Average class sizes for degree courses are 20-25 students, while general education classes may have more students.
Florida Polytechnic University works closely with industry-leading firms to ensure our curriculum matches industry needs and prepares students for the high-tech workforce. Our industry partners provide students with an integrated learning experience by participating in joint teaching and research efforts, and by providing internship opportunities relevant to our unique curriculum.
The university offers the Academic Success Center, located in the second floor Commons area, which provides tutoring, study groups, workshops, seminars and summer camps. Assistance ranges from individual tutoring to workshops on how to prepare a resume.
Follett is the campus provider of course books, information, and other resources. 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 Florida Poly spirit!
True to polytechnic philosophy, Florida Poly offers all students a rigorous education with small class sizes, hands-on learning and unique capstone and internship opportunities, taught by exceptional scholars. Therefore, at this time, the University does not have a separate honors program.
There is a program for hiring student workers; incoming students should check with the Admissions Office for details. Jobs for student workers are listed on the university website. Students also will have internship opportunities with our industry partners. Students should visit the Career Development page for details.
Students are immersed in their chosen field of study beginning in their freshman year. Sophomore year includes laboratory work that focuses on building a foundation in your chosen major.
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 you complete in your senior year will demonstrate proficiency in all previous courses.
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:
In addition, the Provost or the Provost’s designee has the option to select based on merit one percent of the college’s graduates or one student per semester to graduate with distinction. For more details, please see the official policy here: FPU-5.0017 AP-Graduation-with-Honors.
Four years for beginning freshmen. and two years for transfer students.
Preparing students for successful technology careers starts long before graduation at Florida Poly. We provide a hands-on approach to STEM learning that immerses students in their majors, allowing them to gain experience in their fields much faster than they would at most other universities.
Those details are available on the admissions requirements page.
The undergraduate admissions website has detailed information about the application process and important deadlines.
The undergraduate admissions website has detailed information about the application process and important deadlines.
Yes. Any college credit that you’ve earned that matches the course requirements for your program of study can be transferred in for credit. This ensures that you will not need to retake any course that you have already earned for college credit. To see exactly how your coursework may transfer in to Florida Poly, visit the accelerated credit page.
A maximum of 45 semester hours may be granted by combining AP/IB/CLEP/AICE test credit.
Yes. Per Florida regulation, students applying to Florida Poly are required to complete a Level 2 foreign language or American Sign Language Course (e.g. Spanish 2, French 2, etc.). Students who have not met this requirement will be required to complete a Level 2 college-level foreign language course prior to earning their baccalaureate degree.
Yes, we do accept transcripts from international schools. We require transcripts that are translated into English and evaluated for U.S. credit equivalency if the school uses a different grading system and/or if they are not already in English. You can use the Academic Evaluation Services (AES), World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc to perform the 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.
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.
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 and eligible for 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.
The deadline to turn in the Residency Classification Application, as well as all required documentation, is prior to the first day of classes. Residency for tuition purposes is final as of the first day of classes.
Yes. Florida Polytechnic University is authorized to issue Form I-20 for accepted students seeking an F-1 Student Visa. The first step for interested students is to visit our web page for International Admissions for a description of our program and contact information. There is information to help you apply to the university. You also can read about the Admissions requirements. Students also should visit www.ice.gov/sevis/students for information on the Student Exchange and Visitor Program and to learn how to successfully navigate the U.S. immigration process.
The awarding of transfer credits for coursework completed at Florida Polytechnic University is at the sole discretion of the recipient institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm, in advance of enrollment, if the prospective recipient institution will accept credits earned at Florida Poly. The university does not imply, promise, or guarantee that any credits earned at this university will be transferable or accepted by any other institution.
Florida Poly has a growing list of clubs and organizations, as well as an active Student Government Association. Students are encouraged to pursue their passions or explore new interests by joining student-led organizations. Student organizations have an important place in campus life, connecting students, promoting social interaction, encouraging teamwork and providing leadership opportunities. If you don’t see a club that interests you, there are plenty of opportunities to get an organization started.
Florida Poly does offer several study abroad options.
Yes. All students who are accepted and intend to enroll into the university and/or reside in the residence halls must furnish immunization information prior to registration. For additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or your admissions counselor.
The university offers two Residence Halls on campus designed with the modern student in mind. Please see the housing website for more information.
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 convenient. The university is located directly off of the Exit 23 (Pace Road). See detailed directions here.
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.
The Florida Poly Phoenix Shuttle is a service to student paid for with the funds from the transportation fees. It provides rides to campus from select apartment complexes. Hours of operation are based on class schedules, ridership, and funding. For the most up to day information on the current shuttle schedule please see the parking and transportation page. It is exclusively for the university community. All you have to do is show your university ID. Best of all, it is free.
The shuttle service varies based on class schedules, ridership, and funding. For full information on the shuttle schedule please see the parking and transportation page: https://floridapoly.edu/campus-life/campus-services/parking-transportation/
Here are the campus stops, with signs, at the university:
Title IV funds are federal student aid funds from federal student aid programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Title IV funds include Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan, Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, Direct PLUS Loan, Federal Pell Grant and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG). It does not include scholarships from the University or other private organizations.
The Department of Education requires that Title IV funds be applied only to specific allowable charges. Qualified charges include: tuition, mandatory fees and room and board contracted by Florida Polytechnic University.
In compliance with federal regulations, we must obtain voluntary permission from the student to apply federal financial aid proceeds to pay for charges other than tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board contracted by Florida Polytechnic University.
No, by signing this document, you are granting the University authorization to retain excess Title IV funds while you are a student at Florida Polytechnic University, including breaks in enrollment. You may rescind your authorization at any time.
Not necessarily. An excess of Title IV funds means that your federal financial aid exceeds the allowable charges it is permitted to pay. You may login to CAMS to determine if you have a credit balance or an amount due to Florida Polytechnic University.
Yes, in order to be considered for financial aid you must file a FAFSA every year.
Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and gives you access to federal student aid to help assist in tuition costs at Florida Polytechnic University. In addition, it can be used to apply for state grants and money from most colleges and universities.
You should include the parent (and step-parent if the parent has re-married) you lived with for the greater amount of time during the past 12 months. If you didn’t live with either parent, or if you lived with each parent an equal amount of time, then include the parent who provided the greater amount of parental/financial support during the past 12 months.
Yes. We’re in great company and enjoy support and funding from the Governor’s office and the State.
Classes began August 2014. The university academic calendar for 2015-16 is located in the Student Handbook.
Yes. Florida Polytechnic University has been granted initial regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
The Florida Poly ID Card is the official identification card of Florida Polytechnic University. It is issued to all members of the university community and is required for identification and access to essential campus services. It also offers a convenient account for making purchases on and off campus. All students, faculty and staff at Florida Poly are currently eligible to receive a Florida Poly ID Card.
Florida Poly ID Cards are issued and distributed at the Wellness Center, Hours: M-F (8am-5pm) with a valid photo ID.
Immediately report a lost or stolen card to the Auxiliary Department at 863.874.8440. To deactivate your Florida Poly Bucks account, click here or call 1-888-820-0454. Replacement cards are issued at the Wellness Center. A $15 fee will be charged to replace your card.
Your Student ID Number is located on the front of your Florida Poly ID Card and begins with “U”. It is not your social security number, but a unique number that is 10 digits in length.
Your 16-digit Florida Poly Bucks number is located on the front of your Florida Poly ID Card and uniquely identifies your prepaid spending account.
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Please refer to the Academic Calendar.
Detailed instructions on how to register for classes are available on the course registration page.
You can reset your password on the CAMS homepage. If you need additional assistance, you can contact the Help Desk at 863-874-8888.
You can locate your assigned faculty advisor’s name by logging into your CAMS account. The name and contact information of your faculty advisor will be noted in the upper right hand corner of the page.
Faculty offices are all located on the second floor of the IST Building. Office hours will be posted on the faculty member’s door and in CAMS.
It is likely your file is missing a required document. This may be an immunization form, official high school transcript, or test scores (ACT/SAT). There also may be a hold on your account for past due parking tickets or other business matters. Contact the Office of Admissions or the Bursar’s Office.
Refer to the Academic Catalog.
Select your College and appropriate concentration. At the top of this page you can select the option to print a degree planner. This planner is used to select the appropriate courses for your major of study. For additional guidance, please meet with your faculty advisor.
Students using the Inaugural Scholarship are required to register for a full-time load each Fall and Spring semester (12 – 18 credit hours).
Students unable to attempt at least 12 credit hours in a semester must receive approval from the Registrar and Office of Financial Aid to use their Inaugural Scholarship.
Students are required to attempt 30 credit hours in the Academic Award Year (Fall – Summer).
Students who are unable to take 30 credit hours (i.e., 28-29 credit hours) because taking an additional course will put them over 30 credit hours may exercise the following options:
Students may elect to stay at 28-29 credit hours. Florida Poly will cover the credits being taken, and the student will still be eligible for the following year.
**Students who are able to meet exactly 30 credit hours for the Academic Award Year are NOT eligible for additional assistance.**
For additional questions, contact Financial Aid at FinancialAid@floridapoly.edu.
Students should take between 30 and 33 hours annually to graduate in four years. In the Fall and Spring semesters, the maximum number of credit hours in which an undergraduate may enroll is 18. Refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. (See Student Load.)
The University requires that any graduate student wishing to enroll in more than 12 credit hours in a semester obtain written permission from an academic advisor. Refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. (See Student Load.)
Undergraduate students entering a university in the State University System with fewer than 60 semester credit hours must earn at least nine semester hours prior to graduation by attendance at one or more Summer sessions. Refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. (See Summer Enrollment Requirement.)
Summer courses will be offered based on the academic needs of our students; the summer course offerings will be posted prior to summer course registration.
Discuss this with your faculty advisor.
You can change your major by using the Change of Major form.
The Parking Office contact information is: 863.874.8440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The office is located in the Wellness Center.
Digital permits use the license plate as the permit number. There is no need to display a permit or hang-tag as long as your vehicle plate is fully visible for parking enforcement vehicle to scan and registered.
Yes, all vehicles parking on campus must register for a Florida Poly digital parking pass.
With digital permits, the license number becomes the permit. Up to four vehicles can be registered for one parking pass. As long as each vehicle is listed on an account then they have a valid digital permit. Digital permits still only allow one vehicle under a registered account to be on campus at a time. Unregistered vehicles or multiple vehicles on campus at the same time under one account will result in a citation.
General parking student decals can be used in Lots 4, 6, 8 and some spaces on Lot 3. Decals cannot be used in reserved or faculty/staff spaces or in Lot 1, 2 and 3.
No, backing into spaces is not allowed. Florida Poly uses license plate recognition (LPR) to determine if a vehicle has a valid permit. Plate must be fully visible for the parking enforcement vehicle to scan.
If you purchased a parking pass and get a citation please contact the parking office immediately to determine what the issue is. There are a number of reason this could be happening:
Visitor parking is located in Lots 1, 2, Lot 3 and Lot 8. Visitor parking spaces are designated with signs that indicate “Visitors Park and Pay.” Florida Poly Visitor parking permits are $5.00 per day and available for purchase via the online Parking Portal. The University's parking management software utilizes license plate recognition, so there is no need to display a physical permit.
If a vehicle cover is used, the license plate must be visible. Citations are given if the parking pass is not properly displayed.
Citation payments may be remitted online, in person or mailed to the Florida Poly P.A.T.S Office, at 4700 Research Way, Lakeland, FL 33805-8531.
Appeals can be submitted through the parking portal. Appeals forms must be submitted no later than 10 business days from the date of the citation.
Once an appeals is submitted for the review of the university appeals committee the citation will be put on hold and no late fees will be accrued. The committee meets weekly to review appeals. Once the committee has reviewed the appeal then notification of the outcome will be emailed.
The balance of all outstanding citations and boot/tow fees must be paid for your vehicle to be released. Vehicles will be released to the registered owner. Balances must be paid at the Florida Poly P.A.T.S Office.
Faculty and Staff members can request parking passes for their event through the University event management system (EMS). To discuss group/event parking contact parking at 863-874-8440.
A parking hold will be placed on a student’s account for any outstanding citation balance. Holds can only be removed when balance is paid in full. Once the balance has been paid please contact the parking office to have the hold released.
Parking Permits and fees are non-refundable, per the Board of Trustees. Click the link for more information on current parking policy.
Florida Poly has a BYOD philosophy for campus computers. But if you are buying a new or used computer, the following specifications are recommended.
Minimum hardware configuration: If your computer meets these requirements, you should be able to get one to two more years of good use out of it. Of course, this varies with specific requirements your work or studies may require.
You can access your Florida Poly email account through Office 365.
Contact the IT helpdesk by email at email@example.com.
The following are the steps to connect a Windows computer to the 1st and 2nd floor printers:
The following are the steps connect a Mac computer to the 1st and 2nd floor printers. Before beginning, make sure you are on the Poly_Secure Wi-Fi network.
From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences.
Select Print & Fax.
Click on the plus (+) sign in the lower left corner of the window. If this option is greyed-out, you will need to click on the orange lock below and authenticate with administrator credentials.
In the resulting Add a Printer window, add the Advanced tab to the toolbar. Position your cursor in the empty space to the right of the Windows icon and right click (or hold the control key and left-click). Select “Customize Toolbar”.
Add the Advanced button (a gear symbol) by dragging it to the Toolbar. Click OK when finished.
Click the newly added Advanced tab to begin adding the printer. Select the Type pulldown, and change the selection to “Windows printer via spoolss”.
In the URL box type any of the following addresses after “smb://”
For the 1st Floor Student Copier type “fpu-print01/Student%20Copier%201st%20Floor%20IST1011”
For the 2nd Floor Student Copier type “fpu-print01/Student%20Copier%202nd%20Floor%20Commons”
For the Wellness Center Copier type “fpu-print01/Wellness%20Center%20Copier”
Click on the Use drop down and click “Select Printer Software…” and search for “RIOCH MP C4503 JPN PS” in the upper left search bar.
Once found, select OK to add the printer.
If the driver doesn’t appear in the search results go to the following link to download them from Rioch’s website: http://tinyurl.com/flpoly-print-mac109.
The download will be a “.dmg” file that you can mount and contains a “.pkg” which you can run and follow the onscreen instructions to install the driver.
When you attempt to print a document for the first time, you should be met with a prompt asking you to authenticate. To authenticate properly, you will need to append floridapoly before your username, and then use your MyPoly account password.
Note the option to remember your password using the keychain (unchecked by default). This will store your name and password and allow you to print future documents without needing to provide your credentials each time.
If you change your MyPoly password you may not automatically be prompted for the new password – printing jobs may simply stop working due to incorrect authentication. To fix this, navigate to /Applications/Utilities and launch Keychain Access.
In the left-hand column, make sure “login” is selected as the keychain, and select the “Passwords” category.
In the list of stored keychain items, select the stored entry for your printer (you may have multiple VPS printers set up). It should share the name of your printer, and be labeled as a “Network Password”.
Once located, right-click (or control+left click) on the item and select Delete. This will remove the entry so that you will be prompted for new credentials next time you print. This must be done each time you change your password if you choose to store your credentials.
No, not entirely. Title IX addresses discrimination based on sex/gender. Title IX considers sexual harassment and sexual violence as a form of sex/gender discrimination and it requires that all incidents of sexual misconduct be viewed and worked to be stopped, prevented and provide a remedy.
Sexual misconduct is an umbrella term is used to refer to a broad range of sexually inappropriate behaviors that includes sex discrimination; sexual violence (rape/sexual battery/sexual assault); sexual harassment; intimate partner violence (domestic, violence, dating violence, relationship violence); stalking; sexual exploitation; and other forms of sexually exploitative behavior that can occur between strangers or acquaintances, including people involved in an intimate or sexual relationship. Sexual Misconduct can be committed by any person and can occur between people of the same or different sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or gender expression. It is when there is a lack of consent, which cannot be gained by force (against a person’s will) or when a person cannot give consent (under the age of consent, incapacitated, or mentally/physically unable to consent).
Sexual misconduct can be a potential crime but they also are violations of Title IX and university policy. Sometimes, specific conduct may not constitute a crime, but may violate Title IX and university policy. The university is committed to addressing and preventing sexual misconduct, regardless of whether such activity constitutes a crime.
The University has resources, options for reporting and investigating, and interim measures that may be available to a person who has experiences the misconduct and/or are going through the process of an investigation.
Going to the police and/or the University are two different reporting avenues that are different in nature.
Your privacy is a priority. In some cases, limited information may be disclosed to allow for an investigation to move forward. Please discuss your concerns about privacy and confidentiality with the Title IX coordinator. If you disclosure to a Responsible Employee (all faculty, staff, university police, Resident Assistants, and any other staff not labeled Confidential) they are required to report to the Title IX Coordinator. However, the Responsible Employee will only notify the Title IX Coordinator and maintain privacy to the person who experienced the misconduct by not disclosing to others.
The Title IX Coordinator is the university official responsible for ensuring that the university complies with Title IX, including responding to and investigating all complaints of gender discrimination and sexual misconduct.
Contact the police department by dialing 863.874.8472. If you are near a blue emergency phone, simply press the red button and you will automatically be connected to an answering service that contacts the Lakeland Police Department and Florida Polytechnic University Police. In an emergency, dial 911 from any phone. You can also report a crime anonymously.
Once connected, please:
Call the police. Describe what you have seen so that we can decide the proper course of action. If you are unsure, call anyway. You may remain anonymous if you wish.
Yes. Call 863.874.8472 or pick up one of the blue emergency phones for assistance. An officer will arrive as soon as he or she is available.
No. Auxiliary Services handles all permit purchases, replacements, payments for citations and appeals. Auxiliary Services is located at 4550 Polytechnic Circle inside the Wellness Center. Their phone number is 863.874.8433.
Drop the item off at the Florida Polytechnic University Police located at 4545 Polytechnic Circle (Campus Control Center) or call 863.874.8472 and a member of the University Police will retrieve the item.
Yes, simply call 863.874.8472.
The following are some simple precautions to reduce your possibility of becoming a crime victim:
We offer two graduate-level programs; a Master of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Engineering. Visit the Graduate Program admissions website for details.
Detailed instructions are available on the graduate program website.
New students are admitted once a year beginning in the fall.
Yes! We typically host tours five days a week and some Saturdays. More information on visiting Florida Poly can be found on our Ways To Visit page.
Applicants can log in to their online application to view the most up to date information available regarding their application status. If you have additional questions please reach out to your graduate admissions counselor.
The Graduate Program enrolls students for Fall terms only. The deadline for the admission application and all supporting documents is March 15th. No decision will be given until after the March 15th deadline.
Students are able to take courses on a part-time basis, which is defined as a term of less than 9 credit hours, however, students should be aware that courses are offered in a sequence and not all courses will be offered every semester.
Because of the hands-on, project and research based nature of our programs, all of Florida Poly’s graduate courses are held on-campus.
Yes, you are able to apply to more than one program.
No. Applicants must apply through the formal graduate application, even if they have earned or are currently earning graduate-level credit at another institution.
Florida Poly’s M.S. degrees are 30 credit hour programs meant to be completed in 2-3 years of full-time study. The exact timeframe for completion may vary depending on a student’s chosen courseload per semester.
No – All students in Florida Poly’s graduate programs must be formally admitted to their program of choice.
To review or most up to date tuition and fees breakdown please visit: https://floridapoly.edu/admissions/tuition-financial-aid/tuition-fees.
Yes! For the most current information regarding available aid, please visit our scholarship webpage here: https://floridapoly.edu/admissions/tuition-financial-aid/florida-poly-scholarships/ or reach out to our financial aid department directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The standard application fee is $30.
Yes – students may contact their graduate admissions counselor to request an application fee waiver. Your admissions counselor will determine if you meet the requirements to have your application fee waived.
Yes! Please visit our campus jobs section on Workday to learn about potential opportunities.
Yes, there is a $200 non-refundable deposit fee to secure your spot at Florida Poly. This deposit is applied directly to the cost of tuition, and formally grants your seat in our graduate school.
All three-year bachelor degree will need to be evaluated individually for four-year equivalency. An approved agencies listed on our international admissions requirements page will need to determine whether your three-year degree is equivalent to a four-year baccalaureate degree in the U.S.. You will need to send your transcript to an approved agency for them to review your information. They will then send your evaluated transcript to you and our admissions office.
An international applicant’s proficiency must be adequate. International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. Eligible international students must show evidence of English proficiency through: (a) A qualifying Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 500 on the paper based test, 173 on the computer-based test, or 61 on the iBT Internet-based test; (b) A score of at least 6 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam; (c) A score of 77 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB); or (d) Completion of the AA or higher degree at an American college or university, or any college or university where English is the primary language of instruction.
There are no specified minimum GRE or GPA requirements to obtain admission to the graduate school. These quantitative measures are just one part of the application. The admissions committee considers all aspects of every application before making any decisions – this includes your previous academic performance, test scores, letters of recommendation, etc.
No — The GRE is required.