Florida Poly Kicks Off Fourth Year with Accreditation Celebration

Florida Polytechnic University started its fourth academic year on Monday, August 21, welcoming the school’s inaugural freshman class back for their senior year.

The University opened in 2014 with approximately 550 students – including transfers, graduate students and the inaugural freshman class. This year, Florida Poly welcomed more than 400 new students and 1,050 returning students, beginning the year with a total enrollment of over 1450.

“When I arrived on campus four years ago, this university had literally just opened its doors,” said Jacob Livingston, a senior and President of the Student Government Association. “It’s been quite an experience for me to grow with the school over the past four years, but I’m most excited about this year and being able to serve in a leadership role. I’m so grateful to the students, faculty and staff for all their hard work to put Florida Poly on the map and to make this an unforgettable college experience for us all.”

This summer, Florida Poly received initial regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Receiving this accreditation means future Florida Poly graduates, and those who graduated earlier this year, will have a degree from a regionally accredited university. This achievement also satisfies the sixth and final milestone outlined at the founding of the University by the Florida Legislature.

“Accreditation is an outstanding achievement and all of us should take a great degree of pride in our success. And while I’m excited about what we’ve accomplished in the past, I’m even more excited about the future and what we can do together as a University,” said President Dr. Randy K. Avent.

Florida Poly welcomed students back and celebrated accreditation during Purple Fire Week, an annual spirit week that kicks-off the academic year with daily activities and festivities to immerse students in college life. The week began on Saturday, August 19, with a field-water day and an “all-nighter” in the Commons. It ended Friday afternoon with the celebration of accreditation in the Wellness Center where students, faculty and staff enjoyed an afternoon of barbecue,…

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