May 28, 2024  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Environment and Learning Resources

Buildings Library and Learning Resources
Laboratories Research Institutes


Florida Polytechnic University utilizes over 15 buildings for academics, administration, auxiliary services, student housing, research, and public service. These facilities adequately support the University’s mission and the scope of its programs and services, providing physical resources to prepare learners in advanced fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to become innovative problem-solvers and high-tech professionals.

The JD Alexander Florida Polytechnic University Campus is the main campus where all academic and student services are offered. The main campus is located in the southwest corner of the intersection of Interstate 4 and the Polk Parkway in Lakeland, Florida. It sits on a total of 174.1 acres with two additional undeveloped parcels of 180 acres each, for a total of 534.1 acres. There are six constructed buildings on the main campus (Main Campus Map). In addition, Florida Polytechnic University has off-site locations to properly accommodate administrative and research/public service resources and staff, these are known as Poly South and the Florida Industrial Phosphate and Research Institute (FIPR).

Innovation, Science, and Technology

The IST building is the flagship of campus and houses 26 classrooms and 11 innovation labs.

Student Development Center

The SDC is fully equipped training facility with cardio and strength training equipment and a 8 lane competition pool.

Wellness Center

The Wellness Center is the go to dining facility on campus.

Admissions Center

The Admissions Center houses both financial aid and admissions staff.

Campus Control Center

The Florida Poly Police is centrally located in the Campus Control Center.

Residence Hall I

Residence Hall I has three and four bedroom suites designed with the modern student in mind.

Residence Hall II

The Residence Hall II is equipped with game rooms and common study areas on all five floors.

Library & Learning Resources

Florida Polytechnic University Library’s collection is in digital format to support all degree programs. Resources include databases, reference materials, journals and ebooks. Students access these resources through the student portal. The Poly Portal allows students to have access to resources licensed and made available only to the Florida Polytechnic University community.

Students and faculty can access the library and its holdings from any Internet-accessible computer or tablet. With their Florida Polytechnic University ID cards, students have borrowing privileges at all State University System and State College libraries. Learning resources available to Florida Polytechnic University faculty and students include:

  • Canvas Learning Management System


  • Microsoft Dream Spark

  • Microsoft Office

  • Solidworks: 3D Design, Documentation and Engineering Analysis software

  • Turnitin

  • Pearson My Lab (Math)

  • Gale Career Transitions

  • Purple Briefcase

  • ProQuest Flow

With 93 percent of app developers targeting smartphones, Florida Poly provides mobile-responsive resources as well as several classes that use learning resources like MyLabs from Pearson and i-Clicker technology.

Library Services offers specific guides (libguides) on critical topics and disciplinary areas as well as the ability for students to create their own personal library.


The university offers multiple laboratories to enhance the curricular experience by giving students hands-on opportunities to explore, develop, test, and build.

Supercomputing Lab

In this HIGH-PERFORMANCE LAB, students perform complex calculations, run simulations and create detailed data maps using a high-speed, high-capacity IBM processor that’s similar to the Watson supercomputer.

Entrepreneurship Lab

Research is transformed into real-world success in this collaborative workspace that blends technology and business to help students, faculty and industry partners bring new innovations to market.

Cyber Gaming & Digital Media Lab

Wearable computers, media production, game development and simulated environments are just some of the innovations to come out of this lab, which features a multisensory communications center that’s continually updated with new technologies.

Visualization and Technology Collaboration (VTC) Robotics Lab

This lab combines the digital realm of programming with the tactile world of mechanical engineering and gives students the opportunity to get hands on with the latest technology in robotics, drones, remote management and advanced 3D graphics.

Rapid Application Development (RAD) Makerspace Lab

This hybrid manufacturing systems environment holds 55 3D printers and digital object scanners, making it one of the largest MakerBot Innovation Centers in the world.

Cyber Security Lab

Students train in an isolated network environment comprised of servers, transport facilities and end-user workstations that replicate real-world cyber security threats and simulate hacker techniques.

Big Data and Health Informatics Lab

A space where students use applied science and emerging technologies to analyze large data sets and develop high-tech solutions for the healthcare and biomedical industries.

Research Institutes

Applied research is more than a buzzword at Florida Polytechnic University. From classroom demonstrations to our open laboratories, we believe solutions to today’s problems are just a big idea away.


Located off of I-4 in Auburndale, SunTrax is a large-scale, cutting-edge facility dedicated to the research, development and testing of emerging transportation technologies in safe and controlled environments. The 400-acre site will include a 2.25-mile long oval track, which will provide an opportunity for high-speed testing, along with a 200-acre infield that will allow for the testing of a multitude of different technologies. Many of the opportunities are related to tolling, ITS, and automated and connected vehicles. Additionally, the entire site will be a connected environment for the testing of Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications.

Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute

The Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute (FIPR Institute) supports phosphate-related studies to improve the environment, protect public health and increase mining and processing efficiency. Staff biologists, engineers and chemists also conduct in-house research, and the Institute supports some non-phosphate topics such as energy and the mining and processing of other minerals.