Florida Institute of Technology

213 th
US Rankings 2018
601–800 th
World University Rankings 2018
150 West University Boulevard, Melbourne, Melbourne, Florida, 32901, United States

About Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Institute of Technology is a regionally accredited, coeducational, privately supported, doctoral-granting research university providing a high-quality education in an international environment.

Florida Tech is unique in that it provides the resources of a national research institution as well as the robust, personalized learning experiences of a small college; a combination the university calls “High Tech with a Human Touch.”

Ranked a Tier One Best National University by U.S. News & World Report, it is also the only independent technological university in the Southeastern United States. As such, Florida Tech attracts high-achieving students and top quality professors from all 50 United States and more than 100 countries worldwide.

Times Higher Education recently named Florida Tech in the top 200 universities in the world in the World University Rankings 2013-2014.

Location, campus and climate

Florida Tech’s main campus spans 130 acres. It features a lush botanical garden and over $74 million in new facilities, which include a state-of-the-art dining hall and modern aquatic center.

The campus is located in Melbourne, just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, one hour east of Orlando and a three-hour drive north of Miami. The area is home to the most concentrated high-tech economy in the state and the fourth-largest high-tech workforce in the nation.

Melbourne’s attractive business climate is matched only by its natural resources, including the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Lagoon, which are ideal for scientific study and research.

Orlando tourist attractions and the Kennedy Space Center are within an hour's drive; Miami is only 3 hours south. The climate is generally sunny and temperate; the average daily temperature is 76°F/24°C and severe storms are infrequent.

Size and student body

The on-campus student population comprises more than 3,900 undergraduate and graduate students, of which 69% are male and 31% are female.

Florida Tech’s commitment to serving an international community is strong; approximately 30% of Melbourne campus undergraduates and 49% of campus graduate students come from countries outside of the U.S., including China, India, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, France, Jamaica, Japan, Nigeria, South Korea and Ireland.

Another benefit of studying at Florida Tech is the university’s low student-to-faculty ratio, which allows Florida Tech to keep its average class size low, around 20 students, and enables greater interaction and enhanced learning among students and professors.

Graduate outcomes

95% of new Florida Tech alumni responding to a recent survey report being employed, enrolled in graduate school, serving in the military or pursuing other avenues.

Of those employed, 90% report that they are working in a job that directly relates to their academic field of study. 57% of respondents to the survey report earning starting salaries of more than $50,000 per year.

In 2012, Bloomberg Businessweek named Florida Tech the “Best College for Return on Investment: Florida.”

Safety and security

Florida Institute of Technology is committed to ensuring the safety, security and well being of its faculty, staff and students. As such, the 20+ officers that make up the university’s department of security and safety actively monitor the campus, respond to emergencies and serve the diverse needs of Florida Tech’s international community 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Other features that keep the Florida Tech community safe include:

  • 50 easy-access emergency phones around campus
  • Well-lit parking lots and walkways
  • Electronic key card access residence halls
  • A campus-wide safety alert system
  • As-needed support from City of Melbourne emergency services

Campus incident statistics are available online at www.fit.edu/security.

Accreditation and memberships

Florida Tech is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist and doctoral degrees. The university is approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

Additionally, Florida Tech is a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, the American Council on Education, the College Entrance Examination Board and the American Society for Engineering Education.

The Nathan M. Bisk College of Business’s undergraduate business degrees and its MBA are accredited by IACBE (International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education). IACBE is the leading outcomes-based, professional accreditation agency for business education at universities that have as a primary purpose excellence in teaching and learning.

Scholarships and grants

International students are eligible to receive academic scholarships, grants and assistantships.

Outstanding prospective undergraduate students may be offered merit scholarships at the time of admission; no additional application is required.

Outstanding prospective graduate students will be eligible for research and teaching assistantships.

For priority scholarship and assistantship consideration, prospective international undergraduate and graduate students must apply by 15 January of the year in which they wish to enroll.

Undergraduate programs

College of Aeronautics

  • Aeronautical Science, B.S.
  • Aeronautical Science – Flight, B.S.
  • Aviation Management, B.S.
  • Aviation Management – Flight, B.S.
  • Aviation Meteorology, B.S.
  • Aviation Meteorology – Flight, B.S.

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business

  • Business Administration, B.S.
  • Business Administration – Accounting, B.S.
  • Business Administration – Entrepreneurship, B.S.
  • Business Administration – Global Management and Finance, B.S.
  • Business Administration – Information Technology Management, B.S.
  • Business Administration – Leadership and Social Responsibility, B.S.
  • Business Administration- Marketing, B.S.
  • Business Administration – Sport Management, B.S.
  • Business and Environmental Studies, B.S.
  • Information Systems, B.S.

College of Engineering

  • Aerospace Engineering, B.S.
  • Biomedical Engineering, B.S.
  • Chemical Engineering, B.S.
  • Civil Engineering, B.S.
  • Computer Engineering, B.S.
  • Computer Science, B.S.
  • Construction Management, B.S.
  • Electrical Engineering, B.S.
  • Environmental Science, B.S.
  • General Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering, B.S.
  • Meteorology, B.S.
  • Ocean Engineering, B.S.
  • Oceanography, B.S.
  • Software Engineering, B.S.

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

  • Applied Behavior Analysis, B.S.
  • Forensic Psychology, B.A.
  • General Studies
  • Humanities, B.A.
  • Humanities - Prelaw, B.A.
  • Multiplatform Journalism, B.S.
  • Psychology, B.A.
  • Psychology, B.S.
  • Strategic Communication, B.S.

College of Science

  • Biochemistry, B.S.
  • Biomedical Science, B.S.
  • Biological Sciences - Aquaculture, B.S.
  • Biological Sciences - Conservation Biology & Ecology, B.S.
  • Biological Sciences - General, B.S.
  • Biological Sciences - Marine, B.S.
  • Biological Sciences - Molecular, B.S.
  • Biomathematics, B.S.
  • Chemistry - General, B.S.
  • Chemistry - Premedical Chemistry, B.S.
  • Chemistry - Research Chemistry, B.S.
  • General Science
  • Interdisciplinary Science - Aeronautics, B.S.
  • Interdisciplinary Science - Military Science, B.S.
  • Interdisciplinary Science, B.S.
  • Mathematical Science - Applied Mathematics, B.S.
  • Mathematical Sciences, B.S.
  • Physics, B.S.
  • Physics - Premedical, B.S.
  • Planetary Science, B.S.
  • Space Sciences - Astrobiology, B.S.
  • Space Science - Astronomy & Astrophysics, B.S.
  • STEM Education, B.S.
  • Sustainability Studies, B.S.


  • Accounting
  • Athletics Coaching
  • Aviation Environmental Science
  • Aviation Management
  • Aviation Safety
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Science
  • Flight Technology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • History
  • Human Resources Management (online)
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Meteorology
  • Music
  • Nanoscience/Nanotechnology
  • Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Prelaw
  • Psychology
  • Sustainability
  • Textiles
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems

Graduate programs

College of Aeronautics

  • Airport Development and Management, M.S.A.
  • Applied Aviation Safety, M.S.A.
  • Aviation Human Factors, M.S.
  • Aviation Sciences, Ph.D.
  • Human Factors in Aeronautics Online, M.S.

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business

  • Business Administration, MBA
  • Accounting Emphasis, MBA
  • Healthcare Management, MBA
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship, M.S.

College of Engineering

  • Aerospace Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
  • Biomedical Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
  • Chemical Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
    • Biochemical Engineering
    • Computer-Aided Modeling, Processing and Control
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Materials Synthesis, Processing and Characterization
    • Transportation and Separation Processes
  • Civil Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
    • Construction Management
    • Environmental
    • Geo-Environmental
    • Geotechnical
    • Structures
    • Water Resources
  • Computer Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
  • Computer Information Systems, M.S.
  • Computer Science, M.S., Ph.D.
  • Earth Remote Sensing, M.S.
  • Electrical Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Electromagnetics
    • Photonics
    • Systems and Information Processing
    • Wireless Systems and Technology
  • Engineering Management, M.S.
  • Environmental Resource Management, M.S.
  • Environmental Science, M.S., Ph.D.
  • Flight Testing Engineering, M.S.
  • Human-Centered Design, M.S., Ph.D.
  • Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, M.S.
  • Mechanical Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
    • Automotive Engineering
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Dynamic Systems
    • Robotics & Controls
    • Structures, Solid Mechanics & Materials
    • Thermal-Fluid Sciences
  • Meteorology, M.S.
  • Ocean Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
    • Aquaculture Engineering
    • Coast Engineering & Processes
    • Hydrographic Engineering
    • Materials & Structures
    • Naval Architecture
    • Ocean Energy
    • Ocean Instrumentation
    • Ocean Systems/Underwater Technology
  • Oceanography, M.S., Ph.D.
    • Biological Oceanography
    • Chemical Oceanography
    • Coastal Zone Management
    • Geological Oceanography
    • Physical Oceanography
  • Software Engineering, M.S.
    • Software Testing
  • Systems Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
    • Spacecraft Systems

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

  • Applied Behavior Analysis, M.S.
  • Applied Behavior Analysis and Organizational Behavior Management, M.S.
  • Behavior Analysis, Ph.D.
  • Clinical Psychology, Psy.D.
  • Global Strategic Communication, M.S.
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology, M.S., Ph.D.
  • Organizational Behavior Management, M.S.
  • Professional Behavior Analysis, M.A.

College of Science

  • Applied Mathematics, M.S., Ph.D.
  • Biochemistry, M.S.
  • Biological Sciences, M.S., Ph.D.
    • Biotechnology
    • Cellular & Molecular
    • Ecology
    • Marine Biology
  • Chemistry, M.S., Ph.D.
  • Computer Education, M.S.
  • Conservation Technology, M.S.
  • Education, M.Ed.
  • Elementary Science Education, M.Ed.
  • Environmental Education, M.S.
  • Informal Science Education, M.S.
  • Interdisciplinary Science, M.S.
  • Mathematics Education, M.S., Ed.S., Ph.D.
  • Physics, M.S., Ph.D.
  • Operations Research, M.S., Ph.D.
  • Science Education, M.S., Ed.S., Ph.D.
  • Space Sciences, M.S., Ph.D.
  • Teaching, M.A.

Graduate Certificates

  • Marketing Communication

Explore rankings data for Florida Institute of Technology

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Key statistics

  • 35%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 33 : 67
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 5,343
    Number of Students
  • 14.6
    No. of students per staff
  • $39,290
    Out-of-state Tuition and Fees
  • $13,500
    On-campus Room and Board
  • $54,000
    Salary after 10 years
Based on data collected for the 2018 World University Rankings and 2018 US Rankings