With just over 77,000 residents, the city of Melbourne in Brevard County is one of Florida’s mid-size cities. However, Melbourne belongs to the Palm Bay–Melbourne–Titusville, Florida Metro Area with has a population of just over 550,000. The city was founded in 1969, via the merger of a few small towns, and is named after Melbourne, Australia.
While not the largest city in the state, Melbourne is home to several of Florida’s most pretigious higher education institutions, including Florida Institute of Technology (a four-year institution), Florida State University (satellite campus), University of Central Florida (Regional Campus), Keiser University–Melbourne, Everest University and Brevard Community College (a two-year community college).
Florida Institute of Technology (also referred to as “Florida Tech”) is not only one of the largest four-year universities in Melbourne, it’s one of the largest and most substantial higher education institutions in all of Florida. It is a private research university that serves over 5,600 graduate and 8,900 undergraduate students through its five academic colleges that focus on engineering, technology, science and mathematics education. It resides in a high-tech sector of the city, near the Kennedy Space Center and Melbourne’s Tech Research Park. Florida Tech is consistently ranked among the top doctoral-degree granting institutions in the United States.
Locally referred to as FSU, Florida State University is one of Florida’s top research universities. While FSU is based out of Tallahassee, it has a satellite campus (technical training center) in Melbourne. It’s located at 278 N. Wickham Rd. Student’s can reach an admissions officer by dialing 321-215-5757. FSU offers over 300 fields of study for students to choose from.
The University of Central Florida (UCF) is another research university with a branch in Melbourne. UCF is a public state university, the largest university in Florida and the second-largest university in United States. As of 2013, UCF had a total annual enrollment in excess of 50,960 and a combined administrative and academic staff of just over 10,500. UCF has more staff and faculty than the annual student enrollment at most major colleges and universities. Not surprisingly, at 200,000 members, UCF has one of the largest alumni networks of any higher education institution in the world. UCF offers bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees in hundreds of fields of study and disciplines. The Melbourne campus is just one of the university’s 12 satellite campuses in Florida.
Keiser University is private, for-profit, four-year university with a branch campus located in Melbourne, Florida. The university’s Melbourne campus offers career-oriented associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, along with professional certificates in various fields of study, including, business, accounting, criminal justice, information technology, nursing, health sciences, software engineering, and culinary arts, among others. The Keiser Melbourne campus is located at 900 South, Babcock Street, just off Interstate 95 and about a half hour away from beautiful Cocoa Beach. This campus is fully staffed and facilities include several amenities for students including spacious computer labs, medical labs, state-of-the-art classrooms, eating facilities and events halls.
Everest University (formerly Florida Metropolitan University) is a four-year, private university with a satellite campus located in Melbourne. Everest University–Melbourne offers associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees and diploma programs in various career-oriented fields of study, including business, accounting, criminal justice, health care administration, medical assisting, paralegal studies, pharmacy technology, computer science, and management. Everest University–Melbourne also offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. The campus is located at 2401 N. Harbor City Blvd, about 58 miles south of Orlando off I-95. Admissions officers can be reached at 1-321-253-2929.
Melbourne is also home to one of Brevard Community College’s four campuses. In addition to a comprehensive academic offering, the Melbourne campus offers students the opportunity to get involved in several several clubs and organizations, including the Student Government Association (SGA), Interior Design Club, Crime Scene, Dance and more. The Brevard Melbourne campus offers a variety of degree and non-credit education programs for adult learnings. Areas of study include business, public safety, technology and the sciences.
Below you can view profiles for the four-year colleges and universities located in and around Melbourne, Florida.
Florida Institute of Technology
150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32901-6975
main phone: (321) 674-8000
admission phone: (800) 888-4348
admission fax: (321) 674-8004
Florida Institute of Technology has a total enrollment of 13,000+ students and provides associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in several fields of study and disciplines including biology, biotechnology, ecology, business, international business, management, marketing, accounting, computer science, education, engineering (civil, aerospace, computer, civil electrical, etc.), engineering technology, liberal arts, mathematics, environmental science, physical sciences, psychology and transportation.