Florida's newest University celebrates first day of class

Lakeland, FL - Classes are underway at Florida's newest University.

Florida Polytechnic University located along I-4 in Lakeland opened their doors to students for the first time today.

But those doors didn't come without plenty of controversy.

"For the longest time this whole thing was an idea then it was a construction site," says Crystal Lauderdale, Director of Marketing at Florida Polytechnic University.

Now this unique and one of a kind facility is a reality for more than 500 students at Florida's newest University.

"It's a day faculty and staff have been working on for so long," says Lauderdale.

It's been a path of uncertainty---many worried that this school would funnel state resources away from existing universities and no student would want to come to a school without accreditation.

But officials were determined.

"Free tuition, technology, and architect of the school," says Lauderdale.

That's right. Every freshmen here is on a full scholarship which attracted some.

But it was what the school offers in the classroom that sealed the deal.

"It's the best school possible for STEM and I want to be in engineering," says Jordan Ponce, freshmen.a

This is the only university in Florida to focus solely on classes focused on science, technology, engineering and math.

"It's engineering base and that's what I want to go into," says Wyatt Lapinski.

A university that may have started out controversial, but students here say they are only looking forward to the future.

As classes are underway here officials are excited about the future they are already recruiting for the 2015 school year.


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