Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL

Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL

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Florida’s STEM university

Florida Institute of Technology is home to the serious seekers—the relentlessly curious, bold, and driven scholars who learn best by doing. Our hands-on approach to education includes a cooperative education program, field research projects, capstone experiences, countless research opportunities, and job and internship connections at major employers like Northrop Grumman Corp., NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, L3Harris Technologies Inc., SpaceX, Embraer, and more. 

Florida Tech is a private, fully accredited, coeducational, research-intensive, doctoral-granting university. As the only independent technological university in the Southeastern United States, Florida Tech is committed to providing our culturally diverse student body a high-quality education in the sciences, engineering, technology, business, psychology, liberal arts, aviation, and related disciplines that prepares them to enter the global workforce, seek further higher education opportunities, and serve within their communities.  

We’re located in sunny Melbourne, Florida, ranked one of the top five places to live near the beach by U.S. News & World Report. In addition to its beautiful beaches, the area is known for its high-tech industry, historic yet eclectic downtown, art scene, surf culture, and proximity to Kennedy Space Center and Orlando area attractions. Other people come here to vacation—our students come to pursue their dreams with drive and determination.

Representing 80+ countries, students from outside the United States account for about 23% of our student population, and U.S. News & World Report continually ranks Florida Tech as one of the best national universities for fostering international student experiences in the US. PayScale places Florida Tech in the top 6% for return on investment among US colleges. With 92% of students becoming employed or attending graduate school after graduation, Florida Tech alumni go on to become visionary engineers, scientists, aviators, innovators, leaders, educators, athletes, and astronauts.



Tier 1 Best National University | U.S. News & World Report


2020–2021 College of Distinction | Colleges of Distinction


Top 50 Southern University | Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education


#3 national university with the most international students | U.S. News & World Report


#2 Florida university for Best Return on Investment | PayScale

Senior Design Program

Students transform their innovative ideas into tangible solutions through the engineering and science senior design program. The university’s flagship capstone project and a Panther rite of passage, senior design has existed in some form or another almost since the university’s inception. Students work in interdisciplinary groups to apply theory, think creatively, and develop practical skills like teamwork, professionalism, and leadership, simulating a real-world work environment. The program culminates in the annual Northrop Grumman Engineering and Science Student Design Showcase, where students present their projects to university faculty, staff, community members, industry professionals, and, most exciting of all, prospective employers.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “The most important lesson I learned at Florida Tech, outside of academics, would be that you can turn your passion into your career. I have been fascinated by animals as long I can remember—I'm living my childhood dream!”

    • Cassie Vergason
      '16 B.S. psychology, '18 M.S. applied behavior analysis and organizational behavior management
  • “Florida Tech has invaluably provided the foundation of my career. It challenged me a lot, but its small class sizes and genuine care for teaching made it great.”

    • Chris Tanner
      '06 B.S. mathematical sciences/computer science
  • “Something I experienced as a Florida Tech student was a continuous push by my professors to think beyond plugging and chugging numbers into various equations. They taught me to think critically about the effects my work would have on people.”

    • Shayna Begay
      '10 B.S. aerospace engineering, '11 M.S. aerospace engineering
  • “My favorite thing about Florida Tech is that you can start hands-on research almost immediately. Having really good academics paired with hands-on experience allows you to fully understand the concepts and know what you're doing when you start your research.”

    • Hannah Blackburn
      '20 B.S. astrobiology