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What is FIU’s total student enrollment?
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 alumni?
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 click FIU Alumni.

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 at www.fiu.edu/~alumni.

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 schools.
  • FIU has been recognized as one of the top 10 public commuter universities in the nation by Money Magazine.
  •  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 Times.
  • 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 environment.
  • 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 of Education.
  • 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 Awarded;
    • High percentage of international students in Undergraduate programs (14% to 6% national average; and
    • Largest Construction Management Masters Program in U.S.
  • 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 in 2002.
  • 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 BOT.

Which elected officials at the state and federal levels represent FIU?


US Senators

US Representative

State Senator

State Representative

University Park Campus

Mel Martinez

Bill Nelson

Lincoln Diaz-Balart

Alex Villalobos

Anitere Flores

Biscayne Bay Campus

Mel Martinez

Bill Nelson

Debbie Wasserman Shultz

Gwen Margolis

Dan Gelber

The Wolfsonian-FIU

Mel Martinez

Bill Nelson

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Gwen Margolis

Gustavo Barreiro

The Pines Center

Mel Martinez

Bill Nelson

Alcee L. Hastings

Nan Rich

Mike Davis


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 Ken Sorensen.

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 web site.

Who are the eleven state universities of Florida?

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