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Florida Institute of Technology

  1. Aug 27, 2005 #1
    In my college search I've noticed that I've picked ideal reaches and not many good matches or safeties. My GPA is 3.0-unweighted (going up), my rank is currently in the top 15%. I haven't yet taken the SAT but feel confident that I can do better than the average score at the Florida Institute of Technology based on PSAT scores and recent practice and studying. I'm a Florida resident and am curious if I could consider this a safety/ good match (they accept 83% of applicants). Can anyone tell me anything about this school, such as how difficult it is to get into?
    P.S. I will probably be closer to their average 3.55 GPA when I graduate, and after reading an article about how colleges reweight GPAs before reporting them, I should mention that my schedules contained mostly honors classes and one AP class (more APs next year along with Dual Enrollment classes next semester), and that my lowest grades were in Freshman year especially in a course which was technically labeled an elective. Also, although it may be subjective, could anyone tell me how good this school is?
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  3. Aug 27, 2005 #2
    Do they care more about weighted on unweighted GPA? I mean it is not same to have A in AP English and A in regular English class.
  4. Aug 27, 2005 #3
    I've always been a little confused about that. It is said that they prefer to see good grades in more advanced classes however weighted GPA is not used because of the different weighting techniques form one school to another. In general they look at the unweighted GPA, and reweight it based on your transcript, according to their own formula.
  5. Aug 27, 2005 #4
    I’m a Florida Tech student who works closely with Undergrad Admissions. From what I’ve gathered, the two most important criteria are: whether Florida Tech is a good fit for you, and whether you will excel here. You are correct in determining that it is not a hard school to get into; from what you’ve posted, I’m confident you’ll be accepted. However, it is difficult to stay, meaning classes are tough and it’s a bit pricy. Florida Tech isn’t for everyone. Many students thrive, but others realize (especially after freshman year) that college wasn’t meant for them, or another major would be better.

    All and all, Florida Tech is a great school (well known in science and engineering fields, although generally not widely known because of its small size and youth). You should talk to an Admissions counselor if you’re interested, and take a campus tour. You might have me as a tour guide. =)

    Good luck to you,

    P.S. feel free to email me with further questions – lseward@fit.edu .
  6. Aug 27, 2005 #5
    Thank you, I'm glad to have an informed resonse. I'll look into going on a campus tour sometime soon. :smile:
  7. Aug 27, 2005 #6
    I am a Florida Tech student. Just completed week one. mewhoexactlywhat, all I can tell you is that as a Florida student it would probably be better for you, I am an international student and although FIT was good enough to grant me a scholarship I am not sure what will happen to me because the tuition price here is too high if you ask me. I'm in ECE and well engineering is the best school here (aviation is good too). The school is small and although the courses are challenging and everything the reason why the school will stay small is because of the surrounding town, Melbourne.

    Laura1013 mentioned that students discover that college is not for them... I know what my capabilities are that's why I enrolled, but money makes the world go round; and there is not much that I can do about that.
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  8. Aug 27, 2005 #7
    Exequor- Florida Tech, being a private school, does not have an in-state tuition price break. I've been accepted for next fall into the ocean engineering program, and as far as I can find out, everyone has to pay the full $25,150 for engineering and science majors or $22,920 for other majors. I understand that there is a very good scholarship/loan/work study program which I hope to be able to make good use of, as apparently you have.
    That said...What do you find so unappealing about Melbourne? I have not spent much time there, so I'd be interested to hear.
  9. Aug 28, 2005 #8
    I was accepted a month ago.

    I am an international undergraduate, I was sent an email before my letter came telling me I was accepted with a $10,000/year scholarship. Here are my grades for comparison:

    10 GCSE passes (2 A's in Math and Physics, the rest Bs and Cs)
    A 3 in AP Physics B (B for the course)
    Around a 3.5 unweighted GPA
    1940 on the new SAT (680 math)
    660 Math Ic SAT2
    650 Physics SAT2

    They practically begged me to come to FIT, and of course I will because I visited the campus (and a professor) and loved it. I will be studying Computer Science in 2006.

    Be prepared to spend money though, as with any good private institution.
  10. Aug 28, 2005 #9
    As far as tuition goes I think I would apply for finiancial aid and would like to work on campus, and also Florida has a "Bright Futures" scholarship that grants around up to $10,000 per year if you qualify.
  11. Aug 28, 2005 #10
    Does FIT have aerospace engineering? If so, how does it differ from the above discussion in terms of entrance grades etc...?
  12. Aug 28, 2005 #11
    Well Melbourne is fine with me because I couldn't care less about what the surrounding town offers. Atleast Melbourne offers everything that you would need like all the big name stores.

    Aresius you are lucky because I got 10 passes, all A's, and I even did A'level, A in math, B in physics, B in geography, and I had a 3.6 GPA from my old school. I don't know if my SAT score had anything to do with it cuz I only got half of what you got. I should have never done that SAT exam cuz I was past that level and i just went and take the exam with no practice (i guess that doesn't work).

    mewhoexactlywhat, you have nothing to worry about, you are an instate student so there are alot of options available for you. It is a good institution, no doubt about that.
  13. Aug 28, 2005 #12
    Yes indeed exequor, the SAT made a huge difference.

    However they did tell me that I had a $4000 scholarship before they looked at my SATs and SAT2s, then raised it to 10,000 when my SATs came to them. My acceptance was based on GCSE and high school grades (which were in fact very good, especially in the math area).

    I also had some very very good letters of recommendation.

    Though, since you are in-state, you will have some nice benefits particularly bright futures. I'm not a resident yet so I can't take advantage of it.

    Good luck to you, I am sure you'll get in with your record.
  14. Aug 28, 2005 #13
    Rocketboy..they do indeed have aerospace engineering. Take a look at http://www.fit.edu/AcadRes/engsci/mechanic/ . I don't believe the admission requirements are any different. The proximity of Kennedy Space Center has to be a big plus though.
  15. Aug 28, 2005 #14
    There is no such thing as in-state tuition for Florida Tech, but yes, there are great Florida resident opportunities such as Bright Futures (I don’t know much about them; I’m from out-of-state).

    The Melbourne area is small but active and has a lot to offer (beyond the obvious beach culture). Cocoa Beach is about half an hour away, Orlando is an hour or so away, and Kennedy Space Center is less than an hour. Other major Florida cities aren’t far.

    We do offer Aerospace Engineering; it’s one of the most popular engineering majors here. They’re most known for building planes and rockets and working closely with the Cape. All science and engineering departments are roughly equal in terms of difficulty getting accepted; liberal arts and business are a bit easier.
  16. Aug 28, 2005 #15
    what are you going to study?

    if physics or engineering, i'd suggest you check out the university of florida, as well.

    (ESPECIALLY if physics...)
  17. Aug 28, 2005 #16
    Aerospace is very popular and most students would tell you that they like it here because of Kennedy space center. I myself chose the area because central florida is one of the top five areas in the US with technology related jobs. Harris corp, bellsouth, etc. are located here in Melbourne.

    To be honest with you mewhoexa.. if I was an instate student I would have gone to UF or UCF :smile: but since with a the out-of-state tuition and the tuition at FIT (w/ scholarship) is about the same I came to FIT... yea I got admitted to UM, UCF, FIU, etc. but I chose FIT.

    BillBlack- melbourne is OK, it is just that most students complain about it being boring, hence the name "Melboring". That is just the opinion of the students that want a social life, after all Melbourne is 75% people over 60 (retirees).
  18. Aug 28, 2005 #17
    I'm planning to major in physics, so I'll look into the University of Florida. Thank you. How does UF's physics program compare to FIT's?
  19. Aug 28, 2005 #18
    Brad Barker on this forum can probably better answer that question than I can. I just started at the University of Florida enrolled as a freshman, but the physics department is large and well-organized. http://www.phys.ufl.edu I haven't been able to take any physics classes yet though, still going through prerequisites and gen-eds. I'm not sure how it stacks up against FIT's program however.

    If you have any other questions about UF, you can PM me, though I've only been here for a few days and the semester just began, so my advice might be a little slim until I get to know the area and the processes a little better.

    Good luck in your decision.
  20. Aug 28, 2005 #19
    I’m an Astrophysics senior at Florida Tech, and so I’m a bit more knowledgeable on the astronomy part of things, I can answer questions about the physics program (it’s all part of the Physics and Space Sciences Department).

    Our university is small, but our department is one of the largest in the country. In January we opened up the new Physical Sciences building which holds all new labs and facilities. By late spring or early summer we’ll have installed the largest telescope in the state of Florida.

    The cool thing about all the departments at Florida Tech is that freshman start out taking core classes as well as classes in their field. For example, a freshman Physics major will start out taking basic English and math, but also take Physics 1 and Physics 1 lab (and Physics 2 and lab, perhaps even Modern Physics freshman year if you’re math is good enough), Introduction to Astronomy, and Physics & Space Sciences Seminar. You’ll know right away whether your major is right for you, and if it isn’t, you can switch without being behind.

    You can learn more at http://cos.fit.edu/pss .

    I don’t know much about UF’s program, but I’ve heard it’s good as well.
  21. Aug 28, 2005 #20
    Yea the physical sciences building is cool, I like the physics lab strong use of computers (although they are running mac os8). Physics majors take physics lab in year 1 and engineering majors taking it in semester 2 or 3 (not sure). I have it now because I'm a sort of international transfer and I got physics I and II but not the lab, so I'm taking it now.
  22. Aug 28, 2005 #21

    don't know how FIT stacks up against UF as far as physics.

    that is to say, definitively. the opinion here is that UF has the best physics dept. in the state. (consider the source, however!)

    regardless, it is certainly less expensive for the students! :tongue:

    and i wouldn't call the physics dept. "large," per se. there are like... 120 undergrad students. one of my friends has a better idea as to the exact number. something on that order.

    and that's from a school of 48,000 undergrads!

    so it's always felt really close--dare i say intimate--to me.

    and if you take phy2060 and phy2061, you have two less large lecture classes you have to go to.

    seriously, out of the five physics courses i have been in or am in now, i haven't been in a class larger than 30 students. :surprised

    (chem 1 and 2 and some other courses, though, are fairly unavoidable, unless you qualify for the one-semester honors chem, which is tough, i hear.)

    the dept. is great. the professors i've had (yelton and hill, currently hill--again!, klauder, chen) are/were very approachable and helpful.

    getting into research can be difficult, depending on whether or not professors are in need of undergrads. i out of seven professors i contacted, two responded positively. (this was at the end of my freshman year.)

    and i've heard from a friend here (who got into the university of chicago's reu program this summer!) that our undergrads are starting to achieve name-brand status. :cool:

    in the past, students have gone on to grad school to stanford and other prestigious grad schools (don't have the definitive list on me or anything :tongue: .)

    so... yeah, it's pretty good here. :cool:
  23. Aug 29, 2005 #22
    It all depends on what you want to do. If you want to go to grad school then FIT might not be the best choice. If you want to go to industry then FIT might be a good choice, for engineering it would be a good choice. I graduated from FIT a few years back, in physics, and they just didn't offer enough physics electives, I ended up taking engineering classes to fulfil requirements. After saying that, I hear they have a new department head so things might change.

    Does the faculty still go out and get smashed on Fridays? :rofl:

    The only redeeming quality of the Melbourne area is the surf and fishing.

    You cann't really compare UF and FIT on a college basis, they are completey different. It would be like comparing NYC and some small town, USA; each has its pros and cons. On a physics department basis UF wins hands down.
  24. Aug 29, 2005 #23
    On a physics department basis UF wins hands down.

    I completely disagree with that, but then again, I'm biased.

    Florida Tech is actually better known for its grad programs (especially space systems and space management) than it is for undergrad. As an undergrad astrophysics major at Florida Tech, I'm not worried in the least about getting into grad school (just worried about which ones to apply to at this point, and the GRE exams...).

    nbo10: How long ago did you attend? The PSS department head has been around for a number of years, so I'm assuming it's been a while. It's a very rapidly growing school, and I'm sure a lot has changed.

    And about faculty getting smashed on Fridays? I'm sure it happens, but I only know of certain Administration officials who do. ;)
  25. Aug 29, 2005 #24
    As laura mentioned, no matter what you come to do at FIT you get to take classes in your major from the very first semester. I like that in because I guess it is what keeps everything interested. I don't like the idea of taking two years of courses that are not directly in your major.
  26. Aug 29, 2005 #25
    Regarding space phsyics I'm not going to comment on because they are a niche and there are only a hand full of place where you can study those subjects.

    I hate saying this but FIT cann't compete with many schools, one of them being UF. Funding, size, infrastructure, etc. all contribute and unfortunetaly FIT is/was lacking. That said FIT is a young school and with the right leadership and support can grow and become prestigious institution.

    In my opinion a wrong step was hiring a HEP for chair, don't get me wrong he's a very nice guy. But, what HEP can be done at FIT, none. They might be able to build a piece of equipment, so what you have to travel to cern or fermilab to use it, plus the time line for experiments, 8+ years for a PhD. What kinda funding are you going to receive for HEP? I'm not sure, but I sure think its less than if you concentrated on CMP, atomic, optics. You have NASA at your backdoor and you're research is going in the opposite direction.

    But hey what do I know.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2005
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