Undergraduate Admissions Essay Prompts
Florida Tech encourages students to use the essay prompts set forth by the Common ApplicationTM, which are as follows:
2018-2019 Essay Prompts
- Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
- The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
- Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
- Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
- Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
- Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
- Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.
The acceptance rate at Florida Institute of Technology is 57%. For every 100 applicants, 57 are admitted.
This means the school is moderately selective. The school expects you to meet their requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores, but they're more flexible than other schools. If you exceed their requirements, you have an excellent chance of getting in. But if you don't, you might be one of the unlucky minority that gets a rejection letter.
Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.
The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.
The average GPA at Florida Institute of Technology is 3.63.
(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.
With a GPA of 3.63, Florida Institute of Technology requires you to be above average in your high school class. You'll need at least a mix of A's and B's, with more A's than B's. You can compensate for a lower GPA with harder classes, like AP or IB classes. This will show that you're able to handle more difficult academics than the average high school student.
If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.63, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.
Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.
You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to Florida Institute of Technology. More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.
Florida Institute of Technology SAT Requirements
Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.
Average SAT: 1260 (Old: 1190)
The average SAT score composite at Florida Institute of Technology is a 1260 on the 1600 SAT scale.
On the old 2400 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 1190. (According to our records, this school requires only Reading and Math, so this score is out of 1600.)
This score makes Florida Institute of Technology Competitive for SAT test scores.
Florida Institute of Technology SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)
The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1140, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1360. In other words, a 1140 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1360 will move you up to above average.
Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:
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Florida Institute of Technology SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)
The 25th percentile Old SAT score is 1080, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1290. In other words, a 1080 on the Old SAT places you below average, while a 1290 puts you well above average.
Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:
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SAT Score Choice Policy
The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.
Florida Institute of Technology ACT Requirements
Just like for the SAT, Florida Institute of Technology likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.
Average ACT: 27
The average ACT score at Florida Institute of Technology is 27. This score makes Florida Institute of Technology Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.
The 25th percentile ACT score is 24, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 29.
Even though Florida Institute of Technology likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 24 or below, you'll have a harder time getting in, unless you have something else impressive in your application.
ACT Score Sending Policy
If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.
Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.
This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 27 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.
ACT Superscore Policy
By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.
We weren't able to find the school's exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to Florida Institute of Technology, so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 27.
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SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements
Both the SAT and ACT have a Writing section that includes an essay.
Florida Institute of Technology considers the SAT/ACT Writing section optional and may not include it as part of their admissions consideration. You don't need to worry too much about Writing for this school, but other schools you're applying to may require it.
SAT Subject Test Requirements
Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.
We did not find information that Florida Institute of Technology requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.