Florida Institute of Technology Points of Pride

  • The only independent, technological university in the Southeast.
  • Florida Tech continues to climb in the U.S. News & World Report college rankings, now recognized as a top tier National University. In the 2011 edition, the university was named a Tier 1 Best National University, among just 197 other colleges and universities. 
  • Parade Magazine recently ranked Florida Tech on its College A-List in Engineering, one of only 25 such schools to earn this distinction.
  • The university is included among 330 public and private schools  nationwide and is one of just nine in Florida chosen for inclusion by the 2011 Fiske Guide to Colleges.
  • Forbes lists Florida Tech among America's Best Colleges in its 2010 Special Report on colleges and universities.
  • The 2010-2011 College Salary Report published by PayScale.com places the salaries for Florida Tech batchelor's degree graduates at the top of the list for private research universities in Florida. The study on college graduate salaries ranks Florida Tech graduates' starting median salaries at $50,700 and mid-career median salaries at $84,500, in first place among Florida's private research universities.
  • The university is one of the best colleges in the Southeast according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. It is one of 133 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Southeast" section of its website feature, "2011 Best College: Region by Region."
  • According to the Washington Monthly 2010 ranking of national universities, Florida Tech places first among private universities in the state of Florida. The publication rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research and service.
  • Florida Tech was once again named a Military Friendly school by G.I. Jobs. Florida Tech is among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that made the 2011 list in recognition of its efforts to recruit, support and retain American veterans and current active or reserve service members as students.
  • The July 2009 issue of BoatU.S. Magazine recognizes Florida institute of Technology in its story, "The Boat Lovers' Guide to American Colleges." The university is listed among "The top 25 'Boatiest' Schools in America," in company with such institutions as the University of California, Old Dominion University, The U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the University of Michigan.
  • Named by "Surfline" as one of the 10 best surf schools in America.
  • Florida Tech Panther Athletics were honored in the NCAA 2008 Diversity in Athletics Awards, recognized for gender equity and racial diversity.
  • The student flight team, the Falcons, won the American Airlines Safety Award at the 2009 National Intercollegiate Flying Association's (NIFA) Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON). This is the third time in four years Florida Tech has won the honor.
  • Listed by Florida Today newspaper in August 2009 as one of the nation's top technical institutions, attracting high-tech employers and seeding high-paying jobs on the Space Coast.
  • Florida Tech promotes volunteerism with a Civic Engineer Initiative. In 2010, the Corporation for National and Community Service honored the university with a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America's communities - the fourth straight year that Florida Tech has received this national recognition. The Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for it's commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.
  • Florida Tech alumni number more than 50,000. They include the first female four-star general, Ann E. Dunwoody, and dozens of other generals; A National Teacher of the Year; Tracey Bailey, the director of a NASA center; five astronauts who have flown on the Space Shuttle; an Olympic medalist; and a major league pitcher.
  • The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts is the only textiles center of its kind in Florida. The two-story facility encompasses 3,000 square feet of exhibition space, 2,500 square feet of storage space, a mezzanine library, lobby and grand stairway. The center's mission is to preserve and display an international collection of textiles through rotating public exhibitions and educational programs.
  • Florida Tech is home to the Ortega Telescope, the largest research telescope in Florida.
  • The university's lush Botanical Gardens are featured in the AAA Florida Tour Guide.
  • Many Florida Tech faculty are international experts in their fields of research. Examples include: marine ecosystems, tsunamis, artificial reefs, coral reefs, aquaculture, deep sea hydrothermal vents, aviation accident investigation, human factors, transportation security, global climate, information security, infrared sensing in snakes, Alzheimers Disease, business ethics, the Civil War, forensic psychology, space sciences and robotics.

Alumni Affairs

150 W. University Blvd. Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone: (321) 674-7190  |  Fax: (321) 674-7210
alumni@fit.edu

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