Florida Tech-Online Reviews

  • 85 Reviews
  • Melbourne (FL)
  • Annual Tuition: $16,128
59% of 85 students said this degree improved their career prospects
67% of 85 students said they would recommend this school to others
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erik
  • Reviewed: 3/15/2015
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"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"
Samuel Gorgani
  • Reviewed: 3/3/2015
  • Degree: Computer Science
"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."
L
  • Reviewed: 2/16/2015
  • Degree: Business
"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 So I have withdrawn from the university and I intend to find a university that will be helpful if need be.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."
kina
  • Reviewed: 1/11/2015
  • Degree: Forensic Psychology
"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."
Bob
  • Reviewed: 11/13/2014
  • Degree: MBA
"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."
It Is Done
  • Reviewed: 10/15/2014
  • Degree: Information Technology
"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)."
Zinnia
  • Reviewed: 9/17/2014
  • Degree: Business
"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."
K
  • Reviewed: 5/24/2014
  • Degree: MBA
"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."
Chris
  • Reviewed: 1/9/2014
  • Degree: Finance
"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"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 7/23/2013
  • Degree: Information Technology
"Tell us about your college experience.This school is great. BUT IT IS NOT A DEGREE MILL, THE WORK IS CHALLENGING! YOU MUST WORK VERY HARD. Ive attended the best universities in the world, and the level of instruction is the same.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?I would choose this degree program because it's highly respected, especially in Florida.What advice can you offer other students?FIT is the real deal. No joke, regionally accredited. But stay on top of University Alliance, the company that runs their program. You can easily fall through the cracks and you have to make them do their job."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 7/11/2013
  • Degree: Project Management
"Employee Tuition Reimbursement: When I enrolled at FT thru UA, I was told that they have a great option for those who receive full employer tuition reimbursement. They said that they would place a hold on the credit card used for the class for 45 days to allow for the tuition reimbursement to be paid, prior to the student having to pay the bill. This awesome option led me to enroll, but it only lasted for one course, before I was told that it is not the policy to do this, so my grades were frozen until i pad the bill - which they never sent me. All told it took more than 10 days, 15 phone calls, and numerous emails to various people all over Florida Tech and the UA to finally get told that I had to pay first to get my grade report. unfortunatley for me the rules appeared to change just as my employer was closing its doors making any reimbursement option virtually impossible to complete. Course Work: If you have an undergrad business degree you will likely be able to handle the insanely fast paced workload of these courses, if you don't then do not enroll here. Since my undergrad is in journalism, I did not the have the general business courses that appear to be required for BUS5602. In this "intro" course you will expect to complete a 100 page business plan, read and apply all aspects of an entire statistics textbook in 2 weeks, read more than 10 chapters per week, and view about the same number of lectures each week. There is no time to actually learn, so if you do not laready know it, then be prepared to struggle tremendously."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 6/9/2013
  • Degree: Business
"Very rigorous. Started online in 2011 and finished right on time in 2013. It definitely is not for the faint of heart. People think online is easy - however you better have your act together and be a self motivator. Great experience putting together formal education with my experience."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 12/27/2012
  • Degree: Computer Science
"As others have pointed out, if you went to Fl. Tech for your undergraduate, there is no point in going there for your graduate unless an employer is paying or you're going into a different field as you'll most likely end up taking the same courses with the same professors and do the same work you did as an undergraduate. This is from personal experience in the CS dept- it wasn't until I was fortunate enough to be the nail that stood out that they decided it was a good idea to actually differentiate the course work between graduate and undergraduate students since prior it was literally the exact same courses with the only difference being in how it was represented on your transcripts. The courses that were dual grad/undergrad were taught in the same room, by the same professor, with the same coursework to a T.The professors on a whole are extremely knowledgeable and the courses are challenging. Administration is what made my experience at Fl Tech bitter sweet. Even certain professors hold no qualms about openly conveying their own frustration or resentment towards the administration. Some online courses are taught better than others. In one I would receive immediate feedback while in another I did not receive any grades until the semester ended."
MBA Candidate
  • Reviewed: 12/12/2012
  • Degree: Healthcare Management
"I have just finished my 9th course (out of 12) in the MBA program. The quality of education is very high. The workload is also very high. This is definitely not a ‘diploma mill.’ I was actually hoping for something a little easier, but nothing about this program is easy. For example, the class I just finished had the standard tests, discussion board, and reading (don’t think you can complete a class without reading). In addition to this, I had to complete 2 papers (10 pages each) which required significant research, a business plan (49 pages) and a marketing plan (66 pages). I would say this is a typical workload for my FIT MBA courses.In short, the education is dependent on what you put into it. The caveat is that if you don’t put in significant effort, you will not pass. The professors treat you as a professional and seem to have little patience for laziness. It has been mentioned multiple times that and MBA is for a business professional, and based on that expectation a professional effort is expected.This may sound like a negative review, but it isn’t. I have the highest regard for this program. I just want to point out that this program is not for a person looking to write a check and get a few letters behind their name for resume banter."
G.C.
  • Reviewed: 9/2/2012
  • Degree: MBA in Finance
"I have been a student at Florida Tech's online business school for over a year now. You have to be committed if you want to pass and get good grades. It is very time consuming.When I graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in biology I could not find a job. So I enrolled in Florida Tech's online MBA program. Since then I have gotten a dream job and it is largely due to the MBA program.If you are willing to work hard this is a good program for you."
John
  • Reviewed: 8/11/2012
"I am on my fifth of eleven requires courses for in the Master of Science in Information Technology program and all courses have taught material at the under-grad level. I can say that with confidence because I have already had the same courses. When I reviewed the curriculum prior to starting the program, I thought they would be graduate-level courses in the same subject. If I weren’t so invested in the program I would terminate and find another school. My current course, Information Security, utilized a textbook that is seven years old, which should be unacceptable for an Information Technology course at any level of instruction. There were no requirements to do any research of current issues on the topic and the weekly discussion questions merely required students to write definitions, word-for-word, from the text book.The web lectures do not provide any added value to the courses. Slides are word-for-word from the text book and the presenter merely read the slides. No clarification, explanation or examples are provided. The narrator of the slides for the Information Security course may have a Ph.D., but his monotone delivery and inability to properly pronounce terms is very distracting and does not lend to a learning environment. I have worked in the IT field for 20 years and can honestly say a person off of the street could read the slides just as well as the good doctor, perhaps even better. The presentations are horrible and of no use. The instructors have not provide any added value to the course material. All I do for is read the book and take simple, multiple choice exams. It is ironic that an “Institute of Technology” would utilize out-of-date textbooks and technology in the technical classes it provides. The student interface for the online classroom discussion board and the email interface are extremely lacking and in need of an upgrade. I have taken online classes at UMUC, St. Leo, and three different community colleges and every one of them are far superior to FIT. I have an “A” average and am sure I will graduate with one, simply because the work is so easy.I would not waste my time or money at on the MSIT program at FIT, unless all you want is a worthless piece of paper that says you have a MSIT."
Carl
  • Reviewed: 8/9/2012
"If any person tells you that the FIT MBA program is an easy A, they are crazy. It is to quite the contrary. I earned my undergraduate BA through FIT and was thoroughly impressed, but the MBA programs online are set up for failure. The managerial accounting exams have 36 questions that are extremely difficult and the exam has short time limits. Exams that should have a six hour time limit have a three hour time limit. So, by the end of the three hours you have many unanswered questions.Most of the exams have averages in the 50’s, and the school has a no curve policy at the graduate level. If you want to teach yourself graduate level work, this is the college for you. The online professors are useless. Don’t waste your money and your time. I am currently in the process of transferring to another MBA program so I can actually learn what I need to. Undergraduate good, but graduate horrible. Food for thought, I graduated with honors undergraduate at FIT, and I have a 3.5 GPA in graduate. So, I am not a student that doesn’t put a solid effort forward. Steer clear!"
Joshua Gardner
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2012
"I am currently enrolled in the IT program with Florida Tech and I would not recommend this school to anybody.The vast majority of the work is done straight from the book. There is a distinct lack of hands on exercises or activities. They expect you to read up four chapters a week and have that memorized purely through whats offered in the text. It feels like you are paying thousands of dollars to sit down and teach yourself.What little interaction you have with your fellow students and the teacher is done through useless discussion assignments that really have no bearing on the outcome of your overall education. Often, there will be a minimum amount of posts required to the forum every week. Your grade is almost always determined by your frequency of posts, not the quality. So you end up with a lot of people posting really useless things just to make the grade. Also, since the discussion is required, a lot of the subject will have nothing to do with what your learning. As if the teacher is having trouble coming up with topics.Good luck trying to get help from a teacher in anyway. I recently reached out to my teacher for help and, in polite terms, I was basically told too bad get a tutor. It very much seems that these classes are just a job to F.I.Ts' instructors and they have very little care or regard for if the students pass. There is no student/teacher relationship.For someone starting from scratch in their chosen field this school is the worst possible choice you can make. Even if you pass and get your degree, you will likely not have retained the information to be a success on the job."
Catherine
  • Reviewed: 7/26/2012
  • Degree: MBA
"I am enrolled in Florida Tech's MBA program with a specialization in marketing. I am just over halfway done with the 24 month program and have already learned so much. The thing I like the best about the program is you know you are getting a high-quality education - the professors are all leaders in their field and offer invaluable real-world advice and experience on top of the material we are learning in the textbook.I did my research before deciding what school to earn my MBA program from and there's no doubt in my mind that I made the right decision. Florida Tech is ranked among the best schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for a reason! The education you receive is world class. Looking forward to when I can proudly say I'm a Florida Tech alumni. Go Panthers!!"
Michael Lavoie
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2012
  • Degree: MBA in Finance
"I am a Florida institute of Technology online. Let me start by saying I do not understand the negative comments. I am half done with my MBA program and I have never experienced anything like the negative comments.My advisor regularly checks in with me to see how I am doing and if I have any questions. The entire process has been smooth and enjoyable.This school is not for people seeking an easy degree. You actually have to work hard at getting good grades. The tests are very difficult and the work requires you to put forth an effort. I can honestly say that I believe I am getting a very good education from a quality institution."