About Florida International University
Florida International University - Miami's public research university - is one of America's most dynamic institutions of higher learning. Since opening in 1972, FIU has achieved many benchmarks of excellence that have taken other universities more than a century to reach. The University has a nationally renowned full-time faculty, known for their outstanding teaching and cutting edge research; students from throughout the U.S. and more than 130 foreign countries; and its alumni have risen to prominence in every field and are a testament to the University's academic excellence.
A member of the State University System of Florida, FIU is a research university offering a diverse selection of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. Through its 19 colleges and schools (Accounting, Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Chapman Graduate School of Business, Computer Science, Continuing and Professional Studies, Education, Engineering, Health, Health and Urban Affairs, Honors, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Music, Nursing, Policy and Management, and Social Work), FIU offers more than 200 baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degree programs in more than 280 majors, conducts basic and applied research, and provides public service. Committed to both quality and access, FIU meets the educational needs of traditional students as well as the increasing number of part-time students and lifelong learners. Interdisciplinary centers and institutes at the University conduct research and teaching that address economic and social concerns.
FIU currently has 44,000 students, 1,000+ full-time faculty and 130,000 alumni, making it the largest public university in South Florida.
FIU has two major campuses, University Park in western Miami-Dade County and the Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami. It also has an academic site that serves Broward County, in Pembroke Pines.
Architecturally distinctive University Park, FIU's first campus and administrative headquarters, occupies 342 acres of lush tropical landscaped grounds. Apartment style and traditional residence halls, the Golden Panther Sports Arena, a new state-of- the-art eight-story Library, an environmental preserve and other athletic facilities contribute to a pleasant collegiate atmosphere. The 40-acre Center for Engineering and Applied Sciences, a major research facility, is located near University Park.
The Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami encompasses nearly 200 tropical acres in a resort-like setting, including a natural mangrove preserve. Its scenic campus offers direct access to the bay with state park beaches directly across the waterway, apartment-style housing, a library, an aquatic center with Olympic-size outdoor pool, tennis courts, and the Roz and Cal Kovens Conference Center - a state-of-the-art facility that can accommodate up to 500 persons. The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Building and the adjacent Southern Wine and Spirits Beverage Management Center are located on this campus.
The FIU Broward site at the Pines Center in Pembroke Pines offers a variety of degree programs.
In 2000, FIU received the highest research university ranking conferred by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. That same year, FIU was awarded Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the country's oldest and most distinguished academic honor society. FIU is one of only 78 universities nationwide to hold both designations.
FIU has been ranked among the top 100 public national universities in the U.S. News & World Report annual guide to "America's Best Colleges." FIU was the youngest institution in the group. The magazine has reported that FIU students are among the least indebted college students in the nation and recognized the University as a "best buy" in higher education. In 2008, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine ranked FIU as the country's best values in public higher education.
The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management has the highest ranked hospitality and tourism program in the southeast United States; the program is ranked sixth in the nation as reported by the latest study published in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education.
U.S. News & World Report ranks FIU’s undergraduate international business programs among the top 15 in the nation and their graduate programs among the top 25. FIU has been named one of the “10 Cool Colleges for Entrepreneurs” by Fortune Small Business magazine.
The Creative Writing Program” was ranked as one of the top ten creative writing programs in the country by the Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook in 1994 (“Who Runs American Literature”). Since that time, alumni have published more than 60 books in every literary genre, reached the New York Times best-seller lists on numerous occasions, and won numerous accolades including the Iowa Short Fiction Award, a Pen Hemingway finalist nomination, and the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize.
The Tropical Biology Program, which links campus departments, centers, and governmental agencies with Fairchild Tropical Garden, embraces one of the largest concentrations of tropical biologists in the United States. Tropical studies at FIU are strengthened through FIU's membership in the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), an international consortium of more than 50 universities dedicated to furthering tropical research and education.
The Latin American and Caribbean Center, recognized as one of the finest programs of its type in the world, conducts interdisciplinary programs in undergraduate and graduate studies, faculty research, public education and public service. The center is designated as a Title VI National Resource Center Grant by the U.S. Department of Education.
The International Hurricane Center is the nation's only university-based research facility dedicated to mitigating the damage tropical storms inflict on people, the economy and the environment.
The Hemispheric Center for Environmental Technology, established in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), researches, develops and demonstrates innovate environmental technologies and facilitates their transfer to commercial and government users. HCET is the DOE's largest university site for nuclear decontamination research.
Florida International University emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. Sponsored research funding from outside sources grew to a record $108 million in 2006-07, the ninth consecutive year it has increased. These funds, secured through contracts and grants from private foundations, corporations, and federal and state agencies, are used to conduct research, provide stipends for graduate students and improve research facilities.
Notable centers of excellence include:
Biomedical Engineering Institute: The institute, operated in conjunction with the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute at Baptist and South Miami Hospitals, conducts significant interdisciplinary biomedical research; leads academia-clinical-industry partnerships in biotechnology development; and delivers education and training. Areas of concentration include: biomedical instrumentation and devices; computer modeling; cardiovascular experimental modeling; cardiovascular biomaterials and biocompatibility; blood flow analysis; nuclear imaging and diagnostics; and ultrasound technology.
Computer Science: The FIU High Performance Database Research Center conducts research on database management systems. It is developing new methods of using databases, including parallel computing where a large number of processors simultaneously work on database tasks. Government agencies and industries, including NASA, the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of the Interior support the center's research. One of its latest innovative projects is TerraFly which can be accessed at www.terrafly.com.
Hemispheric Center for Environmental Technology: Established in 1995 by the University in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, the center researches, develops and demonstrates innovative environmental technologies and facilitates their transfer to commercial and government users. As a testing center, HCET is an international leader in the evaluation and demonstration of new technology for decontaminating and decommissioning of nuclear facilities.
International Hurricane Center: Established in 1996, the IHC - the only university-based hurricane research center in the country - conducts research to help reduce the damage hurricanes inflict on people, the economy, and the environment. The IHC takes advantage of its proximity to and relationship with the National Hurricane Center, which is located on FIU's University Park campus.
Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC): Recognized as one of the finest programs of its type in the world, the center conducts interdisciplinary programs in undergraduate and graduate studies, faculty research, public education and public service. One of LACC's programs is the Summit of the Americas Center, was created by the state of Florida in 1995, is monitoring the accords reached at the historic 1994 Summit of the Americas and promoting Florida's activities to strengthen hemispheric trade and commerce. Another affiliated program is the Cuban Research Institute, the only academic center in the United States devoted exclusively to the study of Cuba and Cuban Americans.
Public Health: The department conducted the South Beach Health Survey, a survey to identify the prevalence of HIV infection and the risk factors and behaviors associated with HIV infection. It is now planning a community-based project to eliminate health disparities in the African American and Hispanic populations in Broward County, with an emphasis on reducing the incidence of HIV infection and AIDS.
Southeast Environmental Research Center: The center conducts basic and applied research on the myriad environmental challenges confronting South Florida -- from Lake Okeechobee south to the Florida Keys -- with an emphasis on the Everglades. The results of its research reveal solutions for problems and steps to prevent future degeneration. The program houses the offices of two federal agencies also working to restore the South Florida ecosystem: the U.S. Geological Survey - Biological Research Division and the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force.
Tropical Biology: Combining expertise from the departments of Biological Sciences, Geology and Environmental Studies, as well as the Southeast Environmental Research Center, the United States Geological Service Biotic Resource Division and Fairchild Tropical Garden, the program embraces one of the largest concentrations of tropical biologists in the United States. Faculty participating in the program have broad research interests that are explored in tropical oceans, wetlands, and terrestrial habitats.
With more than 130,000 alumni, Golden Panthers constitute the fastest growing university alumni group in Miami-Dade County. FIU confers approximately half of all degrees now awarded by universities in Miami-Dade County. Since opening in 1972, the University has conferred more than 100,000 degrees to some 95,000 graduates. The Office of Alumni Affairs sponsors alumni programs, including professional advancement, fund raising and social events, and communicates with alumni through the FIU Magazine, newsletters and special mailings. Membership in the FIU Alumni Association, which is led by a volunteer board of alumni leaders, is open to all graduates, spouses and friends of the University and includes a wide variety of benefits.
FIU’s intercollegiate athletic teams compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I, the nation’s most competitive college sports division, the Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA. Seventeen sports programs are offered, including football (Division I-A), basketball, track and cross-country, soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.
Fitness centers at both University Park and Biscayne Bay Campus are equipped with a complete line of Nautilus and Universal equipment and free weights. The Aquatic Center at Biscayne Bay Campus features an Olympic-sized pool and diving well.