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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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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!!!