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Florida International University

Overview of Florida International University

Florida International University (FIU) is a public research university in Greater Miami, Florida. FIU has two major campuses in Miami-Dade County, with its main campus in University Park. Florida International University is classified as a research university with highest research activity by the Carnegie Foundation and a research university by the Florida Legislature.
FIU belongs to the 12-campus State University System of Florida and is one of Florida’s primary graduate research universities, awarding over 3,400 graduate and professional degrees annually. The university offers 191 programs of study with more than 280 majors in 23 colleges and schools. FIU offers many graduate programs, including architecture, business administration, engineering, law, and medicine, offering 81 master’s degrees, 34 doctoral degrees, and 3 professional degrees.
FIU is the largest university in South Florida, the second-largest in Florida, and the fourth-largest in the United States by enrollment. Total enrollment in Fall 2016 was 55,112 students, including 8,770 graduate students. According to U.S. News college rankings and reviews, 92% of FIU students live off-campus while only 8% of students live in “college-owned, college-operated or college-affiliated” housing.


Florida International University has two main campuses in Miami, University Park and its regional campus, Biscayne Bay Campus, as well as several branch campuses and research facilities across South Florida, Tianjin, China, and Nervi and Genoa, Italy.

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Fun Facts
  • 96% of FIU faculty members hold a doctoral degree or the highest degree in their field.
  • FIU operates the only underwater ocean laboratory in the world.
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