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FIU is a vibrant, student-centered public research university, ideally located in Miami, that is Worlds Ahead in its commitment to learning, research, entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity so that our graduates are prepared to succeed in a global market.


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At FIU, we believe that students’ learning is enhanced through their engagement in out-of-class activities and their meaningful interactions with faculty, staff, and peers. Our many services help support students’ academic success and ensure that their experience at FIU is both enjoyable and meaningful.

More than 125 student clubs infuse the FIU campuses with spirit, daring our students to discover the person they were meant to be. Whether it’s learning firsthand about social and environmental issues or biking across the country to raise awareness and funds for the most vulnerable among us, FIU students enrich our communities in countless ways.

That is why thousands of students from around the world come together to live in our residence halls, work out in our athletic facilities, study in our libraries and labs, and add their own unique voice to the campus experience.


The Big Picture: How many students were on campus in Fall 2014?

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Total
Total Students 49,703

Undergraduate Snapshot

Undergraduate Student Demographic Breakdown
Total Undergraduate Students 40,974
Women 22,758 56%
Men 18,216 44%
American Indian / Alaskan Native 35 <1%
Asian 1,090 3%
African American / Black 4,993 12%
Hispanic 27,354 67%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 50 <1%
White 3,950 10%
Two or More Races 913 2%
International 2,119 5%
Race/Ethnicity Not Reported 470 1%
Geographic Distribution (Degree-Seeking)
Where do FIU undergraduates call home?
Florida 93%
Other US States & Territories 3%
Other Countries 5%
How old are FIU undergraduates?
Average Age 23
Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older 25%

New Student Applications (Fall 2014)

Of the 17,617 new freshman applicants, 48% were admitted and 36% of the admitted students enrolled at FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY in Fall 2014.
Of the 9,983 transfer applicants, 75% were admitted and 65% of the admitted students enrolled at FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY in Fall 2014.

New Freshman Admissions Info

Transfer Admissions Info


New Freshmen High School Background and Test Scores

Test(s) Required for Admission: SAT or ACT recommended

Shows middle 50% of testing range
Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen ACT SAT
Composite 23 - 27  
Math 22 - 26 510 - 600
English 21 - 27  
Critical Reading   520 - 600
50% of admitted students have test scores within the ranges listed, 25% have scores above, and 25% have scores below.
High School Preparation
High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen
Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class 49%
Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class 86%
Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA 28%
Average High School GPA Data Not Available

Sticker Price: How much does it cost on average?

Typical Undergraduate Costs for without Financial Aid (Full-Time, In-State Students)

Total Typical Cost of Attendance: $23,772

Tuition and required fees show the typical tuition and fees for a full-time undergraduate student (15 credit hours * 2 semesters).

The in-state, off-campus room, board, and other expenses listed are for a student living off-campus with family. The out-state, off-campus room, board, and other expenses listed are for a student living off-campus, not with family.

Cost of Attendance figures are updated in July.

Out-of-State & Other Costs

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The cost to attend FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.

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Financial Aid: How much help is there to pay?

Scholarships & Grants

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based grants or scholarships; the average award for the year was $0. Scholarships and grants are financial aid that does not need to be repaid and is sometimes referred to as gift aid.

Annual Need-Based Loans

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based work-study and/or loans (not including parent loans); the average loan for the year was $0. Loans need to be repaid. Typically, repayment starts once you are no longer enrolled full-time. Please refer to page 12 of the Funding Education Beyond High School guide on the US Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website for more information about Financial Need.

Percent of 2013 Full-time Beginning Students Receiving Each Type of Financial Aid

NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.


FIU Classes & Instructors

Classroom Environment
Students per Faculty 26 to 1
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students 48%
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students 78%
Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty 1,208
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female 43%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color 37%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study 88%

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Campus-based Housing

24% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
8% of all undergraduates live on campus

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Campus Safety

The FIU Police Department is dedicated to improving the quality of life for our community while at the same time reducing fear of crime on campus. To accomplish this, we have adopted a Community-Oriented Policing (COP) philosophy specifically designed to identify and resolve problems within our community. COP consists of two basic complementary fundamentals: community partnerships and problem solving. FIU police officers are enhancing the quality of life for the FIU community through a variety of approaches such as Bicycle Patrol, Operation Bookstamp, self-defense workshops, and crime prevention seminars.

Campus Crime Statistics


Carnegie Classification of Institutional Characteristics

The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/

Basic Type
Research Universities (high research activity)
Size and Setting
Large four-year, primarily nonresidential
Enrollment Profile
High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile
Medium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
Undergraduate Instructional Program
Professions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program
Comprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)

NOTE: Institutional classifications based on the Carnegie 2005 edition.

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Student Activities and Involvement at FIU

Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.

Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement v2 (NSSE2). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.

Group Learning Experiences

  • 96% of senior worked with other students on course projects (1h)
  • 97% of seniors explained course material to one or more students (1f)
  • 21% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports (15b)

Active Learning Experiences

  • 85% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class (15a)
  • 25% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member (11e)
  • 43% of seniors participated in an internship, co-op, field experience, student teaching, or clinical placement (11a)
  • 23% of seniors spent at least 6 hours doing community service or volunteer work (15e)
  • 9% of seniors participated in study abroad (11d)
  • 88% of seniors made at least one course presentation last year (1i)

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 95% of seniors who believe this institution emphasizes providing support to help students succeed academically (14b)
  • 61% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with academic advisors to be positive (13b)
  • 62% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities (14g)
  • 87% of seniors reporting that their course challenged them to do their best work most of the time (10)

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

  • 90% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt and detailed feedback on tests or completed assignments (5e)
  • 73% of seniors discussed course topics, ideas, or concepts with a faculty member outside of class (3c)

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 73% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view (2e)
  • 92% of seniors reported their experiences at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other backgrounds (17h)
  • 80% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity (8a)

Student Satisfaction

  • 75% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again (19)
  • 83% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent (18)
  • 83% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with other students to be positive (13a)
  • 73% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with faculty to be positive (13c)

Evaluation of Experiences

Survey Administration Process

Survey Information


Majors and Degrees

Degrees awarded at FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY in 2013-14
Degrees awarded at FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY in 2013-14
Bachelor's 8,708
Master's 3,196
Doctoral 414
Total 12,318

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Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2013-14
Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2013-14
Psychology, General. 11%
Hospitality Administration/Management, General. 7%
International Business/Trade/Commerce. 6%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General. 6%
Finance, General. 5%





Future Plans of Bachelor's Degree Recipients

Survey Response Rate: 100%

Survey Administration Process


Student Success & Progress Rate

A 91% four-year success and progress rate means that 91% of students starting in Fall 2008 either graduated or are still enrolled at a higher education institution four years later.

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Counts for the Fall 2008 entering class shown in the graph above.
  • 3,106 First-Time, Full-Time Students
  • 975 Full-Time Transfer Students

Success & Progress Rate Table


Retention of Freshman Class

First-time students in Fall 2013 that returned for their second year: 84%

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All colleges and universities use multiple approaches to measure student learning. Many of these are specific to particular disciplines, many are coordinated with accrediting agencies, and many are based on outcomes after students have graduated.

Learning Assessment Examples


Pilot Project to Measure Core Learning Outcomes

Colleges and universities participating in the College Portrait measure the typical improvement in students' abilities to think, reason, and write using one of three tests. This is part of a pilot project to better understand and compare what students learn between their freshman and senior years at different colleges and universities.