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Florida Poly Meets with Department of Defense Research Leaders

Florida Poly’s Director of Government Relations Rick Maxey, Director of Nanotechnology and Multifunctional Materials Programs Robert I. MacCuspie, Ph.D. and Professor Ryan Integlia, Ph.D. were among representatives from Florida’s 12 public universities who participated in the first C.W. Bill Young Research Day of the State University System of Florida at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, […]

44 Industry-Leading Companies Express Interest In Partnering with Florida Polytechnic University

LAKELAND, Fla. – Forty-four innovating firms have expressed interest in partnering with Florida Polytechnic University, according to a report released today by the university. This level of business interest in Florida’s newest university follows Florida Poly’s first Industry Partner Summit on September 17, 2013. The event brought together nearly 100 decision makers from innovating companies […]

A Message From Scott Rhodes, Executive Director of Enrollment

Hi! I’m Scott Rhodes, executive director of enrollment services at Florida Polytechnic University. I’ve worked in higher education for more than 15 years at places like Shenandoah University, Duquesne University, Concordia University Irvine and St. Leo University. Some of these schools have been around for hundreds of years and have great legacies, but to me […]

New CIO Envisions Florida Poly Among the Nation’s Most Prestigious Polytechnic Institutions

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University has officially welcomed Chief Information Officer Tom Hull to its executive leadership team. Hull has 28 years of IT experience and has served as CIO for several universities including Virginia Commonwealth and, most recently, Pace University in New York.

Florida Polytechnic Board Approves Negotiations for On-Campus Student Housing Development

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University’s Board of Trustees Monday authorized a selection committee to negotiate for the development of on-campus student housing. The proposed project will provide a residence hall, or halls, with approximately 200 beds by August 2014 when the university’s inaugural class begins. The selection committee issued a public request for statements […]

Florida Poly Exceeds Recruitment Expectations

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 […]

Four Florida Polytechnic Degrees in PayScale.com’s Top 10 “Most Recommended Majors”

LAKELAND, Fla. – Four of six degrees and one area of concentration that Florida Polytechnic University will offer upon opening in fall 2014 are among the top 10 “Most Recommended Majors” in a 2013-2014 report generated by PayScale.com.

September Construction Photos

Florida Polytechnic University September 2013 construction photos.

Florida Polytechnic University Supports In-State Tuition for U.S. Veterans

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University on Tuesday stood in support of State Senate Bill 84 (SB-84), which provides criteria for U.S. military veterans to qualify for in-state tuition at public universities and colleges without first establishing state residency. The present-day GI Bill only covers in-state tuition rates.

Apple’s VP of Education Speaks to More than 200 Industry Leaders at Florida Polytechnic’s First Industry Partner Summit

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University today held its first Industry Partner Summit bringing together nearly 90 leaders from 40 innovating companies to help shape the university’s future curriculum. Representatives from companies like Cisco Systems, Harris Corporation, Boeing Spectrolab, Staples and Prolexic engaged in roundtable discussions to define priorities for degree concentrations including Big Data, […]

39 Industry-leading Companies to Help Shape Florida Polytechnic Curriculum at September 17 Summit

39 Industry-leading Companies to Help Shape Florida Polytechnic Curriculum at September 17 Summit LAKELAND, FL – More than 50 business leaders representing 39 firms focused on science, technology and engineering will come together next week at Florida Polytechnic University’s first Industry Partner Summit to help shape the university’s curriculum. Apple’s vice president of education, John […]

August Construction Photos

  Florida Polytechnic University August 2013 construction photos.

Florida Poly Approves Scholarships for First Students

ORLANDO, Fla. — The University’s Board of Trustees voted today to approve the scholarship program for the 2014 class and will consider extending the program for additional classes. Incoming full-time undergraduate students to the new Florida Polytechnic University will receive scholarships valued at $5,000 per year for the first three years and $3,200 for the […]

Florida Poly to decide Monday on scholarship program

ORLANDO, Fla., — Prospective students at the new Florida Polytechnic University will get a clearer picture on Monday of the likely scholarships they would be eligible for beginning in 2014.  The University’s Board of Trustees will consider a proposal to provide scholarships to the inaugural undergraduate and graduate full-time, in-state students during its August 26 […]

14 Things About Lauren Willison

  Where were you born? Fort Myers, FL Where did you go to high school? North Fort Myers High School Were you in any organizations in high school? Yes, I played Volleyball, and was in the Environmental Club Where did you go to college? I received my Associate of Arts degree from Edison State College and […]

13 Things About Ryan Sullivan

  Where were you born? On the Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. My father was in the Air Force at the time. Where did you go to high school? I graduated from Glens Falls High School in Glens Falls, New York in 2004. Were you in any organizations in high school? I ran track […]

14 Things About Richard Truncale

  Where were you born? Franklin Square, New York Where did you go to high school? Nature Coast Technical High School Were you in any organizations in high school? Management Club, Key Club, Peer Helpers and Construction Club Where did you go to college? Saint Leo University – Saint Leo, Florida Which organizations were you […]

New Polytechnic Admissions office to open on campus in November

LAKELAND, Fla. – Prospective students at Florida Polytechnic University and their families will be able to get an in-person sense of the campus, classrooms and curriculum at a new $1 million Admissions Visitor Center office opening in November.  This will be the first building to open to the public at the new Polytechnic campus on […]

July Construction Photos

  Florida Polytechnic University July 2013 construction photos.

Graduation Ceremony Held for Merit Students

For the students who participated in the MERIT Summer Robotics Camp, the program may be over, but the memories will live on forever. MERIT, which stands for Medical Engineering and Robotics Innovation for Tomorrow, was a joint effort between Florida Poly, All Saints Academy, and the Robotics Institute and Center for Urology at Winter Haven Hospital.

June Construction Photos

  Florida Polytechnic University June 2013 construction photos.  

Florida Poly Work Plan Approved by Board of Governors

The State University System of Florida Board of Governors (BOG) unanimously approved Florida Polytechnic University’s 2013-2014 Work Plan at a meeting at the University of South Florida. Approval of the plan was a major milestone, as it enables Florida Poly to move forward with its strategies to recruit students, hire faculty, develop curriculum and establish […]

Florida Poly Has Outstanding Community Support!

Thank you to all the business and community leaders from around Polk County who have shown their support for Florida Poly. Last month, the city of Lakeland, Florida Poly Vision and the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce held a special reception at the Lakeland Center to welcome Ava Parker, Chief Operating Officer.  Lakeland Mayor Gow […]

Students Are Enjoying the Merit Summer Robotics Program

The Medical Engineering and Robotics Innovation for Tomorrow (Merit) Summer Robotics Program is in full swing, and the students are having a blast so far! The four-week summer program allows high school students to learn about medical imaging, radiation, pharmacotherapy, renewable energy, sterilization, and surgical robotics. 

Florida Poly Names First Faculty Member

Robert I. MacCuspie, Ph.D. a research chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology has been named the first faculty member at Florida Poly. He has more than seven years of experience working in government national labs and has held research positions at the Air Force Research Laboratory and the U.S. Food and Drug […]