LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University has completed its first month of official recruitment for its inaugural class, and those efforts are already exceeding expectations.
The Florida Poly admissions team has received more than 2,000 inquiries and more than 400 applications so far. They expect to receive a total of 2,500 applications before August 2014 when the inaugural class begins.
“We are more than just a center of innovation in an otherwise broad campus,” said Dr. Ghazi Darkazalli, Florida Poly’s vice president of academic affairs. “We are an innovative university through and through with a cutting-edge campus and curriculum, and I think students are attracted to that.”
Florida Poly’s curriculum, which focuses exclusively on applied research in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), will immerse students immediately in their majors and offer opportunities for interdisciplinary research alongside faculty and industry partners. Courses will also emphasize business application and leadership to ensure students are job-ready upon graduation.
Florida Poly will accept a total of 500 freshmen, transfer and graduate students for its fall 2014 entering class.
Earlier this year, the university’s Board of Trustees approved scholarships for that inaugural class that will provide incoming full-time undergraduate students $5,000 per year for the first three years and $3,200 for the fourth year. Graduate students taking 24 credit hours per academic year will receive $9,300 per year for two years. The scholarships are expected to cover nearly all tuition and fees.
Students and parents can learn more about Florida Polytechnic, sign up for a campus tour and even apply online through the university’s undergraduate application or graduate application forms. The application fee will be waived for all students who apply before December 31, 2013.