Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL

Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL

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Florida Institute of Technology is home to the serious seekers, the relentlessly curious, the 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, research opportunities, and joband internship connections at major employers like  SpaceX, Northrop Grumman Corp., Embraer, L3Harris, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and more. 

Florida Tech is a fully accredited, research-intensive, private, coeducational, 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.

Representing over 90 countries, students from outside the United States account for about one-third 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. From hosting celebratory events like the annual International Festival to promoting cultural organizations on campus to assisting students through the Office of International Student & Scholar Services, we recognize the value that diversity brings to our campus—and we do everything we can to honor and celebrate our international students. 

Our campus offers a safe learning environment and comfortable accommodations, with reasonably priced housing available on and off campus. There’s a chapel on campus and several churches, synagogues, temples, and a mosque nearby. We offer a variety of meal plans that meet most dietary needs, including vegetarian dishes and meals fitting most religious dietary observations. 

PayScale places Florida Tech in the top 6% for return on investment among US colleges. With 95% of students finding employment or attending graduate school within six months of graduation, Florida Tech alumni become visionary engineers, scientists, aviators, innovators, leaders, educators, athletes, and astronauts.

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.



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


Named a 2019–2020 College of Distinction


Recognized among the top 50 Southern universities | Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education


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


#2 Florida university for “Best Return on Investment” | PayScale


Florida Tech is located in sunny Melbourne, Florida, ranked the #1 place 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 downtown, vibrant art scene, surf culture, and proximity to Kennedy Space Center and Orlando area attractions. 

Florida Tech At A Glance

Type of School: Private, fully accredited, coeducational, research-intensive, doctoral-granting university founded in 1958

Size of Campus: 130 acres

Number of Students: 4,881 students on main campus 

Number of Faculty: More than 500 full- and part-time faculty members; 14:1 student-faculty ratio

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: Florida Tech has four academic colleges—the College of Aeronautics, the College of Business, the College of Engineering & Science, and the College of Psychology & Liberal Arts—offering more than 80 undergraduate degree programs, more than 34 undergraduate minors, and several master’s and doctoral degree programs in person, online, and through education centers throughout the Southeast.

Geographic Diversity: Students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries; 27% international

International Student Services: The Office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) provides advisement on F-1, J-1, M-1, and H-1B visa holders and all immigration matters, including enrollment requirements, travel, employment authorization, visa extensions, and more. ISSS also offers cultural programs to help international students adjust to life at Florida Tech, including an international orientation program, a workshop video series, and various events.

International Student Budget: 
• Tuition and Fees: $43,246
• Room and Board: $10,380
• Other: $4,800*
• Total: $58,426 

* Other expenses include health insurance, books, transportation, and miscellaneous personal expenses. 

(Undergraduate tuition in 2020 was $21,173 per semester for Engineering and Science majors and $19,295 per semester for all other programs; graduate tuition varies depending on program.)

Financial Aid: International students are eligible for partial merit scholarships that help offset the total cost of tuition. (The application for admission also acts as a student’s application for academic scholarship awards.)

Test Score Requirements: English proficiency test scores required if not from an English-speaking curriculum

English as a Second Language (ESL) Bridge Program: Designed for international students who don’t meet Florida Tech’s English proficiency requirements, the ESL Bridge Program combines English-language training taught by Florida Tech faculty with coursework that meets degree requirements. All students are full-time students enrolling in at least 12 credit hours per semester. To qualify for the ESL Bridge Program, students must first be accepted to Florida Institute of Technology.

Application Deadlines and Fees: Rolling admission with online application (floridatech.edu/apply) or the Common Application (commonapp.org); no application fee

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 
  • “The university really does an amazing job of keeping everybody involved and, at the same time, inspired. Whether I was in class, in the dorm with my roommate and friends, or just wandering around Melbourne, I really did feel at home.”

    • Tiziano Bernard
      B’15 B.S. aerospace engineering, ’16 M.S flight test engineering, ’18 Ph.D. human-centered design, Italy
  • “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, ’11
      BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering
  • “I’m already taking part in many projects and receiving opportunities I would never have access to if I stayed in Brazil. My experience at Florida Tech has been the most unique opportunity of my life.”

    • Luiz Fernando Leal
      ’20 B.S. aerospace engineering, Brazil