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Florida Polytechnic is the newest member of Florida's State University System. Dedicated exclusively to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Florida Poly blends experiential learning with industry partnerships to give students an academically rigorous education with real-world relevance. The campus, located in Lakeland, Florida, is still under construction. Classes begin in August of 2014.
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High-tech degrees that lead to high-paying careers
Big Data Analytics is the discipline of applying advanced analytic techniques to data sets of extreme size, diversity, and complexity. With the advent of social media and the digitization of every type of information imaginable, the presence of Big Data throughout industry is growing exponentially. Gathering, managing and understanding the data helps organizations drive innovation by gaining new insights and decision making capability regarding supply, demand, and externalities. Advanced technology now allows organizations to extract profitable information from previously unstructured data sources such as blogs, Tweets, images, and audio. The Big Data Analytics program in the Advanced Technology Department will give you the ability to design systems that manipulate and analyze Big Data in near real time, bringing the world to your fingertips.
Cloud virtualization is a powerful new field in information technology that is creating a major paradigm shift across all industries. By providing users with on-demand access to a pool of IT services on "the cloud," virtualization allows organizations to dramatically reduce computing costs while optimizing performance. The global transition to cloud computing requires specially trained cloud architects, software engineers, systems administrators, service developers, analysts, and sales professionals. The Cloud Virtualization program in the Advanced Technology Department provides hands-on programming experience and instruction on multiple platforms to equip you with the skills to lead in the new era of cloud computing.
Health informatics is a fast-growing discipline that combines healthcare management and information science to improve patient care. Acquiring and analyzing health and biomedical data aids in preventing medical errors, tracking disease, evaluating the quality of hospitals, and expediting clinical research. The Health Informatics program in the Advanced Technology Department offers a dynamic, interdisciplinary course of study with hands-on instruction from industry experts to prepare you for a career in improving human health.
Cyber Gaming is an interdisciplinary concentration that applies the rigor of computer science to the creative challenges of game development. With a core curriculum in computing, mathematics, and science, students will combine advanced technical skills with training in the visual arts to develop innovations in digital gaming. The Cyber Gaming program in the Computer Science and Information Technology Department prepares you not only for careers in the $70 billion professional games industry, but also for related fields such as healthcare simulation, scientific visualization, and other computing professions.
Information Assurance and Cyber Security is the profession of keeping digital information safe from cyber crime, espionage, and terrorism. Cyber security experts are in high demand to protect institutional data from attack, keep sensitive data confidential, and set systems protocols that comply with policies and regulations. In the Information Assurance and Cyber Security program in the Computer Science and Information Technology Department, you will design systems and strategies for safeguarding information and gain real world experience in preventing attacks to prepare you for a career as a sought-after cyber security professional.
Logistics focuses on the transportation and storage of goods to ensure their timely delivery to the consumer. Logistics professionals possess expertise in fleet management, warehousing, transportation economics, international trade, and communications. To meet the growing needs of major global industries, the Logistics program in the Science Department will train you to combine data-driven analysis with business know-how so that you can always deliver.
Supply chain management covers all aspects of the life cycle of raw materials as they are converted into finished goods and delivered to the consumer. Supply chain managers and engineers oversee the sourcing, production, procurement, storage, and delivery of materials and goods, always striving to conserve energy and commodities for maximum efficiency. The Materials and Supply Chain program in the Science Department will give you hands-on experience in analyzing supply chain efficiency across industries, developing systems integration technology, and working side-by-side with business leaders to ensure that no matter the challenge, you can always meet demand.
Digital Logic Design is the design of circuits and systems that form the base of all electronics. A combined discipline of electrical and computer engineering, digital logic design is used to develop intricate hardware, such as circuit boards and microchips, for computers, navigational systems, cell phones, robotics, and other high-tech systems. The Digital Logic Design program in the Computer Engineering Department will give you a strong foundation in logic principles, practical experience in programming digital circuits, and hands-on training in electrical component integration for a high-powered career in high tech.
Embedded systems are designed to handle a particular task within a larger mechanical or electrical system. The field of embedded systems design unifies hardware and software development and spans microprocessor-based control systems, system-on-chip (SoC) design, and device software. Today's embedded systems are everywhere: hybrid vehicles, airplanes, medical equipment, traffic lights, factory controllers, videogame consoles, and digital cameras. The Embedded Systems Design program in the Computer Engineering Department will give you hands-on training in programming and analyzing embedded devices, using design automation tools, and experimenting with the latest embedded technologies.
Machine Intelligence is a branch of computer engineering that applies methods of computation to replicate, and sometimes surpass, human intellectual functions. The field seeks to advance machine learning, reasoning, and self-correction, as well as the abilities of machines to perceive, move, manipulate and communicate. The Machine Intelligence program in the Computer Engineering Department will give you a foundation in programming strategies for machine learning and pattern recognition, as well as the opportunity to design your own intelligent machines, to prepare you for a career in building the stuff of science fiction.
Control Systems engineering seeks to analyze physical systems -- mechanical, electrical, fluidic, chemical, financial and even biological -- and design ways to control them. From prototyping a new spacecraft guidance system, to engineering more efficient fuel injection in cars, to designing multi-legged robots for combat, control systems engineers play a critical role in technological innovation. In the Control Systems program within the Electrical Engineering Department, you will acquire the engineering methods and analytic tools needed to design solutions for complex technical challenges in the world of control.
Digital & Hybrid Systems focuses on integrating digital mechanisms to achieve greater interoperability, compatibility, transferability, and scalability in devices. They are the basis of how all technology and information becomes accessible and usable. Digital & hybrid systems engineers combine components to provide newer, faster, and more reliable technology to military, avionics, security, marine and other industries. The Digital & Hybrid Systems program in the Electrical Engineering Department provides you with a strong foundation in the principles of digital & hybrid systems and circuits, as well as hands-on training in industry-standard tools for designing the digital & hybrid systems that are essential to all technologies in use today.
Electrodynamics is a branch of physics that studies moving electric charges and their interaction with magnetic and electric fields. Rooted in classic and quantum physics, electrodynamic engineering focuses on developing advanced technology used in space exploration, energy conservation, proton acceleration, and a myriad of other applications. The Electrodynamics program in the Electrical Engineering Department will give you a strong scientific foundation in the theory and problems of electrodynamics, as well as hands-on experience in designing new, exciting electrodynamic technologies.
Magnetics is the study of the magnetic structure within highly permeable, thin strips of alloy for the purposes of applied engineering. Magnetic materials play a critical role in a wide range of industries: automotive, security, medical, IT, and aerospace applications are just a few ways in which magnetics is driving innovation. The Magnetics program in the Electrical Engineering Department at both the graduate and undergraduate levels includes hands-on experimentation and the practical design of magnetic components to give you a cutting-edge advantage in this exciting field.
Semiconductor devices are solid state devices that exploit the properties of semiconductor materials to improve electronic technology. Semiconductor device engineers can manipulate semiconductor materials to build transistors, capacitors, wires, light-emitting diodes and semiconductor lasers -- all of which are integrated into computer chips. The Semiconductors program in the Electrical Engineering Department will give you a comprehensive foundation in device physics and electrical engineering, as well as hands-on experiments in fabricating and prototyping your own applications for these small but powerful components that we all depend on.
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) is the standardized method used for communicating part requirements on engineering drawings and 3-D CAD models. GD&T uses its own notation to define allowable variations in the form, size and position of parts in assemblies. GD&T is used on a daily basis by a variety of professionals, including tool designers, mechanical engineers, technical inspectors, and engineering managers. The Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing program in the Industrial Engineering Department will give you a firm foundation in geometric systems, advanced practice in calculating tolerances, and hands-on training in international standards and real world applications for this essential skill set.
Motion Intelligence is a multi-disciplinary field of study that seeks to improve the flow of motion in various environments: large-city traffic, airports, hospitals, public transportation, shipping, banks, universities, and media. Advances in logistics and supply chain management, manufacturing, public transportation, communications, and high-performance computing have created a new opportunity for engineers and planners to work together. The Motion Intelligence program in the Industrial Engineering Department combines information technology, applied engineering, and social sciences to provide you with the diverse technical skills, entrepreneurial abilities, and global viewpoint required to manage the governing forces that move within the marketplace.
Nanotechnology is a revolutionary field incorporating engineering, chemistry, physics, materials science, biology, and a growing number of other disciplines. Literally, the "science of the small," nanoscience focuses on manipulating matter at the level of atoms, molecules, and supramolecular structures to address challenges ranging from medicine to manufacturing. The Nanotechnology program in the Industrial Engineering Department will train you in the use of specialized instruments, fabrication processes, and advanced analysis methods to create smarter materials and devices with unlimited applications.
Multifunctional material design is the science of engineering composite materials with new and unique capabilities. Traditional materials that provide high stiffness and strength, for instance, can be modified at the nanoscale to take on other properties such as energy absorption, self-healing, and even shape morphing. The design of new "smart" materials and systems has major implications for the defense, aerospace, energy, and semiconductor industries. The Multifunctional Materials program in the Industrial Engineering Department will give you a strong foundation in the fabrication, characterization, modeling and prototyping of multifunctional materials and other smart systems that improve safety, efficiency, and versatility.
Find your "next" at Florida Poly, and we'll help you cover the cost of your education. Seriously.
We won't pay for your takeout, but we offer scholarships to pay for tuition and fees. You'll graduate with a degree that pays, ready to make your mark on a number of rapidly expanding industries.
Full Time Tuition and Fees*
*Reflects : undergraduate tuition – 30 credit hours; graduate tuition – 24 credit hours.
**Other expenses – includes transportation and miscellaneous personal expenses (such as; laundry, toiletries, healthcare, clothing, entertainment, etc.).
August 26, 2013
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The State University System of Florida Board of Governors (BOG) unanimously approved Florida Polytechnic University’s…
Innovative thinking requires an innovative space. Florida Poly's state-of-the-art campus was built from the ground-up to foster technology-rich, interdisciplinary learning.
Check out world-class exhibits at the Polk Museum of Art, hit the shops at Lakeside Village or pull up to the Silver Moon drive-in for an old-school night out. And whether you're looking for down-home barbecue or a waterfront wine bar, Lakeland delivers.
You can always find something to do downtown, from farmers markets to food truck rallies. Our free shuttle service to and from campus will get you there quickly and easily.
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Why settle for a campus when you can have a whole city? Florida Poly is located in Lakeland, FL, a vibrant community with a wide variety of things to eat, see and do.
If the outdoors is your thing, try biking the 29-mile Van Fleet trail or hiking among wildlife at Circle B Bar Reserve. Watersports almost go without saying. We have 554 lakes in Polk County and a boatload of ways to enjoy them, from kayaking in Lake Tenoroc to paddleboarding through the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes.
Visiting the beaches on either coast is another great way to make the most of the Sunshine State. And if you hear the big city (or your favorite theme park) calling, we're less than an hour drive from Tampa and Orlando.
My name is Cameron Newton and I'm a UCF grad with a degree in History. I'm the admissions counselor for all of the counties from St. Lucie to Nassau, including Osceola and Orange. It's been an amazing experience having a hand in establishing a new university. I'm really looking forward to helping students that have a desire to have a challenging, hands-on and affordable STEM-focused state school option.
My name is Lauren Willison and I was born in Fort Myers, FL. I graduated in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. I'm the admissions counselor for any counties in Central Florida and the Panhandle. It's so important for students to choose a college that's the right fit for them, which is why I wanted to be an Admissions Counselor for Florida Poly.
My name is Rachel Gordon and I am the admissions counselor for Hendry, Collier, Monroe, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. I'm from New Jersey and studied Communications at Texas A&M. I can't wait to get on the road, meet students, and share all of the exciting opportunities coming up at Florida Poly!
My name is Richard Truncale and I'm from Franklin Square, New York. I graduated from Saint Leo with a degree in Sport Business. I'm the admissions counselor for Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Sumter counties. I love my job as an Admissions Counselor because of the opportunity to develop a new university and set the foundation for students to have a successful future as a Florida Poly graduate.
My name is Ryan Sullivan and I'm working exclusively with transfer students, whose needs and concerns are often much different than those of a first-time freshman. I have plans over the next two months to visit each of the area's state college campuses. Local students should also note that I'll have office hours at Polk State's Lakeland campus every Tuesday and Thursday from 8am-2pm in LTB 1144 - stop in anytime!
Florida Polytechnic University's mission is 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.
Florida Polytechnic University is a new educational institution dedicated to the principle "that innovation occurs when research and creativity are applied to real‐world challenges and opportunities". It is Florida Poly's contention that a university that is focused on innovation, building close partnerships with businesses and industry will be more than an academic institution: it will be a powerful economic engine.
Florida Poly will have a unique curriculum and will provide a special university experience that shapes generations of students. Students will think innovatively in a tremendously focused environment. The university will provide its graduates with a competitive advantage over their peers with knowledge, high‐demand skills and the insights that come from working to solve real‐world challenges.
Demand for workers educated in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is well known. And yet, existing universities are unable to meet this market demand. In fact, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has concluded that over the next decade the United States economy will need one million more STEM professionals than American colleges and universities will produce at their current rate.
The issue, however, is not simply the number of STEM classes and STEM‐related degrees being offered. The issue is not having applied STEM, i.e. innovation. Study after study shows that the United States is falling behind its global competition. Schools that offer STEM‐related courses within the context of larger universities are not addressing the market needs. It is Florida Poly's position that there is significant difference from having an "innovation center" as part of a university and having an "innovative university." Florida Poly believes that its concept of an innovation university will set it apart.
Yes. We are funded by the state of Florida and enjoy strong community support from our foundation, as well as groups like Florida Poly Vision. Go to flpo.ly/b12 to join our booster club.
Yes. We're in great company and enjoy support and funding from the Governor's office and the State.
Yes. We will offer scholarships as well as state aid for Florida residents who qualify.
We'll be giving our first class annual scholarships to help offset the cost of tuition. Students will receive $5000 for the first three years, which covers tuition and fees. During the fourth year, students will receive $3200 to cover tuition. Full-time graduate students will receive a $9,300 scholarship per year for the first two years the University is open.
Classes will begin in August 2014.
Florida Polytechnic University receives thousands of applications each year. Therefore, admission to the University is a competitive process. The academic profile of the average freshman accepted in 2014 was: 3.9 GPA; 26 ACT composite; 1800 SAT total
In addition to the academic profile, a variety of other factors are also considered in the review process. These include the rigor and quality of courses and curriculum, grade trends, class rank, strength of senior schedule in academic subjects and senior year math and science level. Satisfying minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants who bring other important attributes to the University community may also receive consideration.
*If you are/were homeschooled, please complete this form and return it to the Admissions Office via mail at 4700 Research Way Lakeland, FL 33805.
We've tried to make applying to Florida Poly as streamlined as possible. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at 863-583-9050.
No, Florida Polytechnic is not accredited. However, the institution plans to apply for regional accreditation at the earliest time possible.
Regional accrediting agencies do not permit institutions to make predictions about accreditation dates. Florida Polytechnic University plans to apply for regional accreditation at the earliest opportunity. It’s not unusual for accrediting agencies to require universities seeking accreditation to graduate a class first, so graduating its first class is a top priority for Florida Polytechnic University.
Yes. For instance, the Southern Association on Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC, which is the regional body that grants accreditation in Southern states) has the following policy: Once the Commission grants an institution initial accreditation it is retroactive to January 1 of the year in which accreditation is granted.
Florida Polytechnic partners with industry-leading firms that emphasize advanced technologies to ensure its curriculum prepares students for the dynamic and rapidly evolving high-tech workforce. Our list of industry partners includes high-tech giants such as Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Bright House Networks and Harris Corp. But preparing students for successful technology careers starts long before graduation at Florida Polytechnic. We provide a hands-on approach to STEM learning that immerses students in their majors as soon as they start as freshmen. This allows them to gain experience in their fields much more quickly than they would at most other universities.
The short answer is, in most cases, yes. Be aware that there are varying Bright Futures and Florida Prepaid plans. If a plan allows for housing and meals to be covered, they can be applied to those costs. The Florida Polytechnic inaugural scholarships can be used only for tuition and fees.
Only schools certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program are authorized to accept international students. Florida Polytechnic University will apply for certification in the fall of 2014. Once approved Florida Polytechnic plans begin to admitting international students.
Yes, we will accept both IB and AP credit. The criteria for receiving Florida Poly credit is listed below.
A maximum of 30 semester hours may be granted by combining AP and IB credit.
Yes, credit will be granted for satisfactory scores on the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) program.
Students applying to Florida Poly are required to have earned two high school courses in one foreign language or American Sign Language. Otherwise, they must successfully complete 8-10 semester credit hours at the postsecondary level or document an equivalent level of proficiency.
True to polytechnic philosophy, the university offers hands-on, challenging, small classes, as well as unique capstone and internship opportunities, taught by exceptional scholars. Therefore, at this time, the University does not have a separate honors program.
Florida Poly will grant three degrees of distinction to graduating undergraduate students.
Students must have the following GPA on all courses taken at Florida Poly before beginning the semester after accumulating 60 credits.
In addition, each dean has the option to select, on the basis of exceptional achievement, 1% of the college's graduates or one student per semester to graduate with distinction.
Transfer students must have the above overall grade point average on all work attempted, including transfer credits (excluding vocational and physical education courses). Additionally, undergraduate transfer students must complete at least 40 semester credit hours of graded upper-level work at Florida Poly. Transfer credit cannot raise a student's Florida Poly GPA.
Students will be immersed in their chosen field of study beginning in their freshman year. Sophomore year will include laboratory experiences that focus on programmatic foundations.
Yes. In your junior year, you will participate in Capstone research courses where teams of students design, build and test a solution to a real industry problem. The internships and projects that you complete in your senior year will demonstrate proficiency in all previous courses.
Four years for beginning freshmen and two years for transfer students.
Plans are in place to have a program for hiring students workers. In fact, our Admissions Office has begun working with future students to put a program in place. Florida Polytechnic students also will have internship opportunities with our industry partners.
Florida Polytechnic just launched our new website, which includes profile pages and biographies for each of our faculty members and key staff members. We expect to have our course catalog on the website by April. In the meantime, you can view a list of degree programs and concentrations in the Academics section of FloridaPolytechnic.org.
We are expecting an average of 20 students per class.
Florida Polytechnic works closely with industry-leading firms to ensure that our curriculum matches industry need and prepares students for the high-tech workforce. Our industry partners will help to provide students with an integrated learning experience by participating in joint teaching and research efforts and by providing internship opportunities relevant to Florida Polytechnic’s unique curriculum.
Yes, there are general education courses and prerequisites that are foundational courses every student must complete. But, unlike many other universities, Florida Poly students will be immersed in their majors and taking major-specific courses as soon as they begin.
The average academic scores of admitted Florida Polytechnic students are: 1800 SAT, 26 ACT, and 3.9 GPA.
Your GPA is recalculated based on the academic core courses (including English, math, science, social studies and foreign language). Florida Poly uses a 4.0 grading scale, and also awards additional quality points for any weighted courses within the academic core. Courses marked as Pre-AP, Pre-IB, Pre-AICE, and Honors are given an additional .5 quality point.
Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced International Certification of Education (AICE), and Dual Enrollment (DE) courses are given 1 additional quality point.
We think that students should be the brains behind student life, so we're letting our incoming class decide. Upon acceptance, you'll be invited to join our community online and decide what's next for your new university.
Florida Poly students may, with prior approval, attend many faculty-led abroad programs offered by other institutions and organizations. They may also, with prior approval, receive transfer credit towards their Florida Poly degrees.
Yes. A university-wide recreational sports program is currently in the works. We know that fitness and fun are necessary to achieve a healthy balance in your education and your life.
We know that everyone has different schedules, tastes, and nutritional needs, so we'll be offering a wide variety of dining options. Campus dining will include an "all you care to eat" cafeteria and several on-campus restaurants, as well as a convenience store. We'll also have beverage and snack vending machines throughout campus.
We will be providing conveniently located, off-campus living facilities, as well as a shuttle to bring students back and forth from campus.
Students who don't wish to drive on I-4 can get to Florida Poly using the Polk Parkway. It's a toll road, but automated Sun Passes are readily available and very convenient. The university is located directly off of the Exit 23 (Pace Road).
We'll be hooking into a community-wide bus service through the Polk Transit Authority - Citrus Connection, in addition to offering a private shuttle service between Florida Poly and University-sponsored "off campus" housing sites.
Yes, we have a freshman residency requirement. Freshmen who live beyond a 30-mile radius of campus are required to live in the Residence Hall. Housing costs range from $3,715 to $4,050 per fall or spring semester, depending on the options of your suite (e.g., shared or private room, shared or private bath).
Yes. There will be on-campus food services when classes start in August 2014. We will have meal plans, too. The costs have not yet been finalized.
The Student Affairs Office will assist our students in establishing campus clubs and organizations for the student body. Students will have the opportunity to submit proposals for organized activities, clubs, organizations, academic societies and so much more. But we want you, as part of our inaugural class, to take the lead in creating the foundation for them.
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