As South Florida’s first urban public research university, FIU is the university of access for the region’s six million residents and is a solutions center for addressing global needs.
Since opening for classes in 1972 with the largest first-day enrollment in American collegiate history, FIU has distinguished itself as one of the nation’s largest, most diverse institutions of higher education.
- FIU is ranked in the top tier of research universities in the nation. Its Carnegie Classification is R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity.
- Ranked first in the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minorities, and in awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic students, making FIU one of the nation’s largest Hispanic-Serving Institutions with the highest six-year Hispanic graduation rate.
- FIU is recognized by the Institute of International Education for its innovative global learning initiatives and has been selected to join the prestigious Ashoka U Changemaker Campus consortium.
- Recognized by the U.S. State Department, FIU is a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars.
- More than 50 percent of FIU undergraduate students qualify for Pell Grants and are the first generation in their families to receive a college degree.
- Youngest university to have been awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most distinguished academic honor society.
Faculty, Staff & Academics
- FIU was the only university in the country in 2017 to achieve honor roll designation with recognition in all 12 categories of The Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual report on the academic workplace.
- Ninety-nine percent of tenured or tenure-seeking, full-time faculty hold a doctorate or the highest degree attainable in their field.
- 10,000 faculty and staff
- FIU faculty conduct research in a wide array of disciplines, representing FIU centers and institutes such as the Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging Center, STEM Transformation Institute, Extreme Events Institute, Center for Children and Families, Institute of NeuroImmune Pharmacology, Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research Program, Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse, and Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center.
- $177 million total research expenditures in FY 2016-2017.
- FIU faculty and staff have given more than $9 million to the university in support of our students and programs through the Ignite campaign.
- FIU College of Law graduates have earned the highest passage rate on the Florida Bar Exam the last five out of six times the exam was administered.
- One of the top 10 largest public research universities in the nation and the largest public research university in South Florida.
- More than 215,000 degrees awarded.
- FIU has academic programs at several offshore sites including China, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Panama.
- FIU has three museums: the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU.
- 201 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in 11 colleges/schools.
- FIU enrolls approximately 57,000 students in two main campuses and four centers including the Engineering Center, FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75 and the Miami Beach Urban Studios.
- FIU is a member of Conference USA and has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports.
- More than 80 percent of our students are minorities.
- The diverse population of our student body represents 152 countries.
- FIU graduates more than 10,000 students each year.
- Most of FIU’s alumni – about 177,000 of them – live and work in South Florida.
- FIU owns and operates the world’s only undersea research laboratory – Aquarius Reef Base, as well as the largest and most powerful hurricane simulator – Wall of Wind.
- FIU’s Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center is one of only 18 national research centers with expertise in these geographic areas.
Florida International University will be a leading urban public research university focused on student learning, innovation and collaboration.
Florida International University is an urban, multi-campus, public research university serving its students and the diverse population of South Florida. We are committed to high-quality teaching, state-of-the-art research and creative activity, and collaborative engagement with our local and global communities.
Brief Snapshot of FIU’s History
In 1965, Florida Senator Robert M. Haverfield introduced Senate Bill 711, which instructed the state Board of Education and the Board of Regents to begin planning for the development of a state university in Miami.
An abandoned airfield is an unusual place for the birth of a university. But in the summer of 1969, founding FIU President Chuck Perry gathered three leaders who would help him create his vision.
Butler Waugh, Donald McDowell and Nick Sileo joined the 31-year-old Perry at Tamiami Airport and set up shop in the former air traffic controllers’ tower. The tower had no phones, no drinkable water and no furniture. President Perry decided that the control tower should never be destroyed and so it remains standing today at the center of campus, as FIU’s Ivory Tower.
From that single building on that abandoned airfield, FIU has grown to be one of the largest universities in the country. The spirit of entrepreneurship born on that summer day thrives at today’s FIU.
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"FIU has been my home for more than 40 years. When I support the university through financial donations, I am only returning a small portion of the benefits the university has given me and my family."− Darden Pyron, Professor of History, Founding Professor of FIU’s College of Arts & Sciences, Senior Honors Fellow
"An investment in FIU is an investment in the future of the South Florida community and the state."− Scott Norberg, J.D., Professor of FIU’s College of Law
"The planned gift is my way of saying thank you to FIU for starting me on my career in the hospitality industry. Hopefully other alumni or friends of the university will realize that a monetary gift benefits FIU and furthers the education of current or future students."− John E. Onachilla ’77, graduate of FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
"I have been on the other side seeking scholarships and loans. Knowing how frustrating it can be, I give to causes that support students…. It is a very small token of appreciation, but I hope the little I do will make a huge difference."− Kalai Mathee, Ph.D., Professor & Founding Chair, Department of Molecular Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, of FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
"We are proud to partner with FIU, Miami’s public research university. So many of our students need financial assistance to access the opportunities an FIU education can provide."− Nathan Kurland, Chair of the Miami Bayside Foundation Board of Directors
Because every donor makes a difference in transforming FIU and advancing the institution to its next horizon.
Where to Give
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