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
Third Annual Event at Clemente Center Benefits Breast Cancer Prevention
MELBOURNE, FLA. — The 3rd Annual Party in Pink Zumbathon charity event will bounce into the Clemente Center on the campus of Florida Institute of Technology from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 5, bringing a good workout for a great cause.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Zumba Global Research Grant for Breast Cancer Prevention administered by Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Last year’s event raised more than $5,600.
Open to the public, the Zumbathon will start with 16 area Zumba instructors leading songs. That will be the first hour. For the remaining 30 or 40 minutes, headliner Fabio Barros will lead the party. A native of Brazil, Barros is a dancer and entertainer as well as a Zumba instructor.
Members of the Florida Tech football team are expected to attend, as they did last year.
The event is organized by Florida Tech Zumba Fitness instructor Susan Vallette, who is dedicating it to the memory and honor of friend Noni Edwards. The wife of Melbourne Central Catholic High School football coach Eddie Edwards, who coached Vallette’s son, Noni Edwards passed away in May after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 42.
“Together, we are making moves in the fight against breast cancer,” Vallette said.
Tickets to the Zumbathon are $15 and are available through Vallette by emailing email@example.com or by calling (321) 544-2907, and also at the door. Other locations may be found by visiting Vallette’s Facebook page and looking under event name “3rd Annual Party in Pink Zumbathon-Melbourne, FL.”
Participants should wear workout clothes and rubber-soled athletic shoes. It is suggested they wear something pink. Official Party in Pink and regular Zumbawear will be available for purchase.
The Zumbathon will also include a raffle.
11-Year Florida Tech Faculty Member Moves to College of Science
MELBOURNE, FLA. — Scott Tilley has been named professor and director of computing education in the College of Science’s Department of Education and Interdisciplinary Studies at Florida Institute of Technology.
In his new position, Tilley will focus on computing literacy, educational technology, and STEM outreach.
“We are pleased that Dr. Tilley will bring his extensive computing experience to this important program,” said Hamid Rassoul, dean of the College of Science.
“Having Dr. Tilley as a member of our faculty offers a unique opportunity for us to make a positive impact on educators and students through the innovative use of computing technology,” added Kastro Hamed, head of the Department of Education and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Tilley, who joined Florida Tech in 2003, was previously with the Department of Computer Sciences in the College of Engineering, where he was a professor of software engineering. He is an Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Speaker.
“I am looking forward to my new role in computing education – an exciting area with many interesting research challenges and highly practical rewards,” Tilley said.
Tilley’s research has included cloud computing, software testing, and system migration. His most recent book is, “Hard Problems in Software Testing: Solutions Using Testing as a Service (TaaS)” (Morgan & Claypool, 2014). He writes the weekly “Technology Today” column for Florida Today.
Prior to joining Florida Tech, Tilley was with the University of California, Riverside and Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute. He is Chair of the Steering Committee for the IEEE Web Systems Evolution series of events and a Past Chair of the ACM’s Special Interest Group on Design of Communication. He is active in several local arts organizations and is president of the Space Coast Writers’ Guild.
U.S. News & World Report Ranks Florida Tech a Top Tier Best National University for the Fifth Straight Year
University Earns Distinction for International Diversity, Service to Veterans
MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology is recognized as a top tier National University by U.S. News & World Report for the fifth straight year. In the just-released 2015 edition of the magazine’s “Best Colleges” rankings, the university is named a Tier 1 Best National University.
U.S. News assesses nearly 1,600 of the country’s four-year colleges and universities in its annual study. Florida Tech was again listed as the second-highest ranked private National University in Florida, behind only the University of Miami.
The 56-year-old Melbourne-based Florida Tech is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral Research Intensive university, which distinguishes it from institutions that only offer degrees at the bachelor’s or master’s level.
Florida Tech President and Chief Executive Officer Anthony J. Catanese said the university’s mix of quality academic offerings and excellent career placement means Florida Tech grads are groomed for success.
“Ninety-five percent of last year’s graduating students are employed, serving in the military or enrolled in graduate school,” said Catanese. “The value of a Florida Tech degree is found in the success our graduates experience once they enter the world of work, ready and well-prepared to contribute to the greater good.”
Also significant in the rankings, Florida Tech was again recognized as the #2 National University in the country for fostering international student experiences, behind only New School in New York. U.S. News states: “In a global culture, befriending and learning to collaborate with students from other countries can be rewarding personally and professionally.” Fostering a culture of understanding that helps students perform in the international workplace remains one of the university’s strategic priorities.
Florida Tech was also listed among the magazine’s 2015 “Best Colleges for Veterans.” The rankings recognize universities that “participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees.” The university is certified for the G.I. Bill and participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Meanwhile, Florida Tech continues to earn additional recognition for financial as well as educational value. The university has risen to the top 200 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014. The rankings, powered by Thomson Reuters, acknowledge the best universities across the globe, and Florida Tech was recognized as an international leader in research.
PayScale.com ranks Florida Tech graduates’ mid-career median salaries in first place among Florida’s universities. Annually recognized as one of America’s “Top Colleges” by Forbes, Florida Tech is also honored by The Princeton Review and recommended as a “Best in the Southeast” university.
The exclusive U.S. News rankings are available at www.usnews.com/colleges. U.S. News college rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.
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