Our Mission

Florida Polytechnic University is the newest member of the State University System of Florida. Established in 2012, Florida Polytechnic University has a mission to educate students emphasizing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in an innovative, technology-rich, and interdisciplinary learning environment. The University collaborates with industry partners to offer students real-world problem-solving, work experience, applied research and business leadership opportunities. Florida Polytechnic prepares students to assume available leadership positions in the dynamic technological landscape in Florida, the nation and the world.

Our Vision

Florida Polytechnic University aspires to be a nationally and internationally recognized institution of higher learning known for preparing students to become leaders and entrepreneurs in high-tech industries.

The student learning experience will focus on practical and applied research, internships with industry partners and hands-on leadership opportunities delivered by distinguished faculty who excel in their fields. Florida Poly graduates will be innovators and problem solvers who will ultimately make the world a better place by advancing development in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

 

 

 

Our History

Florida Polytechnic University is designed to be different so that graduates possess the talent and job-ready skills to stand out from the crowd.

While other universities have centers of innovation, Florida Poly was established on April 20, 2012, as a wholly innovative university dedicated to the principle that innovation occurs when research and creativity are applied to real-world challenges.

Florida’s only public university dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) was created to be both a rigorous academic institution and a powerful resource for high-tech industries.

Our Community: Polk County

Florida Polytechnic University is located along Interstate 4 at the heart of Florida’s High-Tech Corridor in the city of Lakeland, halfway between Tampa and Orlando.

Like its name implies, Lakeland is known for its waterfront neighborhoods and more than 60 miles of biking and walking trails. The city has a vibrant downtown filled with shops, restaurants, parks and performing arts venues. Check out Evolution Records, an indie vinyl seller and live music venue. Hang out with friends or study at Black & Brew Coffee House on Main Street. Get outdoors for a spin at the new Lake Bonny Skate Park. You don’t want to miss out on a visit to Reececliff either for a slice of pie and other homemade foods! Festivals, parades, concerts, a big farmer’s market and food truck rallies are hallmarks of Lakeland culture, as are the giant swans you’ll see gliding on city lakes. They are descendants of swans given to the city by Queen Elizabeth II.

Lakeland also is the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers. In February or March, you can catch a classic outdoor game at Joker Marchant Stadium. The average high in February is a comfortable 73 degrees.

Less than an hour’s drive away in either direction are the metropolitan areas of Tampa and Orlando, home to a combined total of 8.6 million people and more than 11,500 high-tech companies. Both cities draw visitors from around the world to theme parks, beaches, stadiums and entertainment venues. Disney World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, Cocoa Beach and Clearwater Beach are among the options for day trips or weekend getaways. The two cities host a lot of Major League action, too, including the NFL, NBA, NHL and MBL.

We’re Wired to Think Differently

Florida Poly students are not limited to a traditional classroom experience. In collaboration with industry-leading partners, Florida Poly takes an integrated, hands-on and technology-rich approach to higher education that ensures the University and its students stay ahead of evolving technology and industry needs. Because of this, Florida Poly graduates stand apart from the rest, entering the high-tech workforce job-ready with the experience, skills and knowledge to make a difference as doers, innovators and leaders in technology and computer engineering fields.

Florida Poly’s Story

Florida Polytechnic University is the newest member of the Florida State University System.

We are strategically located in Lakeland, FL, on the I-4 high-tech corridor. Our location is essential because we will focus on STEM programs, specifically technology and engineering.

When classes begin in August 2014, there will be two colleges offering six degrees. A complete list of our programs is listed in the Academics section.

Mission Statement: The mission of Florida Polytechnic University is to prepare 21st century learners in advanced fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to become innovative problem-solvers and high-tech professionals through interdisciplinary teaching, leading-edge research, and collaborative local, regional and global partnerships.

Vision Statement: Florida Polytechnic University aspires to be a nationally and internationally recognized institution of higher learning serving the State by preparing students to lead Florida’s high-tech industries. The student learning experience will focus on practical and applied research, internships with industry partners, and hands-on leadership opportunities delivered by distinguished faculty who excel in their fields.