Melbourne, United States
Region: North America
- International outlook61.5
- Industry income44.7
A message from the Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Institute of Technology is a regionally accredited, coeducational, privately supported, doctoral-granting research university providing a high-quality education in an international environment.
Florida Tech is unique in that it provides the resources of a national research institution as well as the robust, personalized learning experiences of a small college; a combination the university calls “High Tech with a Human Touch.”
Ranked a Tier One Best National University by U.S. News & World Report, it is also the only independent technological university in the Southeastern United States. As such, Florida Tech attracts high-achieving students and top quality professors from all 50 United States and more than 100 countries worldwide.
Times Higher Education recently named Florida Tech in the top 200 universities in the world in the World University Rankings 2013-2014.
Location, campus and climate
Florida Tech’s main campus spans 130 acres. It features a lush botanical garden and over $74 million in new facilities, which include a state-of-the-art dining hall and modern aquatic center.
The campus is located in Melbourne, just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, one hour east of Orlando and a three-hour drive north of Miami. The area is home to the most concentrated high-tech economy in the state and the fourth-largest high-tech workforce in the nation.
Melbourne’s attractive business climate is matched only by its natural resources, including the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Lagoon, which are ideal for scientific study and research.
Orlando tourist attractions and the Kennedy Space Center are within an hour's drive; Miami is only 3 hours south. The climate is generally sunny and temperate; the average daily temperature is 76°F/24°C and severe storms are infrequent.
Size and student body
The on-campus student population comprises more than 3,900 undergraduate and graduate students, of which 69% are male and 31% are female.
Florida Tech’s commitment to serving an international community is strong; approximately 30% of Melbourne campus undergraduates and 49% of campus graduate students come from countries outside of the U.S., including China, India, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, France, Jamaica, Japan, Nigeria, South Korea and Ireland.
Another benefit of studying at Florida Tech is the university’s low student-to-faculty ratio, which allows Florida Tech to keep its average class size low, around 20 students, and enables greater interaction and enhanced learning among students and professors.
95% of new Florida Tech alumni responding to a recent survey report being employed, enrolled in graduate school, serving in the military or pursuing other avenues.
Of those employed, 90% report that they are working in a job that directly relates to their academic field of study. 57% of respondents to the survey report earning starting salaries of more than $50,000 per year.
In 2012, Bloomberg Businessweek named Florida Tech the “Best College for Return on Investment: Florida.”
Safety and security
Florida Institute of Technology is committed to ensuring the safety, security and well being of its faculty, staff and students. As such, the 20+ officers that make up the university’s department of security and safety actively monitor the campus, respond to emergencies and serve the diverse needs of Florida Tech’s international community 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Other features that keep the Florida Tech community safe include:
- 50 easy-access emergency phones around campus
- Well-lit parking lots and walkways
- Electronic key card access residence halls
- A campus-wide safety alert system
- As-needed support from City of Melbourne emergency services
Campus incident statistics are available online at www.fit.edu/security.
Accreditation and memberships
Florida Tech is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist and doctoral degrees. The university is approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
Additionally, Florida Tech is a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, the American Council on Education, the College Entrance Examination Board and the American Society for Engineering Education.
The Nathan M. Bisk College of Business’s undergraduate business degrees and its MBA are accredited by IACBE (International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education). IACBE is the leading outcomes-based, professional accreditation agency for business education at universities that have as a primary purpose excellence in teaching and learning.
Scholarships and grants
International students are eligible to receive academic scholarships, grants and assistantships.
Outstanding prospective undergraduate students may be offered merit scholarships at the time of admission; no additional application is required.
Outstanding prospective graduate students will be eligible for research and teaching assistantships.
For priority scholarship and assistantship consideration, prospective international undergraduate and graduate students must apply by 15 January of the year in which they wish to enroll.
College of Aeronautics
- Aeronautical Science, B.S.
- Aeronautical Science – Flight, B.S.
- Aviation Management, B.S.
- Aviation Management – Flight, B.S.
- Aviation Meteorology, B.S.
- Aviation Meteorology – Flight, B.S.
Nathan M. Bisk College of Business
- Business Administration, B.S.
- Business Administration – Accounting, B.S.
- Business Administration – Entrepreneurship, B.S.
- Business Administration – Global Management and Finance, B.S.
- Business Administration – Information Technology Management, B.S.
- Business Administration – Leadership and Social Responsibility, B.S.
- Business Administration- Marketing, B.S.
- Business Administration – Sport Management, B.S.
- Business and Environmental Studies, B.S.
- Information Systems, B.S.
College of Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering, B.S.
- Biomedical Engineering, B.S.
- Chemical Engineering, B.S.
- Civil Engineering, B.S.
- Computer Engineering, B.S.
- Computer Science, B.S.
- Construction Management, B.S.
- Electrical Engineering, B.S.
- Environmental Science, B.S.
- General Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering, B.S.
- Meteorology, B.S.
- Ocean Engineering, B.S.
- Oceanography, B.S.
- Software Engineering, B.S.
College of Psychology and Liberal Arts
- Applied Behavior Analysis, B.S.
- Communication, B.S.
- Communication - Military Science, B.S.
- Forensic Psychology, B.A.
- General Studies
- Humanities, B.A.
- Humanities - Prelaw, B.A.
- Psychology, B.A.
- Psychology, B.S.
College of Science
- Biochemistry, B.S.
- Biological Sciences - Aquaculture, B.S.
- Biological Sciences - Conservation Biology & Ecology, B.S.
- Biological Sciences - General, B.S.
- Biological Sciences - Marine, B.S.
- Biological Sciences - Molecular, B.S.
- Biological Sciences - Premedical, B.S.
- Biomathematics, B.S.
- Chemistry - General, B.S.
- Chemistry - Premedical Chemistry, B.S.
- Chemistry - Research Chemistry, B.S.
- General Science
- Interdisciplinary Science - Aeronautics, B.S.
- Interdisciplinary Science - Military Science, B.S.
- Interdisciplinary Science, B.S.
- Mathematical Science - Applied Mathematics, B.S.
- Mathematical Sciences, B.S.
- Physics, B.S.
- Physics - Premedical, B.S.
- Planetary Science, B.S.
- Space Sciences - Astrobiology, B.S.
- Space Science - Astronomy & Astrophysics, B.S.
- STEM Education, B.S.
- Sustainability Studies, B.S.
- Athletics Coaching
- Aviation Environmental Science
- Aviation Management
- Aviation Safety
- Business Administration
- Computational Mathematics
- Computer Science
- Environmental Science
- Flight Technology
- Forensic Psychology
- Human Resources Management (online)
- Management Information Systems
- Unmanned Aerial Systems
College of Aeronautics
- Airport Development and Management, M.S.A.
- Applied Aviation Safety, M.S.A.
- Aviation Human Factors, M.S.
- Aviation Sciences, Ph.D.
- Human Factors in Aeronautics Online, M.S.
Nathan M. Bisk College of Business
- Business Administration, MBA
- Accounting Emphasis, MBA
- Healthcare Management, MBA
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship, M.S.
College of Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
- Biomedical Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
- Chemical Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
- Biochemical Engineering
- Computer-Aided Modeling, Processing and Control
- Environmental Engineering
- Materials Synthesis, Processing and Characterization
- Transportation and Separation Processes
- Civil Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
- Construction Management
- Water Resources
- Computer Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
- Computer Information Systems, M.S.
- Computer Science, M.S., Ph.D.
- Earth Remote Sensing, M.S.
- Electrical Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
- Biomedical Engineering
- Systems and Information Processing
- Wireless Systems and Technology
- Engineering Management, M.S.
- Environmental Resource Management, M.S.
- Environmental Science, M.S., Ph.D.
- Flight Testing Engineering, M.S.
- Human-Centered Design, M.S., Ph.D.
- Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, M.S.
- Mechanical Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
- Automotive Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Dynamic Systems
- Robotics & Controls
- Structures, Solid Mechanics & Materials
- Thermal-Fluid Sciences
- Meteorology, M.S.
- Ocean Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
- Aquaculture Engineering
- Coast Engineering & Processes
- Hydrographic Engineering
- Materials & Structures
- Naval Architecture
- Ocean Energy
- Ocean Instrumentation
- Ocean Systems/Underwater Technology
- Oceanography, M.S., Ph.D.
- Biological Oceanography
- Chemical Oceanography
- Coastal Zone Management
- Geological Oceanography
- Physical Oceanography
- Software Engineering, M.S.
- Software Testing
- Systems Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
- Spacecraft Systems
College of Psychology and Liberal Arts
- Applied Behavior Analysis, M.S.
- Applied Behavior Analysis and Organizational Behavior Management, M.S.
- Behavior Analysis, Ph.D.
- Clinical Psychology, Psy.D.
- Global Strategic Communication, M.S.
- Industrial/Organizational Psychology, M.S., Ph.D.
- Organizational Behavior Management, M.S.
- Professional Behavior Analysis, M.A.
College of Science
- Applied Mathematics, M.S., Ph.D.
- Biochemistry, M.S.
- Biological Sciences, M.S., Ph.D.
- Cellular & Molecular
- Marine Biology
- Chemistry, M.S., Ph.D.
- Computer Education, M.S.
- Conservation Technology, M.S.
- Education, M.Ed.
- Elementary Science Education, M.Ed.
- Environmental Education, M.S.
- Informal Science Education, M.S.
- Interdisciplinary Science, M.S.
- Mathematics Education, M.S., Ed.S., Ph.D.
- Physics, M.S., Ph.D.
- Operations Research, M.S., Ph.D.
- Science Education, M.S., Ed.S., Ph.D.
- Space Sciences, M.S., Ph.D.
- Teaching, M.A.
- Marketing Communication
School Joins MIT, Harvard, Stanford on Prestigious List
MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology is one of the nation’s 50 most entrepreneurial research universities, according to Forbes magazine.
The magazine derived its recent rankings using “entrepreneurial ratios,” which are the number of alumni and students who have identified themselves as founders and business owners on LinkedIn measured against the school’s total student body, including graduate students.
From its earliest days amid the innovation of the space program to the business incubators and specialized degree programs of today, Florida Tech has helped foster generations of entrepreneurs in a variety of fields, from aviation to technology to apparel.
“The entrepreneurial spirit runs deep here, starting with the creativity and knowledge Jerome Keuper brought with him when he founded our university and carrying through to today, when we have many ways to help our students explore and strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit within them,” said Florida Tech President and CEO Anthony J. Catanese.
A few examples of how Florida Tech is creating the next generation of entrepreneurs:
- Degree programs: The Master of Science degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship.
- Student Business Incubator: This campus-based initiative assists students in creating their own businesses while they earn their Florida Tech education.
- The Nathan Bisk College of Business’ Center for Entrepreneurship and New Business Development, working with the incubator, engages students to investigate, research and launch their business
- Visiting Entrepreneur Series, from the Nathan Bisk College of Business and the Women’ Business Center, brings accomplished business leaders to campus to share real-world experiences and insight.
Find the full Forbes rankings at www.forbes.com/sites/liyanchen/2014/07/30/startup-schools-americas-most-entrepreneurial-universities/
MELBOURNE, FLA. — Luminous Landscapes, an exhibition of more than 30 paintings by Larry Leach, opens Oct. 18 at Foosaner Art Museum.
The exhibition includes work spanning 19 years of Leach’s prolific career. Often working in series, Leach has made recent additions to the “Smoky Mountain,” “Sunrise, Sunset” and “Island Counterpoint” series, and those new works are included in the Foosaner show. Also on view will be “Bull Creek Autumn,” on loan from the University of Tampa, and “Kissimmee Cypress,” on loan from local art collector Paula Savage.
The exhibition will remain at Foosaner through Jan. 4, 2015.
Leach will give a free Gallery Talk at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 at Foosaner. Admission that day is free in celebration of ArtWorks.
A painter for more than 40 years, Leach appropriates qualities of 19th century Impressionist and Romantic realist painting. While the paintings draw on oceanic and rural vistas, all of the work occurs in the studio, where Leach draws from brief sketches or memory.
“The act of painting is as important as the play of light in the sky and sea and in the form of color of trees and grasses – the relationships of marks of color in relationship to other marks,” Leach said. “My favorite theme is the first strong light of dawn and the last strong rays of sunset that rake across the landscape.”
Ken Rollins, president of Rollins Fine Art, LLC, writes in the exhibition brochure’s introductory essay, “Every artist strives to capture light in their work whether still life paintings, portraits or other subjects. How the light plays in the painting is crucial to its success and the viewer’s experience. Larry Leach has an exceptional ability at capturing natural light in his paintings.”
Honing his craft by studying his heroes from art history and through years of painting, Leach said the greatest influence on his career was geographical: He was raised by his grandparents in west central Louisiana, on their rural farm and near an untampered forest area, miles from the nearest town.
“The aloneness and freshness of these environments is my motif,” he said.
The Foosaner Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the museum stays open until 7 p.m. Thursday); and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for seniors, children and students with I.D. Museum members and Florida Tech faculty, staff and students are free with I.D. Thursdays offer free admission all day. Call (321) 674-8916 or visit foosanerartmuseum.org for more information.
Sports, Parades, Concerts and More on Tap Starting Oct. 21
MELBOURNE, FLA. — Whether you prefer walking in a parade or running in a 5K race, viewing art on the walls or artistry on the field, jamming to reggae or bopping to the sound of a marching band, Florida Institute of Technology’s Homecoming 2014 from Oct. 21-26 has you covered.
A gathering of alumni, faculty, staff, students and community members from across the Space Coast, the annual multi-day shindig kicks of Tuesday, Oct. 21, with an opening ceremony from 7-9pm at Southgate Field, located at University Boulevard and Babcock Street in Melbourne.
Then on Wednesday, Oct. 22 get a glimpse of the hidden talents of Florida Tech students at the talent show. This free event is from 8-10 p.m. at Clemente Center.
Here’s a look at some other highlights of Homecoming 2014:
Thursday, Oct. 23:
- 6 p.m.: Meg O’Malley’s presents the FIT Homecoming 5K Run/Walk in downtown Melbourne. T-shirts, goody bags and a post-race party at Meg’s. Visit http://homecoming.fit.edu/run.php to register or for more information.
- 7 p.m.: Florida Tech’s volleyball team takes on Florida Southern at Clemente Center.
Friday, Oct. 24:
- 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.: Homecoming Fest, downtown Melbourne. Enjoy a free concert by the national recording artist SOJA sponsored by the Florida Tech Alumni Association. The Washington, D.C.-based band is a chart-topping reggae sensation.
Saturday, Oct. 25:
- 10-11 a.m.: Homecoming Parade on the Florida Tech campus.
- 1-4 p.m.: Homecoming football game, Florida Tech vs. Mississippi College at Palm Bay H.S. Pirate Stadium.
- 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m.: Women and men’s soccer matches vs. Palm Beach Atlantic, Rick Stottler Field.
- 6:30-10 p.m.: Homecoming Awards Gala, Clemente Center. Tickets are $75 per person. Information and registration available at http://homecoming.fit.edu/gala.php.
- 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.: Homecoming Dance, County Line Saloon, 4650 New Haven Ave., Melbourne.
Sunday, Oct. 26:
- 10 a.m. – noon: Make a Difference Day Campus Cleanup, Panther Plaza.
- Noon – 2 p.m.: Alumni softball game, Nancy Bottge Field.
For additional information on these and other Homecoming events and activities, visit http://homecoming.fit.edu.
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