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
MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology and Space Coast Early Intervention Center (SCEIC) are exploring a collaboration that could lead to expanded services for children with or without special needs. The merger would include enhanced preschool to second grade options.
“We’re excited to have this conversation,” said Mary Beth Kenkel, dean of the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts at Florida Tech. “We’re currently celebrating the fifth anniversary of our Scott Center for Autism Treatment, and looking for new ways to better serve children in our community. The work of the SCEIC is greatly admired, and Florida Tech is in a position to further that important educational service.”
“Florida Tech’s College of Psychology and Liberal Arts and the university’s Scott Center for Autism Treatment have respected reputations for exceptional education and service in our field,” said Leslie Roth, executive director of SCEIC. “Coupled with the decades of success that we’ve had here at SCEIC, a permanent partnership where resources can be shared and expanded makes good sense—providing for enhanced services and resulting in more education and support provided to the Space Coast families who need it most. A combined center that would provide ease of access to education and therapy is a worthy goal, and an important evolution.”
Kenkel said the seamless continuity of services would be a primary goal of any new relationship that might be created. The uniting of SCEIC and Florida Tech remains in discussion and exploration, with no final decisions expected until early 2015.
SCEIC is Brevard's premier preschool for children with and without special needs. Located in Melbourne, its unique inclusive program ensures equal learning opportunities for all children, regardless of ability. The center’s goal is to provide children with the academic and social skills needed to succeed in life.
Florida Tech’s Scott Center for Autism Treatment specializes in working with children with autism and other related disorders by implementing procedures based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis. Located on the campus of Florida Tech in Melbourne, the Scott Center has experts in the areas of the assessment and treatment of challenging behaviors, early intervention, intensive toilet training, pediatric feeding, and parent and teacher training.
MELBOURNE, FLA. — The award-winning Women’s Business Center at Florida Institute of Technology will launch an Orlando-area operation early next year after receiving $750,000 in funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The Central Florida Women’s Business Center (CFWBC) will serve Lake, Orange, Osceola, Volusia and Seminole counties and be centrally located.
“We applied for this grant because of the strong support and encouragement we received from the community,” said Leslie Hielema, vice president of Florida Tech’s Central Florida facility, the Orlando Center. “Entrepreneurs and small businesses are the economic engine of our region and the mission of this new Women’s Business Center will be to increase the impact of those companies.”
Hielema added, “Since we have some fantastic resources to serve the entrepreneurial community in the Orlando area, this center will offer synergistic programs that address clearly identified issues and opportunities facing women-owned businesses.”
The CFWBC is expected to open in the first-quarter 2015. It will be structured to drive economic development goals that are aligned with key emerging industry clusters in the Central Florida region. Areas of focus will include:
- access to capital and financial fluency
- starting and growing a technology or science company
- leveraging technology for business innovation and growth
- mentoring girls and women in STEM careers
- access to resources within the women’s leadership ecosystem
This will be Florida Tech’s third such facility serving the region, with the others housed at the university’s Melbourne campus and CareerSource Brevard’s Rockledge facility.
“We are very pleased to see the continued growth of our Women’s Business Centers across Central Florida and thank the SBA for helping us expand the reach of this valuable, difference-making resource,” said Florida Tech President and CEO Anthony J. Catanese.
The WBC at Florida Tech in Melbourne has been lauded by the SBA in recent years for its work with entrepreneurs on Florida’s East Coast, including being named the 2014 SBA Advocate of the Year for Florida and an 2012 SBA Women’s Business Center of Excellence.
Those accolades helped distinguish the Florida Tech WBC from others competing for the grant funding, as did 12 letters of support from partners across the Central Florida community. The SBA awarded funding to centers in just 11 states, and the Florida Tech operation was among a handful to receive the maximum funding of $150,000 per year for five years.
Hielema will have primary responsibility for establishing the CFWBC. She will work in partnership with Beth Gitlin, executive director of the Women's Business Center at Florid Tech. In the coming weeks the center’s location will be finalized and a director will be hired.
Also, the Women’s Business Center is currently seeking community partners to provide matching funds and support for the Orlando-area facility.
“Business owners have seen real, sustainable growth through our Melbourne and Rockledge-based programs, and we are looking forward to building on this success to assist Orlando-area companies in achieving similar results,” Gitlin said.
For more information, contact Hielema at email@example.com or (407) 629-7132.
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/
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