The Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech or FIT) is a private research university in Melbourne, Florida. The university comprises four academic colleges: Engineering & Science, Aeronautics, Psychology & Liberal Arts, and Business. Approximately half of FIT's students are enrolled in the College of Engineering & Science. The university's 130-acre primary residential campus is near the Melbourne Orlando International Airport and the Florida Tech Research Park.
The university was founded in 1958 as Brevard Engineering College to provide advanced education for professionals working in the space program at what is now the Kennedy Space Center. Florida Tech has been known by its present name since 1966. In 2021, Florida Tech had an on-campus student body of 5,693 between its Melbourne Campus, Melbourne Sites, and Education Centers, as well as 3,623 students enrolled in their online programs, almost equally divided between graduate and undergraduate students with the majority focusing their studies on engineering and the sciences. Florida Tech is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity"
Florida Institute of Technology is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The Engineering programs are also accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The Computer Science program is accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Commission of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board. Florida Tech's chemistry program is accredited by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. Aeronautical Science and Aviation Management programs are accredited by the Council on Aviation Accreditation. The Clinical Psychology PsyD program is accredited by the American Psychological Association and the graduate Behavior Analysis programs by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)
Florida Institute of Technology is a nationally ranked, Tier 1 (USN&WR) doctoral-granting university located minutes from the Atlantic Ocean on in Florida’s Space Coast, the 4th largest hi-tech corridor in North America. Florida Tech offers academic programs at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D levels. The main campus is in Melbourne which is on the east coast of Florida. The area is served by a major airport right in Melbourne and by Orlando International airport about 1-hour west.
Florida Tech is a community of researchers, scholars and learners hailing from all around the world (students from outside the United States account for nearly 20% of the student body representing ~100 countries) - engineers, aviators, innovators, leaders, educators, athletes and astronauts – Florida Tech has the brains of rocket scientists and the hearts of Panthers! Florida Tech is known as Florida's STEM University