University Fact Sheet


Established: 2012

Open for Instruction: August 25, 2014

Type: Public–Member of the State University System of Florida

Faculty: 96 (as of fall 2017)
Staff: 147 (as of fall 2017)

FIPR Staff: 15 (as of fall 2017)

Undergraduate Students: 1,427 (as of fall 2017)

Graduate Students: 17 (as of fall 2017)

Number of Degree Programs: Two graduate; Six undergraduate; 19 Areas of Concentration

Acreage:  170.54 acres on the main campus with two additional parcels of 176.39 and 183.94 acres, for a total of 530.87 acres.

Number of University Buildings:  7

Accreditation: By the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the bachelor and master’s levels in June 2017.

About the University

Mission: The mission of Florida Polytechnic University is to prepare 21st-century learners in advanced fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to become innovative problem-solvers and high-tech professionals through interdisciplinary teaching, leading-edge research, and collaborative local, regional and global partnerships.

Vision: Florida Polytechnic University will be a world ­renowned “University of Innovation” for producing a dynamic pool of info-­tech talent with real­ world solutions and the capacity to lead global high-­tech industries through customized undergraduate and graduate STEM ­enriched academic curriculum, operating space and facilities, entrepreneurial research, and interactive business and industry. partnerships

University Leadership

Board of Trustees Chair: Donald H. Wilson

President: Dr. Randy K. Avent

Provost and Executive Vice President: Dr. Terry Parker

Foundation Chair: Ford W. Heacock III

Student Overview

Hometown: A majority of students are from Florida with the highest enrollment from Polk, Hillsborough, Broward, Pinellas, Palm Beach and Orange counties.

Average SAT/ACT (Registered First-Time in College): SAT = 1269; ACT = 27 (as of Fall 2017)

Average High School GPA: 3.95

Student, faculty, and staff profile (fall 2017)

Academic Overview

Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Data Science
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Business Analytics
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Degrees

  • Master’s of Science in Engineering
  • Master’s of Science in Computer Science


Phone Number: 863-583-9050

Florida Polytechnic University Website

Official Social Media Accounts:

Campus Address:  4700 Research Way, Lakeland, FL 33805-8531


From S Florida Ave:

  • Travel north on S Florida Ave to N Florida Ave
  • Continue on N Florida Ave to Griffin Road and  turn right
  • Take Griffin Road to 33-Lakeland Hills Blvd and  turn left
  • Take 33-Lakeland Hills Blvd to University Blvd and  turn right
  • Take University Blvd to Research Way and turn left at 2nd entrance onto the campus and follow signs to the Admissions Center.

From I-4:

  • From Orlando take I-4 West
  • From Tampa take I-4 East
  • Take I-4 to Exit 41 (570-Polk Parkway)
  • Take 570 – Polk Parkway to the first exit (Exit 23) which is Pace Road. At end of ramp turn right onto Pace Road.
  • Take Pace Road to Research Way and turn right onto the campus and follow signs to the Admissions Center.

From Polk Parkway:

  • Take 570-Polk Parkway going east toward Orlando
  • Take Exit 23. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Pace Road.
  • Take Pace Road to Research Way and turn right onto the campus and follow signs to the Admissions Center.

Media Contacts

Maggie Mariucci
Assistant Vice President, University Relations

Lydia Guzman
Assistant Director of Communications