School and Ranking Information
Though no schools located directly in Maitland, FL, offer software engineering studies, such programs can be found at a few institutions between 25-60 miles from the city. The following three institutions are considered the top schools in the Maitland area for for software engineering programs based on rankings, student populations and program offerings:
- Winner: The Florida Institute of Technology is named the winner because it is the only school among the three that is nationally ranked. It also has the highest population among schools offering software engineering programs in the Maitland area. The school's software engineering studies are found at the bachelor's and master's degree levels.
- Runner Up #1: Landing in the second spot is Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, based on the number of software engineering degrees conferred and the number of students enrolled, which is the second-highest among schools in the area. It also offers both bachelor's and master's degrees in software engineering.
- Runner Up #2: Third place is taken by Stetson University, which is a highly ranked regional university and has the highest graduation rate among the three schools. Software engineering is offered as an area of concentration with the bachelor's degree program in computer science.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Florida Institute of Technology||Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University||Stetson University|
|Rankings (2013)||160th among national universities*||13th among regional universities in the South*||3rd among regional universities in the South*|
|Location||Melbourne, FL (58 miles from Maitland)||Daytona Beach, FL (44 miles from Maitland)||DeLand, FL (37 miles from Maitland)|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$36,020 (undergraduate),
| $30,720 (undergraduate),
|$36 ,644 (undergraduate)**|
|Software Engineering Degree Levels Offered||Bachelor's and master's degrees||Bachelor's and master's degrees||Bachelor's degree|
|Software Engineering Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||23**||27**||4 (all computer science and computer information science degrees)**|
|Most Popular Software Engineering Program in 2011-2012||Master's degree (12 awarded)**||Master's degree (15 awarded)**||Bachelor's in Computer Science (3 awarded)**|
|Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2005 Entering Class||56%**||55%**||64%**|
|Noteworthy||ProTrack co-op program allows undergraduate students to earn a degree while gaining work experience in software engineering||Oldest and largest aviation school in the world*||Stetson Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) grants allow students to help faculty members research during the summer|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator.
Winner: Florida Institute of Technology
- In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked FIT's undergraduate engineering programs 147th among ABET-accredited schools that offer doctoral degrees
- Specialized computer science research labs at FIT include the Center for Software Testing and Research and the Software Evolution Lab
- FIT has several computer science and software engineering student organizations, including Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the computer science honor society
The Florida Institute of Technology offers software engineering degree programs at both the bachelor's and master's levels. Students in the ABET-accredited bachelor's degree program take classes in software development, software design, testing, design methods and modeling, and they have the opportunity to participate in internship or co-op programs. The master's degree program is available at the main campus in Melbourne and at the Spaceport Extended Studies site; students can also complete the program via distance learning. The master's program includes required classes in software engineering, testing and modeling.
Runner-Up #1: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- Software engineering bachelor's degree program is accredited by ABET
- Undergraduate students can work as lab assistants
- Graduate software engineering students have scholarship and teaching assistantship opportunities
ERAU offers bachelor's and master's degrees in software engineering. Additionally, ERAU offers an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree program in software engineering and a combined bachelor's in computer engineering and master's in software engineering program ; both of these programs can be completed in five years. The bachelor's degree program provides fundamental knowledge of hardware and software systems in a team-based environment. The master's degree program provides more complex knowledge in software engineering with an emphasis in real-time embedded software systems.
Runner-Up #2: Stetson University
- Stetson has a student branch of the Association for Computing Machinery
- School offers computer sciences internship opportunities
- Up to 60 undergraduate students can receive scholarships for community service through the Bonner Scholars and Leaders program
Stetson University offers a bachelor's degree program in computer science with a focus in software engineering. Coursework includes introduction to computer science, software development, web application development and a senior research project. The school also offers a computer information science bachelor's degree program with a specialization option in software development and software engineering. The school provides three computer labs with a variety of software and hardware.