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Excelling in Higher Education 

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 at a glance

As Miami’s first and only public research university, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, FIU is Worlds Ahead in its service to the academic and local community. Started on an abandoned airfield, it has grown to be one of the largest universities in the country. FIU is committed to high-quality teaching, state-of-the-art research and creative activity, and collaborative engagement with our local and global communities.

FIU by the numbers

  • 1972 FIU opens its doors
  • 5 campuses/programs, including a program in Tianjin, China
  • 205 degree programs
  • 99% of tenured faculty hold doctoral degrees or highest degrees attainable in their fields
  • 18 intercollegiate athletic teams


  • Research 1 Carnegie Foundation classification: R1 Doctoral University – Very High Research Activity
  • Nearly $226 million annual research expenditures
  • FIU is ranked among the top 25 public universities in the world for the number of U.S. utility patents produced

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  • FIU was ranked No. 95 among public universities in S. News & World Report, and is No. 13 among public institutions in Social Mobility and No. 32 among public institutions in Best Value.
  • No. 2 undergraduate International Business program (among all universities) in U.S. News & World Report.
  • College of Law ranked among the nation’s top 50 public law schools by US. News & World Report.
  • Washington Monthly ranks FIU No. 35 in its national university rankings. In its Best Bang for the Buck Rankings: Southeast, FIU is ranked No. 7.
  • FIU is the top U.S. institution awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanic students, according to Excelencia in Education.
  • The Florida Board of Governors designated FIU as an emerging preeminent state research university.

For more information about FIU rankings, click here.

Fall 2020 freshman profile

  • 4.27 average high school GPA
  • 1,264 average SAT score
  • Approximately 87% minority students


  • Endowment: $218.7 million (as of June 30, 2020)
  • Revenues: $1.63 Billion
  • Expenditures: $1.59 Billion

*Details are available here.

Tuition (2020-21)*

*Full-time estimated cost of attendance is based on 15 credits for undergraduate students and 9 credits for graduate students.

Undergraduate Students

  • Resident: $3,084/semester
  • Nonresident: $9,283/semester

Graduate Students

  • Resident: $4,101/semester
  • Nonresident: $9,015/semester
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

FIU’s Vision

Florida International University will be a leading urban public research university focused on student learning, innovation and collaboration.

FIU’s Mission

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.

Learn more about FIU’s colleges and units

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