644

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Gulf South Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Sunshine State Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Sunshine State Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Sunshine State Conference

ACT Test Admission

263rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 38%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 28
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 29
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28

SAT Test Admission

283rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 53%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 610
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 530 / 650
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1030 / 1260

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,900
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$7,150
Board Fee$5,320

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 498th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $86,046 ($91,051 male / $62,045 female)
Number of FT Faculty 264 (204 male / 60 female)
Number of PT Faculty 486
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $7,112,132

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