Florida Polytechnic University

Lakeland, FL, USA

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Florida Polytechnic University

3.93 Average Rating

Future Student

accepted here and planning to attend soon
3 people found this review useful
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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.
Tips for prospective students
If you're not serious about science, don't bother.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
New school. We're making the traditions!
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.
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.
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Veronica from Land o Lakes, FL

accepted here and planning to attend soon
2 people found this review useful
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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.
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.
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.
Food and Dining
There is a huge array of dining opportunities outside of the university, and there is a Publix nearby.
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.
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Nigel from Lakeland, FL

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
None that I know of.
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.
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.
Greek Life
None
Campus Safety
At Florida Polytechnic University, we have our own campus chief of police and campus security.
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Guest from Poly City

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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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.
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.
Academic Rigor
Classes are rigorous, the professors move at a steady pace though so as not to lose anyone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great for these types of students
Those who want a new experience and want to be part of an innovative future.
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.
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Gabriela from Rockledge, FL

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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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.
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.
Academic Rigor
The university offers many advanced classes that require a great deal of work.
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.
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.
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.
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Tyler

accepted here and planning to attend soon
1 person found this review useful
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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.
Tips for prospective students
Some scholarships and financial prospects are not applicable due to the lack of accreditation.
Academic Rigor
What you would expect from the highest level STEM state university in the state
Dorm Life
Dorms look nice with a kitchen and wash machine and dryer
Food and Dining
Food and dining is nice; 15 minutes from a Publix too.
Bang for the buck
They give nice sized scholarships as well as being within budget.
Great for these types of students
Gamers and Low key computer wiz
Clubs and Activities
About 10 clubs; however, more are incoming
Greek Life
None yet
Campus Safety
Nice campus security
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Tyler from Minneola, FL

researching this school
4 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Outstanding facilities.
Tips for prospective students
Be prepared
Dorm Life
The dorms are amazing!
Food and Dining
The food and dinning facility was extremely clean.
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.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
In a very rural area , but near a major interstate.
Great for these types of students
Stem minded.
Clubs and Activities
I believe you can host any kind of club. The school seems to be very open.
Campus Safety
The police/ security is very present.
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Isabel from Cooper City, FL

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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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.
Tips for prospective students
Be prepared for a bit of geeky-ness. There's a higher concentration here and it shows.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great for these types of students
Geeks and Nerds, or anyone with a passion for technology or engineering, we welcome you.
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Makala from Polk City, FL

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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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.
Tips for prospective students
Housing fills up fast! Apply early and reserve your spot in the dorms.
Dorm Life
Dorms are currently apartment style and very modern.
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!
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.
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.
Great for these types of students
Florida Polytechnic is great for students interested in the stem field.
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.
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Brittany from Auburndale, FL

researching this school
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Four Star Rating
Tips for prospective students
BE prepared to be inspired.
Academic Rigor
Looks great just need those creditials.
Dorm Life
Seems pretty basic
Food and Dining
Not too crowded
Bang for the buck
Can't say much; they are still at the beginning of their reign.
Great for these types of students
Geniuses, people who want to become the next entrepreneur, inventor, engineer, etc.
Clubs and Activities
Student government for sure. Many other clubs like any other University plus fun ones like star wars
Campus Safety
Even in a possible gas leak, evacuation is required. Fast acting too.
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