What is FIU’s total student
FIU currently is host to approximately 39,000 students,
of which 31,000 are undergraduates and 8,000 are graduates.
FIU has two main campuses, our University Park Campus,
which is located in Southwest Miami and our Biscayne
Bay Campus, which is located in North Miami.
What is FIU’s total number of faculty and
FIU has 1,100 full-time faculty and more than 117,500
graduates, making it the largest university in South
Florida and placing it among the nation’s 30
largest colleges and Universities.
Who are some of FIU’s distinguished alumni?
Since opening its doors in 1972, Florida International
University’s alumni have risen to prominence
in a wide variety of fields and professions. To learn
more about FIU’s distinguished alumni, simply
How can I become an involved alumnus/alumna?
To learn more on becoming involved with your Alma Matter,
visit the FIU Office of Alumni Relations on the web
What sets FIU apart from other universities?
- FIU has 39,000 students, 1,100 full-time faculty,
and over 117,500 alumni, making it the largest
university in South Florida.
- FIU has students from throughout 46 states in
the U.S. and more than 104 foreign countries.
- FIU offers more than 200 baccalaureate, masters
and doctoral degree programs in 17 colleges and
- FIU has been recognized as one of the top 10
public commuter universities in the nation by
- FIU recently ranked among the best values
in public higher education in the country, according
to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s
2006 survey, “100 Best Values in Public
Colleges.” FIU ranked among the top 50 nationally
for in-state students and among the top 100 nationally
for out-of-state and international students.
- FIU emphasizes research as a major component
of its mission. Sponsored research funding (grants
and contracts) from external sources for the year
2005-2006 totaled $92 million. The University
is ranked as a Research University in the High
Research Activity category of the Carnegie Foundation’s
prestigious classification system.
- FIU is the youngest university to have been
awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s
oldest and most distinguished academic honor society.
- U.S. News & World Report ranks
FIU’s undergraduate international business
programs 7th in the nation and their graduate
programs among the top 20. The university
has also been named one of the “10 Cool
Colleges for Entrepreneurs” by Fortune
Small Business magazine. Our Executive MBA
program was recently ranked #1 in Florida by the Financial
- FIU recently ranked 3rd in granting bachelors
degrees to minorities and 9th in granting masters
degrees to minorities (among the top 100 degree
producing colleges and universities), according
to Diverse Issues in Higher Education,
June 1, 2006.
- FIU is the alma mater to Pulitzer Prize-winning
Journalists such as Liz Balmaseda and Manny Garcia.
- Among the Carnegie-rated institutions, FIU graduated
the most Hispanics in all categories combined.
This list includes schools such as Harvard University,
Stanford University, and the University of Florida.
- FIU is one of eight colleges and universities
in the nation cited for having an “exemplary” reading
teaching preparation program.
- The FIU International Hurricane Research Center
is the nation’s only university-based research
facility dedicated to mitigating the damage tropical
storms inflict on people, the economy and the
- FIU’s established partnership with the
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) enables FIU to
be the nation’s largest university site
for nuclear decontamination research.
- The FIU Latin American and Caribbean Center,
recognized as one of the finest programs of its
type in the world, is designated as a Title VI
National Resource Center by the U.S. Department
- The FIU School of Hospitality Management is
recognized by industry leaders as one of the nation's
top five hospitality management programs.
- Florida International University is home to
the largest Accounting program in the nation.
- FIU’s College of Engineering:
- #1 in Doctoral degrees awarded to Hispanics;
- Highest percentage of women from minority
groups enrolled in baccalaureate programs at
any US engineering school: over 15% compared
with the 2.65 % national average;
- #11 in Environmental Engineering Masters Degrees
- High percentage of international students
in Undergraduate programs (14% to 6% national
- Largest Construction Management Masters Program
- In March 2004, Kelsey Renee Vaughan, an Honors
College student majoring in International Relations,
became the first Truman Scholar in FIU's history.
Kelsey is one of 77 students selected from 609
nominations and 200 finalists for the prestigious
and highly competitive scholarship.
- FIU Honors College students won first place
in the 2004 National Model United Nations Competition.
It was the fourth year in which FIU received the
NMUM conference's highest recognition.
- FIU’s College of Law received full accreditation
on December 1, 2006 based on a decision by an
American Bar Association review panel, less than
five years after the College opened its doors
- FIU posted third best passing results in the
February 2006 Florida Bar Exam.
- FIU’s intercollegiate athletic teams compete
in the National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA) Division I, the nation’s most competitive
college sports division, the Sun Belt Conference
and Conference USA. Seventeen sports programs
are offered, including football (Division I-A),
basketball, track and cross-country, soccer, volleyball,
softball and baseball.
- The 2005-2006 school year opened with the largest
freshman class in FIU history, a class with nearly
4,400 students. Of this Golden Panther freshman
group, more than 104 countries and 46 states are
represented, in which 27 are National Merit, National
Achievement, or National Hispanic Scholars. .
- In wake of Hurricane Katrina, FIU was the first
university to take in displaced students from
the disaster-stricken Gulf Region.
- FIU plans to welcome its first medical school
class in the Fall of 2009.
- The University has an economic impact of more
than $1.7 billion on the South Florida economy.
- The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
will celebrate the grand opening of its new facility
on the University Park campus in 2008.
- The Wolfsonian-FIU museum, located in Miami
Beach, promotes the collection, preservation and
understanding of decorative art and design from
the period 1885-1945.
- The School of Hospitality
and Tourism Management helps present the annual
South Beach Wine & Food Festival,
one of the major culinary events in the nation.
What is the governing body for FIU?
FIU is one of Florida’s 11 public universities.
In November 2002 Florida voters passed a constitutional
amendment that reconfigured the way Florida’s public
universities are governed. Under the new system, each
university has a local Board of Trustees that works with
a statewide Board of Governors to steer the institutions.
Under the new law, the Governor appoints the Board of
Trustee members and the Senate confirms them.
FIU’s Board of Trustees consists of 12 highly professional
individuals from the local community. To learn more about
the members who comprise FIU’s Board of Trustees,
click on FIU
Which elected officials at the state and
federal levels represent FIU?
While these are the legislators who directly represent
our facilities, FIU’s students and alumni live
throughout the state and nation. Large concentrations
reside in the South Florida region, which is also represented
by Congressman Kendrick Meek, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart,
Congressman Alcee Hastings, Congressman Ron Klein,
Congressman Tim Mahoney and Congressman Robert Wexler.
At the state level the South-Florida region is also
represented by Senators: Fredrica Wilson, Alex Diaz
De La Portilla, Larcenia Bullard, Rudy Garcia, Jeff
Atwater, Mandy Dawson, Ron Klien and Steven Geller.
Representatives: Rafael Arza, Wilbert Holloway, Kenneth
Gottlieb, Phillip Brutus, Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall,
Rene Garcia, Marco Rubio, David Rivera, Juan-Carlos
Planas, Marcelo Llorente, Julio Robaina, Edward Bullard,
Juan Zapata, Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Yolly Roberson and
Who accredits FIU?
Florida International University is accredited by the
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master's
and doctoral degrees. SACS reaffirmed FIU's accreditation
on December 5, 2000. For information about SACS or the
accreditation process click on SACS
Who are the eleven state universities of