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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 $200 million annual research expenditures
  • #15 among U.S. public universities and #33 in the world in patent production


  • #2 undergraduate International Business program and 42 Top 50 public rankings by U.S. News & World Report
  • # 43 ranking among public national universities by Washington Monthly
  • FIU Law graduates have earned the highest bar passage rate of any of Florida’s 11 law schools six of the last 8 times the exam was administered.
  • #1 in the U.S. for awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic students and a national leader in granting STEM degrees to minorities.
  • The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) selected FIU to join a small group of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded “Frontier Set” universities—those committed to significantly increasing student access and success, and eliminating racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in college attainment.
  • #1 on the Social Mobility Index in Florida among schools that are both Carnegie Foundation-designated Research 1 universities and Ashoka Changemaker Campuses

Fall 2019 freshman profile

  • 4.2 average high school GPA
  • 1,287 average SAT score
  • Approximately 90% minority students


  • Endowment: $216 million (as of June 30, 2019)
  • Revenues: $1.56 Billion
  • Expenditures: $1.52 Billion

*Details are available here.

Tuition (2018-19)*

*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/term
  • Nonresident: $9,283/term

Graduate Students

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