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Florida Poly At A Glance

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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Advanced Technology Degree with Concentration in Big Data Analytics

Big Data Analytics

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.

Advanced Technology Degree with Concentration in Cloud Virtualization

Cloud Virtualization

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.

Advanced Technology Degree with Concentration in Health Informatics

Health Informatics

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.

Computer Science & Information Technology Degree with Concentration in Cyber Gaming

Cyber Gaming

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.

Computer Science & Information Technology Degree with Concentration in Information Assurance & Cyber Security

Information Assurance & Cyber Security

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.

Science Degree with Concentration in Logistics

Logisitics

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.

Science Degree with Concentration in Materials & Supply Chain

Materials & Supply Chain

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.

Benefits to Florida's Economy

  • 90 percent, or $452 billion, of all Florida exports come from manufacturing.
  • The ELMO project (Enforcement Link to Mobile Operations), introduced at PortMiami in January 2012, helped PortMiami record some of the fastest inspection turnaround times in the nation.
  • PortMiami is set to double cargo traffic in 2015 and bring 33,000 new jobs to the region, including technology jobs to manage the uptick in cargo.
Computer Engineering Degree with Concentration in Digital Logic Design

Digital Logic Design

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.

Computer Engineering Degree with Concentration in Embedded System Design

Embedded System Design

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.

Computer Engineering Degree with Concentration in Machine Intelligence

Machine Intelligence

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.

Benefits to Florida's Economy

  • The National Science Foundation has awarded more than $12 million to Florida institutions for Information & Intelligent Systems research.
  • A KPMG survey of tech companies showed that artificial intelligence technology drove at least 10% of sector revenue in 2012.
Electrical Engineering Degree with Concentration in Control Systems

Control Systems

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.

Electrical Engineering Degree with Concentration in Digital & Hybrid Systems

Digital & Hybrid Systems

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.

Electrical Engineering Degree with Concentration in Electrodynamics

Electrodynamics

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.

Electrical Engineering Degree with Concentration in Magnetics

Magnetics

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.

Electrical Engineering Degree with Concentration in Semiconductors

Semiconductors

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.

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Degree with Concentration in Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

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.

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Degree with Concentration in Motion Intelligence

Motion Intelligence

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.

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Degree with Concentration in Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology

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.

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Degree with Concentration in Multifunctional Materials

Multifunctional Materials

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.

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Tuition

Minimum Risk, Maximum Reward.

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.

Did you know?

Our cost of attendance is among the lowest in Florida's State University System.

Full Time Tuition and Fees*

$4,940

$21,005

$8,506

$19,998

$4,940

$21,005

$8,506

$19,998

Housing/Meals

$11,800

$11,800

$11,800

$11,800

$3,900

$3,900

$3,900

$3,900

Books/Supplies

$1,200

$1,200/p>

$1,200

$1,200

$1,200

$1,200

$1,200

$1,200

Other Expenses**

$4,000

$4,000

$4,000

$4,000

$4,000

$4,000

$4,000

$4,000

Insurance

$2,173

$2,173

Total

$21,940

$38,005

$25,506

$36,998

$14,040

$30,105

$17,606

$29,098

*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.).

Campus

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.

Campus Fly-over

Video of Architectural Renderings of the Florida Polytechnic University Campus

My first aim is to make an inspirational environment for the students, the professors and everyone working here. I want them to feel that the day, the building and the world are full of opportunities.

Santiago Calatrava Architect

How To Visit

City Living

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.

Directions to Florida Polytechnic University

Lots to do on and off campus

It’s impossible to be bored at Florida Poly, which offers students activities most every night of the week, whether you’re in to anime or Xbox, homegrown music or casual meetups. There’s no need to settle for campus-only activities either, as Florida Poly offers free shuttle service to and from downtown 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.

Part of the Florida High Tech Corridor, which is home to an estimated 11,580 high-tech companies. Less than an hour from two international airports.

Close Proximity to Landmarks in Miles

Where to stay?

Hotels near campus
  • 0 Florida Poly
  • 12 Downtown Lakeland
  • 31 Disney World
  • 44 Ybor City, Busch Gardens, Orlando
  • 50 Hyde Park, Winter Park
  • 75 St. Pete Beach
  • 94 Cocoa Beach
  • 250 Miami

Meet the Admissions Counselors

Meet Cameron Newton

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.

Meet Lauren Willison

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.

Meet Rachel Gordon

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!

Meet Richard Truncale

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.

Meet Ryan Sullivan

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!

FAQ

What is Florida Poly's 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.

What is the university's vision?

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.

What separates Florida Poly from other tech schools?

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.

As a start-up university, does Florida Poly have the investment and support to be sustainable?

Yes. We are funded by the state of Florida and enjoy strong support from our community and foundation.

Are you part of Florida's State University System?

Yes. We're in great company and enjoy support and funding from the Governor's office and the State.

When will classes begin?

Classes will begin in August 2014. The university academic calendar is located in the Student Handbook.

Is Florida Polytechnic University accredited?

No, Florida Polytechnic is not accredited. However, the institution plans to apply for regional accreditation at the earliest time possible.

When will Florida Polytechnic University be accredited?

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.

Is accreditation retroactive?

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.

Can Florida Polytechnic really offer me help and assistance starting my career after graduation? What connections does Florida Poly, a new institution, have?

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.

Will there be academic support services available?

Yes! The university will provide various services to assist with academic and career concerns, including a dedicated Academic Success Center.

What are the admissions requirements?

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.

What steps should I take to apply?

  1. Fill out and submit the online undergraduate application.
  2. Send in your official transcripts. * These must be sent directly from your high school or college in a sealed envelope or electronically. (Yes, we give credit for AP/IB/AICE/CLEP scores.) Here's our address:
    Florida Polytechnic University
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    4700 Research Way
    Lakeland, FL 33805-8531
    • Official transcripts can also be requested electronically through your high school/college registrar office or requested yourself through Parchment Exchange at the website here. Electronic submission is preferred.
  3. Submit a Letter of Recommendation from a guidance counselor or teacher.
  4. **Submit your official SAT or ACT scores. These must be sent directly from the testing institution to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Copies are not official documents. Please note that if you submit more than one SAT or ACT score, we'll combine the highest score from each section into a "super score." Here are the school codes for both exams:
    SAT - 7303
    ACT - 2869

*If you are/were homeschooled, please complete this form and return it to the Admissions Office via mail at the above Office of Undergraduate Admissions address.

** For transfer students, submit all of the above information. If an associate’s degree or higher was earned at the time of application, ACT/SAT scores are not required for admissions consideration. If a degree has not been earned at time of application submission, ACT/SAT test scores are required for admissions consideration.

We've tried to make applying to Florida Poly as streamlined as possible. If you have any questions, please email admissions@flpoly.org or call our office at 800-585-POLY (7659).

When should I apply?

The sooner, the better. We are a rolling admissions school and will review applications as the required documents are submitted to the university. Applications open July 1st. The Early Application Deadline is November 1st. The Priority Application Deadline is January 1st. The Final Application Deadline is May 1st, however we strongly recommend applications are submitted and completed well before this final deadline. Spring applications are also accepted. Deadline for the Spring undergraduate application is November 1st.

Do you offer graduate degree programs?

Yes! For graduate applicants seeking a master’s degree, visit: the graduate application page. Graduate admissions application information and academic information is located in the Graduate Admissions section.

Do you accept secondary (high school) or university transcripts from international schools?

Yes, we do accept transcripts from international schools. We require transcripts that are translated into English and evaluated for US credit equivalency if the school uses a different grading system and/or if they are not already in English. You can use either Academic Evaluation Services (AES), World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc to perform the necessary official evaluation and translation.* All costs to perform these services are the responsibility of the student, and official sealed copies must be submitted.

*If you are submitting international secondary school (high school equivalent) transcripts, you must submit a document-by-document evaluation with a GPA calculation. Post-secondary/university school transcript submissions must have a course-by-course evaluation completed.

Will you accept IB and AP credit?

Yes, we will accept both IB and AP credit. The criteria for receiving Florida Poly credit is listed below.

  • AP credit: Scores of 3 or higher on approved AP examinations
  • IB diploma holders: Up to 30 semester hours of credit for score of 4 or higher on both higher level and subsidiary level examinations.

Will you accept AICE credit?

Yes, credit will be granted for satisfactory scores on the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) program.

How many AP/IB/AICE/College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test credits can be transferred in?

A maximum of 45 semester hours may be granted by combining AP/IB/CLEP/AICE test credit.

Will Florida Poly have a language requirement?

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.

How is my high school GPA calculated for admission?

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.

What is the Residency Classification Application? When should I submit it?

By default, every student is considered an out-of-state resident for tuition purposes. This means tuition is billed at the out-of-state rate. The state of Florida requires documentation to prove a student is a resident of the state of Florida and therefore can receive reduced in-state tuition rates. The Residency Classification Application should not be submitted and will not be accepted until after the tuition deposit is received on behalf of an admitted student.

Does Florida Polytechnic University admit international students?

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.

Will Florida Poly offer financial aid?

Yes. We will offer scholarships as well as state aid for Florida residents who qualify. Please see the financial aid website or contact your admissions counselor.

Does Florida Poly offer scholarships or free tuition incentives?

We'll be giving our inaugural 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. The university has not yet decided on a scholarship plan for subsequent classes.

Can I use my Bright Futures or Florida Prepaid benefits at Florida Poly? Can I use those plans and still be eligible for the inaugural-class scholarship?

If the beneficiary of an existing Florida Prepaid Contract is attending Florida Polytechnic University as a student, the University will provide that student with waivers or scholarships to the extent necessary to cover those fees or expenses that would have been paid for under the student’s Florida Prepaid Plan(s) until such time as Florida Prepaid can pay Contract benefits to Florida Polytechnic University. For further information on the waivers or scholarships, please contact Florida Polytechnic University. For further information about waivers or scholarships, please contact Florida Polytechnic University’s financial aid office at 800-585-POLY (7659), Option 2 or your admissions counselor.

Additional information on Bright Futures is available at the financial aid website.

Can I use federal financial aid such as the Pell Grant or Stafford Loan?

At this time, we cannot participate in federal student loan or grant programs, also known as Title IV funding. Please see the statement on federal student aid here.

Can I use my military veteran benefits such as the federal Post-9/11 G.I. Bill?

At this time, the university is not able to accept federal benefits. However, we do offer in-state tuition rates for military veterans through the Florida G.I. Bill program. In combination with other institutional aid and scholarships, we strive to make the costs of college as affordable as possible without relying on loans. For further information, please contact financialaid@flpoly.org or 800-585-POLY (7659), Option 2.

Does Florida Poly have an honors program?

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.

Can you graduate with honors from Florida Poly?

Florida Poly will grant three degrees of distinction to graduating undergraduate students.

Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at Florida Polytechnic University and have a cumulative GPA as follows:

  • Cum Laude for an overall average of 3.50 to 3.74
  • Magna Cum Laude for an overall average of 3.75 to 3.89
  • Summa Cum Laude for an overall average of 3.90 and above

In addition, the Provost or the Provost's designee 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.

For more details, please see the official policy here: FPU-5.0017AP-Graduation-with-Honors.pdf.

When will Florida Poly students be able to participate in applied research opportunities?

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.

Does Florida Poly have a final senior project or capstone requirement?

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.

What is the expected timeline for graduation?

Four years for beginning freshmen and two years for transfer students.

Is there a work-study program that will enable me to work in my field and cover some of my living costs while going to college?

Plans are in place to have a program for hiring student 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. For the most up to date list of career opportunities, please visit our Careers page.

Where can I learn more about my professors? How can I get a copy of the course catalog?

Florida Polytechnic just launched our new website, which includes profile pages and biographies for each of our faculty members and key staff members. Please see our university catalog. You can also view a list of degree programs and concentrations in the Academics section of FloridaPolytechnic.org.

What’s the average class size at Florida Polytechnic?

Average class sizes for degree courses are expected to be 20-25 students, while general education classes may have a larger capacity.

But how will you integrate academics and work experience in the classroom?

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.

Who are the university’s industry partners?

To see the complete list of partners or to express interest in establishing a partnership with the university, please visit: Our Partners Page.

Will students be required to complete a lot of general education courses before focusing on their concentration?

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. Please see the university catalog for general education program information.

Are there academic support services available outside of class?

Yes! The university will provide student academic and career support services through the Academic Success Center. Topics ranging from tutoring, success coaching, writing assistance, peer instruction workshops, library research, resume building, study skills, and general education advising will be available. Please contact your admissions counselor for additional information.

Where can I buy or rent books for class? What about laptops or campus apparel and other spirit items?

Barnes & Noble is the campus provider of course books, information, and other resources. They are located in the Wellness Center directly across from the Admissions Center. Please see the bookstore website for additional information. In addition to books, you can also order anything from laptops, to wallets or car decals and more to show your Poly spirit!

What about extracurricular activities?

We think that students should be the brains behind student life, so we're letting our incoming class decide. Upon commitment, you'll be invited to join our community online and decide what's next for your new university.

Will Florida Poly offer study abroad options?

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.

Does Florida Poly have plans to create a sports program?

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.

What dining options will be available on campus?

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. Please see our Dining Services page for pricing and ordering information.

What are the plans for student housing?

The university provides a variety of housing options on-campus. Please see the housing website for more information.

Is driving on I-4 the only way to get to Florida Poly?

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). See detailed directions here.

What kind of transportation options will Florida Poly provide its students?

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.

Do freshmen have to live on campus?

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 $2,995 to $4,050 per fall or spring semester and between $1,995 to $2,345 per summer semester, depending on the options of your suite (e.g., shared or private room, shared or private bath). Discounts exist if a student opts for a one year lease.

Do you need immunization records?

Yes. All students who are accepted and intend to enroll into the university and/or reside in the residences halls must furnish immunization information prior to registration. For additional information, please contact immunizations@flpoly.org or your admissions counselor.

Am I allowed to park my car on campus?

We welcome students bringing their cars to campus. Parking permits are required if you or your guests plan on parking on campus. For more information on student and guest parking procedures, please see our Parking and Transportation Services web page which includes the campus parking map.

Can we have a gaming community at Florida Polytechnic? What about a bowling team?

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. For additional student affairs questions and concerns, please see the Student Life page.

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