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Fiske Guide and Parade Magazine Recognize Florida Tech Among Top Computer Science Schools
Individualized Attention and Small Classes Provides a Culture of Professor Mentorship That Leads to Success
Top computer science schools including Florida Tech have a myriad reasons to be the choice for a computer science degree. For Florida Tech, the reasons begin with our program being listed among the Fiske Guide's "Engineering/Top Technical Institutes" and Parade Magazine's College A-List in Engineering. In addition, the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET accredits Florida Tech's computer science program – a distinction that is recognized among employers, giving Florida Tech grads a job placement advantage.
Small Classes – Low Faculty-to-Student Ratio
Florida Tech is known for its small class sizes and low faculty-to-student ratio, creating a tight-knit learning community where professors give individualized attention. Students are often with the same faculty advisor throughout their college experience and find it easy to interact with professors for consultation and mentoring. Because we are one of the top computer science schools, Florida Tech professors provide financial support to about 10 percent of underclassmen through research grants they direct, a true testament to Florida Tech's student-centered organizational culture.
Florida Tech's faculty are active and internationally known researchers with expertise in computer security, intelligent systems, computer vision, complex networks and distributed negotiations. Research is another way Florida Tech secures a position among top computer science schools because the research being done by our faculty involves students in projects related to machine learning, computer vision, biologically inspired computing, data mining, cyber security, cryptography, speech recognition and more.
Experiences Outside The Classroom
Outside the classroom, students join the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) student chapter or take part in ACM's Annual International Collegiate Programming Contest. In the last decade, programming teams have consistently placed in the top 10 of the southeast region, helping us maintain our prominence as one of the top computer science schools. Florida Tech has advanced to the world finals five times in the past 15 years in what is also referred to as the "Battle of the Brains" because it brings together the best student problem solvers from all over the world.
Another reason many students choose Florida Tech over other top computer science schools is its high tech facilities. As indicated by an entrance survey conducted in the last seven years, incoming first year students list the state-of-the-art F.W. Olin Engineering Complex as one of the top three reasons why they chose to attend Florida Tech. Here, the computing laboratories offer cutting-edge tools for student learning and research. Unlike other top computer science schools you may consider, the computers at Florida Tech are upgraded every three years to ensure they are always capable of running the most up-to-date software and a full suite of software development tools is freely available to all computer science students.
Another reason we've earned the distinction among top computer science schools is the Harris Institute for Assured Information, an interdisciplinary center devoted to cutting-edge research in computer security and information protection.
Great Florida Location
Among top computer science schools, Florida Tech's location can't be beat. The campus is in the heart of Florida's Space Coast, near the nation's fourth largest high-tech workforce with over 5,000 high-tech companies in the region. We are an hour drive from the NASA Kennedy Space Center and many high-tech firms in Orlando.
Students can also enjoy year-round beautiful weather, 72 miles of Atlantic Coast beaches and the Indian River Lagoon. The Melbourne area boasts many recreational activities and is a short drive to Orlando attractions such as Disney World and Universal Studios, or north to the Daytona International Speedway. On campus activities abound from intramural and collegiate sports to clubs, concerts and festivals. Whether it's to learn, work or play, Florida Tech students can do it all at one of the top computer science schools.