Florida International University

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University Park

Miami, FL 33199

Phone: (305) 348-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
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Florida International University is a public institution that was founded in 1965. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 37,468, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 344 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Florida International University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,540 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $18,939 (2013-14).

Miami's Florida International University has two main campuses: the Modesto A. Maidique Campus in West Miami-Dade County and the Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami. About 60 percent of students who attend the university are Hispanic, making the school one of the top granters of bachelor's degrees to Hispanic undergraduates.

Outside of class, there are many student organizations and more than 30 fraternities and sororities to consider joining, as well as annual campus events, such as the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, to check out. The FIU Golden Panthers sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Conference USA.

Graduate students can enroll in the Florida International University College of Law, College of Education, College of Business and more. Notable alumni of FIU include actor Danny Pino, who has appeared in television shows including "The Shield" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," and Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Florida International University (FIU) is a multi-campus public research university offering a broad array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The university has two main campuses, the 344-acre Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC) in western Miami-Dade County, and the 200-acre Biscayne Bay Campus in northeast Miami-Dade County.

FIU offers more than 180 baccalaureate, masters, professional and research doctorate programs and conducts basic and applied research. Interdisciplinary centers and institutes conduct collaborative research to seek innovative solutions to economic, technological, and social problems. With more than 50,000 students, 1116 full-time instructional faculty, and over 11,000 degrees awarded annually, FIU is the largest university in South Florida.

FIU is dynamic. We have a can-do spirit that you will feel on our campuses. This vibrancy is reflected in the campus through modern architecture and the energy of our students. The Graham Center,known as the living room of campus, at MMC has over 303,000 sq. ft. of space for social, cultural, recreational and educational programs. This space, along with the Wolfe University Center at the Biscayne Bay Campus, showcases our diverse climate. Some things you might see: 1. Greeks organizing rush activities and fundraisers, 2. Student organizations presenting speakers and membership drives, 3. Student Government elections, 3. Comedians, dances, lectures, and movies presented by the Student Programming Council, 4. Volunteers being recruited by the Center for Leadership and Service as well as workshops and enrichment classes.

The Recreation Center at MMC brings students, faculty, staff, and alumni together. It houses cardio equipment, basketball courts, free weights and fitness classes. You can also take a dip in the Panther Hall Pool, at the center of Residence Hall Quad. Our Biscayne Bay Campus has a great Aquatic Center. The BBC location right on the bay makes it a perfect place to enjoy the beautiful Florida climate.

FIU intercollegiate athletic teams compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I, the most competitive college sports division in the nation. Within Division 1, FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference. In 2010, the FIU Panthers football team beat the University of Toledo in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit Michigan, to win our first major football championship.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1965
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $206,368,915


When applying to Florida International University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 31. The application fee at Florida International University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 40.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 40.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Florida International University is 26:1, and the school has 22.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Florida International University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Social Sciences; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 81.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 26:1
4-year graduation rate 19%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 35%
Psychology 10%
Social Sciences 9%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 6%
Health Professions and Related Programs 5%

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Student Life

Florida International University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 37,468, with a gender distribution of 44.6 percent male students and 55.4 percent female students. At this school, 7 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 93 percent of students live off campus. Florida International University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 46,261
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Florida International University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, and health service. Florida International University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Florida International University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Florida International University, 66 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,749.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

In-state tuition and fees $6,540 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $18,939 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,702 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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