AUBURNDALE, Fla. - With that new university smell wafting through the halls, a sleek school finally found its first tenants -- and they're eager to get going.
Florida Polytechnic University is putting the finishing touches on its flagship building before classes start Monday for the inaugural class of 550 students.
The university focuses on science, technology, engineering, also known as STEM degrees.
"All of this hard work, coming here with a vision and seeing it become a reality is just an opportunity of a lifetime," said Dr. Rob MacCuspie, director of nanotechnology and the multi-functional materials program.
The school has come a long ways. Just a year ago, the iconic structure off Interstate 4 was a shell of a building and staff members were just starting to recruit students.
Now the students have moved in and they're wrapping up welcome week.
"First one to be in this class, first one to use the dorms, first one to use this school in general, first graduating class. It's pretty cool," said Jordan Ponce, who is studying mechanical engineering.
Students spent the week learning the ins and outs of the new campus -- from the new book-less library, to the super computers to the state of the art 3-D printing lab -- there's a lot to discover.
Many students are already anxious to find a mascot, write a school cheer, or start a club.
There's none of that on the books right now since the university just started from the ground up.
"Ten years from now, we'll be the ones who started the clubs instead of following in other peoples footsteps," said Kaitlyn Triplett, who studying nanotechnology.