Florida International University is one of the nation’s leading urban, public institutions of higher learning and one of the region’s most vital educational assets. Since 1972, when FIU opened its doors as South Florida’s ﬁrst public university, the University has built a widespread reputation for the excellence of its teaching and research programs. The University boasts a nationally celebrated faculty and students from throughout the U.S. and more than 130 foreign countries. Its alumni have risen to prominence in every ﬁeld. The University takes full advantage of its location in Miami, which serves as a “living laboratory” for many of its programs and offers unparalleled internship and job opportunities. As a major university located in one of the nation’s great cities, FIU offers a rare combination of vast resources, personal attention, and affordability.
As Miami’s ﬁrst and only four-year public research university, FIU is worlds ahead in its service to the community. With a student body of more than 54,000 and an alumni base of over 200,000; it is the largest University in South Florida and one of the 25 largest universities in the nation. FIU offers 200 Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral programs in 13 Colleges: Architecture and the Arts, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Engineering and Computing, Honors, Law, Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Journalism and Mass Communication, Public Health and Social Work and the University College. Ninety-six percent of the university’s full-time faculty members hold doctorates or the highest degree attainable in their ﬁeld.
U.S. News & World Report has ranked FIU, according to a 2011 Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine survey, among the top 100 public national universities in its annual survey of “America’s Best Colleges.” FIU was ranked in the top 16 nationally amongst universities with the toughest grading systems and among the best values in public higher education in the country. As of 2010, FIU has been ranked 1st in the U.S. for granting Bachelor's degrees to minorities, and 9th in granting Master's degrees to minorities (among the top 100 universities), according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education.