FIU Description

As Miami’s primary public research university and one of the largest schools in the nation, Florida International University (FIU) offers over 200 degree programs and a rich student life.

FIU’s undergraduate and graduate academics lead to degrees in a highly diverse selection of subject areas. An example of these varied offerings include Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Asian Studies, Business, Civil Engineering, Counselor Education, Dramatic Arts, Interior Design, Law Medicine, and Occupational Therapy.

Research activities are a central part of many areas of study, giving medical and other students the chance to participate in cutting-edge research projects.

Student life at FIU is also rich with opportunities. In addition to numerous student organizations and Greek life, there are dance and theatre performances and public lectures. FIU even has its own on-campus museums and also hosts a nationally renowned creative writing festival.

Eligible undergraduates may receive some form of financial aid to assist with tuition, housing and other necessary expenses.

Admission requirements to FIU include proof of a high school diploma or GED and submission of SAT or ACT scores. FIU has a priority deadline, with applications received on a rolling basis after that deadline. Students who apply after the priority deadline are accepted on a space-availability basis.

Quick Facts about Florida International University

Region

Southeast

Setting

Large City Setting

Type

Public

Affiliation

Not applicable

Size

Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)

Mascot

Golden Panthers

Nickname

FIU

Website

www.fiu.edu

On-Campus Housing Available

Yes

Selectivity

Highly Selective

In-State Tuition

$5,327

Out-of-State Tuition

$17,725

Retention Rate

82%

Enrollment

40,005

Year Established

1965

FIU Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating: 4.5

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67% of students gave Florida International University 5 stars overall.

Alumnus - Grad Year 1999

Overall Rating:
n/a

Detailed Ratings

I am an FIU alum, having graduated with a masters in Special Education in 1999. I returned to enter a grad program in 2012. In the program in which I was enrolled, students were told we had to pay an additional $230 per credit ($14,000 for the program), with no explanation what it was for. We were told if we didn't pay it our program would be shut down. I inquired about the fee and found out it was never assessed in a legally and procedurally correct manner. It was never brought to the Board of Trustees or the Board of Governors (supposedly it was initiated in 2005). In July 2013 I submitted my complaint to the BOG (which oversees all public universities in FL). They had decided to back FIU and make the charges legit as of June 2013, even though the overcharging was hidden from them for 8 years. I can only assume the alternative would have been worse: having to reimburse numerous past and present students in the amount of $14,000 - $40,000 each. Other programs under the same college charged an alternate tuition (rather than a fee, as in my program). I believe that the extra money charged in those programs were also not procedurally or legally assessed. I see this as an institutional abuse of power, taking financial advantage of students who are in no position to complain.

Overall Rating:
5

Detailed Ratings

I love everything about this school.

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FIU Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students
31,504
Freshman Class
2,636
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)
40,005

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
79%
Graduate
21%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
95%
Part-Time
5%

Gender of Students

Women
54%
Men
46%

Ethnic Diversity

Latino
65%
African American
13%
Caucasian
17%
Asian
4%
Unknown and Other
1%

International Students

International
8%
Domestic
92%

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