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Miami, FL 33199
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Florida International University

Florida International University Rating: 4.2/5 (23 votes)

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History

The history of Florida International University (FIU) dates back to 1943, when then-Senator Ernest Graham presented the initial proposal for the creation of a public institution of higher learning in South Florida to the state legislature. Although Senator Graham’s bill did not pass, he was persistent in presenting the proposal to his colleagues, counselling them on the state’s need for its own university. Senator Graham felt that the creation of a public university was absolutely necessary in order to serve the increasing population of the city.

Florida Senator Robert M. Haverfield introduced Senate Bill 711 in 1964. The bill instructed the Board of Regents and the state Board of Education to start the process for the establishment of a state university in Miami. Governor W. Haydon Burns signed the bill into law in June 1965, thus marking Florida International University’s official founding.

The Board of Regents appointed the founding president of FIU, Charles “Chuck” Perry, as FIU’s founding president in July 1969 after conducting a national search. At just 32 years of age, Perry was the youngest president in the State University System’s record and at that time, he was also the youngest university president in the nation. Perry went on to recruit 3 co-founders, Donald McDowell, Nick Sileo and Butler Waugh. The founders located FIU’s campus on Tamiami Airport’s original site. The airport’s deserted air traffic control tower became Florida International University’s first building. The tower initially had no drinking water, no phone and no furniture. Charles Perry made a decision that the tower should NEVER be demolished, the building still remains on FIU campus, where it is referred to as the the Tower Building, Public Safety Tower, and Ivory Tower. The building is also the former site of the Florida International University Police Department.

Academics

Programs Offered

Florida International University offers students the opportunity to earn degrees in 191 academic programs; FIU also offers 82 master’s degree programs, 74 baccalaureate programs, 30 doctoral degree programs, 2 professional programs and 3 specialist programs in its 26 schools & colleges. At FIU, students can earn a bachelor’s degree in many different areas.

Accreditation

Florida International University is accredited to award baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degrees by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SAC).

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

FIU seeks students who have a solid educational background along with ideal test scores. Applicants who wish to be accepted into Florida International University should meet the following admission requirements:

  • Applicants must graduate from an accredited high school or present their GED
  • Applicants must complete 18 academic units in an institution of higher learning’s preparatory curriculum. The distribution of the 18 units is as follows: 4 units of English (3 units should include a reasonable writing component), 4 units of maths (algebra I or even higher), 3 units of natural science (2 with labs), 3 units of social sciences, 2 units of similar foreign language and 2 units of academic electives.
  • For applicants who are Florida high school graduates, FIU honors the new 3-year 18 credit institution preparatory program and the conventional 4-year 24 credit standard program
  • Applicants should submit authorized SAT I (Scholastic Aptitude Test) or ACT (American College Test) scores. In order for applicants to have their SAT I scores sent to Florida International University, they should use the institution’s College Board SAT I code number, available at www.collegeboard.org. Applicants can have their ACT scores sent to Florida International University by simply contacting the American College Testing program www.act.org.
  • Financial Aid

    Florida International University offers its students the opportunity to receive financial assistance in order to get an education that will open doors in their chosen careers and provide other wonderful opportunities.

    In order for students to qualify for financial aid at FIU, they will need to meet the following standard eligibility prerequisites: applicants must demonstrate financial need; applicants must be United States citizens or an eligible non-citizens; applicants must be signed up with Selective Service if necessary; applicants must not be in default on any prior student loan or be owing a refund on a prior federal financial aid award that he or she received at any institute; applicants must be enrolled in a qualified course of study – some financial aid programs are only available to students studying full-time; applicants must maintain an acceptable academic progress.

    Please Note: Additional requirement may apply, depending on the financial aid program awarded to the student.

    Sources of Financial Aid

    Financial assistance comes from a variety of agencies to assist students meet the expenses of getting a college education—state, federal and local governments, private organizations, individuals, and community organizations. Financial aid includes gift aid, which comes in form of scholarships and grants; as well as student loans and work-study programs.

    Student Financial Aid Details

    Ranks 5013th for the average student loan amount.
    Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Florida.

    Students

    Students who wish to live on campus will be glad to know that FIU offers quality campus housing. Arrangements are even in progress to acquire Miami Fairgrounds’ land in order to construct a housing and entertainment mini city, which will have four to five housing towers, 2 new parking garages, a shopping complex in between the Wertheim Performing Arts Center and the Florida International University Stadium.

    Students can have a great time participating in Greek life on FIU campus. Florida International University has more than thirty fraternities and sororities which are grouped into 4 governing councils: NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council), IFC (Inter-fraternity Council), MGC (Multicultural Greek Council) and PC (Panhellenic Council).

    FIU Student Superstitions and Legends

    Florida International University has a multitude of traditions from its student spirit groups, student spirit events and alumni association occasions. The institution’s largest student spirit group is the Panther Rage, which can be seen at every athletics event.

    Other Florida International University traditions are not related to spirit groups:

    Every semester, hundreds of FIU students line up in order to spin the large cube that is in front of Deuxieme Miason building because it is said to give good luck in tests and examinations to all those spin it.

    The Turtle Pond, located between the Green Library and the Ryder Business Building is where the FIU’s Kissing Bridge tradition takes place. Legend is, if one kisses another on the bridge, that person will stay with the other person forever!

    The Green Library’s top floor is said to be haunted by a friendly ghost.

    Another FIU superstition that new students will find interesting deals with the seal that is engraved in front of the Graham Center on the FIU main campus, and the seal that is engraved in the WUC at the FIU campus located in Biscayne Bay. It has been said that stepping on the seals will delay a student’s graduation for several years, or reduce the student’s chance of graduating at all! That is why even on very crowded days, students at FIU are known to go around the seals in order to avoid stepping on them!

    Student Enrollment Demographics

    Student Graduation Demographics

    Athletics

    FIU has 17 varsity athletics teams known as the Golden Panthers. The name of their mascot is Roary the Panther. Blue and gold are the athletic colors of the Golden Panthers. The FIU Golden Panthers participate in all NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference sports, excluding men’s soccer, for which the school participates as an affiliate member in Conference USA.

    Three major sporting facilities serve as home venues for the FIU teams’ athletics.

    Additional School Information

    Florida International University has been used as the set of many different films, music videos and TV shows. Miami Vice,The Fix, and Burn Notice are just some of the productions that have been shot at Florida International University.

    Bibliography

    • College Prowler. ”Florida International University”. 2011.
    • Campus Explorer, Inc. ”Florida International University School Description”. 2011.
    • Florida International University website. ”Admission Requirements”. 2011.
    • Lianza. ”FIU to Graduate one of Its Youngest Students”. News at FIU. 2011.

    Information Summary

    Ranks 14th in Florida and 517th overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

    Ranks 0th in Florida and 387th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault 4 0.01
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape 3 0.01
    Robbery 3 0.01
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 42 0.09
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft 20 0.04
    Arrest 59 0.13

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 2,683 0.66
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 68 0.02
    Forcible Rape 96 0.02
    Robbery 2,002 0.49
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 5,141 1.27
    Larceny 15,080 3.72
    Vehicle theft 2,700 0.67

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Research Universities (high research activity)
    UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
    GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
    Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
    EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
    Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringDoctoral degree
    Calendar SystemSemester
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District1226

    Special Learning Opportunities

    Distance LearningN/A
    ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
    Study Abroad
    Weekend College
    Teacher Certification

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees


    Ranks 925th for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,721 $4,721 $16,529
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,775 $1,775 $2,366
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $204 $204 $617
    FT Graduate Tuition $8,652 $8,652 $20,174
    FT Graduate Required Fees $2,111 $2,111 $2,687
    PT Graduate per Credit Hour $432 $432 $936
    Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,968 $22,968 $35,367
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,748 $24,748 $37,147
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $15,100 $15,100 $27,499

    Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

      In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Medical Degree — Tuition $31,938 $61,938
    Medical Degree — Required Fees $5,459 $6,959
    Law Degree — Tuition $16,144 $29,543
    Law Degree — Required Fees $3,102 $3,758

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $5,678 $6,417 $5,678 $6,417 $18,077 $18,816
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $1,160 $1,220
    On-Campus – Room & Board $11,330(N/C)
    On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,252 $4,380
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,132 $11,466
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,036 $5,188
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,958 $7,166

    Admission Details

    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Application Fee RequiredN/A
    Undergraduate Application Fee$30
    Graduate Application Fee$30
    First Professional Application FeeN/A
    Applicants 16,549 (6,933 male / 9,616 female)
    Admitted 7,122 (3,076 male / 4,046 female)
    Admission rate 43%
    First-time Enrollment 2,990 (1,398 male / 1,592 female)
    FT Enrollment 2,873 (1,334 male / 1,539 female)
    PT Enrollment 117 (64 male / 53 female)
    Total Enrollment47,663

    Admission Criteria

     = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
    Open Admissions
    Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
    College Prep. Completion
    RecommendationsN/A
    Formal competency demoN/A
    Admission test scores
    TOEFL
    Other testsN/A

    Admission Credits Accepted

    Dual Credit
    Life Experience
    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Athletics - Association Memberships

    Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
    NCAA Football Conference Conference USA
    NCAA Basketball Conference Conference USA
    NCAA Baseball Conference Conference USA
    NCAA Track & Field Conference Conference USA

    ACT Test Admission

    404th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting ACT results 30%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 27
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 27
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 27

    SAT Test Admission

    367th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting SAT results 70%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 540 / 620
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 530 / 610
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1070 / 1230

    Student Services

    Remedial Services
    Academic / Career Counseling
    PT Cost-defraying Employment
    Career Placement
    On-Campus Day Care
    Library Facility

    Student Living

    First-time Room / Board Required
    Dorm Capacity3,604
    Meals per WeekN/A
    Room Fee$6,964
    Board Fee$3,738

    Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

     
    Total 1,153 1,248 6,484 349 12 1,494 165 11,008
    Accounting 11 15 206 14 43 6 299
    Accounting and Related Services, Other 1 35 1 3 2 42
    Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 3 3
    African-American/Black Studies 1 2 3
    Applied Mathematics, General 3 1 4
    Architecture 5 1 60 2 8 77
    Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 15 1 1 18
    Art Teacher Education 5 5 10
    Art/Art Studies, General 2 1 20 4 5 33
    Asian Studies/Civilization 3 26 5 11 1 49
    Athletic Training/Trainer 4 1 10 16
    Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 21 3 6 31
    Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 5 2 37 6 3 53
    Biology/Biological Sciences, General 9 34 300 29 1 39 4 419
    Business Administration and Management, General 185 108 632 38 1 169 21 1,162
    Chemistry, General 1 7 60 10 14 1 94
    Civil Engineering, General 14 17 72 3 16 123
    Computer Engineering, General 7 2 29 1 7 46
    Computer and Information Sciences, General 27 3 45 4 9 88
    Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 7 18 46 3 26 2 102
    Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 6 19 1 4 31
    Creative Writing 2 1 5 8
    Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 3 118 363 8 71 5 575
    Curriculum and Instruction 20 6 17 1 1 45
    Dietetics/Dietitian 6 6 45 5 24 1 88
    Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 3 16 1 1 3 25
    Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 10 98 5 2 117
    Economics, General 13 12 57 3 10 1 98
    Educational Leadership and Administration, General 6 15 6 2 30
    Electrical and Electronics Engineering 27 11 54 7 8 107
    Elementary Education and Teaching 17 146 2 34 1 201
    Engineering, Other
    English Language and Literature, General 16 125 3 1 36 4 186
    English/Language Arts Teacher Education
    Environmental Studies 2 1 32 2 21 60
    Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 3 2 11 2 18
    Finance, General 56 29 324 26 51 7 499
    Fine/Studio Arts, General 2 1 22 1 7 2 35
    Foreign Language Teacher Education 1 1 3 2 7
    Forensic Science and Technology 1 3 1 6
    French Language and Literature 1 1 2 2 6
    Geography 2 5 1 2 10
    Geology/Earth Science, General 1 1 14 9 25
    Health/Health Care Administration/Management 28 57 6 1 8 2 103
    Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 1 10 25 1 7 44
    History, General 1 3 57 28 1 90
    Hospitality Administration/Management, General 368 58 212 16 103 9 770
    Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 20 17 74 1 1 10 1 126
    Industrial Engineering 44 4 48 2 7 7 114
    Information Resources Management
    Information Technology 5 15 85 8 24 1 138
    Interior Architecture 1 6 4 11
    Interior Design 1 2 1 4
    International Business/Trade/Commerce 116 27 263 8 3 46 5 469
    International Relations and Affairs 13 24 156 6 32 5 238
    International and Comparative Education 1 2 3 2 7 1 17
    International/Global Studies 5 15 2 22
    Labor Studies 1 4 1 6
    Landscape Architecture 2 12 3 17
    Latin American Studies 2 1 8 2 1 15
    Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 3 36 189 10 54 6 307
    Linguistics 4 4 2 10
    Management Information Systems, General 18 19 81 6 17 1 142
    Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 5 5 11
    Marketing/Marketing Management, General 13 11 126 9 17 4 181
    Mass Communication/Media Studies 22 22 210 5 41 3 305
    Materials Engineering 2 1 3
    Mathematics Teacher Education
    Mathematics, General 1 9 1 1 12
    Mechanical Engineering 14 5 59 3 7 88
    Music, General 5 2 23 1 12 4 48
    Occupational Therapy/Therapist 7 28 1 13 52
    Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 2 38 57 26 2 129
    Philosophy 2 18 6 1 27
    Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2 12 38 11 65
    Physics, General 16 1 1 18
    Political Science and Government, General 6 29 201 4 35 2 277
    Portuguese Language and Literature 1 3 1 5
    Psychology, General 25 108 621 16 90 13 879
    Public Administration 5 55 140 4 32 12 248
    Public Health, General 17 39 48 19 16 4 146
    Reading Teacher Education 1 7 19 1 8 36
    Real Estate 2 3 13 1 1 22
    Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 6 73 245 23 57 10 419
    Religion/Religious Studies 3 6 23 1 1 6 40
    School Psychology 1 1 3 1 1 7
    Social Science Teacher Education
    Social Work 72 109 3 30 1 217
    Sociology 2 17 67 3 1 18 3 112
    Spanish Language and Literature 2 18 4 24
    Special Education and Teaching, General 6 30 3 1 41
    Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 6 8
    Statistics, General 3 2 1 1 7
    Systems Engineering
    Taxation 3 1 45 1 8 58
    Telecommunications Engineering 2 2 5 1 1 11
    Tourism and Travel Services Management 1 1
    Urban Education and Leadership 2 2 1 1 6
    Women's Studies 3 7 3 13

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 399th for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $89,750 ($95,327 male / $74,661 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 1,100 (636 male / 464 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 1,910
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
    Total Benefits $46,872,020

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