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Florida Institute of Technology

Are you smart, motivated and ready to push the limits of your potential?

Then consider making your move to Florida Institute of Technology

With an ideal location in Melbourne, Florida and a dynamic, hands-on educational approach, we've earned an outstanding reputation as a research university dedicated to making positive contributions to your future.

The University

Born in the age of space exploration and information technology, Florida Institute of Technology was founded in 1958 to offer continuing education to the scientists, engineers, and technicians working at what is now NASA's Kennedy Space Center. As the only independent technological university in the Southeastern United States, the university remains dedicated to providing a quality education that enhances knowledge through basic and applied research.

Hands-On Education

With a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and an average class size of 25, the unique learning community at Florida Tech provides an atmosphere of teamwork, inspiration and personal attention. we'll start you off in a major-related class in your first semester where You'll get your feet wet, your hands dirty, and get busy learning and doing what it takes to be a successful professional in the career of your choice.

The university offers more than 145 science, engineering, aviation, marine biology, business, psychology and communication degree programs designed to challenge students to reach their full academic and professional potential. As part of a hands-on curriculum, students participate in sponsored research programs for solutions to real-world problems; laboratory experiments in state-of-the-art facilities; multi-disciplinary design projects; work-study; cooperative education; and internship opportunities.


United States Universities, Colleges and SchoolsFlorida Tech is located along the Atlantic coastline of Central Florida in Brevard County, better known as the 'space Coast. Situated within Florida's High Tech Corridor, the area is home to more than 5, 000 high_tech companies and the nation's fifth largest high_tech workforce. The area's attractive business climate is matched only by its natural resources, many of them ideal for scientific study and research: the estuarine habitats of the Indian River Lagoon; the Atlantic Ocean marine ecosystem; area beaches, marshes and wetlands; thousands of acres of protected wildlife habitats; and a variety of tropical/subtropical Gulf Stream weather phenomena.

And that's just in our backyard. Research and field projects spearheaded by Florida Tech professors often take students to exotic locations all over the world- from Peru to the Alaskan Arctic, Hungary to Australia.

United States Universities, Colleges and SchoolsFlorida Tech's prime location amongst a vast array of high_tech corporations and scientific communities such as NASA, Kennedy Space Center, United Space Alliance and many other government agencies and technology companies provides a wealth of adjunct faculty members, who bring skills and expertise from local business and industry.

United States Universities, Colleges and SchoolsJust beyond campus, students have plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind. Approximately one hour northeast of campus is Orlando and three hours to the south is Miami. With the Indian River and Atlantic Ocean less than five miles from campus, water sports such as swimming, sailing, surfing, diving, fishing and boating are popular year-round activities. Central Florida attractions such as Walt Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Orlando are also within an hour's drive.


United States Universities, Colleges and SchoolsFlorida Tech faculty and students are continually involvedin redefining our perceptions and enhancing our knowledge of the world through scientific research. At any given time, Florida Tech faculty members have more than $27 million in active contracts and grants. From the discovery of hydrothermal vents in the Atlantic Ocean by Dr. John Trefry and team, to Dr. Joseph Dwyer's research disproving the conventional theory that lightning is produced by large electric fields Florida Tech's faculty has excelled in seeking and receiving funding for their research. Following are just a handful of current research projects originated and led by Florida Tech faculty members.

Arthritis, atherosclerosis and Alzheimer's disease

Environmental and structural impact from hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, flooding and tidal surges

Airport planning, design, development and management

Parallel computing, neural networks and software engineering

Advanced architectures and algorithms for applications in virtual reality and multimedia

Conversion of waste to fuel and improved methods for recycling

Stellar evolution, space plasma dynamics and the origin of the universe

Satellite altimetry of intra-Americas Sea

Naval architecture, marine hydro-dynamics, dynamics of marine vehicles, high-speed small craft design

Signal processing, neural networks and biomedical engineering

Near-real-time detection and classification of nuclear explosions for purposes of monitoring nuclear testing

Combustion and propulsion, aerodynamics and fluid dynamics, and aerospace structures and materials

Astronomy using the 36-inch SARA telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory

Removal of priority pollutants from potable water and industrial wastewater

Treatment processes to recycle or reuse wastes

Converting stored hydrogen into energy, using more robust and longer lasting fuel cells

Changes in manatee distribution in the Indian River Lagoon

Application of ATP assays for rapid drug susceptibility testing in tuberculosis and AIDS

Molecular biology of the bacterial cell cycle

Control of DNA replication and gene expression during the division cycle

Cultivation of ornamental marine shrimp for the saltwater aquarium industry

Lightning studies at NASA's Kennedy Space Center

Feeding ecology of the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin in the Indian River Lagoon

Interdisciplinary applications of communication and publications technology

Qualitative and quantitative properties of nonlinear equations with delay

Microgravity experiments aboard NASA's KC-135 and the space shuttle

Studies of high-energy particle physics involving CERN's particle accelerator

Studies of stellar evolution, white dwarf stars and the age of the universe

Projects involving the Hubble Space Telescope

On-site courses at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Station

Student Life

United States Universities, Colleges and SchoolsMore than 100 student organizations represent the varied interests of Florida Tech's students and include: student government; fraternity/sorority membership; political and religious groups; dance, music, choral and theatre performance; academic and honor organizations; science fiction; athletic clubs intramural sports; and much more.


Florida Tech competes in 15 varsity sports and is a member of NCAA Division II and the Sunshine State Conference.


 Basketball Basketball

 Rowing Rowing

 Cross Country Cross Country

 Softball Baseball

 Soccer Soccer

 Tennis Tennis

 Golf Golf


United States Universities, Colleges and SchoolsIntramural sports activities include: badminton, basketball, co-ed volleyball, cricket, flag football, Frisbee golf, inner tube water polo, racquetball, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, weight lifting, whiffle ball and many others.

The new, 57, 000-square-foot Charles and Ruth Clemente Center for Sports and Recreation is designed for intercollegiate, intramural and recreational sports and fitness programs in addition to university and community events. The facility features: a complete weight training center; varsity and intramural courts; aerobics and group fitness classrooms; walking track; racquetball court; and food service cafe.

Admission Guidelines

Florida Tech operates on a rolling admission basis. Admission applications are reviewed throughout the year as they are received.

Applicants to Florida Tech must demonstrate the readiness to succeed in a challenging academic curriculum. The high school transcript is the most important element of the application. While no minimum grade point average, class rank or standardized test score is specified, these measures must indicate a readiness for college studies in a chosen academic program.

International Applicants are encouraged to apply, and will be evaluated on the basis of the same criteria as all other students except that SAT or ACT scores are not required. English language proficiency is not required for admission, but Enrolment in academic courses will be limited until English proficiency can be demonstrated for all whose native language is not English. The Languages and Linguistics section of the catalog, available on-line at www.fit.edu/catalog describes the ways in which English proficiency may be established, either in advance of Enrolment or after arrival at Florida Tech, and presents the courses available to help establish proficiency.

Financial Aid

There are many different programs available to help cover the cost of higher education. Approximately 80% of Florida Tech students qualify for a combination of merit-based scholarships, need-based grants, educational loans, and school-year employment programs. Awards are based on academic promise, need, college costs and the availability of funds. Monthly installment plans are available for tuition and other expenses. The priority deadline for financial aid is March 15.

How to Apply

Students can apply online or print a copy of the Florida Tech application. The online application fee is $40 and must be paid by credit card. If applying by paper application, the application fee is $50. Checks should be made payable to Florida Tech. Include the applicant's name on the check, and mail it to:

Florida Institute of Technology

Office of Undergraduate Admission

150 West University Boulevard

Melbourne, FL 32901

Online Applicants

are required to pay the $40 application fee by credit card. To apply online go to: www.fit.edu/ugrad/apply

Paper Applicants

are required to pay the $50 application fee by check or credit card. To download a printable version of the application, go to: www.fit.edu/ugrad/apply

High School Guidance Counselor Section

All freshmen applicants and transfer students with less than 30 semester hours of college credit must print this form and give it to their high school guidance counselor to complete.

I- 20 Request Form

All International Applicants must complete this form if requesting an I-20.

International Transfer Eligibility Form

All International Transfer Students who are attending another school in the U. S. must complete this form if requesting an I-20

University Quick Facts

  • Florida Tech is listed as a Barron's Guide Best Buy in college education.
  • The university is named as one of the top 14 technological institutions for engineering in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2002-2004.
  • According to the last three surveys of Florida Tech Graduates, 96% are working in their major or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
  • Fifty-three percent of working grads have a starting salary of more than $40, 000 per year.
  • Florida Tech is the recipient of a $64 million F. W. Olin Foundation grant, resulting in new facilities in engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, and sports and recreation.
  • Florida Tech's SAT scores are among the highest of any private university in Florida.
  • Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty members have Ph. D. or terminal degrees.
  • For the 15th consecutive year, U. S. News and World Report has ranked Florida Tech among the nation's best national doctoral universities. The listing also places Florida Tech in the top 7% of America's colleges and universities.
  • Total undergraduate international population represents more than 20% of the student body.
  • Undergraduate geographic diversity includes:  49 states, (plus D. C. , Guam, Puerto Rico, and other U. S. territories) and 88 different countries around the world.

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Florida Institute of Technology

150 West University Boulevard

Melbourne, Florida 32901-6988


Telephone: 321-674-8030

800-888-4348 (toll-free)

E-mail: admission@fit.edu

Website: www.fit.edu  

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Florida Institute of Technology

150 West University Boulevard

Melbourne, Florida 32901-6988


Telephone: 321-674-8030

800-888-4348 (toll-free)

E-mail: admission@fit.edu

Website: www.fit.edu





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