Welcome to the Florida Tech Family. The Office of Student Life shares in your commitment to the educational and personal success of your son or daughter. We look forward to partnering with you as we support your son or daughter through his or her ups and downs, mistakes and triumphs. Our goal is to provide you with the resources and information you will need to guide, advise and support your son or daughter in his/her academic endeavors here at Florida Tech. We look forward to working with you to enhance his/her personal growth, and provide opportunities that prepare him/her to face all of life's challenges head-on.
We encourage you to become an active member of the Florida Tech community. Our hope is you will become involved in the opportunities we have that will allow you to share in our students' successes together. By working with each other, we will soon stand proudly and watch as your student enters the world as a confident, well-rounded Florida Tech graduate.
FAMILY WEEKEND (ALONG WITH HOMECOMING) HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE SPRING SEMESTER OF EACH YEAR.
- Directions and Hotels: If you are in need of a hotel or directions to campus, you can view a listing of places to stay.
- Parking: Parking will be open during Family Weekend so you may park anywhere on campus except the parking spots that have signs stating they belong to a certain faculty/staff/student.
- Check-in: Check-in will be from 1pm – 6pm at Denius Student Center.
- Packet: In your packet you will receive your meal and events tickets, directions to all events, and a list of local restaurants.
Families will not pay until they arrive on campus that Friday. The cost is $25 per person, and the fee includes the following:
- Welcome Dinner Meal Ticket
- Goodbye Brunch Meal Ticket
- Florida Tech bag
- Access to the Downtown Fest in Downtown Melbourne including free transportation
- Access to and free dinner and fun at the Student Life Carnival event
By registering, your Florida Tech student also receive a free t-shirt
For questions, please contact Cat Nanney in the Student Life Office at 321-674-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send a Care Package to Your Florida Tech Student!
The Division of Student Life at Florida Tech has partnered with SWAK University Services to provide parents the opportunity to order and send their students a thoughtful, fun and delicious care package. Whether it’s for final exams, a birthday or “just because,” the ordering process is affordable and easy. And students love them!
For more information about how you can order a special care package for your student, please call Student Life at 321-674-8080 or contact SWAK U at 1-800-929-8184.
Communication with Your Son/Daughter
Encourage them to get involved on campus. There is nothing better than a student who is involved in something that interests them and meeting new people with similar interests! What a great way to make friends!
Talk with your child about their classes, how their professors are, when their midterms and finals are, etc. If you show interest in their schoolwork, you can help us identify any potential problems.
Check with your child to make sure he/she is meeting with their advisor.
Encourage your child to keep his/her eyes open for scholarship opportunities. When we find out about opportunities, we try to pass those on to students all the time.
Provide support. Send a card or care package, call them, be there for the rough times, and try to share the happy times too.
Remember important dates; vacation days, midterms, finals, registration dates, tuition payment deadlines, and special events. Yes, your student is an adult now and is responsible for remembering this information, but they'll always need and appreciate your help.
Become familiar with the college and the resources available to the students, this will help in supporting your child. (i.e. Tutoring services, career services, campus services, student life, etc).
If they don't call you every day, it's ok! Student life on campus is very busy. Hopefully your son or daughter will be busy keeping up with classes and getting involved on campus. It's ok to call, but set up a schedule to talk maybe once a week or every other week. This will go a long way in instilling independence as well as responsible behavior.
It will be hard to decide when to intervene and when to let your child figure things out for themselves. Your child may just need an opportunity to vent and you'll serve them well by offering advice, but letting them handle the challenges themselves.
The University's Part
We treat students like adults. They are not considered a number in our system, they are an individual.
We work with students to make sure they get the best out of their education.
We care. We try to make sure that your child is safe, happy and healthy, physically, mentally, and academically.
Books For Families
Letting Go: A Parent's Guide to Understanding the College Years
By: Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger
Sallie Mae How to Pay for College: A Practical Guide for Families
By: Gen Tanabe and Kelly Y. Tanabe
Getting In Without Freaking Out
By: Arlene Matthews
Books for New Students
Confessions of a College Freshman
By: Zach Arrington
The Real Freshman Handbook
By: Jennifer Hanson
Campus Life Exposed
By: Harlan Cohen
The Naked Roommate
By: Harlan Cohen
Books for Transfer Students
Transfer Student's Guide to the College Experience
By: Nadine S. Koch and K. William Wasson
College Student's Guide to Transferring Schools
By: Jennifer Wilcha and David A. Smith