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  • 08/07/2015

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 1 of 16

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Even in a possible gas leak, evacuation is required. Fast acting too.

    Clubs and Activities

    Student government for sure. Many other clubs like any other University plus fun ones like star wars

    Great for these types of students

    Geniuses, people who want to become the next entrepreneur, inventor, engineer, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    Can't say much; they are still at the beginning of their reign.

    Food and Dining

    Not too crowded

    Dorm Life

    Seems pretty basic

    Academic Rigor

    Looks great just need those creditials.

    Tips for prospective students

    BE prepared to be inspired.

    In three sentences

    Four Star Rating

  • 04/14/2015

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 2 of 16

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Besides being a state school, I'm getting a scholarship for $7000/year. If you keep up decent grades, you're sure to get a great scholarship heading your way, along with if you qualify for Bright Futures here in Florida.

    Food and Dining

    There is a huge array of dining opportunities outside of the university, and there is a Publix nearby.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms look great! I'll be signing up for a 4 person dorm, where everyone gets their own room and there are 2 bathrooms, which is a huge plus.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes certainly seem like they will be difficult, but also exciting! It's very easy to reach your professors since all of their offices are on the second floor of the main building, which is great when you want to ask for help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to study tech. Make sure that you really enjoy it, because there aren't any majors that are unrelated to STEM for you to switch into should you change your mind. Also remember that FL Poly isn't accredited yet, so the FAFSA is a no-go, but they say that you can send a copy to them and they'll see what they can do. Bright Futures will be you're friend if you are a Florida resident, because they can and will accept that.

  • 02/03/2015

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 3 of 16

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The police/ security is very present.

    Clubs and Activities

    I believe you can host any kind of club. The school seems to be very open.

    Great for these types of students

    Stem minded.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In a very rural area , but near a major interstate.

    Bang for the buck

    I don't think you will find another school that can give you the quality per dollar , this school is offering.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dinning facility was extremely clean.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are amazing!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared

    In three sentences

    Outstanding facilities.

  • 01/20/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 4 of 16

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Geeks and Nerds, or anyone with a passion for technology or engineering, we welcome you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Innovation Science and Technology Building is the gem of the campus, its is a very beautiful building with panels that move to track the sun during the day to provide indirect sunlight to the entire second floor.

    Bang for the buck

    Offered the inaugural scholarship, I'm paying practically nothing to go to school here. The school has the hitches you might expect of a university just starting, but we're working toward making this a better school.

    What to do for fun

    The Student Life Coordinator and SGA have set up a bunch of very fun events, and there are countless clubs here already. Between game nights and dances, as well as weekly meeting clubs, there is not shortage of things to do on campus. Weekly dorm events exist as well and get everyone hanging out in the common area downstairs.

    Food and Dining

    A Starbucks located in the IST (the main school building) is very convenient for surviving those dreaded morning classes and the Wellness Center with its quickstop lunch area as well as buffet are decent enough, if somewhat limited in selection. There's also another Starbucks in the Wellness Center. The dining staff is very nice.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very high end. A little expensive, especially for a school that needs students. Smart TVs in every dorm suite are very nice. Options for suites with 3 to 6 people make the pricing a little more managable. Occasional problems with utilities should be ironed out within the year (specifically hot water and wifi).

    Academic Rigor

    Professors try their best to teach what they know these students will need to succeed, be it how to write a business proposal or the basic concepts of programming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for a bit of geeky-ness. There's a higher concentration here and it shows.

    In three sentences

    A very science-engineering school with a very tight knit community. Good professor and a pretty welcoming, if small, student body. A campus ready to grow.

  • 01/12/2015

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 16

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Nice campus security

    Greek Life

    None yet

    Clubs and Activities

    About 10 clubs; however, more are incoming

    Great for these types of students

    Gamers and Low key computer wiz

    Bang for the buck

    They give nice sized scholarships as well as being within budget.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is nice; 15 minutes from a Publix too.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms look nice with a kitchen and wash machine and dryer

    Academic Rigor

    What you would expect from the highest level STEM state university in the state

    Tips for prospective students

    Some scholarships and financial prospects are not applicable due to the lack of accreditation.

    In three sentences

    Looks great, the only thing that is lacking is the accreditation; however, it appears as though everyone is sure the school will become accredited soon.

  • 09/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 6 of 16

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    At Florida Polytechnic University, we have our own campus chief of police and campus security.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    As of now there are no official clubs but there are many unofficial ones that are waiting to be made official. Some of these include: BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministry) club, self-defense club, paintball club, and music club.

    Great for these types of students

    These are the students that would fit best at this school: computer savys, science, technology, engineering, and math lovers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I know of.

    Bang for the buck

    Florida Poly has some expensive food, but it is very delicious and most of it is actually healthy. However, if one wishes to save money instead of paying for food at Florida Poly everyday, he or she should bring food from home or buy groceries from a Publix nearby and make his or her own food to take to school.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do depending on what an individual considers fun. There are students playing soccer and ultimate frisby in the open grass on their off time. Different unofficial clubs have meetings usually once to twice a week and new clubs are constantly being made. Paintball is an option for fun that some students have been talking about going off campus to play.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Florida Polytechnic University is amazing. The cooks there are incredibly talented and kind. They make their own food there and the food is very high quality. The burgers actually taste like real beef, the pizza is better than any restaurant that I have been to, and the vegetarian food there is healthy and delicious.

    Dorm Life

    The Student Residence Halls are very nice. The students have a washer and drier in each of their three/four bedroom suites. They have ping-pong and billiards tables on the first floor along with a kitchen and small workout facility.

    Academic Rigor

    Florida Polytechnic University's academic rigor is pretty strong. The classes are not just regular classes that don't require you to do anything except show up; the classes are fast-paced and contain a medium to large homework load.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students coming into Florida Poly should have a good background in math and science preferably Precalculus and or Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry. Students coming in should have a mindset to not procrastinate. They should also come ready and willing to learn.

    In three sentences

    Florida Polytechnic University is a unique university whose class building was designed by world-renown architect Dr. Santiago Calatrava. This is a university that offers many degrees that help prepare the students for the careers needed today. Florida Poly is the right university for students who want to learn in classrooms with small student-to-teacher ratios and who want one-on-one time with their professors.

  • 09/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 7 of 16

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    School has police officers and a security group. They make their rounds on campus all the time. There's a lot of emergency poles too.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who want a new experience and want to be part of an innovative future.

    Bang for the buck

    Dorms are expensive but very much worth it for what you're getting. Although the food is very good it is a little pricey.

    What to do for fun

    There's a common area in the dorms with a pool table, five tvs, a ping pong table. There's always something going on.

    Food and Dining

    There's a few different options for food. A sub place, a grill, then a buffet/cafeteria style. The food is actually really tasty and there are a lot of options in the cafeteria area. Meal options change daily, offering a lot of variety for a lot of different types of eaters.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are brand new and very luxurious. Each suite comes with a flat screen tv, a full sized fridge, living room furniture, kitchen high top table, a microwave, and their own washer/dryer set. Depending on what the student signed up for they get their own bedroom. Living and sleeping space is much bigger than what I expected a dorm to be. Bathrooms have a standard shower.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are rigorous, the professors move at a steady pace though so as not to lose anyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Set your study habits ahead of time. Classes aren't hard, per se, but it is a rigorous program and can be a little overwhelming if you don't have good time management and study skills. There are a lot of help opportunities on campus though and professors are always willing to help out so don't let that freak you out.

    In three sentences

    A great experience. The school has all new, state of the art technology and lab equipment. Cirriculum is very hands on and the school in general is small which creates a more personal experience in classes.

  • 09/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 16

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The university is located in central Florida within in 30 minutes from several attractions like Disney World, the Gulf Coast beaches, Downtown Tampa, Busch Gardens, Downtown Orlando and many more.

    Food and Dining

    The dining facility is brand new as well. Again, the facility is very nice and a large variety of food is offered from healthy sandwiches to loaded tacos on Wednesday.

    Dorm Life

    Given that the dorms are brand new, the dorms are very luxurious. The dorms are apartment style and offer a great deal of privacy and space for each resident.

    Academic Rigor

    The university offers many advanced classes that require a great deal of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest that students who live far away from the campus, look for housing near or on campus. It would be very difficult traveling to Florida Poly everyday for class if you did not live close.

    In three sentences

    Florida Polytechnic is a great choice for those who are wanting to go into any career field involving STEM research. Not only does this new school offer state of the art facilities for the classes and research, but it is also located in a central part of Florida where there are many different attractions which draw people from all around the state. Personally I love being a part of this brand new college and being able to influence the future of the university.

  • 09/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 9 of 16

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. There are always officers or security guards on staff to protect the campus. The officers are very friendly and willing to escort you to your dorm room or car after a late night class or event.

    Great for these types of students

    Florida Polytechnic is great for students interested in the stem field.

    Bang for the buck

    Being a state university keeps this option very low budget. Which for me was important. I always wanted to go to a smaller college and most state colleges have 50,000 students but at Florida Poly they are putting a cap at 5,000 student which keeps class sizes small. So you are getting the experience of being at a smaller private college at the price of a state university.

    What to do for fun

    Being exactly in the mid point of Orlando and Tampa gives us many options of fun things to do. We are just a short 45 minute drive to downtown Orlando where you can spend the weekend at numerous theme parks including Disney World and Universal. We are also 45 minutes from Tampa which has activities such as Busch Gardens, the zoo, and the Florida Aquarium. If you are looking for something closer to the school there is numerous events always happening in downtown Lakeland. For example, First Fridays, the food truck rally, the farmers market, and zombie fest.

    Food and Dining

    There are two separate styles of dining in the wellness center. A buffet style dinning option along with a grill and substation. No matter what you choose the food is awesome!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are currently apartment style and very modern.

    Tips for prospective students

    Housing fills up fast! Apply early and reserve your spot in the dorms.

    In three sentences

    Florida Polytechnic is a great place to get your education. Everyone on staff is extremely helpful and always willing to answer questions. Class sizes are always small and academic centered.

  • 07/03/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 16

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    The school looks pretty good, and I'm honestly very excited to attend! Everything is new and there are so many opportunities for students. The Calatrava building is a plus as well.

  • 06/26/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 16

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've heard that they are going to have their own police force and students will have access to help buttons all across the school. If you're in need then you can press the button and someone will be there for you.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a STEM school so if you're really serious about science then it'd be a good school for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    New school. We're making the traditions!

    What to do for fun

    Currently, the main building and dorms are being built/ finished; however, next the construction team is working on the Wellness center which includes the gym, dining room, etc. Also, since this is a new school the students are planning to start numerous clubs that will allow for fun times.

    Food and Dining

    I really can't comment on the food. July is the first time I will be able to try it! However, in Lakeland there are restaurants galore so that no matter what type of food you like, Italian, Mexican, Chinese, or American, you will be satisfied.

    Dorm Life

    I will not be living in a dorm the first year. However, from what I have read, the dorms look really nice (not to mention they are brand new). Almost all four plans include single bedrooms and this is a MAJOR plus. Each floor plan has their own common area, which basically means to every 3, 4 or 6 people there is a mini living room, two bathrooms, and a kitchen area.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not actually started my courses but I have been informed about the courses I am set up to take in my field (Nanotechnology Engineering) and the professors. I am extremely pleased with the catalog and can't wait to start.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're not serious about science, don't bother.

    In three sentences

    I am a future student and so far, even though I have not started my classes, I am extremely excited to attend Florida Poly. Everything, from scheduled tours to Preview night, has been extremely well organized and the admissions counselors have been very informative. I am able to see my whole course catalog online and have access to other students who are going to be attending Florida Poly as well.

  • 04/10/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 16

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    They'll have lots of different food options for the students

    Academic Rigor

    STEM classes, enough said

  • 12/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 5 people found this review useful. 4 people found this inaccurate. 13 of 16

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Stop by the student government building over in LTB. There's usually something going on, and if not, there should be a schedule of upcoming events. After all, who's going to say no to free food and free USF apparel?

    Food and Dining

    The only dining area belongs to Polk State College, and even then, it's small and limited in what can be ordered.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms on the campus of the University of South Florida in Lakeland. I only give this one star because there are no living arrangements on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, but the professors are cognizant that many in the student body have other priorities in life to fulfill, such as a job or parenthood. Show up as much as possible, read the textbooks actively, take notes in class, and oh yeah, study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the planner given to you at the beginning of the school year. Form study groups with your classmates, chances are you'll have them for more than one of your classes. Parking is free, just don't leave your vehicle in a spot reserved for faculty or staff.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida's Lakeland campus is perfect if you want a quality education from a top-tier university with a personal touch. The classes are small, the professors are generous, and there's always some student activity going on. Compared to the hassles of the main campus in Tampa, USF in Lakeland is easy going.

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 5 people found this review useful. 4 people found this inaccurate. 14 of 16

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is safe with security around at all times.

    Clubs and Activities

    Psychology club and meetings.

    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for students with full time jobs and families.

    What to do for fun

    I watch my young son compete in Tae Kwon Do. I enjoy camping with his Cub Scout den, and I enjoy a morning jog on the Brandon Parkway.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning area is good. It is a deli style area, but there is also hot food served.

    Dorm Life

    There are not any dorms on this campus. It is suited for the commuter student.

    Academic Rigor

    College work is not always easy. You have to good time management and study hard to be successful. If you find it hard to keep up always look for a study group or office time with the professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a great school for those who may work a 9 to 5.

    In three sentences

    The location is excellent for students that live in the surrounding cities, because the drive there is not too long. There are opportunities to build great relationships with the professors. This is a great asset if a letter of recommendation is needed.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 6 people found this review useful. 2 people found this inaccurate. 15 of 16

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Their campus is amazingly safe, they have emergency poles at almost every corner. So if you have a problem on the campus, just find the nearest pole and press the safety button.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have plenty of clubs for you to choose from; and if you can't find anything suited for you, you can ask them to start your club. They would even give you the funds for it.

    What to do for fun

    They have hundreds of clubs and several fraternities.

    Food and Dining

    They have all kinds of restaurants. From Subway to Chick Fil A.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 3 people found this inaccurate. 16 of 16

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    get to know people on campus. Every week there re event hosted by student government and other clubs so its easy to find something to do in between/before/after classes.

    Food and Dining

    hmmm I would perfer to drive off campus and get subway most of the time or bring lunch to save money!

    Dorm Life

    I actually lived in south Tampa and had to commute 45 minutes to get there but the parking is free (unlike USF Tampa, where you pay $180.00 for each year) and also very close to all the classes!

    Academic Rigor

    I had to adjust coming from a community college (HCC) which was not quite as challanging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pick your classes early as possible to get first priority on the times and classes you want and need!

    In three sentences

    The classes are small or medium in size which I loved compared to hundred-student lectures where you get lost in the crowd. The professors were more than adequate and you can actually get to know them because of the class's aren't so big. I really enjoyed my time here!