Florida Tech-Online Reviews

3.33 out of 5 stars
(83 Reviews)
59% of 83 students said this degree improved their career prospects
69% of 83 students said they would recommend this school to others
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4.0 out of 5 stars
Unknown - 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!!!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sally - 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!!!!!!!!!"
out of 5 stars
Cole - 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"
out of 5 stars
Alan - 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."
out of 5 stars
Ray - 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."
out of 5 stars
GM - 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."
out of 5 stars
Jason - 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."
out of 5 stars
M.Cresp - 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."
out of 5 stars
Rick - 12/18/2010
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"I'm half way through my MBA coursework and am finding it to be very worthwhile. Don't get me wrong working full time and taking classes in the evenings is hard, but it's great that you can log in whenever you want to complete your work. I've had some weeks where I was able to devote two hours a night to the course work, but then other weeks where I was busy, but able to work on it for a longer period of time over the weekend.The coursework is pretty much self taught through reading the book, watching video lectures of the professors, and doing assignments/tests. There is some interaction with students in doing group assignments and online discussion boards.It is hard work, but well worth the reward of getting an MBA from a "traditional" university. This is not a for profit institute that your future employer will look down upon. And yes employers do look at University of Phoenix degrees less than they do a "traditional" school.The other great thing about this school versus other online schools is you get to walk with your online and campus class on the campus in Melbourne, FL if you so desire.I would highly recommend this school to anyone looking for the flexibility of an online school, but the standards of a true regionally accredited normal university."
out of 5 stars
Stephen B - 9/13/2010
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"I've read the negative reviews on this site, and from what I can tell, most of them are due to the "student" not being responsible enought to follow up. If you send textbooks back, then make sure you get a confirmation of receipt from the postal service or fedex/ups. Keep your documentation, and call your rep to make sure they were recieved. If they confirm with you over the phone, the call is recorded.I am in my second semester of the CIS program and I am completely satisfied. I was a little hesitant at first becuase the enrollment process seemed pushy and the financial aspect of it was overwhelming. My student representative was more than helpful in answering all of my questions accurately and definatively. The financial aid process is slow, so make sure you take the appropriate steps to ensure the paperwork is correct.The process of enrollment is also YOUR RESPONSIBILITY and you have the RIGHT to make sure everything is as it should be before making a commitment. The only contracts you enter are the ones for the classes, which you are able to drop the class and receive a refund before the end of the first week. The fees and fines that are described in other complaints occur at other colleges as well! I've gotten degrees from two other schools and they both had similar fees for late registration and dropping a class after a set deadline.The classes are challenging, and there is a lot of reading involved. If your looking to pay for a degree to be handed to you, guess what, you don't deserve it. College is all about hard work and perserverence. If it were that easy, wouldn't everyone do it?"

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