Florida Poly named top 5 tech university in the South

Dec 04, 2020
Florida Polytechnic University

Florida Polytechnic University has been named one of the five best Southern universities by Deep South Magazine.

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University has been named one of the five best universities in the Southern states for tech students by Deep South Magazine.

Florida Poly, the only public university in Florida exclusively dedicated to STEM, shares the top 5 spotlight with renowned institutions like Georgia Tech and the University of South Carolina. The University was also recently recognized as No. 14 in student career outcomes, right behind Harvard and ahead of Stanford University in WalletHub’s 2021’s Best College and University Rankings report.

“To be listed among universities with such impressive histories and outstanding reputations shows just how far we’ve come as a young institution, and highlights our University’s limitless potential,” said Dr. Ben Matthew Corpus, vice provost of enrollment at Florida Poly. “The quality and nimble structure of our academic programs allow us to provide a world-class STEM education in a small and selective setting that values students’ technological contributions.”

Deep South Magazine lauded Florida Poly’s commitment to innovation.

“If you are looking for a university in the Southern states that offers cutting-edge programs and supports innovation, this is your best pick,” the magazine said.

The publication also highlighted Florida Poly’s national rankings and its regular inclusion on lists of top schools in the nation.

After only six years in existence, the University made its first appearance in the national rankings of the U.S News and World Report this year as a top 75 engineering college without a doctorate degree, and in the top 40 of those that are public – the only institution in this category in the state of Florida.

Florida Poly also ranked third in the State University System for top performance at a low cost, as well as No. 2 in the nation for affordability among quality engineering institutions.  

“We are excited to see the hard work and determination of our entire campus recognized again and again by observers at all levels,” said Dr. Randy K. Avent, president of Florida Poly. “We’ve come a long way in just six years and look forward to continuing to break new ground in the years to come.”

Word of Florida Poly’s recognition in Deep South Magazine and other publications is not surprising to students at the University, said Ritchel Calvaire, a computer engineering junior from North Miami, Florida.

“I think about how our classes are structured – they’re small classes and you get to know your professors and they get to know you,” Calvaire said. “You can form really deep connections with them and there’s a lot of opportunities to expand on the knowledge you gain in the classroom.”

Academic connections like these are what will continue to propel Florida Poly to greater levels of achievement, Corpus said.

“Students who come to Florida Poly know that with the hands-on education they receive along with great access to faculty and cutting-edge research, they’ll be set up for success in today’s most in-demand, high-paying careers,” he added.   


Lydia Guzmán
Director of Communications