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The Florida Institute of Technology, also called Florida Tech or FIT, is a private research university in Melbourne, Florida. There are four academic colleges at the university. These are Engineering and Science, Aeronautics, Psychology and Liberal Arts, and Business. FIT’s College of Engineering and Science has about half of the school’s students. The main campus of the university, which is 130 acres, is close to the Florida Tech Research Park and the Orlando International Airport.
The university was started in 1958 as Brevard Engineering College to help professionals who worked on the space programme at what is now the Kennedy Space Center get more advanced education. Since 1966, Florida Tech has been called by its current name. In 2021, Florida Tech had 5,693 on-campus students between its Melbourne Campus, Melbourne Sites, and Education Centers. It also had 3,623 online students, almost equally split between graduate and undergraduate students. Most of these students were studying engineering and the sciences. “R2: Doctoral Universities with High Research Activity” describes Florida Tech.
Dr. Jerome P. Keuper, the first president, started the Florida Institute of Technology as Brevard Engineering College in 1958 to help NASA.
Under the name Brevard Engineering Institute, the first idea for the school was made. At first, classes were held in buildings that used to be part of the Naval Air Station Melbourne at the Melbourne Municipal Airport. The university moved to where it is now, in Melbourne, Florida, in 1961. During the 1960s, more classrooms and labs were built, as well as a library (which was officially opened on January 23, 1965), the Denius Student Center, Hedgecock Gymnasium, Gleason Auditorium, and several dorms.
In 1961, the first person to receive an associate degree. In 1964, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools gave the university its accreditation, and in 1966, it changed its name to the Florida Institute of Technology. Dr. Jack Morelock also set up the Department of Oceanography in 1966. The School of Aeronautics was set up in 1967. Students who want to join the space program would meet with scientists from the Defense Department and NASA. In 1969, the Army ROTC Panther Battalion program started. In 1970, the college and the Aerospace Technical Institute joined together to form the School of Aeronautics.
2014 saw the opening of the Harry P. Weber University Archives. It was named for professor emeritus Harry Weber, who started working at the college in 1966 and helped set up the archives. The Evans Library is home to the archive collection, which is used to keep the school’s history alive.
Jensen Beach Campus
The Florida Institute of Technology’s Jensen Beach Campus also called the School of Marine and Environmental Technology, or SOMET, was a specialized branch campus. It was on the former campus of Saint Joseph College of Florida on the Indian River Lagoon in Jensen Beach, Florida, about 50 miles south of the university’s main campus.
Students in oceanography, underwater technology, and other areas of marine biology came to the campus. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had more officers who had graduated from FIT in Jensen Beach than from any other campus or college in the country. The SOMET was renamed the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences (DMES) after being relocated to the main campus. After the change in 1986, the campus shut down. In 2016, DMES has renamed the Department of Ocean Engineering and Sciences (DOES) to better reflect what the department does.
The university’s main campus is on 130 acres and is in Melbourne, Florida. It is located along the Atlantic Ocean on the Space Coast.
There are many services for students at the university, such as tutoring, health services, health insurance, and safety on campus. There are six dorms and three apartment-style places to live on campus at Florida Tech.
In the fall of 2021, Florida Tech had a total of 9,316 students. There were 4,453 students at the main campus, 1,240 at off-campus sites, and 3,623 online.
There were 69 men for every 31 women among the students. 82% of the students were from the United States, 38% were from Florida, and 16% were from other countries. In 2020, the average combined score for critical reading and math on the SAT for first-year students at Florida Tech was 1232.
The university gives degrees in a wide range of science and engineering fields. It is also one of the few places that offer degrees in aviation. The university is split into four academic units: the College of Aeronautics, the College of Engineering and Science, the Nathan Bisk College of Business, and the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts.
Times Higher Education ranks Florida Tech 245th in the United States and one of the top 1,000 universities in the world. In the Shanghai rankings, FIT is also ranked as one of the top 800 universities in the world. According to U.S. News & World Report, Florida Tech is the 202nd-best national university in the United States.
Bloomberg used their own method and data from PayScale to name Florida Tech the best college in Florida in terms of return on investment (ROI) in 2012. Using data from PayScale, the Brookings Institution put Florida Tech first in Florida and 94th in the country for how much money its graduates made in 2015. In 2017, CollegeNET and PayScale put Florida Tech 902nd out of 1,363 colleges for helping students move up in the world.
Niche ranked FIT as the 190th-best college in the United States in 2018. This was based on a survey of students and recent graduates about their experiences on and off campus. In terms of academics, value, professors, diversity, campus food, and student life, the university got an A.
Barron’s list says Florida Tech is the best college for the money. The Fiske Guide to Colleges also says that Florida Tech is one of the best technical schools.  Times Higher Education said in 2016 that Florida Tech was one of the best universities in the United States in terms of how well graduates could find jobs.
In 1984, Florida Tech opened the Evans Library. Before the Evans Library opened, the school’s library was in what is now the Keuper building. The Applied Computing Center (ACC) is one of the things that the Evans Library has to offer’s library was in what is now the Keuper building. The Applied Computing Center (ACC) is one of the things that the Evans Library has to offer. The ACC has 70 computers that students can use. These computers are connected to the internet at a high speed and have access to software like word processing, statistical analysis, programming, and presentation development software. The Radiation, Inc. Archives are kept in the Special Collections Department of the Evans Library.
They have things like manuals, photos, letters, physical objects, and other items from Radiation, Inc. Radiation Inc., which later became Harris Corporation. Then L3 Harris Technologies, was an advanced radio communications company in Melbourne, FL. It had a big effect on both the city and Florida Tech. Homer Denius, who helped start Radiation Inc., gave money to Florida Tech in its early years. George Shaw, who also helped start Radiation Inc., was the first chairman of Florida Tech’s board of trustees. At Florida Tech, the Denius Student Center and Shaw Hall are named after them. For the Radiation, Inc. Archives, the Evans Library Special Collections Department worked with retired Radiation, Inc. employees to gather materials.