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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.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students3,629
   Women1,093 (30.1%)
   Men2,536 (69.9%)
Graduate Students2,822


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate61% of 9,503 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineRolling
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.67
SAT Math604 average
560-650 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading556 average
500-610 range of middle 50%
SAT WritingNot reported
ACT Composite27 average
24-29 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$58,256
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met89%
Average Freshman Award$36,771
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 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


Melbourne Population77,508
Nearest Metropolitan AreaOrlando
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 84% of freshmen, 42% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division II
Sororities3% of women participate
Fraternities 8% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.5% Asian
8.9% Black/African-American
10.9% Hispanic/Latino
3.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.4% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
65.2% White
7.7% Unknown
International Students35.2% from 107 countries
First-Year Students Returning83.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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Average 3.42 3.85 585 605 27
Low 2.44 2.80 250 490 21
High 4.00 4.70 740 700 34
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