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LAKELAND, Fla. – The new class of freshmen beginning their studies at Florida Polytechnic University today is more well-rounded and academically advanced than any class in the school’s history.

First-time-in-college applications increased by 31% this year, and by 101% since the fall of 2019. Among admitted students, the average SAT score was 1355 – the highest average in the University’s history – and the average ACT score was 30.

Additionally, 95% of first-time-in-college students had completed calculus or pre-calculus in high school, positioning them to do well at Florida Poly, the only public university in the State University System completely dedicated to STEM education. 

“The quality of our programs is not only strong, but it’s extremely relevant as we see more and more of our graduates being placed in positions with very high salaries,” said Dr. Ben Matthew Corpus, vice provost for enrollment management. “Our graduates earn the highest salaries of any public college in the state of Florida.”

Another mark of the class’ quality is the fact that 84% are Bright Futures Scholarship winners. 

“It’s not just about high salaries; our students want to change the world and see the opportunity to do that in our STEM disciplines in a more intimate environment,” Corpus said. “Many of the brightest students want to be here because we’re small and our majors are cutting-edge relevant.”

The geographic diversity of new Florida Poly students is also increasing. Out-of-state, first-time-in-college student applications increased by 49%, and incoming students hail from states as far as Washington, Maryland, Wisconsin, and Arizona. Other students are from countries such as England, Argentina, Iran, Ghana, and Mauritius, a small island in the Indian Ocean. 

The incoming class also was successful both in and out of the high school classroom. New Phoenixes have won regional and state awards in areas such as robotics, soccer, ROTC, and coding. Many also were active in high school varsity athletic teams such as soccer, football, basketball, and lacrosse. 

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About Florida Polytechnic University: Florida Polytechnic University is ranked the number one public college in the South, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and a member of the State University System of Florida. Nationally ranked in engineering education, Florida Poly is the only state university dedicated exclusively to STEM and offers ABET-accredited degrees. Florida Poly is a powerful economic engine within the state of Florida, blending applied research with industry partnerships to give students an academically rigorous education with real-world relevance. Florida Poly’s iconic Innovation, Science, and Technology Building,designed by world-renowned architect Dr. Santiago Calatrava, has won more than 20 global awards and was named one of the 16 most breathtaking buildings in the worldConnect with Florida Poly.

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