Florida Tech University Online Reviews
This is an excellent school. My advisor was extremely helpful and the courses were challenging. There were no online books, which I prefer because I like something tangible in my hand. I would definitely recommend this school if you are looking for a tech degree
I am currently attending this school online. I am not sure what the fuss is about but I am currently enjoying my self. The work is not easy but I won't say it will blow you away either. Over all I enjoy the school and so far feel I have learned something which to me is what counts.
I started attending Florida Tech about a year ago. I was assigned a student advisor who would never answer any messages i left only email and would call when it suited him, which was fine until i needed help with my Discrete Mathematics. I had completed Algebra and college algebra and went straight into Discrete Mathematics. One I am not studying Computer science, and two Discrete Mathematics is way above calculus (which they do not even offer) I had some great professors in Physics, and Global Business, (I made A's and B's) other than that the professors who claim to have a masters or above are not helpful at all. I have spent hours trying to comprehend Discrete mathematics with no improvement contacted my professor who stated they cannot help me....hmmm.....well WHY AM I PAYING for someone not to help me??? So I have withdrawn from the university and I intend to find a university that will be helpful if need be. My advice stay far away from this university do not be fooled.
I've been in FIT for a year now online & so far I love it. Of course you have to work hard to get a degree that is expected. And unlike other online schools, I've heard that jobs do recognize this school & give high regards to people that graduated from there. I'm going for my bachelors degree in applied psycology concentration in forensic psychology. They even said they would give me time off so I can do my internship. My student advisor is very helpful & calls me every week to make sure the classes are going well. The books are expensive, but I het mine from valore books or chegg. I love how the classes are quarterly, not semester. The 8 weeks go by fast. It just makes me feel like I'm that much closer to my goal.
I attended FIT at a satellite campus so I would assume the experience is different online or at the main campus. FIT is not a Degree Mill, but it is designed towards working professionals who want to learn. So if you do not put anything in to it, you will not get anything out, and find the experience lacking. Some of the teachers made the class to easy and some made it a little difficult. It did take effort to pass the classes, but not nearly as much as it would at other schools. The material was not much different than my undergrad, definitely more writing. Overall I believe it was a good experience and am hopeful it will translate into more money and career opportunities.
French was good, but I hated all my Computer Science classes. Most of professors don't explain a thing; they just know how to give assignments. No feedback on those assignments, and no feedback later on those assignments, not even the grade. Some do explain stuff, but what they explain is way too different from what they ask on assignments, so basically it's useless going to classes....
Just finished MBA in IT Management (with a 4.0 GPA) a couple of months ago. It is too early to tell what this degree will mean to my career as I am still in the same job (so far). The work load is as tough as you could want and still hold down a full time job and a family. I generally put in 2 hours/day Mon-Friday and a few hours on Sunday afternoon finishing up assignments. Just as with any on campus degree, some professors were really good, some were "phoning it in", some were easy and some were hard to please. The "easiest" class I had was economics which required about 10-12 hours per week (but I like economics and have studied it in the past). The most difficult was Accounting (for me) as there were a lot of new concepts to understand. The typical class took about 15-20 hours per week of work. There were a couple of times however that I put in 40+ hours in one week to get all of my reading and assignments completed. Writing papers can be the most time consuming task. In all, I think it was a great program and a good education. The materials used, and information taught is the same thing you would get in almost any other MBA program (I often found class/teacher notes online from other schools including Harvard where the same text book was being used). Of course, as an online program you're going to primarily be reading the books and teaching yourself. The professors are there to post assignments, answer questions and give out grades. It's not the same as learning in a classroom (for good and bad). That's just the nature of it. ***Something to Understand***: Many negative reviews I've read come down to complaints about University Alliance, not Florida Tech. Basically you ARE being taught by and receiving a degree/diploma from Florida Institute of Technology, just like on-campus students. It is the same books and the same courses. FIT is a regionally accredited, brick and mortar, non-profit school. University Alliance however, is a for-profit company that manages the online delivery of college courses for FIT. UA also manages online delivery for several other schools (including Notre Dame). So you're kind of going through UA to get to FIT. Interestingly, the Florida Institute of Technology's College of Business is named for "Nathan M. Bisk". UA is owned by "Bisk Education". The founder and Chairman of Bisk Education is (you guessed it) Nathan M. B.. Make of that what you will. I guess Mr. B. is a pretty good businessman for starting UA and making a bunch of money off of it. Unfortunately the "advisor" you get comes from UA, not FIT. The books, fees and payments all go through UA (student loans actually go through FIT financial aid office however). My advisor was 90% salesman (calling weekly to sign me up for my next class and asking repeatedly if I wanted to order my books from them) and only about 10% advisor. A thorough reading the school website seemed to give me a better understanding of the curriculum than what he had. That aside, I did not have any major problems and he was responsive when I needed something. ***Important note on books***: With the exception of the first two courses which use a custom FIT text book, I bought all of my books through other online sources. In almost all cases I was able to find electronic versions (most of them on Amazon Kindle) which could be purchased (or even rented) for a fraction of the cost. Just get the ISBN number off of the school website and do a Google and/or Amazon search for it. If not available on Kindle, check Amazon, eBay and other online sources for a used copy. ***One more tip***: I found the "Study Guide and CD-ROM" for each class to be completely useless and stopped ordering them after the first two classes. The CD-ROM is just a copy of all of the video lectures which can be streamed or downloaded from your class website. IF you need to watch lectures offline and don't want to download them I guess that could be something you want.The "study guide" is a just a bound book of slides from the lectures with lines for taking notes. I just looked and noticed that the study guide and CD are now only $20 which is at least more reasonable (they used to be $60 which was a complete rip off).
I love Florida Tech online. This school fits in well with my busy life, but I was doing some research and realized that the Business school isn't accredited with AACSB, even though the school is accredited. I feel that this would be important to let students know.
I am half way done with my MBA and it has been anything but easy, but certainly is not impossible. The pace is rigorous and the exams are challenging, however, if you apply yourself you can be successful, as with any graduate level program. Some faculty members are more involved than others with some being more like facilitators and others taking a more hands on approach, I have yet to have a bad one, though there are some I like more than others. You will have readings, lectures, discussion questions, papers, projects (both group and individual), homework assignments, and exams. Before enrolling I highly recommend that you decide whether or not you can devote possibly 15-20 hours a week to your studies. It is a huge commitment but that's what I expected from a graduate level program.
This program is excellent. Despite what you may read on the internet this is the same school as the actual campus. Same admissions, same diploma, and you can walk at graduation. That being said. This is a rigorous, fast-paced program that requires a lot of work. You are expected to complete a 70-120 page business plan in your intro course. From there the work is challenging and, depending on the professor, you will be expected to make up to 8 posts a week on multiple days per week in order to statisfy that portion of the class. Top that off with weekly assignments, lectures (which harbors material that are on the tests and not in the readings), and chapters worth of reading, you can find yourself with your hands full. While I find the business work to be much easier than my undergrad, it can be very time consuming. THIS IS NOT A DEGREE MILL - you need to work hard to succeed in this environment. Prior schooling: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (DB Campus) - Aerospace Systems Engineering