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Florida Institute of Technology: Narrative Description


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Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1958. Setting: 130-acre small town campus with easy access to Orlando. Endowment: $35.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $8.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,327 per student. Total enrollment: 4,683. Faculty: 261 (204 full-time, 57 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 2,481 applied, 82% were admitted. 30% from top 10% of their high school class, 65% from top quarter, 92% from top half. 2 National Merit Scholars, 7 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,224 students, 32% women, 68% men. Part-time: 95 students, 21% women, 79% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 84 other countries, 61% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 4% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 17% international, 5% 25 or older, 52% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 79% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; trade and industry; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 2.8 high school GPA, interview. Required for some: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $29,950 includes full-time tuition ($23,730) and college room and board ($6220). College room only: $3350. Full-time tuition varies according to course load and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $730 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 110 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 15% of eligible men and 16% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Squamish, Muslim Student Association, Phi Eta Sigma, Chinese Student Scholars Association. Major annual events: Homecoming, Halloween celebration. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, self-defense education. 1,347 college housing spaces available; 1,163 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Evans Library with 281,809 books, 309,613 microform titles, 6,079 serials, 5,546 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.9 million. 400 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Florida Tech is located in the city of Melbourne, Brevard County, on Florida's space coast, approximately 30 miles south of Spaceport, 60 miles east of Orlando and 170 miles north of Miami. It is 5 minutes from the Melbourne International Airport, which is host to 2 major airlines. Recreation includes public swimming pools, golf courses, a tourist club with facilities for a number of sports, a harbor, and a yacht basin. Fresh and salt water fishing are available.

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