Florida Tech Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (77)
Before deciding on this school, I researched like a mad lady looking to see which school would be extremely reputable and recognized once I received my degree. I have not been in school for over twenty years and obtaining my previous school records was quite challenging but the University Alliance staff was not only informative and friendly but was terrific in helping me obtain all the information required and necessary to attend the college. I am on my fourth quarter and the work has been extremely challenging. Like in all colleges, not all the professors are hands on but I have had some fabulous professors that have gone far beyond their call of duty. I'm a little older student and I am not looking for an institution that hands over a diploma. I want to really earn my degree and come out learning. My advisor at University Alliance is extremely friendly and knowledgeable and has guided me in selecting the right courses each quarter. He has not pushed the purchasing of the books and I have opted to purchase them from University Alliance at times. So far, I am really enjoying attending Florida Tech Online and am happy I chose this university for my degree. On another note, many of the university attendees are military students and already established professionals so the classes are extremely enlightening when discussing certain tops on the Board. The students are intelligent and serious about their degree so it makes student interaction intellectually challenging.
I struggle with many of the reviews here as I spent a great deal of time looking at both brick and mortar and online schools. Some of the schools I reviewed before making my selection were the University of Florida (my alma mater- GO GATORS) , Florida State University, University of North Florida, University of Central Florida and Jacksonville University. Each of these schools, with the exception of FSU, are within 90 minutes of driving from my home with JU and UNF being right around the corner, however I made the choice to attend FIT for 2 reasons. FIT is 100% online which means I could listen to lectures on my timeline as I work full-time. This school is no different then UF, which I attended 15 + years ago, they certainly had/have issues however the education was no different. When I attended UF I could watch professors lecture on the TV at my home, buy the video, or attend the classes and I never had the opportunity to speak with many of them directly. FIT is no different, I start classes with 20-30 other students, much smaller than my UF classes with 1000 students in Marketing, and finish with 70% of them, I have had some professors who respond quickly to emails and other who don't at all, some fellow classmates who are active group members and others who are not. The discussion boards tend to be just that discussion boards quick comments by some and verbose comments by others. The other reason I chose to attend FIT was because it is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission which is the same organization that accredits the University of Florida and is permitted to award doctorate degrees just like other state run universities. A similar program at UF, which was not 100% online but required a once a month onsite visit for 27 months cost about $55,000 when I looked the last time versus the $32,000 at FIT. This education is just like any other it is what you make of it, if you are looking to be spoon fed the information and not have to read the book and write a lot of papers using APA format then this school is not for you. The folks from University Alliance are interesting for sure, I have been through 3 different advisers so far and I expect to have another one before I finish in August this year, it is March now. They are part of the reason I believe the cost is almost twice the amount of UNF per course, however they are a private college and they tend to run a little more plus it is 100% online so there is something to be said for that. It is still cheaper then UF and I don't have drive there, spend the night in a hotel, and drive back! These are just my thoughts, somewhat stream of consciousness, no matter what you decide FIT, UF, Timbucktoo you will only get out what you put into it! Good luck!
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.
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.