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Update regarding housing refunds, rebates, and credits

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit our webpage for resources and additional information. Dear Students, Florida Poly’s highest priority is the health and safety of our community. As the COVID-19 crisis rapidly evolves, and in accordance with guidance from local, state, and federal officials, we have […]

Temporary grading policy in response to COVID-19 crisis

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit our webpage for resources and additional information. In an attempt to help students continue to progress towards their degree and future career aspirations in a timely manner, the Florida Poly administration and faculty have approved a change in the current […]

Additional safety precautions for on-campus residents

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit our webpage for resources and additional information.   As safety precautions are put in place for coronavirus, we have all been looking at Florida Poly as a safe haven. We have been monitoring the conditions related to the coronavirus and […]

Remote instruction extended through rest of semester

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit our webpage for resources and additional information. Following the direction we received from the State University System today, Florida Poly will extend our remote-learning initiatives for the rest of the semester and develop an alternative schedule and/or method of holding commencement for […]

Update on working remotely for qualified employees

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit our webpage for resources and additional information. March 16, 5:30 p.m. Dear employees, For the safety and well-being of the Florida Poly community, and in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Florida Poly is encouraging all qualified employees to work from […]

Update on remote instruction, travel, and events

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit our webpage for resources and additional information. March 12, 3 p.m. Dear Florida Poly community, The University continues taking significant steps to protect our students, faculty, staff, and the Polk County community from the ongoing global COVID-19 outbreak. It’s important […]

Florida Poly moving to a mandatory two-week period of remote instruction

COVID-19 Updates

Following direction from the Florida Board of Governors concerning COVID-19, Florida Poly will move to a mandatory two-week period of remote instruction beginning Monday, March 16. Details on the implementation of this are currently being developed and will be forthcoming.

Florida Poly senior rockets toward SpaceX dream job

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Airplanes, rockets, and all that lies beyond our world have always fascinated Geoffrey Doback. The Florida Polytechnic University senior dreamed about working for NASA when he was just a child. As he entered middle school, Doback learned about SpaceX, a private aerospace and transportation company working to revolutionize space technology and eventually enable people to […]

Florida Poly alum drives students to academic and career success

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Editor’s note: This story is part of a series of feature stories that highlight diversity on Florida Poly’s campus and celebrate Women’s History Month. The desire to be part of something bold and new drove Lindsey Schwemmin ’18 to join Florida Polytechnic University as part of its inaugural class of students in 2014. Her commitment […]

State bill proposing to merge Florida Poly with University of Florida ends

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Updated March 7, 9 a.m.
We received word on March 6 that House Bill 7087 proposing to merge Florida Poly and New College with the University of Florida has died. According to reports, the Speaker of the House has said that this issue has been abandoned. This page is being updated with additional information as it becomes available.

Florida Poly ranked #2 for best affordable mechanical engineering degree

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Florida Polytechnic University has been ranked number two in the nation for delivering quality, affordable mechanical engineering education by Affordable Schools. The website provides resources to help college-bound students find high-quality, affordable programs. The site’s list of the best affordable mechanical engineering degree programs ranked Florida Poly second only to University of the District of Columbia. […]

State of Florida declares public health emergency

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit this webpage for resources and additional information. March 4, 3:30 p.m. Dear Florida Poly community, We continue to closely monitor the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and are taking steps to help keep our students, faculty, and staff healthy. There have […]

Founding trustee honored by Florida Poly Board of Trustees

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The Florida Polytechnic University Board of Trustees approved a resolution honoring former Trustee Richard “Dick” Hallion for his dedication and service to the board and the University during its meeting on Feb. 26. “When the Board of Trustees of Florida Polytechnic University had its first meeting back in 2012, we met in city hall using […]

Florida Poly alum helping smart cities be smarter

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As metropolitan areas continue transitioning to the “smart cities” of tomorrow, Florida Polytechnic University alum Mitchell Mefford ’18 is working with community and industry leaders to help ensure their organizations are wise when it comes to energy. Mefford is a graduate engineer at Pennoni, a multidisciplinary engineering firm based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He works in […]

Florida Poly grows international partnerships with Dominican Republic alliance

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A new partnership between the Dominican Republic and Florida Polytechnic University is designed to contribute to stronger economies and better opportunities for the Caribbean nation, Polk County, and the state of Florida. Alejandrina Germán, minister of higher education for the Dominican Republic, visited the University recently to discuss possibilities for collaboration. “It is very important […]

Purple Fire Robotics battles to number one in statewide competition

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For the first time, the Purple Fire Robotics Club got to enjoy the sweet taste of victory. The Florida Polytechnic University team not only grabbed its first win in a statewide combat tournament, but they crushed their competitors on their way to becoming undeniable battle champions. The Purple Fire team competed in the 15-pound category […]

Spring break travel guidance announced

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit this webpage for resources and additional information.   February 27, 5 p.m. Dear faculty and staff, The health and safety of our entire University community is our top priority. As spring break approaches, many of you may have plans to […]

Emerging leader finds her voice at Florida Poly

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Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series of feature stories that highlight diversity on Florida Poly’s campus and celebrate Black History Month. Senior Bria Smith arrived at Florida Polytechnic University from her native Bahamas in 2016 knowing she wanted to build her future by studying computers, and nothing would get in her way. “I learned […]

Entrepreneur and tech funder to speak at Florida Poly’s 2020 commencement

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Renowned Florida entrepreneur Tom E. Wallace has been named commencement speaker for Florida Polytechnic University’s spring 2020 graduation on May 3. Wallace said he’s excited with this new role because the University is exactly what the state was lacking to elevate its tech potential to the likes of Silicon Valley. “I’ve been involved in building […]

Florida Poly students stand together against proposed UF merger

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A student-led effort to express support for Florida Polytechnic University and opposition to a proposed merger with the University of Florida transformed the serene Oak Grove into a setting of boisterous unity on Tuesday, Feb. 25. “We are making a stand today to show that Florida Poly is unique and has a great education system […]

Students celebrate at Florida Poly’s Degree Declaration Day

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Freshman Timothy Honeycutt strode up to a kiosk in the center of the Saddle Creek Logistics Commons on Feb. 24 to grab a cupcake and officially declare electrical engineering as his major during Florida Polytechnic University’s first Degree Declaration Day. For Honeycutt, the declaration was a long time coming. “I studied a bunch of circuit […]

Dozens of companies seek high-skilled STEM talent at Florida Poly career fair

2020 Career Fair

Fifty companies gathered at the Innovation, Science, and Technology building in Lakeland this week for the annual spring career fair, looking to fill countless positions with the high-tech, high-skilled talent Florida Polytechnic University produces. “We have many employers who started with us back in 2016, when we had only 13 companies here, and many return […]

Florida Poly partnership enhances training of Latin American business execs

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CEOs, owners, and other business leaders from five Latin American countries explored the Florida Polytechnic University campus and learned tools to improve their corporate operations on Feb. 14 as part of Experiencia Set. The initiative partners with The Walt Disney Company to provide a close-up look at how the company operates effectively while providing exceptional […]

Career services director fosters Florida Poly student success

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Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series of feature stories that highlight diversity on Florida Poly’s campus and celebrate Black History Month.As associate director of career services at Florida Polytechnic University, Pairris Jones revels in her front-row seat to student success. “I feel like a proud mom. A lot of students will come and tell […]

Florida Poly students work to revolutionize palm tree trimming

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Pruning Florida’s towering palm trees is a tough, dangerous job, but a team of Florida Polytechnic University seniors is working to make the task faster, safer, and more cost effective. “From the ground, you have to be careful that the palm fronds don’t fall on you, and some have spines that can puncture you on […]