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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Kim Williams
  • Reviewed: 6/21/2012
  • Degree: MBA
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"Florida Tech's MBA program is challenging and rewarding. If you aren't willing to work for a prestigious MBA, this program isn't for you. This is a real MBA from a real, traditional, nonprofit university (same curriculum and professors as on campus) with the convenience of online classes.The materials covered in class directly relate to my current position and I'm able to apply what I'm learning immediately. The classes are flexible enough that I can easily find time in my schedule to complete the work required. With an online MBA, you should expect to read the book, apply the material to practice problems and watch streaming-video lectures to acquire the knowledge. Professors are available to answer questions and most do within a reasonable time frame. Interaction with other students generally happens on a weekly discussion board. I'm extremely happy with my experience with Florida Tech and would recommend the MBA program to other students."
Laurie
  • Reviewed: 6/19/2012
  • Degree: MBA in Marketing
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"I enjoyed my 2 years of taking classes at Florida Tech University online. From my first class to my very last class 2 years later, I still enjoyed the online learning experience.The online class schedule made it easy to work full-time and be social, while simultaneously earning my degree. I enjoyed working with groups from all over the globe on projects together and even got to meet them at graduation ceremony when I walked with my class, and the rest of the graduating students on campus.It was a very memorable experience and I'm glad to be a Florida Tech Panther!"
r gonzales
  • Reviewed: 6/3/2012
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"After several consideration I choose FIT. The students services is very helpful they assist in your degree plan, they take the hassel out of deciding what class to take next. They simply recomend from the experience of other students in the degree program that have finished. I am almost done with my dgree program and it has been painless. The price of and education can not be compared to not having one. The reward out weighs the price."
Arvil sanders
  • Reviewed: 5/1/2012
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"Florida Tech is a rip off with a ton of hidden fees, PLEASE make sure that you ask for all expected out of pocket expenses in writing before you take the time to register for classes.They will have you go through all of the trouble registering and then 2 days before class start they will call you and tell you that you have to pay a fee for a book through University Alliance, and you are not allowed to start classes unless you pay university alliance the money and they will assure you that financial aid does not cover the fee."
Elle
  • Reviewed: 3/30/2012
  • Degree: Marketing
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"I have been attending FIT online for almost a year now in a Masters program. I decided to write this review now just as I am getting ready to take my midterm for my Managerial Economics class.I must say that I am pleased with the school and with my experience. I received my undergraduate degree from a 4 year institution in Florida where I attended classes. My online matriculation and registration process here was much easier than what I experienced in undergrad. The classes at FIT move quickly and the exams are challenging. I am able to do well because I study, but, I believe it takes that effort on my part to be successful. I read the textbook, I participate in the classroom discussion, I complete the assignments and exams and I do fine.I am in the MBA program with a focus on internet marketing because my career is in digital media. The course work is relevant and challenging. I have a full time career in advertising, work long hours, and am a single mother with two smaller kids.I have no complaints for FIT. I had a choice between here and a state collage MBA program that offered a blended classroom format with online coursework and classroom meetings on weekends every six months. The tuition was the same per credit hour. I chose FIT because the specialized MBA program matched my career more accurately.Overall I am pleased with the decision to attend and complete my degree with Florida Tech Online. I am looking forward to attending graduation!"
Save Your Money
  • Reviewed: 3/13/2012
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"I have been a student for almost 2-years. Finishing a Masters program with FTUO.Let me tell you this. Save your money. My main concern is that the academic standards at this institution are not enforced or moderated. I have had multiple instructors fail to give feedback on assignments, fail to answer questions, and give passing scores on homework to students who failed to even do the assignments.Granted, you get out of it what you put into it, but my suggestion to those who truly want to learn...go elsewhere!"
AA
  • Reviewed: 2/28/2012
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"I have attended FIT both on campus and online. If you want to be successful, you HAVE to work. I spend a lot of time studying and if you don't you won't make it. If you are looking for a degree mill, this is not the place. You will work and work a lot.Credits transfer in - but they have to be relevant. Don't expect "Basket Weaving 101" to count for "Organizational Theory 4560". Transfer credits also have to come from an accredited institution. (U of Phoenix students may need to think about that.)They also help with financial aid and help guide you through the available grant's application process. However, the cost of education is YOUR responsibility. If you apply for a grant and it is denied, that is not FIT's problem. No one owes you anything - you have to earn it.FIT's online program works for me. After I finish my current program, I am seriously thinking of coming back and getting a second masters degree because of what I am LEARNING in the program.If you want a free ride and a degree without working for it, go elsewhere. FIT isn't the place for you."
Apache
  • Reviewed: 12/23/2011
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"FIT has proven to be a wise choice for me in every remarkable sense...so much so that I am looking forward to calling myself a proud Florida Tech allumnist one day.Make no mistake about it; FIT's MBA curriculum is difficult and quite demanding, particularly for those who don't have a business background.What I appreciate most about the program is that it has challenged me, and has enhanced my ability to analyze details and think critically.Like many of the reviewers on here have suggested, the instructors essentially operate as facilitators, while the actual teaching/learning is accomplished by the students (via online forum discussions, homework assignments, & team projects), however; the instructors are quite helpful when questions are asked of them.In my analysis of the course work, FIT's MBA program is brilliantly constructed to provide the student with an incremental learning experience, whereby each course provides a building block for each successive learning segment. This inturn establishes the framework for the student's continuous learning process. Consequently, the student's learning experience will only be as enriching as the effort that he/she puts into it, like anything else.Another benefit that I have gained from FIT's MBA program is that it has helped to "de-mystify" some of the hidden logic behind the strategic decisions that corporate VP's make, and that is valuable.In closing, I can say, without reservation, that Florida Institute of Technology is an outstanding little school, and I would gladly recommend this school to any friend or family member. Also, you must visit the main campus in Melbourne. You will undoubtedly develop a strong appreciation for the school and its continued contributions."
Erin
  • Reviewed: 12/20/2011
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"I have had a very good experience going to FIT. I attended UOP online and attended a community college in the past and I can say that this school is worth the effort. The professors are knowledgeable, the student services is very helpful and faithful with correspondence, and the classes are challenging. I especially like the fact that as an online student I have all of the rights and privileges of a student attending classes at the school including an ID card. I like this school so much that I would consider getting my Master's degree with them.To the people who have getting jobs or who claim to be having trouble with the school, somehow I doubt it's the school's fault. Learn to communicate effectively with people and you shouldn't have any more problems."
Michelle
  • Reviewed: 11/12/2011
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"FIT online is an outstanding program. All of the professors have at least a masters degree in their field. FIT is rated as one of the best universities in the country by US News. The people in student services are helpful and honest.If you are having problems with missing documents, instructors, etc. it is most likely because you are not puttting in the effort necessary. This is no different from a regular campus atmosphere as far as effort required. FIT is not an easy program.To the person who said your credits are not transferrable, you are misinformed. FIT is a regionally accredited university and all credits are transferrable to other major universities as long as they apply to the program. I am not sure where people are getting their information but it is not correct.Also, you are not forced to buy books through the school. Unlike other schools I have attended, FIT will give you the ISBN's if you ask. I get my textbooks on Amazon for a fraction of the cost. All you have to do is ask instead of complain about everything.Lastly, I saw a review written by someone claiming that the instructors never answer them and that there is too much homework. Well, your post appears to be written by a 3rd grader, so I am assuming that you don't actually attend this school or you fell through the cracks. More likely, you are struggling because you are not capable of passing classes with FIT. I would recommend a school such as AIU or Phoenix for you. Maybe that will be easier.You can't blame the school because you don't study or don't do what you need to do to get fully matriculated as a student."
N
  • Reviewed: 11/10/2011
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"I studied at Florida Tech online for 2 years to get my MBA in marketing. I studied really hard beyond what was required and pretty much was top of my class for every class especially on the exams. Got my MBA with a 4.0 and became an PHi Kappa Phi member.I had to work extra hard studying and working at the same time to pay the tution. My credit wasnt great so I couldnt get a loan and had to work while studying with whatever job I could get to make sure I was paying the bills and my tution fee.I learnt alot I can tell you that and lot of it was personal effort because I was motivated to do well.The only problem. I cant get a decent job besides sales jobs. All of which pay really bad. I sent hundreds of resumes in the last couple of months. I have gone to maybe 4 interviews in over 3 months all for really crappy jobs which end up being sales commision jobs.I cant even get jobs which pay 5k a month. The 3 or 4 inteviews I went to they offered me like 3k a month some a bit more though not much more and some even less.I even had my resume done by a professional company and still no response. I have gotten one call a month so far for an interview and am so desperate I go to them all even if they werent that great. I even applied to positions which required undergrad in business and still no response.Hardly any decent company or rather any company has responded back to me in the last 3 months. I was not looking to make much. I would have been happy if I made 5 to 6k a month. I dont think thats too much to ask after getting an MBA.So at this point I know I have learnt alot though if I dont get a job even a lower job than what is people's view of Florida Tech's MBA. You tell me or rather think for yourself.I know if I had the money I could start a business and do well since I have learnt a lot though I dont have the money.I know I learnt alot. Are others willing to give me a chance though. You might have six pack abs though if no lets you take off your shirt how is any body going to know.Seriously Florida Tech needs to get that AACSB accreditation. There is a small school close to where I live and even it got the AACSB accreditation. Just as I graduated from Florida Tech. Isnt that just wonderful."
Annoyed
  • Reviewed: 9/30/2011
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"I went here (LOL SORTA) They never matriculated me. I had 5 student advisers, filled out the same paperwork twice for financial aid and grants. Got the run around. I was here for 1 semester. Nothing worked, I couldn't log into my classes or PAWS, I told them this over and over again and tried to drop out via email and phone cause of PAWS not working. They refused my loans and fafsa because I wasn't a matriculated student yet. Why? They never said, now they want the money. The money they could have got from lenders. Don't waste your time. But if you do, save EVERY email.."
Unknown
  • Reviewed: 8/9/2011
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  • Graduation Year: 2011
"I have been attending FIT since 2009 and I have nothing but good reviews about the school. I came to this school because of its reputation. At first, I was a bit concerned because I though it was going to be like another University of Phoenix but I'm glad I was wrong.I came from University of Phoenix and decided to drop out because I was tired of their curriculum and the fact that I was able to pass the classes without ever reading the school book. Come on folks, that really says alot about a school's curriculum if you barely have to touch the book.Since the start of my first semester of 09 up until now 2011, I have had to actually sit down and read the books, study, focus, read, read, read and I don't regret it. I figured that if i was going to get into a good University and be in student debt then at least I have to actually learn something and get it from a reputable school. The University of Phoenix does not have a good reputation at all.I honestly feel bad for all the people that have received their degrees from University of Phoenix. I wish I would have known about the school sooner. The assignments at FIT are not easy and you truly have to change your life style and learn and pass the courses. Some people believe that online education is a joke but those people are idiots because they have never experienced the online education I bet. I can honestly say that the online education at FIT is NOT A JOKE.Florida Institute of Technology is GRRRRRRREAT!!!"
Sally
  • Reviewed: 6/26/2011
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"I began with FIT, earlier this year. Registration was going smoothly, until NOW. I sent in all documents FIT required upon registration..I began classes and towards the ending, they suddenly needed more documents. From the very beginning I sent in EVERYTHING they required! Why would FIT wait last minute when the term ended to say they needed ONE more final document. They deliberately notified me the very last minute, as the term has ended to say they needed one final document to get me fully registered, and GUESS WHAT...I am going to be faced with a bill?? HELL to the NO, If I have to turn to the legal system, I most definitely will.When I just enrolled with the school they were calling/emailing me like white on rice. They wanted to ensure that I really do start school with them. They asked for certain documents, which I have provided..what pissed me off and I realized they're shady..I began classes, took all assignments/exams. The term came to and end, and right before the term ends they gonna call/email me saying they need ONE last document?? Like seriously WHY ONLY NOW...and then I'm going to get an email that "I owe a balance". They better get their act together, because I will take my complaint VERY FAR...This school is only concerned about MONEY, better off in a Community College..Totally disappointed with FIT, and they have the nerve to keep asking me if I have any friends who wants to attend..YEA sure, Like in my right frame of mind I will ever send any of my friends to FIT!!!!!!!!!"
Cole
  • Reviewed: 6/13/2011
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"I have been attending Florida Tech Online now for 4 semesters. I am a busy sales professional working 60-70 hours per week and have been able to maintain a 4.0 GPA in this program.People slam this school saying that it is taking their money, or the teachers are not responsive, or the material is not good. I completely disagree. I have gone to two state universities and a community college in the past where I did not complete my degree due to not having the personal drive to just do it. Here it is up to the individual to achieve success and you have to want it but I will tell you that my experience with the faculty has been great, my student adviser Cory is awesome, and I have had nothing but great things to say about this school. I looked at distance learning programs for two years before deciding on this one and I have not regretted my decision one bit!One last thing. This school is real with a real campus in Melbourne, Fl and real instructors. You will not be disappointed!- Business Administration Bachelors Program - 28 Years Old - 10 Year Military Veteran"
Alan
  • Reviewed: 5/17/2011
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"I just graduated with an MBA from this school. The total MBA graduating class for Spring 2011 was only approximately 120 students. The education at FIT was fairly good. Just like any type of learning program, you get what you put in. Some people obviously did not put in much effort, while others put in a lot. I would recommend this program to anyone who is looking for an online program that is similar to on-campus type programs. Tests, projects, papers, and discussions basically sum up each class experience. I would not recommend this program to those who need a lot of hand holding. At times, the teacher interaction was fairly poor, but that's typical of my on-campus experience."
Ray
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2011
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"First of all, if you are looking to get a Masters degree and put in very little effort, then forget online at FIT. It is very hard and challenging.However,for those of you looking to get a good education, one you can use in the future, then I suggest FIT.My classmates come from all over the country and world with many great viewpoints and experiences that are shared. I am proud to be a student at FIT."
GM
  • Reviewed: 2/23/2011
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"It is a very challenging school, and it's possible to make high grades by following the assignments. Some of the instructors are outstanding. The quality of education comes also from within yourself--the information is there, but digging deep into it is the student's initiative, just as everything in life is a result of how much quality effort we put into projects.I, of course, can't say what will happen when I graduate. I will certainly write a review to let others know."
Jason
  • Reviewed: 1/6/2011
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"I am currently slightly over halfway finished with my MBA at FIT. I have read through many of the negative reviews on the site and while I cannot speak for the experiences that other students have had, I can attest to the positive experience that I have had.Let me first start out by saying that I went to a a major, very well known and nationally respected brick and mortar university for my undergraduate degree. I finished with a 3.75 GPA and had honors each semester in attendance. My point here is that I was not limited in choices for persuing my MBA. When it came time to choose which school to attend, I applied to, interviewed, and was accepted to a number of traditional MBA programs with the AACSB accredidation.Unfortunately, none of these schools offer 100% online programs and all of them charge incredibly high tuition rates that will virtually assure the student debt for the next 10-15 years. Rather than stop working at a job I enjoy and racking up a tens of thousands of dollars in additional debt, I opted for a cheaper and more convenient program.I will admit that I was nervous when I first began taking online MBA classes with FIT. I had concerns that the school was simply a "diploma mill" and that I wouldn't be challenged. Looking back, I couldn't have been more wrong. Florida Tech's program is both innovative and comprehensive and truly provides students with the skills necessary to become effective business leaders. As in any online class, the student is primarily responsible for teaching him or herself. However, I have yet to have an instructor that isn't more than willing to spend time talking via phone or email when a question arises. Likewise, the video lectures provide essentially the same experience that a student would get in a large lecture hall where the students are not given an opportunity to ask questions. Of course, as in any college FIT does have its problems. As an undergraduate at my traditional school, I had professors who should not have been professors. Likewise, I had classes with students who should have never been admitted to the college in the first place. These same issues will happen at FIT. In some classes that I have taken so far I have even seen students write papers without using capital letters or punctuation. Additionally, the books are very expensive and the high markup is obvious. However, I don't think that I ever walked into my undergraduate university bookstore and found a "cheap" textbook. At the end of the day, you are more than making up for the cost of the books in what you pay in tuition as compared to other programs. My point here is that one will likely experience many of the same difficulties in an online program that they would experience in a traditional program. As in any education program, however, the student must take some personal responsibility for the results. FIT instructors will not hold your hand or remind you when assignments are due. Likewise, unless you speak up they will assume that you understand the material and will not offer assistance. Because the program is online, students need to keep up with reading assignments and due dates. Those who do not will not be successful. Personally, I have found the coursework to be academically rigorous and on par with any traditional classroom program. The difference is, students are required to guide their own work as oppossed to the instructors. Unfortunately, we do still live in a society full of academic snobbery so which program one selects is also partly dependent upon where that person is in his or her life. If you are young, single, fresh out of college, and interested in making tons of money with a major investment firm, going to a top tier MBA program would most likely benefit you simply because of the name associated with that program. If, however, you have scheduling limitations or are interested more in promotional opportunities or simply knowledge, FIT will serve your purposes just fine. Keep in mind that FIT is fully accredited by the same association that accredits such schools as Georgia Tech and University of Miami. The school has a physical campus and offers the same graduate programs there as it does online. My point in this rant is not to provide free promotion for FIT but to help those who may be struggling to make an informed decision. Please don't be swayed by those who are either too arrogant to admit that a school that hasn't been around for 200 is just as good academically or those who failed to make the personal sacrifices necessary to succeed in the program and failed. If you are looking for a solid, well-priced, rigorous, and convevient program, give FIT a try."
M.Cresp
  • Reviewed: 1/5/2011
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"This school is only there to get the financial aid money. Classes are about 2,500 and are basically powerpoint slides from the book itself. The professor in the lectures pretty much read stuff from the book and nothing more. I was surprised to find that I owed over 600 dollars and that they couldn't work out a payment plan. I wasn't even aware because what the school likes to do is send information to the spam so that you won't see it.After three classes and over 10,000 that this school, got from me. I quit this for profit school and will go back to the tradional school. At least I know that I'm getting true cost value instead of making those professor there and deans richer. The overall experience was completely worthless and a waste of 10,000 dollars for three classes."