Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL

Florida Institute of Technology, founded in 1958, is a private university. It offers education to scientists and engineers at what is now NASA's Kennedy Space Center and has become a leading accredited scientific and technological university. Yet Florida Tech retains some of the positive aspects of a small private college, such as smaller classes. The NASA liaison, as well as partnerships with companies at the cutting edge of technology, help account for 95% of graduates being employed or enrolled in graduate school six months after graduation. Bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs are offered in science, engineering, aviation, business, psychology and communications through the Colleges of Engineering and Science/Liberal Arts and the Schools of Aeronautics, Business and Psychology. A new advanced engineering complex and a life sciences building with state-of-the-art technology offer students research opportunities with faculty working an a wide variety of state, national and international projects. Florida Tech's subtropical location near the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon makes it well suited for studies in marine biology, oceanography, ocean engineering, environmental sciences and civil engineering. Its 130-acre campus is located in Melbourne, 60 miles from Orlando.

Website: www.fit.edu/

Private
Co-ed
3,635
Undergraduate
Students
(28.9%) 1,051 Women
(71.1%) 2,584 Men
2,767
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
63% of 8,898 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.67
SAT Math
625 average
580-680 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
597 average
550-640 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
27 average
24-29 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$54,730
Tuition and Fees
$41,850
Room and Board
$12,880
Average Percent of Need Met
86%
Average Freshman Award
$38,128
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$33,135
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
306
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 17% of classes
10-19 students: 31% of classes
20-29 students: 32% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 6% of classes
50-99 students: 4% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Melbourne Population
77,508
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Orlando
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
45% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Panther
Sororities
3% of women participate
Fraternities
8% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
4.0% Asian
8.9% Black/African-American
12.7% Hispanic/Latino
3.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.6% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
66.5% White
3.6% Unknown
International Students
29.7% from 110 countries
First-Year Students Returning
80.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
43.3%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
61%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 4
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies 2  
History 2  
Academic Electives 2  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required July 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
150 West University Boulevard
City, State, Zip
Melbourne, FL 32901-6975
Phone
(321) 674-8030
Fax
(321) 723-9468
E-mail
admission@fit.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 4 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
63% of 8,898 applicants were admitted
Women
60% of 3,049 applicants were admitted
Men
65% of 5,849 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
946 (17%) of 5,647 admitted students enrolled
Women
274 (15%) of 1,831 admitted students enrolled
Men
672 (18%) of 3,816 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.67
3.75 and Above
55%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
625 average
580-680 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
597 average
550-640 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
8%
Score of 600 - 700
45%
Score of 500 - 600
40%
Score of 400 - 500
7%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
27 average
24-29 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
24%
Score of 24 - 29
58%
Score of 18 - 23
17%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 28%
Top quarter: 60%
Top half: 88%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$54,730
Tuition and Fees
$41,850
Room and Board
$12,880
Books and Supplies
Not reported
Other Expenses
Not reported
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
FinAid@fit.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning November 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001469
Free
State Aid Form  

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
528 (73.5%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
457 (86.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
457 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
167 (36.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
86%
Average Award
$38,128
Need-Based Gift
Received by 457 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $27,222
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 319 (69.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,722
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 427 (93.4%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
198 (27.6%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $16,746

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,871 (57.4%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,682 (89.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,679 (99.8%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
570 (33.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
84%
Average Award
$37,796
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,672 (99.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $26,815
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,205 (71.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,259
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 1,589 (94.6%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
999 (30.6%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $15,373

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
47%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$33,135
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
25.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
2.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Business, Health Fields, Military Science, Premedicine
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Music
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Cheerleading/Drum Major, Hobbies/Interests, Leadership, Memberships
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, International Students, Previous College Experience, Siblings of Current Students
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,500
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
  • Air Transportation, Other
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Aquatic Biology/Limnology
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other
  • Aviation/Airway Management and Operations
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other
  • Biomedical Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Communication, General
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Conservation Biology
  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Earth Science Teacher Education
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensic Psychology
  • General Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Meteorology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Physics, General
  • Physics, Other
  • Planetary Astronomy and Science
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Small Business Administration/Management
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
Most Popular Disciplines
Engineering, Business/marketing, Transportation and materials moving
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
306
Part-Time Faculty
220
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
54%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 17% of classes
10-19 students: 31% of classes
20-29 students: 32% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 6% of classes
50-99 students: 4% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 26% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 52% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 17% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 3% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 0% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
918,778
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
254
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Education

Master's Programs of Study

  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Aviation
  • Aviation Management
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication--General
  • Computer Education
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecology
  • Education--General
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Elementary Education
  • Emergency Management
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Ergonomics and Human Factors
  • Geosciences
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Human Resources Management
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Information Science
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Logistics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Sciences
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Meteorology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Operations Research
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Management
  • Physics
  • Planetary and Space Sciences
  • Project Management
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Quality Management
  • Safety Engineering
  • Science Education
  • Software Engineering
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Systems Engineering
  • Transportation Management

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Aviation
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Ecology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Emergency Management
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Ergonomics and Human Factors
  • Human Resources Management
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Logistics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Sciences
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Molecular Biology
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Operations Research
  • Physics
  • Planetary and Space Sciences
  • Project Management
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Quality Management
  • Science Education
  • Software Engineering
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Systems Engineering
  • Transportation Management

Location and Setting


Melbourne Population
77,508
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Orlando
Campus Size
130 acres

Weather

Temperature
48.6 average low in January, 90.5 average high in September
Rain
116 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Melbourne
Nearest Train Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Melbourne

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing
Students in College Housing
45% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
59%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Panther
School Colors
Crimson and grey

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Crew x x x x
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Football     x x
Golf x x x x
Lacrosse     x x
Soccer x x x x
Softball x x    
Swimming And Diving x x x x
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Crew x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Football    
Golf x x
Lacrosse    
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Crew x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Football x x
Golf x x
Lacrosse x x
Soccer x x
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, soccer, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, florida institute of technology society for science fiction and fantasy (fitssff), international student services organization (isso), student government association (sga), surf club, campus activities board
Sororities
3% of women participate
Fraternities
8% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
3,635
Women
1,051 (28.9%)
Men
2,584 (71.1%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
3,269
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
4.0% Asian
8.9% Black/African-American
12.7% Hispanic/Latino
3.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.6% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
66.5% White
3.6% Unknown
International Students.
29.7% from 110 countries
Average Age
21
All Graduate Students
2,767

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
80.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
43.3%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
57.6%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
Not reported

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
61%
Average Starting Salary
61%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 2%
Engineering 8%
Law 1%
Arts and Sciences 10%
Medicine 2%

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