“The best part about Florida Tech is the opportunities that are near campus. Tons of different aerospace companies are in the area including NASA, Northrop, Grumman and Harris.” – Zachary Gurdon-Cobham, Aerospace Engineering ’18 Barbados
Set on a stunning 130-acre campus on Florida’s sun-streaked Atlantic Coast, Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) is a national, doctoral-granting research university that embodies a friendly place for students to live and learn. Founded in 1958 as a training ground for young professionals looking to work in what is now known as the Kennedy Space Center, Florida Tech provides rigorous degree programs in an enriched technological environment.
“Florida Institute of Technology has become known worldwide as a premier technological university with a sincere interest in each and every student who attends,” says Dr. Dwayne McCay, the college’s president.
“The university grew out of the U.S. space program and continues to emphasize mankind’s thirst for discovery and knowledge,” he adds. “Since its founding in 1958, more than 44,000 students have earned degrees at Florida Tech.”
Named one of the nation’s Top 20 small universities in the Times Higher Education 2016-17 rankings, Florida Tech never fails to impress with the diversity of its international student population relative to its size. In fact, almost 30 percent of the university’s undergraduate body and almost 50 percent of postgraduates originate from regions outside the U.S., and represent more than 100 countries.
As a testament to the institution’s increasingly global community, Florida Tech has been honoured with the title of the top national university for fostering an outstanding international student experience by the respected U.S. News and World Report.
Recognised as one of the most friendly and inclusive colleges for students around the world, students can really make the most of Florida Tech’s campus, where the climate is almost always sunny and temperate. Being just a 10-minute drive from the beach where students can swim, surf, boat, dive and fish at their leisure, means there’s never a dull moment outside of the campus walls – but the best thing is that often students don’t want to leave, since the school’s stunning campus comes complete with gardens, athletic facilities, exceptional libraries, accessible research labs and state-of-the-art residence halls.
Home to a wealth of exciting companies and the fourth-largest high-tech workforce in the country, the university’s Melbourne backdrop presents all students with unrivalled internship and employment opportunities in some of the world’s most competitive industries. With internationally-respected degrees offered by its College of Aeronautics, Business, Engineering, Psychology & Liberal Arts, and Science, along with its School of Computing and its School of Human-Cenered Design, Innovation and Art, Florida Tech provides world-leading academics that prepare students to thrive in their future careers.
With a host of academic portfolios that instil them among the top researchers in their fields, Florida Tech’s experienced, full-time faculty members are frequently developing and updating their programs to reflect the ever-changing needs of industry. The university’s impressive 9:1 student-teacher ratio means classes are detailed and tight-knit, allowing students to receive an unparalleled level of one-to-one interaction. Not only does this mean they get to know teachers on a direct, personal level, it also means teachers are on-hand to help pave the way to a successful professional career from the moment they walk through the doors.
“I love studying aerospace engineering at Florida Tech because a lot of the professors I work with have done tons of work with satellites and space shuttles, and that’s what I’m interested in,” says Babacar Dilindi, an aerospace engineering student originally from France. “It’s easier to relate to them when we have common interests,” he concludes.
Florida Tech offers students all over the world the chance to study in the U.S. – a region that has earned a reputation for possessing the most esteemed curriculum in the higher education sphere – in a truly unique and global environment. On top of this, Florida Tech is among the nation’s Top 10 affordable engineering universities, according to the Dhaka Tribune, meaning students can access its sterling academics without breaking the bank.
In addition to this, and arguably one of Florida Tech’s major pulling factors for students from all walks of life, the 2015 College Salary Report published by PayScale.com ranked Florida Tech graduates’ mid-career median salaries in first place among Florida universities, as well as among the best in the United States. Twenty years after graduation, return on investment for graduates is US$559,100, making the Florida Tech experience much more than an education, but a route to professional success.
“The university has been built by dedicated, expert faculty and offers the ultimate learning experience available through individual attention in both the classroom and research laboratories,” Dr. McCay concludes. “We are well positioned as a national research university to prepare our future alumni as capable and motivated citizens of the world, solving global problems and improving the quality of life for all.”
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